Mercedes announces AMG GT Roadster

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MERCEDES HAS UNVEILED the new 2017 convertible AMG GT and GT C Roadsters.

Mercedes has finally taken the wraps off the long-anticipated convertible version of its AMG GT sports car. In fact, it has taken the wraps off two convertible versions; the AMG GT Roadster and the more powerful AMG GT C Roadster.

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Taking on the likes of the Aston Martin Vanquish, Audi R8, Porsche 911 and McLaren 540C, the Mercedes AMG GT Roadster is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 outputting 476bhp and 465lb ft in ‘normal’ guise and 557bhp and 502lb ft in the GT C; both providing power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and charging from 0-62mph in 4.0 and 3.7 seconds respectively.

Mercedes has opted for a triple-layered fabric roof for the Roadster, retractable in 11 seconds at speeds up to 31mph, rather than a heavier folding metal roof or targa top. The roof is available in three colours: black, beige and red, while there are 11 exterior paint colours available.

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Both Roadsters borrow the active air management system from the hardcore AMG GT R, which uses moveable louvres behind the grille to balance cooling needs against aerodynamic drag to maximise efficiency.

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Mercedes says the AMG GT Roadster’s distinctive Panamerica grille is inspired by the AMG GT GT3 racing car, but we prefer to see the inspiration taken straight from Merc’s classic 300SL gullwing racing car.

To counteract the loss of chassis rigidity that comes from removing the AMG GT’s roof, Mercedes has fitted thicker side skirts, an additional dashboard support braced against the windscreen,  a strut tower brace behind the retractable roof and a cross-member behind the seats reinforcing the roll-over protection.

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The AMG GT already has a high reputation for handling but Mercedes is ensuring this is carried over to the Roadsters with AMG sport suspension, ride control, active rear axle steering and a locking differential.

There is no on sale date yet and prices are still to be announced, but the AMG GT Roadster is expected to start between £100-120k, while the GT C will likely carry a £10-20k premium.

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