|2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster|
Welcome aboard to the brand new Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster and while it delivers the same thrills as the normal hardtop version, this open-top equivalent looks more convincing to drive on the open roads without all the drama. So, what is it then, anyway?
As an open-top equivalent of the not-so-bad Mercedes-AMG GT, the new roadster variant slightly weighs more than the hardtop version but despite the added weight, the most powerful version in the open-top variant, the C, produces 558PS of power output from its 4.0L V8 BiTurbo engine, which is more than what the AMG GT Coupe S produces but less than what the AMG GT R has.
Much ado about humiliating the likes of the Jaguar F-Type R Cabriolet and the Porsche 718 Boxster S, the GT Roadster, like the hardtop equivalent features stuff derived from the GT R variant such as AIRPANEL active air management system and active rear-axle steering, not to mention the rear-axle limited-slip differential, resulting to slightly improved dynamics that is as fun to drive as a supermarket trolley strapped with fireworks and despite the slightly added weight that most open-top versions would, the AMG GT Roadster is not just a screamer on the track but also a subtle grand tourer fit for epic road trips.
With prices start at 129,180 Euros, the GT Roadster is slightly more expensive than the hardtop equivalent and more expensive than the Jaguar F-Type R Cabriolet and the Porsche 718 Boxster. That sounds awful in terms of pricing but the GT Roadster is all about being a no-nonsense open-top sportscar that can work not just on the track but on the road as well without making all the fuss nearby and thanks with the stuff inspired from the GT R as well as numerous updates to keep it as fresh as a turkey on Thanksgiving Day, it's more than welcome to take on all comers no matter the cost.
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