Mercedes-Benz decides to surprise us with yet another model in the AMG GT lineup by introducing the new GT S Roadster that is positioned between the regular GT Roadster and the GT C version. The newest model will arrive in the United States later this year.
Similar to the other AMG GT models, the new S Roadster comes equipped with a 4.0 liter biturbo V8 that makes 515 horsepower (384 kilowatts) and 494 pound feet of torque (670 Newton metres). In comparison, the standard GT Roadster has 469 horsepower (350 kilowatts) while the droptop GT C packs 550 horsepower (410 kilowatts). All of these have a seven speed dual clutch gearbox.
The S’ capabilities are very much aligned with that of the C’s, thanks to its powertrain. For instance, the S Roadster requires 3.7 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour), only 0.1 second slower than its C counterpart, with a rating of 3.6 seconds. The new model can max out at 192 miles per hour (309 kilometers per hour) versus the 196 miles per hour (315 kilometers per hour) of the GT C.
AMG GT also comes with a few other pieces of equipment to help its performance. These include an electronically controlled locking rear differential that helps put the power down, and three mode adaptive dampers and standard equipment. Aside from that, there are five driving modes available too, altering elements like the steering, accelerator response, and transmission behaviour.
There are also ceramic brake rotors for better response while cutting down some of the convertible’s weight. For a more exhilarating drive, there is the available AMG Dynamic Plus package that adds active engine and transmission mounts, as well as a wider peak horsepower band in the M and Race models, adding on to the microfiber covered steering wheel and yellow highlights on the instruments.
The GT S Roadster doesn’t look that different from other AMG GT Roadsters. One way to identify the new model is by looking at its nose, fender fins, and diffuser trim strip because the standard AMG Chrome package features shiny metal bits here. Buyers who want something that’s a bit different can get the optional AMG Exterior Carbon Fiber pack or the AMG Exterior Night version that uses high gloss black parts.
As you move into the cabin, you will see the same features as the rest of the GT Roadster range. The GT S Roadster comes with features like the performance seats and Airscarf neck heater. The newest Roadster originally comes with the AMG Silver Chrome Interior package as standard, but like I said, customers can upgrade to the high gloss black trim or the carbon fiber option.