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Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster debuts worldwide

March 04, 2019, 01:56 PM IST by Santosh Nair
Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster debuts worldwide

> Uses the same twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine 584bhp/700Nm from the GT R Coupe

> Gets the Coupe version’s rear-wheel-steering system

> Only 750 cars will be crafted for markets worldwide

Mercedes-AMG has taken the wraps off its GT R Roadster nearly three years after the brand introduced its GT R Coupe globally.

Under that long hood is the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 powertrain from the Coupe version that makes 584bhp and 700Nm of torque. But what’s impressive about this drop-top iteration of the GT R Coupe is that it isn’t slower than its hard-top sibling despite the increase in weight (for structural rigidity). 

Both the Coupe and the drop-top versions hit 100kmph from standstill in an identical 3.5 seconds. Critics can, of course, still complain of the slight drop in top speed (about 1.6kmph!). 

Similarly, the GT R Roadster also gets the Coupe’s rear-wheel-steering system. This not only makes it a nimble handler, but also boosts stability and aids quicker directional changes, depending on the speed.

The highlight here is that Mercedes will only make 750 of these drop-top roadsters. So, if you wanted to check it out in flesh, head for the 2019 Geneva Motor Show where this beauty will be on display.

Tags:Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster
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