Mercedes-AMG GT S now available as roadster

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With this latest addition, the AMG GT range now has a dozen members - four two-door Coupes, three Roadsters, two customer sports racing cars and three four-door Coupes. Styling-wise, the AMG GT S Roadster features the same aero kit as its coupé sibling and offers the option of mixed tires sized 265/35 R19 at the front and 295/30 at the rear.

Striking a fine balance between performance and cruiser, the new model brings with it the proven 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine which is capable of making 384kW of power and 670Nm of torque. Unsurprisingly, this number sits between the estimated time of 3.6 seconds for the GT C Roadster and 3.9 seconds for the base model. A sprint from standstill to 100km/h is absolved in 3.8 seconds and the GT S Roadster can accelerate all the way up to 308km/h.

The AMG GT S Roadster features the AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptive damping adjustment as standard, as well as the AMG Dynamic Select controller with five driving modes: "C" (Comfort), "S" (Sport), "S+" (Sport Plus), "RACE", and "I" (Individual).

In terms of looks, you'll be hard pushed to tell, the difference between the GT S and GT C Roadsters, although the "Pauper's" spec GT S has to make do with fake leather instead of Nappa leather, and you'll also have to live without the GT C's rear axle steering. In the rear, there are 14.2-inch brake discs and single-piston fixed calipers.

The GT S Roadster should land on Australian shores in 2019 with pricing to be confirmed at a later date. Other standard features include 19-inch rims at the front and 20s in the rear, a Silver Chrome Interior package, AMG performance seats with neck-level heating, and AIRPANEL active air management system for improved aerodynamics.