Mercedes-AMG is taking the top off of its powerful GT, revealing the brand new — and aptly named — GT Roadster in the process. And the tiny two-seater isn’t just losing its lid — it’s getting a C variant, too.
While both rear-wheel-drive machines pair AMG’s 7-speed Speedshift dual-clutch transmission with twin turbocharged, direct-injected 4.0-liter V8s, the C is able to squeeze 557 horsepower and 680 Nm torque (compared to 476 horsepower and 630 Nm) out of the setup while employing some of the technical refinements of the AMG GT R — like active rear axle steering, an electronically-controlled rear axle locking differential, and AMG Ride Control sports suspension. Those AMG GT R cues extend to the exterior of both versions of the Roadster as “wider rear wings create space for a wider track and wider wheels at the rear axle, allowing even higher cornering speeds and best traction.” A performance exhaust system is also in the mix while aluminum alloys for the chassis and body and magnesium for the front deck improve agility and shed weight.
And the interior is no slouch, either. Inside, each vehicle sports high beltlines, concave door panels, a dynamically rising center console, and low seat position to perfectly integrate the driver in the gorgeous cockpit. Naturally, buyers will have the option of getting AMG performance seats to sweeten the deal. The added AIRSCARF neck-level heating system also means open-air driving is even enjoyable in plummeting temperatures while climate control for the seat itself can be customized to three different levels to cool things down on a hot summer day.
Though pricing and availability have yet to be revealed, don’t expect the GT Roadsters to come cheap: the original GT started at $120,000 USD when it launched back in 2014.