MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ AMG GT ROADSTER SPECIAL EDITIONS GT Night Edition 2dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph3.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2290 g/km

The AMG GT Roadster is a classic open-top supercar that builds purposefully on the heritage of its SLS predecessor. It's uncompromising, intoxicating and very, very fast. Plus the brand has gradually broadened the range of engine options too.

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The Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster looks to be a deeply desirable open-topped supercar if you're the kind of buyer who wants a real experience at the wheel. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer from the revised range.

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The AMG GT Roadster is a classic open-top supercar that builds purposefully on the heritage of its SLS predecessor. It's uncompromising, intoxicating and very, very fast. Plus the brand has gradually broadened the range of engine options too.

Background

The first Mercedes was a racing car. Ever since, the brand has had competition in its bloodline, drawn upon throughout a rich history of motorsport-orientated coupes and convertibles. Cars like this one, the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster. Mercedes-AMG is a brand that enthusiasts may now be used to, its primary focus being the creation of high performance versions of usually mundane Mercedes models. Every so often though, this Affalterbach division gets let off the leash to do its own thing and on the first occasion that happened, we got something very special - the SLS of 2009. The follow-up to that car was the Mercedes-AMG GT coupe model of 2015, which aimed to replicate its predecessor's level of excellence at lower prices and with much greater production volume. Here, in the form of this Roadster model, we've got the open-topped version of that car.

Driving Experience

As with any AMG model, it's the engine that defines this car, a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 offering 476hp in the base 'GT' model, 522hp in the 'S' model, 557hp in the 'GT C' variant and 585hp in the top GT R model. In all its forms, it's a glorious-sounding powerplant with a lavishly intoxicating soundtrack that will never let up. The GT R variant gets to 62mph in just 5.3s en route to 197mph if you find yourself a track or an empty autobahn. All this frantic potential is harnessed by an 'AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT' 7-speed paddleshift auto gearbox with transmission toys that include a 'RACE START' launch control feature and software that blips the throttle on downshifts to the evocative accompaniment of popping and banging from the switchable AMG Performance exhaust system. The exhaust note is one of the parameters influenced by the various settings of the car's 'AMG DYNAMIC SELECT' driving mode system, this being one of those set-ups that can alter throttle response, steering feel, gearshift timings and stability control thresholds to suit the way you want to drive. On the 'GT C' and 'GT R' variants, the set-up controls the damping too, courtesy of an 'AMG RIDE CONTROL' adaptive damping system we think you'll need to keep this car in check at speed over bumpier surfaces. It's on roads like these that you'll also appreciate this car's rear axle differential lock, a feature that's electronically-controlled in these top models for quicker response.

Design and Build

Any supercar must be an eye-catching thing. The old SLS Roadster certainly was and, like that car, this GT Roadster model makes quite an impression at first glance. It's shorter and narrower than its predecessor, with aesthetic aggression that's ramped up several more degrees. Get one of these in your mirrors and you'd move over. Quickly. The fabric roof gives the GT model's profile a subtly different line when raised, but the look is still handsome and the hood can be lowered in just 11 seconds to fold neatly away beneath the rear deck. Take a seat behind the wheel and the SLS underpinnings are betrayed by the way the designers have had to retain that car's huge over-sized central transmission tunnel, which comes in a choice of chromed, high-gloss or, as in this case, carbon finishes. In a nod to the V8 engine up-front, it features eight 'AMG DRIVE UNIT' control buttons laid out in a V-formation. The AMG performance front seats are optionally available with the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system, which makes open-air driving enjoyable even in low outside temperatures. The air vent is seamlessly integrated into the seat's head restraint area. To meet the individual preferences of customers, the temperature of the warm airflow can be set in three stages.

Market and Model

Expect to pay a premium of around £11,500 for this Roadster model over the standard Mercedes-AMG coupe. This means that even before you've allowed for a few well-chosen extras, you'll need to work with a budget of around £116,000 for the base GT Roadster, about £130,000 for the GT S version, around £145,000 for the more potent GT C model and around £179,000 for the top GT R. All models of course are very well equipped. Whichever one you choose, you can expect to find LED High Performance headlamps and heated sports seats trimmed with nappa leather and featuring electric adjustment and memory settings. Plus there's THERMATONIC' climate control, an electrically extending rear aerofoil, an anti-theft protection package and an 'AMG Performance' exhaust that can be made louder by opening flaps inside the system at the touch of a button on the centre console. You also get an 8.4-inch centre dash screen via which you operate the standard COMAND Online' system, which includes a DAB radio, a CD and DVD player, satellite navigation with 3D mapping and 'Live Traffic Information. The system will access various Mercedes apps, has connections for USB sticks and SD cards and includes integrated wifi with links to Facebook, Google Maps and weather updates.

