Last June, the motoring world was blown away when Mercedes-AMG showed off the ultra-sexy GT R sports coupe. Apart from the smashing sheet metal, it packed 585hp and 700Nm under the hood, placing it comfortably in the supercar realm.
The Affalterbach-based tuning division continues its streak with yet another variant of the GT line. This time, the car goes topless, in the guise of the GT Roadster and GT C Roadster. Both offer different levels of performance while allowing owners to experience the wind-in-their-hair feeling, a la Mercedes-Benz.
The cars are powered by a bi-turbo 4.0-liter V8 motor. The GT Roadster produces 476hp and 630Nm while the GT C puts out an even more potent 557hp and 680Nm of twist. Thanks to the AMG Speedshift seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the cars transfer power to the rear wheels and scoot to 100kph from rest in four seconds for the GT Roadster, and 3.7 ticks for the GT C Roadster.
The GT C Roadster is given more street cred, thanks to a wider rear end as well as 365/35R19 and 305/30R20 tires at the front and back, respectively. This helps bring the most out of the AMG Ride Control sport suspension system, giving the best of both worlds in terms of ride comfort and performance-oriented driving.
The real star of the show here, however, is the fully automatic fabric soft top. This transforms the car to an open-top number in around 11 seconds, at up to speeds of 50kph. The soft top has a magnesium/aluminum structure that is lightweight yet sturdy for the utmost in longevity. Owners can choose from either red, black, or beige to suit their car color and personality.
Apart from the killer looks, the new Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster and GT C Roadster receive some really cutting-edge tech. The active air management system that uses louvers strategically positioned in the lower portion behind the front fascia come straight from the GT R. Then there are the rear axle steering and locking differentials that work together to provide the best handling possible.
With cars like these, buyers can enjoy the sports car experience yet still revel in the open-top Mercedes-Benz ride that has become legendary over the years.