2017 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster First Drive

Roadsters are supposed to be the softer, more relaxed alternatives to their coupe siblings, but we're not sure Mercedes-Benz sporting division AMG got that memo. An open-topped version of the epic Mercedes-AMG GT was inevitable, but that doesn't detract from the excitement that comes from the new Roadster's introduction.

2017 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster First Drive
2017 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster First Drive

Mercedes has further underlined its 911-chasing intent by revamping and extending the whole GT line-up at the same time. The most interesting new variant is the oddly named GT C (there's no official meaning for 'C', but it sits between the GT S and the GT R), which borrows the best bits of the hardcore GT R Coupe while keeping everyday usability - it's even available as a Roadster.

As before, power comes from AMG's bombastic twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, which is mounted low down and far back in the chassis for balance - and it sends its considerable power to the rear wheels. The pick of the new range could well be the GT C Roadster tested here, which uses the GT R's sophisticated electronically controlled limited slip rear differential to help control its robust 557 horsepower. Still want that Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet?

First impressions

Drool: that's what you'll potentially do if you spend too long drinking in the curves of the new GT Roadster, as it's simply gorgeous to look at. Don't get me wrong; the GT Coupe is beautiful too, but AMG's designers have managed to give the Roadster an even lither, more dramatic appearance. With the fabric roof in p...