Mercedes-AMG GT-C Roadster

Mercedes-AMG GT, Now Roofless!

2016 is the year of the Mercedes-AMG GT. Only a few months ago, AMG introduced the hardcore GT-R coupe. Later this month at the Paris Motor Show, Mercedes will reveal the droptop GT.
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The Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster features the same sharp looks as its coupe counterpart but now comes with a fabric roof. The roof can be raised and lowered in 11 seconds and up to 31 mph. Mercedes says the roof structure is comprised of magnesium, steel, and aluminum in an effort to cut back weight.

Mercedes will offer the AMG GT Roadster in two flavors; GT and GT-C. Both will feature a 4.0L biturbo V8 and seven-speed AMG Speedshift dual-clutch transmission. Power figures are as followed,

  • AMG GT Roadster: 469 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque
  • AMG GT-C Roadster: 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet

Those with keen eyes will note the Roadsters produce more power than their coupe counterparts. We're guessing it is due to the added weight of structural reinforcement. Mercedes isn't saying anything about weight at this time.

Performance figures for the GT Roadster stand at 3.9 seconds for the GT and 3.7 for the GT-C for the run to 60 mph. Top speed stands at 188 mph for the GT and 196 mph at GT-C.

The GT Roadster comes with active air management system that uses vertical louvers behind the front grille. At low speeds, the system closes the louvers to improve aerodynamics. The louvers will open at higher speeds to provide more cooling.

If you want hardcore performance with the ability to drop the roof, then you should take a closer look at the GT-C. It features remapped programming for the transmission, performance exhaust system, a wider rear track, electronic limited-slip differential, and rear-wheel steering.

“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,” said Tobias Moers, chairman of Mercedes-AMG.

If you want to get your hands on the GT Roadster, you'll need to wait until next fall for them to arrive in the U.S.

Pic Credit: Mercedes-Benz


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