The Mercedes-AMG GT (C190) is a 2-door, 2-seat grand tourer coupé produced by Mercedes-AMG. After the SLS AMG, it is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG. The car is produced in two performance variations, with the Mercedes-AMG GT S (C120) having a slightly higher performance. Both models went on sale in March 2015, with a GT3 racing variant of the car expected to be released in 2016. “The convertible has moved well beyond the drawing board”, is what Moers told to AutoExpress and tingled our imagination. The Roadster will come to fill the gap between the luxury-oriented SL and the sporty SLK: “The SL is a grand tourer, this will absolutely be a proper sports car”. Engine is familiar 4.0 L V8 bi-turbo and it is here to stay and will probably be offered in next variants 462 HP and 510 HP. So let’s read more about this new 2018 Mercedes AMG GT Roadster.
2018 Mercedes AMG GT Roadster interior
Inside, expect to find the same impressive cockpit design that revolves around an aviation inspired theme, same wing-like dashboard with spotlight style A/C vents in the center stack, and concave shaped door panels. The cabin will also be packed with high quality materials, including leather, Alcantara, contrast stitching, and exemplary finish. The entire change from fixed head coupe to canvas top roadster will probably be reduced to adding two overriding features: a button with the sole purpose of folding or raising the textile roof, as well as the Airscarf neck level heating system integrated into the headrests. Naturally, all of the above will be complimented by the infinite headroom that comes with a removable roof. The infotainment system will also mimic the coupe’s and include the latest apps and features.
Aside from losing its fixed roof, the 2018 Mercedes AMG GT Roadster will gain a slightly longer deck lid. This minor tweak will allow for a smoother transition from one body style to the other without ruining the car’s sleek appearance. Naturally, a panel will be used to fill the gap behind the seats, while a wind deflector will show up between the headrests. The GT’s chassis stiffness will take minimal changes, so it could accommodate the loss of structural rigidity from the roof, which is cloth to keep weight down. Apparently according to the rumors, seems that the soft-top will mimic the shape of the SLS AMG’s roof.
Under the Roadster’s long hood will lie a twin turbocharged 4.0 L V8 engine from AMG GT which in its base form produces 456 HP and 443 lb-ft of torque. There is some online chat that indicates there might be an another option, from AMG GT S version, that will bump Roadsters power to 503 HP and 479 lb-ft of torque. Pretty powerful for a soft-top vehicle but Mercedes can handle it with ease. There is also some info that with the new Roadster, innovative technologies might be used to produce its power, including the use of a “hot V” design. This means the fresh air is drawn in from the outside of the cylinder heads and exits towards the inside of the engine’s V, or center section. That’s where the two turbochargers live. With the distance between exhaust valve and turbo spool kept to an absolute minimum, it reduces turbo lag to almost nothing. But as far as performance goes, we can expect the Roadster to be a bit slower than the coupe, mainly due to its less aerodynamic shape and the extra weight in the reinforced chassis and body. Since the AMG GT hits 0-60 MPH in around 3,9 sec we expect Roadster to hit the same speed in 4,0 or 4,1 sec and top out at around 185 MPH.
Release date and price
Thanks to the research, information and rumors online we predict that the 2018 Mercedes AMG GT Roadster is expected to debut in Detroit or Geneva which are the most likely venues where the fourth member of the GT family will come undone. At the US markets it is probably going to come as a 2018 model. As for the price goes we predict that the drop top could cost about $120.000 before options. The range topping version with 503 HP could probably cost around $137.000.
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