New Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster & GT C Roadster Officially Revealed [w/Video]

Mercedes finally pulled the wraps off the AMG GT’s Roadster version which will come in two flavors: the basic 469hp model and the range-topping 547hp GT C model.

The rumors were true then, as the new AMG GT C Roadster not only offers 46hp more than the AMG GT S Coupe but also borrows some of the technology found in the manic AMG GT R.

More specifically, the new AMG GT C comes with the GT R’s rear axle steering, electronic locking differential and a wider rear track. Torque is rated at a peak 501lb-ft (680Nm), available from just 1900rpm. Mercedes reckons it needs 3.7 seconds to hit 62mph from a standstill, with the top speed electronically limited to 196mph (316km/h).

The AMG GT Roadster on the other hand requires 4 seconds flat for the 0-62 procedure and won’t stop accelerating before hitting 187mph. Both models are powered by the same twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine that has become the spine of AMG’s range, powering almost everything wearing their badge. As in the Coupe, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is the only transmission option.

The fabric roof opens and closes in just eleven seconds, up to speeds of 32mph (50km/h). The company will offer customers a choice of three colors for the soft top (black, red and beige), eleven color options for the exterior and ten for the cabin. The structure of the three-layered fabric top is made out of a combination of magnesium, steel and aluminum to keep the weight down.

Speaking of which, the AMG GT Roadster tips the scales at 1,595kg, with the GT C Roadster weighing 65kg more, at 1,660kg. AMG’s engineers have also fiddled with the latter’s seven-speed DCT gearbox, giving it a higher first gear, a lower seventh gear and final ratio to make it more responsive, and an extra transmission mode called ‘Race’. This one adjusts the shift strategy for maximum attack on a racetrack, making the gearbox change cogs faster and the engine produce a ‘highly emotive sound’.

Both versions of the new AMG GT Roadster borrow the active air management system from the GT R. Vertical louvres behind the front fascia can be opened or closed by an electric motor, adjusting the cooling performance and airflow to need. The AMG Panamericana front grille features 15 chrome-plated vertical bars, underlining the company’s racing heritage.

The new Mercedes AMG GT Roadster and GT C Roadster will make their public debuts at the Paris Motor Show.

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  • U8INIT

    LORD JESUS YES!!!!

  • Mercedes is lately on a roll with awesome specs & tech, but this thing really deserves a nicer nose.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      And honestly, it pisses me off that BMW is doing NOTHING. This roadster looks like the love child of a 997 911 and a Z8. There is no reason the Z8 isn’t reborn to challenge this, just like Mercedes did not shy away from creating a 911 rival, much like AUDI.
      BMW, where are you????

      • Silimarina

        Yeah you are right, this car has 4 wheels and a steering wheel just like 911 and Z8

        • Andrewthecarguy

          Lol. You have eyes no?

  • another easy money for benz…

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Too easy. See what I wrote above.

  • 59soni

    Interesting that it has those performance tweaks and the GT-R grill. Maybe it’s paving the way for a very early facelift for the coupe.

  • That Ross Chap

    After seeing the original GT coupe, I didn’t think that a coupe would look that good. But I’m happy to see I’m wrong as it looks utterly fantastic, especially the white one.

  • BGM

    I join my fellow readers in being in love with this car. But I have a special reason: this car confirms to me that MB can actually put the gear lever in the correct place, the transmission tunnel. So why do they insist in putting it where it doesn’t belong, on the steering column?

    • nauticalone

      Agree completely!

  • Six Thousand Times

    I knew this was going to be a stunner. Weird though that M-Bs studio shots always make their cars look unattractive. Something about the angles or lighting or something.

  • TheBelltower

    Well isn’t that just sexy AF !?

  • AstonMartin

    Love it!

  • An Existing Person

    As if the coupe wasn’t stunning already. This is beautiful.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    The literal equivalent of the Carrera GTS Cabrio. Only faster.

  • Tumbi Mtika
  • Scott Harpel

    Still rather have an F-Type…

    • Kagan

      They are not in the same league!

      • Sharpel007

        SVR 575hp 0-60 3.5 sec and looks way better…

        • Kagan

          May well be but the Mercedes is a pure sportscar and the Jaguar only a GT coupe.

          • Sharpel007

            Have you driven an SVR or read the reviews? And the XK it is not..

          • Kagan

            No, have you driven any?
            Still the SVR version is a hottet F probably a good car but more comparable with AMG SLs.
            To get some indication watch Head2Head tests av F.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I’d rather the Benz. More sense of occasion, more exotica.

  • Kannag Don Amenra

    I love the interior, the rear and the profile but something about the new Mercedes face is not right.

  • DMJ

    Goodbye Mercedes SL!!

  • NG212

    This is a gorgeous piece of kit from Mercedes-AMG. I didn’t expect it would be unveiled so soon.

    The new C model is a great middle ground between S and R. And similar to the SLS, the Roadster looks even better than I expected — and I’m not even a convertible person.

  • Cars like this highlight just how far behind BMW is in this sector.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      And honestly, it pisses me off that BMW is doing NOTHING. This roadster looks like the love child of a 997 911 and a Z8. There is no reason the Z8 isn’t reborn to challenge this, just like Mercedes did not shy away from creating a 911 rival, much like AUDI.

      • Exactly. And just look at that interior, I applaud Mercedes for having the balls to to give it some real personality. Sure it will date fast but its leagues ahead of the soulless BMWs, even the i8.

  • kimbentsen

    She is a beauty. AMG, take my money.

  • anonymous

    A. Congratulations, AMG, you’ve done a cracking job. GT Roadster is somehow more desirable than GT Coupe.
    B. Where does this left the SL at, then?

  • Enter Ranting

    It’s making the same face as the baby from the Croods:

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