Mercedes-AMG Boss Confirms GT Roadster For 2017

While initial reports indicated towards a 2018 introduction of the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster, it seems that the manufacturer will offer it for sale starting next year.

Mercedes-AMG chairman, Tobias Moers, confimed the news to AutoExpress, speaking about the soft-top version at the launch of the GT R where he said that it could show up by the end of this year.

The convertible has moved well beyond the drawing board. It will be the next AMG GT model to arrive“, Moers said, who isn’t concerned that a drop-top variant of the AMG GT would cannibalize the SL, as he sees it as a grand tourer, while “this will absolutely be a proper sports car“.

Modifying the AMG GT in order to cope with the chopped roof won’t dramatically affect the handling, as this will still be “a sharp driver’s car”, and the suspension won’t require any major changes over the hardtop version either. Word on the street has it that keeping its weight down means using a cloth roof instead of a folding metal hardtop and the sports car will probably follow the same path as the Coupe, as it is believed to go on sale as a GT and a GT S.

Mercedes-AMG will not end the development of its GT family once the GT Roadster will show its face, as an even more powerful range-topper, which will probably wear the Black Series moniker, is expected to be introduced in 2018, while the lineup might be closed by a possible GT4 customer racing car, which will slot below the GT3.

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  • Kash

    Didn’t everyone worry about the SL being cannibalized by the SLS roadster as well? To me the two cars are marketed at 2 slightly different groups of people.

  • Elmediterraneo

    An GT Roadster could kill the SL sales.
    The GT is a light and sporty 2 seater. The S Cabriolet is a luxury 4 seat grand tourer.
    The SL has 2 seats like the GT but still heavy as a S Class, because of the hard-top.

    • blackgold89

      I highly agree with this. Also,
      compare to SL interior console, GT has so much better interior console design.

    • Six Thousand Times

      I don’t mind it killing the SL. That car has gotten to big and fat, anyway. Make the SLC the small roadster that can be had with fours and sixes.

  • TheBelltower

    This will definitely steal sales from the SL. It’s more athletic and exotic. I do think that MB should settle on using a cloth top. I’ve never need a hardtop convertible that I’ve liked, while a fabric top can be tailored to fit the lines of any design.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Will look great. Hopefully it’ll have a cloth top.

  • GreenApple18r

    Let’s party! Twerk it girls

  • S3XY

    Pretty sweet

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