We all knew it would be coming some time after the Coupé, but still, it’s an exciting day when the invite lands in the mail to fly to Utah to drive the AMG GT Roadster.
The unwritten law of prestige sports car manufacturing is that if there’s a coupé, then a convertible will surely follow next summer and thankfully AMG Mercedes has not let us down with the svelte GT now in Roadster guise.
As if the music from its four-litre, twin-turbo V8 wasn’t glorious enough already, removing the roof has brought it almost to sensory overload levels because while this topless addition to the GT range was entirely predictable, what wasn’t expected, was its change in character over the coupé that makes it more than just an AMG GT without the sun protection.
Its predecessor, the gullwinged-SLS AMG drew heavily on the company’s motorsport heritage for design inspiration whereas the AMG GT took direct aim at its nearest rival, the Porsche 911 not only with its market positioning but also with its swoopy tail end design and horizontal LED taillights.
The emergence of the Roadster however has brought a little more of Mercedes-Benz back into the equation with a squat bootlid that’s more reminiscent of the SLs of decades gone by. [Continued...]
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Don’t bother with the premium audio option when you buy an AMG GT C Roadster because without a roof and a 4-litre twin-turbo V8, the music’s free
It’s got the looks, it’s got the sound and thanks to some engine tweaks, it’s got the performance to match. The AMG GT C Roadster is definitely no wallflower.
If there’s one thing that Mercedes-AMG do well, and they do quite a few things well actually, is that they’ve nailed audio files from a car’s exhaust whether that be the C63, the little A45 but especially this monster, the AMG GT C Roadster.
But this is more than a roofless AMG GT, as the “C” means its 4-litre twin-turbo V8 has an extra 80bhp, bringing it to 557bhp and just 28 shy of the GT R, which gets to 100kmh now in just 3.7 seconds. When we tested it with the launch control it felt every bit as fast – and loud!
It looks wider and lower because it is thanks to the GT C adopting the 57mm wider rear track from the GT R to house the rear 7-speed transaxle and so it needs the fat guards to house the larger wheels and tire combo as well as the new intercooler radiators that sit either side of the new-look “Panamericana” grille taken from the GT3 race car.
What you don’t see underneath the grille is the active air system of vertical louvers also taken from the GT R that help pin the nose down during fast cornering assisted by a front apron that raises and lowers in less than a second once the speed is up. [Continued...]