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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz’s true sports car gets a ragtop option

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When it launched the AMG GT a couple years ago, the company said it was meant to bring a taste of race-car-like performance to the street. Now comes the new GT C Roadster, injecting all the fresh air you could ever want. And how. It’s good-looking and fast, and the sound is simply intoxicating. If you want to get noticed, here ya go.

AMG’s GT C Roadster, introduced at last fall’s Paris Motor Show, is essentially the AMG GT R with a folding roof and the hand-built 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 27 less hp. The GT C shares the GT R’s active rear-steering and electronically locking rear diff; the more subdued AMG GT Roadster is closer to the base-spec GT: no rear steer, no electronically locking diff and “only” 503 hp from its 4.0-liter V8. The power gets sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle mounted out back to a limited-slip differential. The GT C’s suspension is a double-wishbone coil-over with AMG’s Ride Control active damping — that electric rear-wheel steering is designed to increase maneuverability: Below 62 mph, the rear wheels can turn up to 1.5 degrees opposite the fronts to help guide the car around corners; from 62 on up, the wheels turn in the same direction as the fronts.

The GT C shares a few more R attributes: It’s 2.25 inches wider than the base Roadster, roughly the same as the GT R. The aggressive-looking GT3-inspired ’50s Panamericana grille has the AIRPANEL active air management system — vertical louvers behind the front bumper open and close to improve aerodynamic balance and aero performance. It all brings up the logical question, is there a GT R Roadster in the works? Nobody’s talking.

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster first drive: Benz's true sports car gets a ragtop option

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