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Mercedes-AMG Drops Top on 2018 GT and GT C Roadsters

Mercedes-AMG Drops Top on 2018 GT and GT C Roadsters

By Philly Murtha, September 16, 2016
The AMG performance division of Mercedes-Benz has unveiled two powerful, premium sporty convertible models that will debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster and more aggressive GT C Roadster variant that is slightly less powerful may be considered challengers to Porsche’s 911 sportscar and will arrive in dealer showrooms before fall in 2017.

The 2-seat GT Roadster is propelled by a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine that generates 469 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. Partnered with AMG’s 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, the GT Roadster can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, according to the automaker. Top speed for the GT Roadster is 188 mph, while the GT C can reach 196 mph. An even more aggressive performance GT C Roadster is powered by a more highly-tuned engine that makes 550 horsepower and 502 lb.-ft. of torque.

The 2018 AMG GT C Roadster also features technical refinements of the AMG GT R, which include rear-axle steering; an electronically controlled rear-axle locking differential; and AMG’s sport suspension. It also is built with wider rear fenders and wider wheels of the GT R to allow for better traction when cornering at higher speeds. The GT C Roadster comes with standard Nappa leather interior, performance leather, microfiber steering wheel, and an additional “Race” driving mode. A throaty performance exhaust system is standard on the GT C Roadster variant.

Both roadsters are rear-wheel drive (RWD) and have fabric tops that come in three color choices—black, beige, and red. Tops can open and close in 11 seconds, even while moving up to 30 mph, according to Mercedes officials. The cars are built on lightweight aluminum architecture and come in a possible 11 exterior paint colors with 10 interior color selections. For driving entertainment, both roadsters are equipped with one of two high-end Burmeister audiophile sound systems with a specially developed subwoofer.

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