Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster conquered the French capital, proving to be one of the main attractions at this year’s Paris motor show. LIVE REPORT.
The drop-top supercar stormed into Paris in not one, but two guises. In base form, the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster is powered by the familiar 476 hp and 630 Nm four-liter twin-turbo V8. The surprise variant is called Mercedes-AMG GT C and it is a new, more potent bridge model between the GT S and GT R, complete with 557 hp (made by the same V8 engine) and the trick active rear axle steering and electronically controlled rear axle electronically controlled locking differential of the later.
Even the look of the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster mimics very closely the GT R. New 57 mm wider rear fenders make room for the wider track and wider wheels on the rear axle, all good for higher cornering speeds and improved traction. The seven-speed dual-clutch AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed transmission gets a higher ratio overall, but a lower ratio fitted to the seventh gear. That means better acceleration, but easier cruising. In addition, the AMG GT Roadster C has a lithium-ion battery, Nappa leather, the AMG performance steering wheel, the additional transmission mode RACE and a performance exhaust system with valve control.
The transmission mode “RACE” optimally adjusts the shift strategy of the dual clutch transmission to the needs of the racetrack – very fast shift speeds and highly emotive engine sound are included. By pressing the separate “M” button in the centre console, the driver can activate the manual transmission mode in any drive mode. The base Mercedes-AMG GT offers (via AMG DYNAMIC SELECT controller) three transmission modes “C” (Comfort), “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport Plus) and the individually programmable setup “I” (Individual).
In standard guise, the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster winds up to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds and reaches a top speed of 302 km / h. In the GT C, the sprint from zero to 100 km/h is absolved in 3.7 seconds, and this fulminating acceleration only ends at the top speed of 316 km/h.
The AMG GT Roadster carries an electrically operated fabric top which opens or closes in 11 seconds, up to 50 km/h. It features a triple-layer construction and a low-weight structure consisting of magnesium/steel/aluminium. The canvas top can be ordered in black, red and beige. Unique to the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster is the new rollover protection: an integrated aluminium cross-member with rollover bars. When closed, the soft top mimics the Mercedes-AMG GT coupe shape quite gracefully. Only the rear screen is cut a little steeper with the result of a longer boot lid.