It’s perhaps fitting the basic or entry level AMG GT coupe now comes in basic black — the Night Edition as it is known.

But let’s get something straight, because there’s nothing basic about this or any other model in the GT lineup.

The 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 engine now puts out 390kW of power and 670Nm of torque, 40kW more than over the original model.

With adaptive AMG RIDE CONTROL and an electronically controlled limited-slip diff as standard, the Night Edition is a serious bit of kit.

The addition of a lightweight lithium-ion 12-volt battery boosts performance, with the dash from 0 to 100km/h taking just 3.8 seconds.

It’s underpinned by a lightweight aluminium space frame and enhanced by a performance-tuned AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission sending power to the rear wheels, plus an AMG high-performance composite braking system (390 x 36mm front / 360 x 26mm rear) and retractable rear wing.

The Mercedes-AMG GT Night Edition (sorry, I thought AMG was a separate entity these days) creates a new entry point for the GT family in Australia.

The feature-packed list includes exclusive STYLE Nappa leather interior, AMG Performance seats finished with diamond-pattern quilting, and AMG Performance steering wheel in black DINAMICA microfibre.

There’s also heat-insulating dark tinted glass, a visually distinctive AMG Interior Night Package, roof lining in DINAMICA microfibre, a ‘Night Edition’ badge on the centre console, and interior ‘piano lacquer’ finishing.

Externally, the GT Night Edition is distinguished by an AMG Exterior Night Package, an AMG-specific radiator grille with dark chrome vertical bars, and an AMG carbon-fibre roof with dark-tinted side areas.

Headlights with black design elements are also part of the deal, along with staggered 19/20-inch AMG Y-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in matt black, black brake callipers with the AMG logo in white, and the addition of paint colours Obsidian Black, Selenite Grey or designo Graphite Grey Magno.

And, here’s the good bit, the AMG GT Night Edition is priced from $294,200 — $47K less than the C Coupe.

 


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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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