The Mercedes-AMG GT R coupe launched three years ago and now it’s getting a roadster version.
The all-new Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster is about as spectacular as you would expect the car to be. Like the GT R Coupe, the Roadster is essentially faster, more extreme version of the AMG GT convertible with the looks to back up the performance. Here are three things to know about the new GT R Roadster headed for the Geneva Auto Show.
It’s Just as Fast as the Fixed-Roof Mercedes-AMG GT R
Powering the Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster is the same 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine found in the coupe version of the most powerful AMG GT. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic dual-clutch AMG gearbox.
We expect a car to lose a bit of straight-line power when it transforms into a roadster, but that’s not the case with the new AMG GT R Roadster. Just 3.6 seconds are needed to reach 100 km/h on way to a top speed of 317 km/h.
Active Aerodynamics Abound
The new Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster has a way with air. A speed-sensitive active aerodynamic profile is found under the new AMG model and can extend up to 40 millimeters downwards depending on what the driver is doing and the drive mode selected.
The system essentially creates a “Venturi” effect which pulls the car towards the road for improved stability while reducing front-axle lift by 40 kilograms when the speed exceeds 250 km/h. The net result is reduced drag along with improved steering and cornering at high speeds according to Mercedes-AMG.
Another feature called AIRPANEL uses an electric motor to adjust the position of a lineup of vertical louvres located at the bottom of the front apron. Optimal cooling is achieved by efficiently opening and closing these louvres.
The Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Will Be Exclusive
Mercedes-AMG will be keeping the GT Roadster exclusive. Only 750 units will be produced which is actually less than a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. That’s quite significant when you think about. Each unit will be numbered.
Six years after the launch of the Mercedes-AMG GT and three years after the arrival of the sportier AMG GT R couple, the lineup is getting what is likely its last and certainly most exclusive model with the AMG GT R Roadster. The car will debut this week at the Geneva Auto Show.