Mercedes-Benz has always been a strong player in the convertible segment. The model year 2018 won’t be an exception to that rule, with a total release of four different roofless cars. The 2017 model year even brings us a total number of ten convertibles! Of course, not all these convertibles are completely individual models. They are often adaptations of regular roofed Mercedes models, which makes it less work for the brand to release a convertible version. The 2018 Mercedes AMG GT Roadster is such a vehicle. It’s adapted from the 2016 Mercedes AMG GT, with AMG being Mercedes youngest asset that is the special division for high power vehicles.
Besides the 2018 Mercedes AMG GT Roadster there are three other AMG GT versions that will be released in 2018. The logic behind the release of the AMG GT Roadster is that Porsche will release a roadster version of their 911 Turbo. Back in 2014, the AMG GT was designed specifically to become a direct competitor for that model.
The largest difference between the regular GT and the 2018 Mercedes AMG GT Roadster is of course the roof and roofline. To start with the roofline, because of the retractable soft-top roof, the curvy roofline has been ditched. That roofline, which can best be described as a Porsche 911-copy, made place for a straight and longer decklid. The decklid is elongated to make room to keep the roof when it’s down. That makes the AMG GT Roadster look more like a regular convertible instead of the noticeable curved GT.
Furthermore, the GT Roadster sports a beautiful soft-top roof that’s electronically retractable. Within eleven seconds the roof can be put up or down completely, up to a speed of 31 mph (50 kph). The roof is made of three layers of extremely durable fabric, which is perfectly adaptable to all types of weather. The soft-top roof comes in a choice of three colours: red, beige and black.
Finally, the front of the car differs most from the regular AMG GT. The Roadster has larger lower air vents and a different grille and grille pattern that changes the shape of the front fascia.
Another alternative feature for the GT Roadster is the addition of new 19 and 20 inch AMG light alloy wheels in a new double spoke design.
All in all, compared to other high performance convertibles, the Mercedes AMG GT Roadster does pretty well. The lower and longer 2018 BMW Z5 might actually become the biggest oponent in this pecifica automobile segment.
The interior takes over many features from the regular GT too. The successful cockpit lay-out makes its return, with a wide center stack that flows out to the left and right dashboard. On top of the center stack are four circular air vents that really steal the show. Underneath there are two rows of buttons and eight rotary knobs for operating the infotainment system. The rest of the interior is quite clean and the steering wheel has the same sporty vibe as that of the striking and attractive racecar, the 2017 Porsche 911 R.
All the premium interior options of the regular AMG GT will also make presence on the Roadster. That means: a wide choice of colour, cloth and leather type options and luxurious stitching. The Roadster also gets one extra leather colour, which is a beautifully bright light beige.
The standard sound system is going to be a four speaker audio system. There is also a choice of two premium Burmester sound systems. One has eleven speakers and a subwoofer in the back, the other has ten speakers, both offer surround sound experience.
The 2018 Mercedes AMG GT Roadster features the same engine as the regular AMG GT. However, the twin-turbocharged, 4.0 liter V8 engine has been tuned to make up for the increased weight. That’s why the same engine makes 469 hp in the Roadster, where it makes 456 horsepower in the regular GT. According to Mercedes, this bit of tuning worked out well, since the AMG GT Roadster goes from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, equal to the 0-60 time of the regular AMG GT.
The engine comes with a seven speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which offers three driving programs and a RACE START function for the best possible fuel efficiency. This transmission system is one that is also found in the groundbreaking convertible 2017 Mercedes Benz SLC. The lack of a manual stick shift is justified by the presence of aluminium shifting paddles on the steering-wheel. If the driver opts for it, these can take over the gearshifting procedure from the automatic transmission.
The United States and Europe both get the one engine option. Luckily, Mercedes will release the AMG GT Roadster C as well, that one makes 550 horsepower. If that still doesn’t answer your personal needs, check out Mercedes’ other convertibles that are on the 2018 release list.
Again, most of the tech specs carry over from the regular GT model. We don’t expect the Roadster to feature any more additional specs, but here is what will definitely make the cut.
First off, there are some premium safety features, starting with Attention Assist. Also known as drowsiness detection, the feature uses a sensor in the steering-wheel to detect when the driver doesn’t make as many steering movements as before. This behaviour is almost always due to diminished attention on the road. This can be very dangerous since drowsiness is something you can’t easily recognize in yourself.
Other important safety options include Collision Prevention Assist with Autonomous Braking, Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Detection. Due to a front camera the car can keep a safe distance from the car in front and recognize traffic signs and adapt the maximum speed accordingly.
Price and release date
Prices are not known yet, but we expect Mercedes to aspire the direct competition with Porsche. The base model of the regular GT costs $112,000 before options, so with a raise of about $8,000, bringing the price to $120,000, the 2018 Mercedes AMG GT Roadster still remains far under the price of the Porsche 911 Turbo.
The release date is in the late spring of 2017 for both continents, so that buyers can make good use of the summer in their brand new convertible.
For Europe, the regular GT starts €117,000, so a raise of at least €10,000 can be expected. If prices are made known, this article will immediately be updated.