Cost of Ownership

You'd expect this Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster to be more efficient than its SLS predecessor. It's around 100kgs lighter, with an engine 2.2-litres smaller and a power output that's up to 91bhp down on its gull-winged predecessor. Nevertheless, you might still be surprised by just how much the engineers from Affalterbach have achieved here, given that they were tasked with creating an open-topped supercar that would be just as quick as the one it replaced. Some stats will help illustrate the point. The kind of returns the old SLS Roadster delivered - around 20mpg on the combined cycle and well over 310g/km of CO2 - remain better than those you'd get from a Maserati Gran Cabrio of today and these kinds of figures remain close to the sort of readings you'd also still find with some of today's Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Aston Martins. Even the supposedly more efficient powerplants you get in the latest McLarens or Audi R8s still put out CO2 figures in the 260 to 270g/km bracket and can't crack 25mpg on the combined cycle. It's possible to share Mercedes-AMG's quiet satisfaction then, in readings that see the standard version of this GT Roadster delivering figures that aren't really very much different from those of the C 63 Cabriolet model that shares its same 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine. Even the top GT R manages a combined cycle WLTP economy range between 16.9 and 22.6mpg, plus an NEDC-rated CO2 emissions showing of 294g/km.

Summary

The second Roadster designed and built by Mercedes' AMG division is very different from the first. The old SLS drop-top could be both supercar and a Continental cruiser, but with this AMG GT, you sense from the beginning a refining of priorities. It's raucous, raw and uncompromising in its driver focus. As one writer put it, 'it's Merc's Mustang'. You'll either like that or you won't. If you don't, your Mercedes sales person will walk you gently over to the other side of the showroom where you can take your seat in the brand's more laid back SL roadster, the Benz that's freed up this car to be the road racer it is. The SL's a very nice machine, but it can't provide the memorable, white-knuckle, thrilling experience that it's possible to enjoy in a GT Roadster. It's the kind of car that enthusiasts will still be talking about a century from now. There isn't anything more than that that needs to be said.

  • Green tinted glass
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Electric front windows, one touch / obstruction sensor
  • Heated rear window with timer

  • Acceleration skid control
  • Auto hold function
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • 3 stage electronic stability programme
  • Brake assist (BAS) with brake servo assistance
  • Electric parking brake with automatic release when moving off
  • Edition specific black painted brake callipers

  • AMG floor mats with AMG lettering

  • AMG Ride Control sports suspension with adjustable damping system

  • Bluetooth audio streaming with handsfree system
  • Communications module (LTE) for the use of Mercedes me connect services
  • Preinstallation for Navigation Services

  • Instrument cluster with display in miles and English lettering
  • Additional RACE drive program
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with driving programs (Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Race and individual)
  • Collision prevention assist plus
  • Active distance assist DISTRONIC
  • Attention assist - Monitors steering behaviour and long journey fatigue
  • Cruise control with variable speed limiter
  • Power assisted steering

  • ECO start/stop function
  • AMG drive unit centre console in V8 style with touch display switches, large surround in silver chrome, inner area finished in matte black
  • AMG DRIVE UNIT in a V8 style, 8 high-resolution display switches, gear selector lever with embossed AMG emblem

  • Fast hard-disc navigation with 3D map display and dynamic route guidance
  • Preinstallation for Live traffic
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Monitoring
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle set up
  • High resolution 10.25" multimedia colour display
  • Smartphone integration
  • Owners manual and service booklet in English
  • 12.3" digital instrument cluster display
  • Brake wear warning display
  • Traffic sign assist
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • AMG track pace
  • Mercedes connect me with remote online
  • COMAND online system
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)

  • Exterior mirrors heated and electronically adjustable

  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • 75 litre fuel tank

  • Burmester 10 speaker surround sound system
  • Steering wheel mounted remote controls
  • DAB digital radio tuner
  • Two USB ports and an SD card slot in centre console

