The Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster Is A New Way To Get Germanic Drop-Top Kicks

The AMG GT Roadster is available in S form for the first time, bringing with it more power and a smarter differential
The Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster Is A New Way To Get Germanic Drop-Top Kicks

Up until now, if you’ve wanted your Mercedes-AMG GT in Roadster form, your choices have been a bit limited. It’s either the entry-level, 469bhp GT (a car we’re rather fond of, as it happens) or the beefier GT C with its super-wide GT R rear axle and general air of badassery.

Now though, there’s a nice new version that sits neatly between the two: the GT S. Such a thing has been available from launch for the coupe, but this is the first time the S has appeared in the drop-top range.

The Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster Is A New Way To Get Germanic Drop-Top Kicks

Here, the tried-and-tested 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 is good for 515bhp. 0-62mph takes 3.8 seconds - exactly the same as the GT S coupe, and two tenths quicker than the standard GT. At the top end meanwhile, it’s all out of ideas at 191mph. Which will be plenty fast with the roof down.

The Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster Is A New Way To Get Germanic Drop-Top Kicks

Further mirroring the GT S coupe’s spec, the newest member of the Roadster family has an electronically-controlled limited-slip differential and standard-fit adaptive dampers. The entry-level GT makes do with a mechanical LSD, and the posher dampers are optional.

If you want to make it sharper still, there’s the option of the AMG Dynamic Plus pack, which gives the car a different steering setup, stiffer suspension plus dynamic engine and transmission mounts that stiffen and slacken automatically as required. Once you tick that box, you can have rear-axle steering too, if you fancy.

The Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster Is A New Way To Get Germanic Drop-Top Kicks

UK order books are open now, with a starting price of £126,730. Unsurprisingly, that slots it nicely between the GT and the GT C.

If you had the choice, what kind of AMG GT Roadster would you pick?


Valanti Demetriades

Oh thank god. As a 20 year old college student I am thankful that Mercedes filled up the gap in the market for me. The standard GT really was too slow while the GT-C was just too fast. This is like a Spring day. Not too cold, not too warm, but just right!

05/14/2018 - 12:38 |
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And this is why we have climate control in car’s that can adjusted with an increasement/decreasement of 0.5 degree of a celsius.

05/14/2018 - 15:00 |
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GTRTURTLE 🔰 🐢(Oo \ S K Y L I N E / oO) (Koen

It reminds me of a Honda S2000 with the top up

05/14/2018 - 12:46 |
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Probably just the paint scheme

05/14/2018 - 13:27 |
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05/14/2018 - 12:50 |
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time to update the infotainment system from a 2011 A-class as well, maybe add a configurable digital dash too

05/14/2018 - 12:52 |
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05/14/2018 - 12:53 |
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05/14/2018 - 16:29 |
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Yikes that interior looks incrediblely outdated

Why couldn’t they put the new 2 screen on the Facelifted car?

Oh well at least it still has the V8

05/14/2018 - 13:26 |
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Not a deal breaker..

05/14/2018 - 16:41 |
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Tomislav Celić

Is it just me or the GT is due to replacement? I mean it was kinda meh when it came out. It stayed there and now, I just can’t find a reason for someone to buy one. I mean the old SLS despite being a front engined boat, still managed to be compared to a 458 in certain reviews. The new AMG GT looks like it’s in the class of it’s own. And a class that noone wants. I mean it’s not styleish as an Aston Martin, Sporty or fun as a Porsche, and now as crazy as the F-Type. I just can’t think of any reason to buy one. I guess the problem with the GT was always two things. First, it was brilliant, but not as brilliant or perfected into a certain place as any of it’s rival. And two, it wasn’t as powerfull as the SLS.

05/14/2018 - 13:52 |
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I’ll agree that it is a bit “meh” next to cars like the F-type, LC500 and 911 Cabriolet. It doesn’t have as much magic as the old SLS had with its big 6.2L engine and gullwing doors. I’ve warmed to it recently (especially the GTR), but I feel like it needs to make up its mind whether it wants to be a boisterous sports car or a GT, because right now it’s in the middle.

05/14/2018 - 14:24 |
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Well a Black series is coming out as like a final hurrah kinda thing

So let’s see how that goes

05/14/2018 - 15:17 |
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Does it come in any other colors than yellow? I mean seriously come on, give me a good blue or red or honestly anything but yellow..

05/15/2018 - 02:35 |
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Idk if you know this but that colour is called “Solar beam yellow” which costs about $10,000. It has pearlescent effect to it which creates a dark and bright yellow transitions at the same time under different lighting effects. So, yes there is a reason why that colour is still offered.

05/15/2018 - 06:29 |
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Kaan Drives

Miata is always the answer.

05/15/2018 - 20:49 |
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