Drop-Top AMG GT Roadster Breaks Cover — Can You 'C' It Now?

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German carmaker Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the roadster version of the AMG GT supercar. The new drop top AMG supercar will make its official debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show later this month.

The new roadster is available in two variants, the normal GT Roadster and the slightly more unhinged GT C roadster.

The base AMG GT roadster is more powerful than its hardtop sibling while the GT C roadster's closed roof sibling is expected to debut in 2017.

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The new roadster lineup starts with the base AMG GT Roadster. Like all the other AMG GT variants around, the GT roadster uses a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that produces 469bhp and 630Nm of torque.

The AMG GT Roadster will sprint from 0–100km/h in four seconds flat and has a top speed of 302km/h.

The new AMG GT C Roadster sits between the GT S and the deranged Hulk-green GT R.

Under the hood of the GT C roadster, the twin turbo 4.0-litre V8 cranks out 549bhp and 680Nm of torque.

The GT C will sprint from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds and will top out at 315km/h.

Both roadster variants share quite a few details like the 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox, the big 'Panamereica' grille, a boot lid made from a new composite material and active aero elements.

Also shared is an electrically operated folding soft top roof. The roof takes 11 seconds to fold into the boot.

The soft-top uses three layers of fabric which are supported by a frame made from a mix of aluminium, steel and magnesium.  

The roof is available in three colour options: black, red, and beige.

The AMG GT C Roadster has a few extra tricks up its sleeve other than the extra power and the new badge.

The GT C Roadster mimics the GT R witha wider track and rear arches. It also borrows other tech from the GT R like active rear steering and an electronically controlled limited-slip diff to help it through the corners.

Also fitted on to the GT C roadster are AMG's adaptive dampers, a retuned dual-clutch transmission with new Race mode, and a switchable performance exhaust.

The interiors have been tweaked as well with a new light-coloured leather upholstery option.

The optional AMG performance seats have been fitted with Merc's Airscarf system to which blows hot air over the occupant's necks.

The Burmester sound system has also been tweaked for that extra bass thanks to a new bass sound reproduction system.

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Story first published: Thursday, September 15, 2016, 10:32 [IST]
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