  • Individual fins in on the air outlet in the front wing in high gloss black
  • Distinct rear apron with expressive central diffuser in high-gloss visible carbon fibre in the rear apron with twin tailpipe in dark chrome
  • Headlamps with black trim elements
  • Dark chrome inserts in radiator grille
  • Front splitter in high-gloss black
  • AMG exhaust system with two chromed round dual tailpipes
  • Draught stop
  • Sporty diffuser
  • AMG door sill panels in brushed stainless steel with AMG lettering and illuminated in white
  • Sporty front apron in jet-wing design and AMG-specific radiator grille with vertical struts and central star
  • Horizontal fins in the side air inlets
  • Fin in side air outlets of the wings
  • Dynamically shaped side sill panels
  • AMG bodystyling
  • Retractable rear spoiler
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Wind deflector
  • Black fabric roof
  • V8 BITURBO lettering on front wings
  • Rear aerofoil electrically extending

  • LED tail lights
  • Automatic headlamp activation
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • LED High performance headlamps with adaptive highbeam assist
  • Integrated LED indicators in door mirrors

  • Air quality control system
  • Airscarf
  • Thermotronic automatic climate control

  • Storage compartment in centre console
  • 12V Accessory socket in centre console
  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • Lockable/illuminated glovebox
  • Front and rear AMG brushed stainless steel illuminated door sill panels with AMG lettering
  • Driver and front passenger seat armrests
  • Front centre armrest with stowage
  • Touchpad
  • Exclusive Nappa Style leather upholstery
  • Dinamica microfibre roof lining - Black
  • 3 spoke AMG Performance flat bottom steering in black Dinamica microfibre/black gearshift,touch control,12 o'clock mar
  • AMG steering wheel buttons
  • AMG emblem embossed in front centre armrest
  • Interior badge - "Night Edition" badge on the centre console

  • Interior light

  • AMG Interior Night pack - AMG GT
  • Mirror pack - AMG GT
  • Memory pack - AMG GT
  • Parking pack - AMG GT
  • Keyless Go package - AMG GT
  • Anti theft protection pack - AMG GT
  • AMG Piano lacquer pack - AMG GT
  • AMG Exterior Night pack - AMG GT

  • Driver and front passenger side airbags combined thorax/pelvis
  • Automatic front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Airbags - kneebag for driver
  • Airbags - driver and front passenger
  • Black seat belts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Airbags - windowbags
  • Warning triangle
  • First aid kit

  • Heated front seats
  • Integrated front head restraints
  • AMG performance seats

  • Remote central locking
  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser

  • AMG electronic rear axle limited slip differential lock
  • AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7 speed sports transmission

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirror, illuminated and pivotable side window

  • Summer tyres

  • 19" front / 20" rear AMG Y spoke design matt black alloy wheels

  • TIREFIT with tyre inflation compressor

  • Noise Level dB(A): 71
  • CO: 0.185
  • HC: 0.022
  • NOx: 0.022
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0002
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 290
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

  • Cylinders: 8
  • Cylinder Layout: V8
  • Number of Valves: 32
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92
  • CC: 3982

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 13.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 22.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 26.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 24.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 22.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 20.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 12.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 10.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 11.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 12.7

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: True
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: 96397
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 50E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 530
  • Badge Engine CC: 4.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Night Edition
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30

  • Engine Power - KW: 390
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 494
  • Engine Torque - NM: 670
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2100
  • Engine Power - BHP: 530
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 3.8
  • Top Speed: 193
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 68.3

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 295/30 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 265/35 R19
  • Wheel Style: Y SPOKE

  • Width (including mirrors): 2075
  • Height: 1259
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4544
  • Width: 1939
  • Wheelbase: 2630

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1700
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1940
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 165
  • No. of Seats: 2
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 240
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.5

  • Solid paint: £0
  • Designo Magno Paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £0

  • Soft top - Black: Included
  • Soft top - Beige: £0
  • Soft top - Red: £0

  • Metallic - Selenite Grey: £0
  • Metallic - Obsidian black: £0

  • Solid - Black: £0

  • Designo magno - Graphite Grey: £0

  • Exclusive nappa style leather - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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