515bhp Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster arrives

Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster arrives as 515bhp drop-top

Middle-ground version of convertible supercar plugs a gap in the GT range; deliveries will commence in July

Mercedes-AMG is now offering the running gear of the GT S with the Roadster body, plugging a gap in its sports car line-up for a middle-ground drop-top.

Powered by a 515bhp and 494lb ft-producing turbocharged V8, the new convertible GT S sits between the entry-level 469bhp GT Roadster and the 549bhp GT C Roadster.

As such, the performance enabled by the GT S-spec 4.0-litre engine places the car directly between its two siblings, with a 0-62mph sprint time of 3.8sec and a top speed of 191mph.

Like the rest of the GT range, the GT S drives its rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. However, it also gets a standard sports exhaust and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential that isn’t offered on the lesser GT. Also included are adaptive dampers, along with 19in front and 20in rear alloy wheels.

The GT S has the same driveline as the GT, rather than the wider tracks of the GT C and GT R (which isn’t available as a Roadster). However, the four-wheel steering system of the GT C and GT R is an option on the GT S.

In addition, buyers can specify the AMG Dynamic Plus package, which brings firmer suspension, active engine mount and quicker-responding steering. Inside, the pack adds Nappa leather and Dinimaca upholstery.

Mercedes-AMG is taking pre-orders for the GT S Roadster now, although it won’t be launched in the UK until July. Pricing will be announced at that time; expect a starting figure of about £125,000.

AMG’s GT model range now includes 12 models, including three versions of the new GT 4dr Coupé (which is actually more technically related to the E-Class) and two customer racing models. The range will culminate with a GT Black Series, due in 2020 with an expected power figure of 630bhp.

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Source:: Autocar