Ditching the base model, the updated GT has more performance, more black and more stealthy styling.
Following on from the GT Black Series announced earlier this year, the whole GT line-up will be changing in 2021 – doing away with the old base model whilst gaining a sizeable power jump and updated styling.
The potent entry level GT will produce 390kW (523hp) of power from it’s 4.0L Biturbo V8 engine – a 40kW (54hp) jump from the previous base model and subsequently increasing torque from 630Nm up to 670Nm. This gives the base car a new top speed of 312km/h and an improved 0-100km/h figure of just 3.8 seconds – although as with the previous GT, we think it might just prove to accelerate a bit quicker than the papers state.
A variety of previously optional equipment is now standard in the base GT, including an electronic limited-slip differential, sport suspension with adaptive damping, and the inclusion of a race mode. Additionally, an upgraded braking system from carbon composite to iron rotors and aluminium calipers are painted red, except on the new special edition.
Following the dark mode trend, the AMG GT now comes in a ‘Stealth Edition’, resembling that of the older SL350 Night Edition with matte exterior paint and interior ‘Night’ packages. Every chrome detail – minus the rear emblems have been blacked out, including the grille, headlight surrounds, 19/20-inch staggered wheels and of course the brake calipers.
Available as a black-roofed convertible or carbon-topped coupe, three paint colours will be offered; black, almost-black, and sort-of-black… okay not quite. Mercedes has given these paints more thoughtful names – Obsidian Black Metallic, Selenite Grey Metallic and a special Designo Grey Magno.
The interior of the Stealth Edition gains classy diamond stitched nappa leather seats with black stiching; Piano Black centre console trim, a black ‘dynamic’ steering wheel with Piano Black styling, and a special badge to let people know that it isn’t just a regular GT.
Pricing will be available closer to the launch date, but expect base prices to increase, as a multitude of new features are now standard on the GT. For reference, the current GT S in Australia starts at just over $310,000 AUD excluding dealer fees and on-road costs.