The Mercedes-AMG GT R coupe, nicknamed ‘Beast of the Green Hell’, managed to set a record-breaking lap of the Nürburgring for rear-drive sports cars back in 2017, which goes on to cement its credibility as a track-focused precision machine. Nearly three years after the launch of the GT R coupe, the German automaker has finally decided to introduce a roadster version of the sports car with the goodness of a foldable fabric top – something all automobile enthusiasts have been waiting for. Despite chopping off the roof, the GT R Roadster is surprisingly just as quick as the coupe with a 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 197mph (only 1mph slower than the coupe).
The roadster is powered by the same twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that’s tuned to produce 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The engine is also mated to the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission as the cope, but with a longer first gear and a shorter seventh for faster acceleration to offset the added weight of the foldable roof. The only difference from the coupe is the fabric roof which is made from three layers of cloth and boasts a lightweight frame made of aluminum, steel, and magnesium. The roof mechanism also features an acoustic mat to reduce noise. All the rest of the mechanical bits are identical, including the adjustable suspension, active rear-wheel steering, active aerodynamics, active engine mounts, and programmable driving modes. Mercedes has also introduced a new special matte-finish graphite gray paint exclusive to the AMG GT R Roadster. However, what’s surprising is that Mercedes has decided to limit the production run to just 750 units, which will make the roadster a rare car. Pricing details are yet to be disclosed.