Meet The Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster

  • May 15, 2017
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The successor to the iconic Mercedes-Benz SLS, the AMG GT was unveiled by the German carmaker last year. If you ever felt that the AMG GT lacked the punch for a real supercar, you have an answer in the AMG GT C versions of the same. The AMG GT C variants spit out 558PS and 681Nm of peak torque. The engine in question is the same hand-crafted 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 motor mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic that powers all the GT models. Speaking of which, there are seven already - the base GT, the GT S, the GT R, the GT3 race car, the GT convertible, the GT C roadster, and the GT C coupe.

The GT C roadster is more or less a convertible version of the GT C coupe. In the process of conversion, the GT C Coupe has gained 34kg and now weighs 1724kg. You can lower or raise the roof of this convertible in 11 seconds and the same can be done at speeds up to 51kmph.

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Both the GT C models get wider rear fenders to accommodate the rear track, which has now grown by 56mm. The GT C Roadster also gets four-wheel steering that enables the front wheels to turn in the opposite direction to that of the rear, for added stability at speeds up to 100kmph. Above that, the rear ones turn in the same direction as the front wheels for enhanced stability. There is also an electronically limited slip differential for maximum traction while on the move.

The GT C models also have variable-stiffness engine and transmission mounts, which firm up during aggressive driving and soften when driving sedately. You also get multiple driving modes- Comfort, Sport, Sport + and Race (available only on the C models) - to adjust damping and throttle response.

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As far as performance figures are concerned, the GT C roadster, in spite of being a convertible, can accelerate from 0-100kmh in 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 316kmph. The AMG GT C Roadster will reach our shores by November this year and we expect a price tag close to Rs 2.5 crore, ex-showroom.

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