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2018 LA Auto Show: Mercedes-AMG GT Gets a Facelift

The 2018 LA Auto Show saw the reveal of the new generation Porsche 911. But, its main competitor from Mercedes-Benz was also present in the form of the updated AMG GT.

While the powertrain and power outputs remain the same, the 2020 AMG GT features a host of improvements on the exterior, interior and driving dynamics. Most obvious change on the exterior is the inclusion of different LED headlights which are borrowed from the AMG 4-Door Coupe. There is a new rear diffuser and the tailpipe outlets have been redesigned to match the shape of the GT 4-Door Coupe. The AMG GT now has two round exhaust tips while the AMG GT C has trapezoidal shaped twin tailpipes. The AMG GT is now available with a new Y-spoke light alloy wheel finished in titanium gray. On the other hand, the AMG GT C can now be specced with 10-spoked forged wheels in titanium gray or in soft black.

On the inside, the 2020 AMG GT gets a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch multimedia display on the center console. The instrument cluster features a new screen design with Classic, Sporty and Supersport display styles. Each style is highly configurable to show the desired information – G-force, current output and torque values. New on the center console are colored display buttons which can be used to control transmission logistics, chassis, ESP, exhaust system, rear spoiler, and start-stop function.  The AMG GT also receives a new performance steering wheel which debuted in the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. It has a flattened bottom section with a heavily contoured rim and is now perforated at the sides to ensure optimum grip. The wheel also includes galvanized paddle shifters as well as integrated Touch Control buttons that control functions of the digital dash and multimedia displays. A round controller is also found on the wheel which can be used to control driving modes.

Speaking of driving modes, there is a new AMG Dynamics mode for higher lateral acceleration, better traction, and load change reactions. The system is able to anticipate vehicle behavior using an array of sensors and driver’s actions. Mercedes says that drivers wont feel any noticeable intervention of the system and that even experienced drivers can receive optimum assistance without feeling patronized by it. The result, Mercedes claims is a “very authentic driving feel with high cornering dynamics, optimum traction as well as high stability and predictable handling.”

The powertrain and power figures remain unchanged with the AMG GT producing 469 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque, while the AMG GT C has 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. Pricing and availability details have yet to be announced.

Mercedes also debuted the track-focused AMG GT R Pro at the 2018 LA Auto Show. Click here to read more about it.

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