Mercedes-AMG is blowing even more fresh air into the AMG GT family. Shortly after the world premiere of the AMG GT R, the sports car and performance brand from Affalterbach has presented two exciting roadster variants of the two-seater sports car. Alongside the AMG GT R are the AMG GT Roadster and the AMG GT C Roadster. With the two Roadster variants the Mercedes-AMG GT family has now increased to five members.
The AMG GT C is the most powerful new Roadster variant and uses some of the technical refinements of the AMG GT R. These include active rear axle steering and the electronically controlled rear axle locking differential. In combination with the AMG RIDE CONTROL sport suspension, the AMG GT C Roadster guarantees dynamic performance at the very highest level. The GT C gets larger front brakes and an extra “RACE” mode for the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that speeds up shifts.
The top Roadster also takes its lead from the top AMG GT R sports car where muscular proportions are concerned: the wider rear wings create space for a wider track and wider wheels at the rear axle, allowing even higher cornering speeds and excellent traction. The variable performance exhaust system also ensures an authentic V8 sound from the AMG Roadster.
“With our two Roadster models, we are strategically expanding the AMG GT family by two exciting variants. With the AMG GT C Roadster, we are also introducing a new model variant to which we have transferred main performance-related components from our top sports car, the AMG GT R. The result: a highly dynamic driving experience in a very exclusive ambience, coupled with that pure roadster feeling,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
Both of the new Roadsters share the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine of their fixed-top brethren, but with different outputs. The standard GT Roadster makes 469 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque while the GT C Roadster makes 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 mph times of 3.9 and 3.7 seconds, respectively.
The roof itself can be lowered and raised in 11 seconds, and up to around 30mph. You can have your soft-top in black, red or beige, too, along with eleven exterior colors and ten interior colors.
If you want one of these drop-top GTs, you’ll need to wait until next year. The roadsters will hit US dealers sometime in the fall, with the GT R coupe launching first. Pricing has yet to be announced for the convertibles, but expect the GT Roadster to have a noticeable premium over the GT coupe’s $112,125 base price, and the GT C Roadster to slot somewhere between the GT S coupe’s $132,125 and the unannounced price of the GT R.