2019 Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster Adds Mid-Range Punch to Drop-top Lineup [News]

Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster
[Photo: Mercedes-Benz]

Mercedes-AMG has revealed the new GT S Roadster, which falls between the standard AMG GT and the more powerful GT C.

There’s something about being the middle child in a family. You’re not expected to carry as many responsibilities as the oldest sibling, and yet you’re able to take some more indulgences than the youngest. That’s where the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster falls – right in the middle. It’s more powerful than the standard AMG GT Roadster, yet it doesn’t quite carry all the features (or the cost) of the range-topping AMG GT C model. Mercedes-AMG’s latest offering bridges the gap between the two. While it may stand in the shadow of the more powerful car, others may want to go for the GT S since it is more powerful than the standard model.

The upshot here is that, with the inclusion of this model, there’s literally an AMG GT for everyone. There’s a bewildering amount of choice – the AMG GT has a dozen different variants. Yes, twelve. Four two-door coupes, three roadsters, and three four-door coupes.

AMG GT S Roadster by the numbers

What makes the Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster tick? Well, it still uses the same 4.0-liter biturbo V8 as the other AMG GT models. It produces 515 horsepower, more than the standard model’s 469, but less than the AMG GT C’s 550 horsepower. It’s the same story with torque – the AMG GT S makes 494 lb-ft to the standard model’s 465 lb-ft and the GT C’s 502 lb-ft. The 0-60 times are also a three way split, although the GT S is closer to the GT C at 3.7 seconds. Even the top speed is right smack in the middle: 192 mph.

The Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster borrows more from its more powerful cousin than the standard model. It has the GT C’s composite brakes, with 15.4-inch rotors in the front and 14.2-inch rotors in the rear. It has an electronically-controlled limited-slip differential, as well as the AMG sports suspension with an Adaptive Damping System. Unlike the standard AMG GT model, the GT S Roadster has rear wheel steering. Interestingly, the mid-range roadster has the same width front tires as the GT C (295 millimeters), but the same width rear tires as the standard AMG GT (295 millimeters).

Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster
[Photo: Mercedes-Benz]
As with other models, you can spec the Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster with a Nappa leather interior and a wide range of wheels and tires, among other comfort options.

Pricing is not available yet, but should be announced closer to launch. The AMG GT Roadster starts at $124,400, while the GT C starts at $157,000. We’d expect the AMG GT S Roadster to land right in the middle – around $140,000. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates! Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow for more AMG news, views, and real-world reviews.

To get a better idea of what the AMG GT S Roadster is like, check out its big brother against one of its chief competitors, the Lexus LC 500 coupe!