AMG GT Roadster unveiled by Mercedes
There are two versions of the Coupe: the AMG GT Roadster, and the GT C Roadster. This takes the total AMG GT stable up to five vehicles.
Both variants boast more power than the AMG GT Coupe, and have taken chassis technology design from the GT R. The AMG GT Roadster is fitted with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 which delivers 469 bhp, the GT C develops 549 bhp. All the AMG GT models have a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The AMG GT Roadster can do 0-62mph in 4.0 seconds, and has a claimed top speed of 188 mph; the GT C is nippier still covering 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds, and a claimed top speed of 196 mph.
The GT Roadster and GT C have a three-layer fabric soft-top; this can fold electrically in 11 seconds, and can be retracted whilst the car is travelling at speeds up to 31 mph. The roof frame is supported by aluminium, steel and magnesium. Sturdy rollover bars and an aluminium cross-member have been also added for increased safety. Roof colours are beige, red or black. There’s a choice of 11 different exterior colours and ten interior colours.
A few styling tweaks have been implemented on the new Roadster, there’s a new front grille, redesigned air intakes and new alloy wheels on both models. There are wider rear arches on the GT C, active rear steering, adaptive dampers and a switchable performance exhaust.
In the cabin, buyers can pay extra for light-coloured leather seats, or AMG performance seats which include Mercedes’ Airscarf – blows warm air onto a driver’s or passengers neck. The GT C edition comes with leather as standard in the interior along with the AMG performance steering wheel in leather, and an extra transmission mode.
Prices have not been revealed yet, but it’s likely that the GT Roadster will be set around the £100,000 for the basic spec and the GT C adding an extra £20,000.