Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Goes Official With Active Aero, 197 MPH Top Speed

The Mercedes-AMG GT lineup is expanding as the automaker has introduced the new GT R Roadster.

Essentially drop top version of the range-topping coupe, the GT R Roadster has a triple-layer fabric soft top with a lightweight structure constructed out of aluminum, magnesium and steel. The model also has gloss black mirror caps, yellow brake calipers and 19- / 20-inch forged wheels.

Moving into the cabin, drivers are greeted by a familiar cockpit that has a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.25-inch infotainment system and black carbon fiber / piano lacquer trim. The model also comes equipped with black Nappa leather AMG Performance seats and an individually numbered badge on the center console. A number of different options will be available including heated / cooled seats and the AirScarf neck-level heating system.

Like the standard GT R, the roadster is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 577 hp (430 kW/ 585 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which enables the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.6 seconds before hitting a top speed of 197 mph (317 km/h).

While most convertibles are focused on cruising, the GT R Roadster is pretty hardcore. Among the standard features are dynamic engine and transmission mounts, a titanium exhaust and a carbon fiber torque tube. The model also has a track-focused suspension, active rear-wheel steering and an electronically controlled limited slip rear differential.

If that wasn’t impressive enough, the GT R Roadster has active aerodynamics. The system works by extending a carbon fiber element downward by approximately 1.6 inches (40mm) to create a Venturi effect which “sucks the car onto the road.” It also reduces front-axle lift by roughly 88.1 lbs (40 kg) at 155 mph (250 km/h).

Production will be limited to 750 units globally, but there’s no word on pricing quite yet.

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  • Lloyd Anthony D Peters

    That is DANGEROUSLY pretty….

  • ErnieB

    Yup.. I need a better job..f$&k

  • Mr. EP9

    Shmee150 ordered one, didn’t he?

  • Bash

    I hate the fact that I don’t afford one.

  • TheBelltower

    This thing is soooo nice. But it’s also absurdly expensive for what it is. I’ve seen maybe three of them ever.

    • SteersUright

      All over Miami, seen plenty. I think they’re just nice, not amazing, not gorgeous. Never seem to stand out much, but, definitely handsome designs.

  • Bo Hanan

    For the price I think a retractable spoiler would have been a better way to go. This one looks tacky.

    • Matt

      Yes but this is the ‘R’ – it’s track focused so a fixed spoiler is more in keeping with its performance and downforce requirements (as well as letting people know you have the faster version).

      You want a rectractable spoiler you buy the regular version.

      • Bo Hanan

        I think you spell out a dilemma that I would expect AMG to work out for my money.

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  • donald seymour

    I beg the difference to all my counterparts. This thing gets more and more ugly with each iteration. I miss the original first grille.

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