At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes-AMG have revealed a special limited run version of their V8 supercar, specifically an open top version of the faster and more powerful AMG GT R. Mechanically identical apart from the folding soft top in lieu of the rigid coupe cell, only 750 examples will be made.
As is the case with the hard top, this GT R is combines luxury with some high tech help to be an even more capable machine around a track - when it was first launched, the car was known for its bright green exterior, a paint finish meant to evoke the greenery that surrounds the fearsome Nurburgring Nordschleife, where most of its testing took place.
The GT R Roadster retains all the changes that defined its permanently roofed brethren, including the revised aerodynamics with a more pronounced front splitter, active cooling louvres, adjustable rear spoiler, carbon fibre wing panels, a larger rear diffuser, and lowered suspension.
Carried over as well are the electronically locking rear differential, adaptive dampers, carbon fibre tunnel brace, active rear-wheel steering, and active engine mounts for the 4.0-litre M178 twin-turbocharged V8 generating 425kW and 700Nm. It even manages to match the coupe’s 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.6 seconds while top speed is 315km/h.
Inside, the Mercedes-AMG aggression fades to reveal a plush cabin with pale Nappa leather upholstery interspersed with Alcantara and exposed carbon fibre trim, a digital instrument cluster, and a 10.2-inch infotainment system and touchscreen.
For a larger cheque, though, AMG will also fit their AIRSCARF seat heating system, a set of carbon ceramic brakes, and even more interior customisability.