Strapped for Cash? Don’t Even Look at the New Mercedes-AMG GT Roadsters
The rumors turned out to be true, and Mercedes has indeed revealed two new AMG GT convertibles, but considering the vast amounts of luxury equipment and powerful motors equipped inside of these roadsters, it’s safe to say only well-off citizens will be able to drive these cars off dealership lots.
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That’s not to say the average citizen shouldn’t stop by the Paris Motor Show when Mercedes officially unveils these cars to the world, but the coupe version carries a starting MSRP of more than $110,000, so it’s expected these new convertibles will be even more expensive and therefore even more exclusive.
Underneath the hood of the new Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 pumping out 469 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. That powerful engine, along with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, allows this convertible to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 188 mph. In addition, AMG engineers have outfitted this roadster with an active air management system to help keep that engine cool, while the car’s AMG sport suspension helps it maneuver through difficult turns.
As if that wasn’t enough, Mercedes will also be taking an even more powerful version of this roadster to Paris, which it has dubbed the Mercedes-AMG GT C. This model features the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 as the base model, yet it provides even better performance of 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque. Needless to say, thanks that increased power the GT C can accelerate even quicker than the base version, needing just 3.7 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill. Furthermore, the Mercedes-AMG GT C is so fast that the German automaker has electronically limited the convertible’s top speed to just 196 mph.
On top of its insanely powerful engine, the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster also comes equipped with other unique features such as an AMG Performance exhaust system, Nappa leather upholstery, and AMG Ride Control, as well as electronic limited-slip differential and active rear-wheel steering, which it just so happened to borrow from the new GT R.
Paris Motor Show guests will be the first members of the general public to view these roadsters in person. After that, the convertibles are expected to become available in the United States by fall 2017.