Sat, Sep 17, 2016

New Mercedes-AMG convertibles zoom in

Mercedes-AMG has unveiled two convertible versions of its flagship AMG GT R two-seater sports car, which was launched in June this year.

The new models are called the AMG GT Roadster and AMG GT C Roadster, and blow even more fresh air into the AMG GT family. 

With an output of 410 kW (557 hp) and peak torque of 680 Nm, the AMG GT C is the most powerful new roadster variant and uses some of the technical refinements of the AMG GT R. These include active rear axle steering and the electronically controlled rear axle locking differential. 

In combination with the AMG Ride Control sport suspension, the AMG GT C Roadster guarantees dynamic performance at the very highest level. 

The top roadster also takes its lead from the top AMG GT R where muscular proportions are concerned: the wider rear wings create space for a wider track and wider wheels at the rear axle, allowing even higher cornering speeds and excellent traction. 

The variable performance exhaust system also ensures an authentic V8 sound from the cars.

The new roadsters make hallmark AMG driving performance an even more intensive experience. “With our two Roadster models, we are strategically expanding the AMG GT family by two exciting variants. With the AMG GT C Roadster, we are also introducing a new model variant to which we have transferred main performance-related components from our top sports car, the AMG GT R. The result: a highly dynamic driving experience in a very exclusive ambience, coupled with that pure roadster feeling," says Tobias Moers, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG.

With the two roadster variants the Mercedes-AMG GT family has now increased to five. The two new sports cars with fabric soft tops likewise have the technical genes for which AMG is famous. 

These include the lightweight and torsionally rigid aluminium bodyshell plus powerful and efficient V8 biturbo engines. The entry level into the roadster world is the AMG GT with an output of 350 kW (476 hp). The AMG GT C Roadster with 410 kW (557 hp) it is the more powerful of the two new open-tops.  

The AMG GT C Roadster also impresses with numerous technical highlights from the Mercedes-AMG GT R for even more dynamic performance. Like the AMG GT R, the AMG GT C Roadster is recognisable by its wide, muscular rear end and large wheels. Other technical measures include the wider rear track and active rear axle steering.

The AMG GT C Roadster is also equipped with a lithium-ion battery, and has more exclusive appointments. Standard features include a nappa leather interior, the AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather/Dinamica microfibre and the additional transmission mode Race. 

Both roadsters are quickly transformed from coupés to open-top sports cars. The fabric roof opens and closes in around eleven seconds, and can do this at speeds of up to 50 kmph. The three soft top colours black – red and beige – can be chosen to suit the eleven exterior and ten interior colours. 

The three-layered fabric soft top is supported by a magnesium/steel/aluminium structure of low weight, which helps to keep the centre of gravity low. Additional rollover protection is provided by an integrated aluminium cross-member with rollover bars.

The two convertibles have adopted the active air management system from the AMG GT R. Vertical louvres located in the lower area directly behind the front fascia can be opened and closed by an electric motor in around one second. This ensures that the cooling performance is according to need.  

From the expressive AMG Panamericana grille to the long, muscular bonnet and the wide rear end, the two-seater guarantees a pure sports car experience even when stationary.  

The rear end also features conspicuous innovations. The new aluminium side walls of the AMG GT C Roadster widen the open-top two-seater by 57 mm compared to the AMG GT Roadster. This is exactly the width of the AMG GT R.  

The interior design echoes the design lines of the exterior. The dashboard places an extreme emphasis on width, creating an impression of a powerful wing. The high beltlines, concave door panels, dynamically rising centre console and low seat position perfectly integrate the driver into the cockpit. A new, light-coloured interior in ‘macchiato beige’ nappa leather is available for the first time, lending the open-top sports cars even more individuality.

The Burmester surround sound system and the Burmester high-end surround sound system ensure a very special musical experience in the open-tops.

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