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Open-top GT on its way

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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster

THE struggle is real. Choosing the right Mercedes-AMG GT model is now twice as hard and twice as exciting, with the Australian range to include the open-top Roadster models for the first time ever. As an added bonus, models already on sale in Australia will also receive an update in specifications, highlighted by significant boosts to power and torque.

The low-slung Mercedes-AMG GT is the hero model of the performance-focused AMG range, which to date has been anchored in Australia by the well-received AMG GT Coupé and AMG GT S Coupé models.

Power and torque outputs for both will be significantly boosted when they arrive in October – the AMG GT Coupé gains 10kW (to 350kW) and 30Nm to (630Nm) and the AMG GT S Coupé receives an extra 9kW (to 384kW) and 20Nm (to 670Nm) respectively.

Like all models in the range, they will also now be fitted with the distinctive Panamericana grille along with styling enhancements to the front apron and intakes.

The pair is joined in Australia by the range-topping AMG GT R Coupé, the 430kW/700Nm monster which set the daunting Mount Panorama racetrack alight in February 2017, with a new production car record of 2 minutes 16.5 seconds, during a demonstration session at the LiquiMoly Bathurst 12-Hour Race.

Excitingly, the existing choice of three AMG GT Coupés now expands to include a 50th anniversary special edition of the new AMG GT C Coupé, as well as two open-top roadsters, effectively doubling the choices available to intending Mercedes-AMG GT customers.

Prices start at $258,000 for the Mercedes-AMG GT Coupé, and rise through the range to the pinnacle Mercedes-AMG GT R Coupé model, which hits the road at $348,000. Prices are plus on-roads.

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