Just when you thought the Mercedes-AMG team had outdone itself with its world premiere of the AMG GT Roadster, along comes the more-powerful AMG GT C Roadster. These two new two-seaters rev up the driving excitement in the high-performance market, as they feature the latest technical elements, hardcore power and luxurious, sexy, soft-top convertible style.
Highlights of the Mercedes‑AMG GT Roadster and the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster include 4.0-liter V8 engines with twin turbochargers, direct fuel injection and 3982-cubic-centimeter displacement. Both vehicles feature rear-wheel drive, front and rear disc brakes, and AMG SpeedShift seven‑speed dual-clutch transmissions. The GT has Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual transmission modes, while the GT C adds a fifth Race mode. Large wheels and a wide, muscular rear end heighten the visual appeal of both vehicles, coupled with technical measures such as a wider rear track and active rear axle steering.
"The eight-cylinder engine thrills with its immediate response, a linear, finely controllable power delivery and powerful acceleration in all rpm ranges. The AMG 4.0-liter V8 comes with well-proven twin turbocharging, with the two chargers not located outside on the cylinder banks, but rather between them in the V of the cylinders. The advantages of the "hot inner V:" a compact engine design, spontaneous response from the turbochargers and low exhaust emissions thanks to optimum air flow for the close-coupled catalytic converters," according to Daimler in a statement.
For sheer power, the GT C Roadster takes the lead, accelerating from 0 to 62.1 miles (100 kilometers) per hour in just 3.7 seconds, with an output of 557 horsepower (410 kW) at 5750-6750 rpm, and peak torque of 501.5 (680 Nm) at 1900-5750 rpm. Wide open, it can reach a top speed of 196.3 miles (316 kilometers) per hour. But the GT Roadster packs its own powerful punch, accelerating from 0 to 62.1 miles (100 kilometers) per hour in a respectable 4 seconds, with an output of 476 horsepower (350 kW) at 6000 rpm and peak torque of 464.6 pound-force-foot (630 Nm) at 1700-5000 rpm. Give it some room, and it can reach a top speed of 187.6 miles (302 kilometers) per hour.
To create a sound equal to the fury of its dynamic GT C Roadster, AMG installed its performance exhaust system as standard equipment, and offers it as an option for the GT Roadster. Using two variably adjustable flaps, a driver can modulate the vehicle's exhaust note directly and authentically, from the typical low-frequency V8 sound to the more emotive Race mode sound.
"Both Roadsters are quickly transformed from coupés to open-top sports cars. The fabric roof opens and closes in around eleven seconds, and can do this at speeds of up to 31 miles (50 km) per hour. The three soft-top colors, black, red and beige, can be chosen to suit the eleven exterior and ten interior colors. The three-layered fabric soft top is supported by a magnesium/steel/aluminum structure of low weight, which helps to keep the center of gravity low. Additional rollover protection is provided by an integrated aluminum cross-member with rollover bars," notes Daimler.
From their striking AMG Panamericana grilles, and 19-inch and 20-inch AMG light-alloy, five-twin-spoke designed wheels, to their wide rear ends, every inch of these two vehicles gives new meaning to the phrase, "sports car." Get behind the wheel of the AMG GT Roadster or AMG GT C Roadster and prepare for the ride of a lifetime. It won't take long to conclude that driving on the open road has never felt, or sounded or looked so good.