We may only be a few days into 2017, but in the car world it's already time to look ahead to 2018 and the automotive insanity to come from manufacturers of the world's fastest sports models.
At the Detroit Auto Show this week Mercedes-Benz will unveil its upgraded AMG GT cars, including an all-new model, with the current clan becoming even more menacingly mouthwatering thanks to styling, technical and power upgrades.
Mercedes-AMG celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017 so what better time to give it's top shelf model line a bit of a makeover? Behold the brand new Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe, which will join the previously-announced AMG GT C Roadster plus the already extant AMG GT, AMG GT S and AMG GT R coupes and the at the pinnacle of Benz's family of tarmac terrorists.
Positioned between the AMG GT S and AMG GT R, the GT C will initially be available exclusively as a special Edition 50 model honoring the anniversary. At the same time, the AMG GT and GT S are being visually and technically upgraded with, of course, a concomitant kick in the engine block.
The first thing you'll notice is that all new 2018 models in the AMG GT family wear the wicked-looking AMG "Panamericana" grille, featuring 15 chrome-plated vertical bars echoing the look of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 customer sport racing car.
And behind that lies a "restructuring" of the 4.0L V8 biturbo engine, so that the "entry level" AMG GT now kicks out 469 hp plus an extra 22 lb-ft of peak torque, the same as the GT Roadster. The GT S meanwhile boosts to 515 hp, with the peak torque climbing to 494 lb-ft (a 15 lb-ft increase).
But the new GT C Coupe and Roadster are top of the pops with a whiplash-inducing 550 hp and 502 lb-ft peak torque, a close second to the AMG GT R's 577 hp. Having recently driven the current AMG GT S through the wilds of South Carolina, we're looking forward to getting our gloves on the 2018s.
All you need to do it get out of the way....