When I found out Mercedes-AMG was going to make the GT coupe I nearly wet my racing suit because I knew it would go like a pommie running away from a shower and look sexier than me in a pair of green boxer shorts, long socks and suede shoes.
Nah, just joking.
When it first appeared a few years back, the Mercedes-AMG created a sensation for a number of reasons not the least being its looks and performance. Then they built the GT-R with more of everything. What an awesome piece of kit with nearly 600 horsepower coming from its twin turbo V8 engine.
That would have made Porsche sit up and pay attention.
Now Mercedes-AMG has gone a step further with a pair of drop top roadsters in GT and GTC spec, the former with `only’ 350kW/630Nm and the latter with 410kW/680Nm. Needless to say, they’re quick thanks in part to aluminium space frame construction keeping weight down, oh, and all that power and grunt helps a bit too.
The the GT clocks a 0-100kmh sprint in 4.0 seconds neat while the C car is 0.3 of a second quicker.
Naturally the extra turbo boost for the C car takes its toll at the bowser as it guzzles 11.4-litres/100km a full 2.0 litres more than the GT roadster.
Both have a triple layer soft top that deploys or retracts in 11 seconds up to 50kmh.
The twin turbo, 4.0-litre, V8 engine features efficiency optimising technology including direct fuel injection and variable cam timing and lift… along with the twin turbos.
It’s a transaxle set-up with the engine up front and gearbox/differential at the back for better weight distribution.
Due to the lack of a metal roof, the roadsters have extra reinforcing in the side chassis rails, windscreen structure, behind the dash and a strut tower brace at the rear. There are additional cross members and the roll bar is fixed for extra rigidity.
ALL THAT POWER
They weigh around the 1600kg mark but with all that power and torque, it doesn’t matter.
AMG had plenty of input in the suspension with the C car scoring active rear wheel steering,fully adaptive suspension and super wide 20-inch rear wheels that fit under a widened rear chassis/body.
Drive is to the rear wheels via a dual clutch seven speed transmission with multiple drive modes.
Braking is by extremely large stoppers on the GT roadster and even larger ones on the C car.
Both get the full luxury treatment with nappa leather and the a suite of Mercedes-Benz luxury kit – advanced driver assist technology, premium audio, the latest multi-media systems and creature comforts at the highest level.
NOT THE NEIGHBOURS
Even the exhaust is tuned to make you smile but possibly not your neighbours…. ah well can’t have everything.
You can get your AMG GT roadster from September if you have $300k plus to throw around.