Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Mercedes-AMG | posted September 19, 2016 09:38
Also available in the more powerful GT C trim
After seeing several camouflaged photos of the soft-top version of the GT undergoing road tests, Mercedes-AMG officially reveals the GT Roadster ahead of the 2016 Paris Motor Show. To be available in two variants, the new GT Roadster blends AMG performance with open-top motoring.
Replacing the fixed hardtop is a fully-automatic fabric soft top. According to the automaker, the folding fabric has been weight-optimized and can be deployed in as little as eleven seconds up to speeds of 50 km/h. Three colors will be available for the AMG GT Roadster's soft top; black, red and beige. These hues can be combined with the eleven different exterior and ten interior colors.
Mercedes-AMG also went on to say that the soft top has three layers and is supported by a lightweight frame made from magnesium, steel and aluminum which helps lower the center of gravity. Rollover protection, on the other, is provided by an integrated aluminum cross-member with rollover bars.
Compared to the standard hardtop GT, the Roadster gets the distinct Panamericana front grill which is derived from the more recent GT R and GT 3 racecar. It also features a new bumper with bigger air intakes, defined character lines and large alloy wheels that are available in 19- and 20-inches, with the latter being the lightweight AMG alloys.
Also worth noting about the Roadster's exterior is that the more powerful GT C Roadster gets an aluminum rear bumper which makes the convertible as wide as the GT R. Both available for the Roadster variants, however, is the integrated trunk spoiler which can be electronically deployed or retracted, depending on the transmission mode.
Aboard the Roadster, it gets the same Alcantara finish that can be found on standard hardtop models. Available as an option on the soft top, however is the exclusive Macchiato Beige Leather which lightens up the interior of the Roadster. Other options that can be specified for the new GT include: AMG Performance seats, Burmester Audio, AMG Performance exhaust system and Active Air Management which was derived from the GT R variant.
Powering the GT Roadster is the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 also found in the hardtop model. For its application in the convertible, the engine has been tuned to produce more power. In standard trim, the V8 now produces 475 PS and 630 Nm. Over to the GT C Roadster, the motor gets more power as the engine now generates 557 PS and 680 Nm of torque. The former has a 0 – 97 km/h time of 3.9 seconds while the latter can achieve it in 3.7 seconds.
The 7-speed dual clutch gearbox has been retuned as well for the GT C Roadster. The first gear now has a higher ratio while seventh gear and the final drive have lower ratios. Also, the transmission has 3 modes to choose from; Comfort, Sport and Sport+. Exclusive to the GT C Roadster is RACE mode which presets the gearbox to deliver even faster gear changes.
Other technical features installed on the GT Roadster include: AMG Sports Suspension and the rear-axle locking differential. Only available for the GT C Roadster is active rear-wheel steering which Mercedes-AMG claimed will deliver better stability and cornering ability.
“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 GmbH.
Both the standard GT Roadster and hotter GT C Roadster will make their global debut at this year's Paris Motor Show.