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Mercedes-AMG GT range refreshed with new tech for 2019

Mercedes-AMG GT range refreshed with new tech for 2019
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Luke Wilkinson

2018-11-28 20:00

Revisions to the Mercedes-AMG GT range include interior, exterior and technology updates, with parts borrowed from the AMG GT 4-door Coupe

Mercedes-AMG GT - front

The Mercedes-AMG GT has been given a facelift at the Los Angeles Motor Show, just over four years on from its debut at the Paris Motor Show in 2014. 

While a new Porsche 911 with an additional 30bhp has also been revealed in Los Angeles, the facelifted Mercedes sticks with a line-up comprising of a 469bhp base GT model, a 515bhp GT S, a 549bhp GT C and a range-topping 577bhp GT R, with all but the GT R model available in drop-top Roadster form.

New Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro revealed at LA

A major interior update includes Merc’s latest infotainment technology. A new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is found, plus a 10.25-inch infotainment system and a leather AMG steering wheel with integrated diplays lifted from the GT 4-door coupe. It also gets the GT 4-door coupe’s colour display switchgear on the centre console, replacing the conventional buttons used before.

On the outside, the AMG GT gets fresh LED headlights said to be inspired by the ones found on the GT 4-door coupe, plus new daytime running lights and tail lights. A choice of new alloy wheels, a range of new paint colours and new black sill covers for the GT and GT S models are also included.

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The GT’s exhaust covers will also receive an update, tailored towards each model. The standard AMG GT will be fitted with new round covers, the GT S and GT C with trapeze-shaped covers, whilst the GT R will retain its central exit exhaust but gain two, rather pointless, fake exhausts to its flanks.

Technological revisions start with AMG’s Track Pace system; a data logger for the infotainment system which can track the driver’s acceleration, braking and lap times, as well as provide the driver with a map of the circuit being driven on. Famous tracks such as Spa and the Nurburgring are pre-loaded, but the system allows drivers to record their own also. 

Mercedes has also tinkered with the GT’s traction control system, adding AMG DYNAMICS. Separated into “Basic,” “Advanced,” Pro,” and “Master,” modes, the system can supposedly calculate how the GT will react when being driven hard, and compensate for the driver’s shortcomings without patronising them with noticeable electronic interference. 

The latest AMG GT will also be available with Mercedes’ PARKTRONIC system as an optional extra. This driver aid includes front and rear cameras, a series of ultrasonic sensors in the bumpers, and visual and audible aids, used to guide the driver into a parking space. 

A new, flagship AMG GT R Pro has also been introduced. It’s a more track-focussed version of the 577bhp GT R, tweaked with suspension revisions, weight saving techniques and new aerodynamics. 

Prices for the new AMG GT should kick off from around £104,000 for the base 469bhp Coupe, representing a price rise of about £2,000. 

Do you think the new AMG GT range will be improved by Mercedes’ updates? Let us know in the comments below…



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