Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster Blows Its Top

Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster Blows Its Top

A quick glance at the nomenclature will let you work out that this GT S Roadster is a GT S with its roof chopped off, which means Mercedes' 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 with 515bhp and 494lb/ft of torque (that's 35bhp more than the GT and 46bhp less than the GT C), enough for a 0-62mph sprint in 3.7 seconds.

Visual cues that separate the Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster from the other variants include inlet grilles for the front bumper, diffuser, and fenders as well as a new trim for the front splitter. In the standard model, this produces 469 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque, while the C version ups the ante to 550 hp and 502 lb-ft.

When the Roadster version of Mercedes-AMG's GT sports auto was first announced back in 2016, the company elected not to offer an "S" version, rather leaving customers to choose between the 350kW base model and the more brutal GT C with 410kW and various performance parts from the GT R.

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The open-top version of AMG's sports auto made its debut in 2016 but only in GT and GT C guises. Styling-wise, the AMG GT S Roadster features the same aero kit as its coupé sibling and offers the option of mixed tires sized 265/35 R19 at the front and 295/30 at the rear.

As such, the performance enabled by the GT S-spec 4.0-litre engine places the vehicle directly between its two siblings, with a 0-62mph sprint time of 3.8sec and a top speed of 191mph.

Over a year after the launch of the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster, it has been officially announced that a new model will be made available. In addition, five drive modes are available, including Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, Race, and Individual. Ceramic composite brakes are optional: 15.8 inches in front and 14.2 inches in the rear. Expect to see a price tag of around $310,000 before on-road costs.

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