If you’ve got about $175K burning a hole in your pocket, and a serious case of automotive Spring Fever, you might want to set your sights on Mercedes-AMG’s recently revealed GT R Roadster. But you’ll have to be nearly as quick as this 197-MPH machine, as production is limited to 750 examples.
Mercedes unveiled the convertible vehicle last month in Geneva, presenting to the automotive world a drop-top design that one would be hard-pressed to improve upon. It looks like a four-wheeled expression of a summer’s day.
And one equipped to handle cool nights. The car features Mercedes’ optional ‘Airscarf’ headrest heater blowers, as well as a tri-layer soft top that is extra insulating and keeps road noise outside the car as much as possible. Inside the cabin, unsurprisingly, the layout and cluster appear to transfer directly from the coupe version of the GT R.
Likewise, the 4L biturbo V8, and the basic performance numbers of 577 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque mimic the GT R coupe. The Roadster can leap to 60 MPH in 3.5 seconds, trailing the GT R coupe, but not by much: the latter makes the same trip in 3.4 seconds.
But the real story is the car’s beauty. It’s one of the lovelier ragtops to hit the market in recent years. As a soft-top, it will lose the track-oriented gravitas demanded by staunch GT R coupe true believers, but its versatility as a quick-witted and romantic warm-climate ride will make it a sell out in short order, and a collectible car in the very near future.