Despite the UK hardly being blessed with the greatest climatic conditions, British buyers love open-top motoring. So if the recent warm weather has made you want to go topless, but with German supercar performance, you’re in luck.
Following on from the regular GT and top-dog GT C Roadster models launched last year, Mercedes-AMG has now opened ordering for the mid-range GT S model.
Powered by the same 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 engine as the rest of the range, the GT S features an output of 522hp and a substantial 494lb ft of torque. Although this is some 35hp less than the GT C, performance is still far more than adequate. The 0-62mph sprint takes just 3.8 seconds, whilst the top speed pegs out at 192mph. That’s a deficit of just 0.1 seconds and 4mph respectively in a straight comparison with the GT C model.
The GT S features the same three-layer folding fabric roof, capable of being opened and closed in just 11 seconds. It can also operate at speeds of up to 31mph, helping avoid those awkward moments when a sudden rain shower hits whilst cruising topless in traffic.
Priced at £126,730, the GT S undercuts the fancier GT C by more than £15,000. Naturally this begs the question of do you really want to spend the equivalent of an average supermini to hit 62mph 0.1 seconds quicker? For some, the lure of the range-topping model will be absolute, but it does make the GT S appear to sit in a comfortable price-to-power middle ground.
Standard specification includes 19-inch alloys wheels at the front – with larger 20-inch items at the rear – an AMG performance exhaust, AMG suspension with adaptive damping, LED headlights, and a pop-up rear spoiler. Like all AMG GT models, the S uses the same seven-speed DCT gearbox to drive the rear wheels.
Options include the £3,195 Premium equipment package, adding keyless-go, a Burmester surround sound system, reversing camera, parking assistance, and the important illuminated AMG-branded door sills.
Mercedes dealerships are taking orders for the GT S Roadster right now, and expect to deliver the first cars to customers in August. Fingers crossed the UK doesn’t use up its entire stock of good weather by then.