Glamour just got redefined with Mercedes-Benz unveiling the long-awaited roadster version of the Mercedes-AMG GT.
At launch there are two variants - the standard AMG GT Roadster or the range-topping 410kW/680Nm AMG GT C which is based on the AMG GT R Coupe, including the wider rear track, wider rear wheels and modified rear bodywork, AMG Ride Control adaptive suspension, rear axle steering, electronic locking rear differential, larger front brakes and ‘RACE’ transmission mode.
The GT C also runs a lithium-ion battery, nappa leather interior and the AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather/dinamica microfiber.
Not that the entry-level model is a laggard with its version of the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine good for 350kW/630Nm.
Both AMG GT Roadsters use the extra engine cooling louvres as seen in the GT R model (low and behind the front fascia and closed during normal driving to reduce drag).
Drive is to the rear wheels via a unique version of the AMG dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission (different first and seventh gear ratios and a lower final drive ratio) - the regular model covers zero to 100km/h in 4.0-seconds while the GT C shaves that time by three-tenths.
The three-layer fabric roof can be ordered in black, red or beige and takes around 11-seconds to operate (at speeds up to 50km/h). An integrated aluminium cross-member with rollover bars provides emergency protection.
Despite the fabric roof being supported by lightweight components in magnesium, aluminium and steel - as usual with soft tops - rigidity brings a slight weight penalty and while the hardtop AMG GT coupe tips the scales at 1495kgs, the GT C goes to 1660kgs and the standard Roadster goes to 1595kgs.
Specifically, the Roadster models add the previously mentioned roll-over cross member behind the seats, thicker, more rigid side skirts, there are additional struts to brace the dashboard against the windscreen and a strut tower brace links the roof, fuel tank and rear axle.
But to save some weight, the Roadster debuts some carbon-fibre components in the boot structure.
A major styling change for the Roadster version of the AMG GT is the front grille - taken from the GT R it’s called a ‘Panamericana’ grille and AMG says the 15 chrome-plated vertical bars are copied from the AMG GT3 race cars.
As we touched-on, the GT C model scores the 57mm wider rear-end we saw in the GT R (to accommodate the wider track and rear wheels). Likewise the GT C has larger air extraction vents at the rear.
On the options list for the interior, the AMG sports seats feature for the first time Mercedes-Benz' ‘Airscarf’ neck heating system.
The good news is the AMG GT Roadster is a confirmed starter for Australia from the second half of next year however Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific’s Jerry Stamoulis told TMR we’ll have to wait until closer to launch to learn the exact variants and other details.