515bhp Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster arrives

Mercedes AMG GT S Roadster Front Three Quarter Look

Mercedes AMG GT S Roadster Front Three Quarter Look

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster will arrive later this year.

Under the hood of the new Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster is the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 motor that powers the complete AMG GT family, although this unit has been retuned, and now produces a maximum power output of 515 PS while the peak torque is rated at 670 Nm.

The AMG GT S fills the gap in performance between the GT and GT C models.

The open-top version of AMG's sports vehicle made its debut in 2016 but only in GT and GT C guises. Top speed is 188 MPH for the former and 196 MPH for the latter, which Mercedes-AMG averages to 192 MPH for the GT S Roadster as a whole.

Standard equipment for global models include AMG Ride Control with adaptive damping as standard, AMG Dynamic Select driving modes, an electronically-controlled locking rear differential, 390mm front and 360mm rear composite brakes with six-piston front and single-piston rear calipers, LED headlights, along with 19-inch front and 20-inch rear alloy wheels.

Mercedes-AMG has introduced the GT S Roadster, a performance-focused variant that slots between the basic GT Roadster and the flagship GT C. Ceramic composite brakes are optional: 15.8 inches in front and 14.2 inches in the rear.

Power goes to the rear wheels via the AMG Speedshift DCT 7G seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, mounted in a transaxle arrangement for nearly-ideal weight distribution of 47 (front) and 53 (rear) percent.

The cabin comes with sports seating, upholstered in black DINAMICA microfiber with numerous other materials and colors as alternative options.

The company did not announce a price, but CNET expects the price to slide in between the $125,000 GT and the $157,000 GT S. Does $140,000 to $145,000 sound about right?

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