2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster spy pics

The story of the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster unfolds – thanks to a fabric roof – later next year

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster spy pics

The story of the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster unfolds – thanks to a fabric roof – later next year.

THESE are the first pictures of the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster, a folding-roof version of the ferocious GT Coupe that is set to stun the cashed-up, sun-loving world sometime around next March’s Geneva Auto Salon, or perhaps a month later in New York. 

The two-seat R190 Roadster convertible is somewhat reminiscent of the closely related Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster. It trades the sleek three-door fastback silhouette of the C190 Coupe for a more formal notchback design reminiscent of Benz’s line-up from earlier this decade, down to the two-seater configuration and electrically actuated folding fabric roof. 

Mercedes -AMG-GT-roadster -frontWhile the obvious target is the venerable Porsche 911 range, the Affalterbach, Germany-based firm will also be fighting off the likes of the Aston Martin Vantage, Audi R8 Spyder, Bentley Continental GT Convertible, Ferrari California T, and Maserati GranCabrio. 

The 2018 model-year Mercedes-AMG GT range is also mooted to undergo a makeover at the same time as the extra bodystyle arrives, comprising of a minor facelift front and rear, updates to the interior, and potential boosts in performance and fuel efficiency.

Mercedes -AMG-GT-roadster -driving -rear -sideQuestions remain over which variants of the GT Roadster are being prepared, with speculation alluding to a lower-spec Mercedes- AMG GT C (for Clubsport) joining the hardcore GT S (for Sport) model that has already blown our minds in coupe form. A track-weapon GT R could also be in the pipeline. Above that, a Black Series is rumoured some way down the track. 

Whatever transpires, all are expected to be powered by revised versions of Mercedes-AMG’s ballistic M168 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, found in the 350kW/650Nm GT S Coupe, mounted behind the front axle, and driving the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. With the weight of extra bracing adding a bit more ballast to the Roadster, expect the quickest versions to hit the 100km/h mark in around four seconds. 

Mercedes -AMG-GT-roadster -rearThe Mercedes-AMG GT employs an aluminium space-frame chassis and body, with magnesium used for the bonnet and boot lid. The supercar uses double wishbone suspension at both ends.

Pricing, of course, is still a secret, but count on the GT Roadster to range from about $250,000 to $350,000 when sales start in Australia from about the middle of 2017. That is a damned-sight less than the $490,000 (plus on-roads) demanded for the R197 SLS Roadster sold here from 2012 to 2014.

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