MERC'S FINEST HOUR? Mercedes-Benz believes the new AMG GT C Roadster is its finest product yet. Image: YouTube
Cape Town - "This car was not built for the open road. This is the car that the open road was built for!"
This is how Mercedes-AMG opted to begin their YouTube video brochure on the AMG GT C Roadster and it's not difficult to see that the automaker is proud of its latest achievement.
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The AMG GT C Roadster is one of three new GT's that joins the existing AMG GT and GT S, the others being the 'lesser' GT Roadster and AMG GT R.
But it's the GT C Roadster that Mercedes-AMG is most excited about. The car, says the automaker, boasts classic sports car proportions with its bold appearances - with a very long bonnet extending far forward and a short rear end.
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The wide rear wings, says the car maker, identify the Mercedes-AMG GT C as the sportiest roadster of the model series. The AMG GT C Roadster employs technical features of the AMG GT R Coupé, including the active rear axle steering and the electronically controlled rear axle limited-slip differential.
The AMG GT C Roadster has an output of 410kW/680Nm and slots in between the AMG GT S Coupé and AMG GT R Coupé. It also runs from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds and onto a top speed of 316km/h.
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Preliminary prices for the three new sports cars at a glance:
• AMG GT Roadster: R2 199 900
• AMG GT C Roadster: R2 599 000
• AMG GT R Coupé: R2 689 900