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.
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?
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...