If you’re easily confused by the various AMG GT models Mercedes is offering, and it’s only going to get more complicated next year. Right now, you can buy a GT Coupe and Roadster, GT C Coupe and Roadster, GT S Coupe, and GT R Coupe. However, new spy photos show Mercedes is looking to expand its GT lineup with the GT R Roadster. And we don’t even want to talk about the rumoured GT R Black Series coming, too. 

Other Mercedes-AMG models getting updated:

This is our first look at the AMG GT R Roadster, and it looks just like the GT R coupe except it has a convertible top and fixed wing. The Coupe has a retractable wing. Everything else looks like what you’d expect from AMG. The GT R Roadster is long, broad, and angry with an aggressive rear fascia and valance and big, meaty tyres tucked up under the wheel wells. 

Mercedes-AMG GT-R Roadster

Under the bonnet should be the same twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 found in the GT R Coupe. It should produce 585 bhp and 516 lb-ft of torque. That allows the coupe to hit 62 mph in 3.6 seconds. The Roadster should perform the same. 

We won’t know much until Mercedes releases the GT R Roadster’s full details. However, we don’t expect it to change the AMG GT platform formula drastically. Mercedes is positioning the GT as its answer to the Porsche 911 – a platform and nameplate where the automaker can make several different variants at varying price points. The wide range of choices – and prices – means the automaker can make some money on its pricier versions while giving aspiring supercar owners something they can afford. 

Mercedes-AMG GT-R Roadster

Production for the GT began in 2014 for the 2015 model year, and since then, the automaker has slowly expanded the lineup. The GT R Roadster just happens to be the next model the automaker needs in its lineup before the GT R Black Series. After that, maybe we’ll see a GT R Roadster Black Series, too. Expect the GT R Roadster to go on sale sometime next year.  

Photos: CarPix

Gallery: Mercedes-AMG GT-R Roadster Spy Photos

Photo by: CarPix