The inevitable topless version of the Mercedes-AMG GT may be with us earlier than first expected, with reports out of Europe pointing to an arrival in showrooms as early as next year.
Speaking with the UK’s Auto Express, AMG boss Tobias Moers reportedly confirmed a 2017 debut for the GT Roadster, taking the opportunity to assure fans it would not be a watered-down version of the GT hardtop.
“The convertible has moved well beyond the drawing board,” Moers said.
“It will be the next AMG GT model to arrive.”
The news of a GT Roadster follows the unveiling of the new hard-core GT R model, and Moers said an as-yet unknown fourth GT model is also on the way.
Reports from Europe claim AMG fans have already spotted GT Roadsters undergoing road testing, and an official unveiling may happen before the end of this year.
Moving to reassure customers that the Roadster would not lose the performance edge of the GT hardtop, Moers reportedly said “this will absolutely be a proper sports car”. The AMG boss added that the GT Roadster would not encroach on the Mercedes-Benz SL’s segment of the market.
The GT’s chassis stiffness will mean minimal changes to accommodate the loss of structural rigidity from the roof, and the folding roof for the Roadster is said to be cloth to keep weight down.
Both GT and GT S variants are expected to be available in overseas markets, but Australia currently only offers the GT S hardtop in AMG showrooms.
The Mercedes-AMG GT S currently sells for $295,000 plus on-road costs in Australia. Expect a decent price premium for the Roadster version, should it arrive in Australia.
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