Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster: Race-ready Hair Blower

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Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster

Opting for a drop top used to come with concessions. That isn’t the case with the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster.

Let’s face it – the Mercedes-AMG GT lineup has grown to encompass so many models that it’s hard to keep track of them all. But when you’re doing battle with the venerable Porsche 911, that’s to be expected. Buyers of luxury performance cars such as these require a variety of options. And that includes, of course, something you can drop the top on. Without sacrificing performance too much, naturally.

Enter the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster, a proper, stylish hair blower. Especially when it’s decked out in a stunning matte blue paint job, as this one is at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show. Weighing in at just 75 pounds more than the fixed-roof car, you aren’t giving up much for the privilege of allowing people to see more of you. And with a load of additional bracing throughout the car, this drop top Mercedes-AMG isn’t your dad’s squeaky old convertible, either.

Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster

As you might imagine, that “C” designation also means you’re getting a lot more performance. A total of 81 more horsepower, to be exact, than the regular GT. That brings output up to 550 HP and 502 lb-ft of torque. Hitting 60 miles per hour takes a mere 3.6 seconds, which is fast even for a coupe.

The Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster borrows heavily from the GT R coupe, too. The car’s wider rear fenders, taller final drive ratio, rear steering, taller first and shorter seventh gear ratios, and electronic limited-slip differential all come from that insane model. Not to mention the front grille shutters and dynamic engine and transmission mounts.

Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster

The Mercedes-AMG GT lineup has undoubtedly gotten a little crowded. But when they keep cranking out incredible all-rounders like the GT C Roadster, we certainly can’t complain.

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Brett Foote has been covering the auto industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ popular Auto Group websites, including Corvette Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among others.

Foote has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles and every other type of automobile, Foote had spent several years running parts for local dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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