“…high driving dynamics with an emotional open-air experience.”Tobias Moers, Chairman, Mercedes-AMG
“With the AMG GT S Roadster, our AMG GT family has gained another exceptionally sporty member that combines high driving dynamics with an emotional open-air experience,” said Tobias Moers, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG. “The new model represents the perfect alternative for the performance-oriented AMG GT Roadster customer.”
The new AMG GT S Roadster combines a lightweight aluminum spaceframe, biturbo V8 engine, seven-speed dual clutch transmission, rear axle locking differential, and a sport suspension with aluminum double wishbone axles. Compared to the AMG GT Roadster, the AMG GT S Roadster has received numerous modifications to the engine, suspension, brakes, interior and exterior design. This positions it between the AMG GT Roadster and the more powerful AMG GT C Roadster, now providing a choice of three open-top two-seaters.
The driver is able to set the AMG GT S Roadster to his/her individual requirements using the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT controller. Five drive modes, “C” (Comfort), “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport Plus), “RACE” and the individually programmable setup “I” (Individual) are available. These allow a broad range of driving experiences – from comfortable to very sporty.
As standard, the AMG GT S Roadster is equipped with an electronically controlled locking differential at the rear axle, which is integrated into the compact transmission housing. Its sensitive and fast control raises the critical limit of vehicle dynamics to a new level. It not only further improves the traction of the drive wheels, but also increases the critical cornering speed. The result is that the driver is able to accelerate out of corners earlier and with more power thanks to the improved traction. The vehicle remains more stable when braking from high speed, while the limited-slip differential also improves traction from rest.
The AMG high-performance composite brake system is adapted to the enhanced performance of the AMG GT S Roadster. The front axle features composite brake discs measuring 390 x 36 mm with 6-piston fixed callipers, with composite brake discs measuring 360 x 26 mm and single-piston fixed callipers at the rear. The brake callipers are painted in red with “AMG” lettering.
There is also the option of the AMG high-performance ceramic composite braking system with brake discs in size 402 x 39 mm at the front axle and 360 x 32 mm at the rear, together with specially painted brake callipers with “AMG Carbon Ceramic” lettering. Exceptionally short stopping distances, a precise pressure point and outstanding resistance to fading even under extreme operating conditions – the AMG high-performance ceramic composite braking system offers motorsport-like braking performance and weighs around 40 percent less than with conventional composite brake discs.
The GT S will be launched in the fall of 2018. Pricing has not been released yet but the base price for the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster is $178,000.