The middle brother in the AMG GT Roadster lineup has arrived.
Up until now, the drop-top Mercedes-AMG GT came in just two tempting flavors, the "standard" GT Roadster and the more powerful GT C. Today, Mercedes-AMG has pulled the sheets off a third version of the roadster that'll slot directly in between these two models. Meet the new Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster, which packs the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 as the rest of the AMG GT lineup. This time, however, it produces 515 hp and 494 lb-ft of torque. The AMG GT and AMG GT C, by comparison, have 469 hp and 465 lb-ft, and 550 hp and 502 lb-ft, respectively.
According to Mercedes, the AMG GT S Roadster will make the sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in only 3.7 seconds, while its more powerful older brother will do the same in 3.6 seconds. The base Roadster is good for 3.9 seconds. Meanwhile, the GT S top speed clocks in at 192 mph, compared to 196 mph for the GT C and 188 mph for the base car. As expected, the GT S will come with AMG features such as the Ride Control suspension with adaptive damping that adjusts damping at each wheel according to current requirements. A total of five drive modes are on hand, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, Race, and Individual.
Other standard features include an electronically controlled locking differential at the rear axle that improves traction of the drive wheels as well as cornering at speed. An AMG high-performance composite brake system is also part of the package, but buyers can also opt for the high-performance carbon ceramics that weigh about 40 percent less than the standard brakes. Exterior styling, as you can see, differs very little from its two siblings, but the GT S Roadster does offer standard mixed tires on 19-inch rims up front and 20-inchers out back. Standard wheels are AMG 10-spoke units painted in Titanium Grey, but AMG stresses buyers will have plenty of other designs to choose from as well.
There's also several high-gloss chrome features thanks to the AMG Chrome package coming as standard fare, such as the front splitter, the fit on the air inlet grilles in the front bumper, fender fins, and the trim strip in the diffuser. Inside you'll find standard microfiber seats but there's a host of optional leather and Nappa leathers to choose from. Mercedes says the AMG GT S Roadster will go on sale in US dealerships by the end of this year with pricing being announced closer to launch.