2019 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster

Up until now, the drop-top Mercedes-AMG GT came in just two tempting flavors, the “standard” GT Roadster and the more powerful GT C. Today, Mercedes-AMG has show off a third version of the roadster that’ll slot directly in between these two models, is called the GT S Roadster.

It uses the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 to move around as the rest of the AMG GT family, only this version of the lump delivers 515 HP (522 PS / 384 kW) and 494 lb-ft (670 Nm) of torque to the ground through a seven-speed DCT. Meant as an alternative to those seeking the performance-packed GT Roadster, the GT S maintains a lightweight aluminum spaceframe along with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and a rear-axle locking differential.

Accelerating from 0 to 60mph (0-96km/h) takes 3.7 seconds (0-62mph/100km/h in 3.8sec). Top speed increases to 192mph (309km/h), just 4mph (6km/h) shy of the range-topping open-top model. The GT S gets the same wheel, tire and brake setup as the GT C, with staggered 19-inch front and 20-inch wheels, wrapped in 265/35R19 and 295/30R20 tires. Large 15.4-inch brakes reside up front, with smaller 14.2-inch units out back. Mercedes also fits the GT S with the GT C’s adaptive damping control, as well as the optional Race mode in the Dynamic Select drive settings.

Visually, the GT S and GT C are basically identical, both inside and out. The only real difference is that while the GT C comes standard with Nappa leather seats, the GT S uses Mercedes’ “Artico/Dynamica” leather. And that’s, like, barely different.

Look for the GT S Roadster to arrive in Mercedes-Benz showrooms near the end of 2018, with pricing and other details to be announced closer to that date.