RE: Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster spied

RE: Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster spied

Tuesday 21st August

Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster spied

Affalterbach is putting the finishing touches to a rather serious new drop-top model



Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers has long teased the idea of a GT R Roadster; now we finally have images of a development car that proves it's actually going to happen. Set for reveal later this year before reaching showrooms in the first quarter of 2019, the new convertible will provide the windiest GT experience possible by combining that gorgeous soft-top body with AMG’s 585hp blown ‘hot V’ eight-cylinder.

You might think it sacrilegious to lop the roof off of a model that was developed to be the most driver-focused iteration of a proper two-door sports car, and yes, there will undoubtedly be some dynamic hinderances thanks to the added weight and inevitable loss of stiffness. But Moers has previously said that AMG’s GT models are more about emotion than outright performance, and we can’t think of a setup likely to engage the senses more than one which brings you closer to a V8 that growls and gargles so hellishly.


Although furnished with 516lb ft of torque, the new car will be laden with about 35kg of folding roof gubbins and accompanying structural modifications, so it’ll probably tip the scales at about 1675kg. This will impact on the GT R’s performance, so don’t be surprised to see a tenth or two added to the coupe’s 3.6sec 0-62mph time, while that new roof will probably shave a few miles per hour from the 198mph top speed. Top speed with the roof down? Irrelevant, unless you want to simulate tornado conditions…

The GT R Roadster will be the eighth model and the fourth drop-top in the GT line-up, joining the cloth-roofed versions of the GT, GT S and GT C to become the newest and priciest GT variant. It will arrive alongside updates for the entire range, most of which will be centred around the introduction of Mercedes’s latest cabin infotainment architecture, as seen in the C-Class.


That car uses a new digital instrument cluster and centrally mounted screen, and a similar solution is expected in the two-door GT’s cabin. That means it’ll offer customisable layouts and more adjustability for displaying the likes of satnav and live journey info, which, while not particularly sexy, are undeniably important traits in a model designed to be as usable as Stuttgart’s Porsche 911.

The GT train doesn’t stop there, however, because once this GT R Roadster is launched, the attention of AMG’s engineers will turn to the hardest and fastest iteration set for production. Yeah, we’re talking about a GT Black Series. That’ll come in 2020…


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GranCab

Original Poster:

1,267 posts

82 months

Tuesday 21st August
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Is "Affalterbach" the name of an automobile manufacturer ?

VTECMFR

170 posts

21 months

Tuesday 21st August
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That surely will be one of the greatest sounding rag tops out there.

100SRV

1,413 posts

178 months

Tuesday 21st August
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GranCab said:
Is "Affalterbach" the name of an automobile manufacturer ?
He's the man who paints the swirly black lines on cars such as the one pictured.

Gameface

5,832 posts

13 months

Tuesday 21st August
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I know someone with the GTC. Fantastic looking thing.

TooMany2cvs

29,008 posts

62 months

Tuesday 21st August
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100SRV said:
GranCab said:
Is "Affalterbach" the name of an automobile manufacturer ?
He's the man who paints the swirly black lines on cars such as the one pictured.
It's a typo. He's Alf Alterbach.
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CitySlicker

149 posts

29 months

Tuesday 21st August
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Don’t forget the clubsport so 9th iteration. Please let the bs be 10th and final!

mholt1995

190 posts

17 months

Tuesday 21st August
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GranCab said:
Is "Affalterbach" the name of an automobile manufacturer ?
Mercedes-AMG HQ. Like Ingolstadt to Audi.

David87

5,021 posts

148 months

Tuesday 21st August
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TooMany2cvs said:
100SRV said:
GranCab said:
Is "Affalterbach" the name of an automobile manufacturer ?
He's the man who paints the swirly black lines on cars such as the one pictured.
It's a typo. He's Alf Alterbach.
I think that's right. I know a bloke called Gay Don who tests the exhaust pipes for Jaguar Land Rover.

TooMany2cvs

29,008 posts

62 months

Tuesday 21st August
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David87 said:
TooMany2cvs said:
100SRV said:
GranCab said:
Is "Affalterbach" the name of an automobile manufacturer ?
He's the man who paints the swirly black lines on cars such as the one pictured.
It's a typo. He's Alf Alterbach.
I think that's right. I know a bloke called Gay Don who tests the exhaust pipes for Jaguar Land Rover.
He does them for Rolls Royce, too - and gets Good Wood.

Bentley have their own Crewe.

AB

15,414 posts

131 months

Tuesday 21st August
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This will make one incredible daily driver supercar.

JoshMay

60 posts

44 months

Tuesday 21st August
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Nice car apart from the Wayne Rooney-style shell suit look.

Nerdherder

337 posts

33 months

Tuesday 21st August
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TooMany2cvs said:
100SRV said:
GranCab said:
Is "Affalterbach" the name of an automobile manufacturer ?
He's the man who paints the swirly black lines on cars such as the one pictured.
It's a typo. He's Alf Alterbach.
Alf slaps on the paint swirls with his special brush like it's nothing. He's a legend in Germany. They say that Pollock received the gift of his technique from Alf himself.

Edited by Nerdherder on Tuesday 21st August 23:49

Nerdherder

337 posts

33 months

Tuesday 21st August
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David87 said:
TooMany2cvs said:
100SRV said:
GranCab said:
Is "Affalterbach" the name of an automobile manufacturer ?
He's the man who paints the swirly black lines on cars such as the one pictured.
It's a typo. He's Alf Alterbach.
I think that's right. I know a bloke called Gay Don who tests the exhaust pipes for Jaguar Land Rover.
This is true. A bloke on a boat in Amsterdam once told me how the Gay Don removes rust from the pipes. It came across as an odd procedure to me but apparently that's how the Don has been doing it for ages.

Nerdherder

337 posts

33 months

Wednesday 22nd August
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P.s. The vastness of automotive knowledge in this group ever ceases to amaze me and fills my heart with a sense of deep happiness and joy. Shall we celebrate with a song to praise out almighty father, The Piëch?

F1GTRUeno

3,908 posts

154 months

Wednesday 22nd August
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JoshMay said:
Nice car apart from the Wayne Rooney-style shell suit look.
I mean, are you being dense here or am I missing a whoosh parrot?

Sandpit Steve

83 posts

10 months

Wednesday 22nd August
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I’m sure Formula 1 can be put on the list for the first couple of Black Series models off the line; their drivers are still complaining that the GT R isn’t quick enough. wink

Carl_Manchester

4,623 posts

198 months

Wednesday 22nd August
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‘in a model designed to be as usable as Stuttgart’s Porsche 911.’

Give over.

Marketing slogan for this car.

‘The Mercedes AMG GT-R convertible, now not only as wide as a ford transit van, it’s now as heavy as one too.....’

Robert-nszl1

218 posts

24 months

Wednesday 22nd August
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To my eye there's a touch of the Fiat 124 about the front of that.

I really want to like these, but for some reason the gearbox puts me off, or am I mistaken in my prejudice? Not having driven one, I don't mind being corrected...