Mercedes will expand its AMG GT range with two new Roadster variants including a high-performance GT C model with a 557hp twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Official images have been released showing these new cars ahead of a public appearance at the Paris Motor Show in October 2016.
The standard Roadster offers buyers a slightly more powerful open-topped alternative to the entry-level GT coupe while the new GT C will sit between the existing GT S and track-focused GT R coupes. Read on for full details…
Both models will come with the same aggressive styling as their coupe cousins. The gaping front grille, vast air intakes and svelte lines are, however, joined by a folding fabric roof that tucks neatly behind the rear roll hoops.
The new models’ cabins, with their stylish design features and high-quality materials, appear to have been carried over almost unchanged from the current GT coupes’. These soft-top models will, however, be offered with an upgraded Burmester sound system that uses the interior shell itself to enhance the sound of a built-in subwoofer.
Both new models will come fitted with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine driving the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. If the standard Roadster’s 476hp isn’t enough to blow out the cobwebs, you’re in luck – the high-performance GT C version produces a massive 557hp that can blast it to 62mph from rest in just 3.7 seconds.
This ultra-quick convertible also comes fitted with a number of features borrowed from the race-ready GT R coupe. Larger alloy wheels, an upgraded locking rear differential for extra grip and active rear wheel steering are all fitted as standard. Fold the roof down and you’ll have unbridled access to the sound of an upgraded AMG performance exhaust, too.
It’s likely the upgrades fitted to the standard GT Roadster – including some slight visual tweaks and a subtle 5hp power increase – will filter down to the standard GT coupe when it’s facelifted in 2017.
Mercedes is yet to announce how much these cars will cost when they go on sale in 2017, but we expect them to carry a significant premium over their coupe siblings. With a price tag of £107,000, the standard Roadster could set you back £10,000 more than the GT coupe while the more powerful GT C may cost more than £120,000.
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Mercedes AMG GT C Roadster price, specs and release date (updated September 2016)
The Mercedes AMG GT will soon be joined in the German brand’s lineup by a new Roadster model – thought to be called the GT C. This car has already been spotted undergoing testing in images courtesy of autoevolution.
A further official teaser image – shown above – suggests Mercedes could reveal a pre-production version of this tempting two-seater at the Paris Motor Show in October. Potential buyers may, however, have to wait until 2017 to get their hands on the keys to this superfast soft-top.
New Mercedes AMG GT C Roadster styling
The Roadster model appears to share many body panels with the current GT coupe – its aggressive front end, long bonnet and curvaceous rear end have been carried over mostly unchanged. The main difference appears to be the folding roof – a feature that’s sure to help enjoy the raucous AMG exhaust note.
New Mercedes AMG GT C Roadster interior
It’s unlikely Mercedes will alter the coupe’s interior significantly for the new GT C Roadster. The same eye-catching design and exacting build quality should make the new car’s cabin the perfect place to enjoy a spirited top-down drive – assuming the weather plays ball.
Mercedes could take the Roadster launch as an opportunity to upgrade the GT’s standard equipment package – we’ll have to wait for official details to be announced before it goes on sale, however.
New Mercedes AMG GT C Roadster engines and driving
Some sources have suggested the new Roadster will produce more power from its 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 engine than the standard car and, thanks to a firmer chassis setup, could handle more like the range-topping GT R model. Mercedes is yet to confirm any of these rumours, however.
What’s most likely is that the Roadster will share the same basic engine as the coupe and send approximately 462hp to its rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
New Mercedes AMG GT C Roadster price and release date
The Roadster will probably go on sale in early 2017 and will probably cost significantly more than its £97,210 coupe cousin. We expect official details to be released after the Roadster goes on show at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October.
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