By Mike Torpey on 2016-09-29 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
THE boys at Benz have lifted the lid on the stylish new Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster at the Paris Motor Show.
And the open-top two-seater will be available in two versions from its launch next February.
In base model guise, the AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo produces a hefty 476bhp, while the even more dynamic GT C Roadster pumps out a whopping 557bhp.
Developed entirely in-house by the sports car and performance brand, the open-top two-seater marks an expansion of the GT family.
With the dual debut of these two roadsters, Mercedes-AMG is following hot on the heels of the world premiere of the AMG GT R.
The newcomer's performance is claimed to deliver on the promise made by its design and backed by technology highlights from the Mercedes-AMG GT R.
They include the AMG Ride Control sports suspension with widened track at the rear, active rear-axle steering and electronically controlled rear differential lock.
It's a combination that allows for higher cornering speeds and better traction while the V8 sound is delivered courtesy of a switchable performance exhaust set-up.
The AMG GT C Roadster also comes with exclusive kit, including standard features like nappa leather upholstery, the AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather/DINAMICA microfibre and the additional RACE programme.
Performance seats are available as options and, for the first time, with the brand's Airscarf neck-level heating system and seat ventilation.
In both variants, the top opens and closes in 11 seconds, even when driving at speeds of up to 40mph.
Mercedes marketing and sales chief Ola Kallenius said: "AMG customers love the GT - no wonder we keep expanding the model family."
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