Mercedes-AMG is currently making great waves in the automotive scene. The German automaker Mercedes-Benz’s high performance division has been creating some of the most superb cars; however, this year, it has brought to the world another string of surprises. And guess what? It’s everything that comes at par (or even better) than its previous models.
Earlier this year, we were introduced to the Green Hell baby that was the Mercedes-AMG GT R. The “green hell magno” colored AMG GT R was developed at the famous Nurburgring racetrack, particularly at the Green Hell, where its twin-turbo V8 was tested to its limits.
It comes with 585 horses and around 516 lb.-ft. of torque. Aside from its engine, it is even made stronger because of its front-mid-engine concept with transaxle, an extensively modified suspension, new aerodynamics and is aided by its intelligent lightweight construction. It also comes with wider front and rear wings which give it an increased track width allowing optimum grip and higher cornering speeds. It also has standard lightweight forged wheels with cup tyres perfect for maximum driving dynamics.
Other features that maximize driving dynamics include an active rear-wheel steering, a nine-way adjustable traction control system and an adjustable coil-over suspension with additional electronic control. Its characteristic form with vertical fins as well as the Panamericana grille on the AMG GT R gives it an even more powerful and unique vibe. All these and more make the AMG GT R Coupe a complete standout in the automotive world.
However, it’s looking as if Mercedes-AMG isn’t going to stop there. Not long after the introduction of the AMG GT R, Mercedes-Benz’ high performance division presented another surprise that will blow your mind away just like the coupe.
This week, Mercedes-AMG revealed two exciting variants for roadster fans. Yes, you read it right. There will be two roadster variants of the AMG GT Coupe – the AMG GT Roadster and the AMG GT C Roadster. Let’s check these two out, shall we?
The two roasters are an addition to Mercedes-AMG’s growing GT family. Both come with fabric soft tops in three colors (black, red or beige) as well as the same “technical genes” which AMG has been known for. Specifically, the roadsters are made of the same hard but lightweight aluminium bodyshell as well as the very efficient twin-turbo V8 engines.
The AMG GT Roadster however offers 476 horsepower while the GT C Roadster comes with a more powerful 557 horses. The former can make a 0 to 62 mph sprint in 4.0 seconds while the more powerful GT C can go in only 3.7 seconds.
While there is a slight difference in power and acceleration time, both roadsters have adapted the seven-speed dual clutch transmission on rear-wheel drive. An AMG DYNAMIC SELECT controller on the AMG GT Roadster gives the driver the freedom to choose three transmission modes: “C” for Comfort, “S” for Sport, “S+” for Sport Plus, and “I” for an individually programmable setup. These modes are also available on the GT C Roadster but with an additional “RACE” mode that optimally adjusts the shift strategy which includes faster shift speeds and highly emotive engine sound. An “M” button on the center console of the GT C also allows the driver to activate the manual transmission mode.
The active air management system on the AMG GT R is also being adopted on both of the roadster variants. In the lower area behind the front fascia, vertical louvres have been installed to ensure maximum cooling airflow especially during predefined temperatures and high air requirement. The louvres are closed during normal driving to reduce aerodynamic drag and to allow air to flow through the underbody.
The AMG Panamerican grille, the long, muscular bonnet and wide rear ends are also adopted by both roadsters for an added sports car experience. The 15 chrome-plated, vertical bars are similar to the current Mercedes-AMG GT3 while the new front apron gives emphasis to the roadster’s width and a four-square appearance. Large outer air inlets are installed to allow cooling air to supply its engine. Structure-wise, the AMG GT and GT C Roadsters are made of various aluminium alloys on its chassis and body while the front deck is made of magnesium which reduces inertia ahead of the front axle and thus improves agility.
To continue AMG’s motor racing heritage, the two roadsters also have AMG sports suspensions such as wishbones, steering knuckles and hub carriers on the front and rear axle. All these are made of forged aluminium that helps reduce unsprung masses and deliver high cornering speeds.
The AMG GT C is by far the most powerful amongst the roadster variants, with it making use of some of the technical refinements of the AMG GT R – the active rear axle steering and electronic rear axle locking differential. With the help of the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension, wider rear wings and wider wheels at the rear axle, dynamic performance increases.
Moreover, the GT C has standard nappa leather interior and an AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather/DINAMICA microfiber. Even without all the muscle that is on the AMG GT C Roadster, the AMG Roadster comes with a redeeming factor -- a variable performance exhaust system that makes it easier for us to hear its V8 engine roar.