Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Brutal Boulevard Cruiser; Spectacular Looking Roadster Joins the Three-Pointed Star's Prestigious GT Range

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Brutal Boulevard Cruiser; Spectacular Looking Roadster Joins the Three-Pointed Star's Prestigious GT Range

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Byline: Damien Reid

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Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster

Price: $339,000

Safety: 8 airbags

Engine: 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo, 410kW/680Nm

Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch transaxle; RWD

Dimensions: 4551mm (L), 2007mm (W), 2630 (WB), 1260mm (H).

Weight: 1735kg.

0-100kmh: 3.7 seconds.

Top speed: 316kmh.

AS NIGHT follows day, when a premium manufacturer releases a sports coupe, it follows it up a year or two later with a convertible.

This unwritten law has reached the 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 Mercedes AMG GT with the arrival of the Roadster. This addition to the ever-expanding GT range was entirely predictable but brings with it a change in character over the coupe, making it more than just an AMG GT without sun protection.

Its predecessor, the gullwinged SLS AMG drew heavily on the company's motorsport heritage for design inspiration whereas the AMG GT took direct aim at the Porsche 911 not only with its market positioning but also with its swoopy rear and horizontal tail-lights.

The emergence of the Roadster however has brought a little more of Mercedes-Benz back with a squat bootlid more reminiscent of previous SLs.

Apart from a wind deflector behind the seats, the base Roadster ($284,000) is near identical to the coupe. However the GT C version tested here packs more into cosmetics, comfort and engineering.

In performance terms, the GT C sits between AMG's GT S and GT R coupes, adopting from the latter the 57mm wider rear track, fat rear guards to fit active rear-wheel steering, electronic diff and adaptive dampers as well as its seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transaxle transmission.

The nose also gets a couple of extra nostrils to feed two additional radiators that sit low and wide in the front corners.

It's capped by 19 and 20-inch alloys while both Roadsters now use the "Panamericana" grille taken from the GT3 race car with its prominent chrome vertical bars.

The GT C brings an extra 60kW over the regular Roadster - which was immediately noticeable when we put its 410kW to good use on the back roads.

You may think that, as a convertible, it's not as focused as the coupe but you are quickly reminded that it's now just 20kW shy of the Lewis Hamilton-inspired GT R. …

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