Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster revealed

Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster revealed

Mercedes-AMG is expanding its portfolio of hardcore roadsters with the new AMG GT S Roadster, the third variant of the drop-top AMG GT. Slotting between the standard AMG GT Roadster and the AMG GT C Roadster, the new "S" model is more dynamic than the base version than thanks to a more powerful engine, uprated suspension and brakes, as well as more aggressive looks.

Mercedes-AMG is extending its sports vehicle portfolio with the new GT S Roadster.

Says Mercedes-AMG Chairman Tobias Moers: "With the AMG GT S Roadster, our AMG GT family has gained another exceptionally sporty member that combines high driving dynamics with an emotional open-air experience".

Inside, the GT S is fitted with the "Silver Chrome" package with the "Piano Lacquer" package also available as an option. AMG says they share performance times despite this.

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Power goes to the rear wheels via the AMG Speedshift DCT 7G seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, mounted in a transaxle arrangement for nearly-ideal weight distribution of 47 (front) and 53 (rear) percent.

A quick glance at the nomenclature will let you work out that this GT S Roadster is a GT S with its roof chopped off, which means Mercedes' 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 with 515bhp and 494lb/ft of torque (that's 35bhp more than the GT and 46bhp less than the GT C), enough for a 0-62mph sprint in 3.7 seconds. A total of five drive modes are on hand, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, Race, and Individual.

No pricing information has been released for the 2019 AMG GT S Roadster, but the other two roadster variants start at roughly $12,000 more than their coupe counterparts, so our best guess is a price of around $145,000 when all is said and done.

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