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AMG might be famous for shoehorning big engines into luxurious saloons and SUVs, thereby endowing them with supercar-bothering acceleration, but let’s not forget they also build two-seat sports cars, such as the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster.
Like the AMG GT Coupe, which you can read about by clicking the link, the GT Roadster comes with a stonkingly potent, twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine under that long, long bonnet. And, while it's the only engine available, it's available with a choice of power outputs to suit a wider spectrum of tastes and budgets.
Regardless of power output, the V8 drives the rear wheels only, though a seven-speed automatic gearbox. All variants get an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, to help boost traction off the line and out of corners, which means that even the least powerful model, the GT C Roadster, can rattle off the 0-62mph sprint in a mere 3.7sec. Oh yes, and flat out it’ll reach 196mph.
However impressive those numbers are, the GT Roadster has a stern fight on its hands. Not only does it need to compete with the ever-popular Porsche 911 Cabriolet, there’s also the Audi R8 Spyder to think about. Meanwhile, the pricier GT R version is treading on the toes of bespoke supercars, like the McLaren 570S Spider.
To find out how it performs on the road and what it’s like to live with, keep reading over the next few pages. And, whichever car you decide on, do take a look at our New Car Buying pages for big savings on a huge variety of makes and models.