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. [To be continued...]
Mercedes AMG GT
The AMG GT is one of the best sounding cars on the road, so how could you possibly make it better? Get rid of the roof.
The AMG GT C Roadster is not for the faint hearted with its twin-turbo 4-litre V8 engine, it’s got the brawn to match the looks in one sweet package.
When we reviewed the Mercedes-AMG GT, the thing that stuck long after we returned the keys was the sound. AMG knows how to make an engine stir the soul and the only thing that could possibly make the GT better was the arrival of the convertible GT C.
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. So it needs the fat guards to house the larger wheels and tyre combo as well as the new intercooler radiators that sit either side of the new-look “Panamericana” grille taken from the GT3 race car. [To be continued...]