What happens when you combine power, speed, a long hood, super sleek profile with a soft top? Dreams come true. This is the new Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster revealed ahead of its official debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month. But the big news lays in the power department, we all knew it might get the standard GT power of 468-bhp but no one knew there would be two versions that include that much more potent 549-bhp version dubbed the GT C Roadster.
The Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster borrows most of its tech from the race-driven AMG GT R Coupe, the “C” variant is powered by the 4.0-liter twin-turbo motor good for 0-62 mph in 3.7 seonds and a top speed of 196-mph. It’s really as good as the green-hell GT R if you prefer an open top experience without the harsher ride and the 28 extra horses.
The Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster gets the same electronic deferential and AMG performance exhaust as standard, 57mm wider at the back than the standard roadster version and bodywork upgrades; like wider wheels/track and the GT R’s rear-wheel steering system. Also from the R are the active aero flaps behind the front bumper to minimize drag at cruising speed and maximize cooling at high speeds. The GT C also gets a shorter first gear ratio for the 7 speed dual clutch transmission, an active pop-up rear spoiler and a longer seventh gear.
The Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster weighs heavier despite Mercedes’s efforts in reducing weight via steering knuckles, aluminium wishbones, composite boot lid and a magnesium/steel/aluminum roof structure that wraps the three layers of fabric. The total weight of the roadster reaches 1670kg’s – only 55kg more than the GT Coupe while the GT C roadster is almost 90kg more than the GT S Coupe.
The roof can be raised and lowered in 11 seconds at speed of up to 30mph with soft-top colors that include; red, black and beige. You can also choose the exterior from eleven different colors and the interior from 10 colors.