Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster review

Performance & drive

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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

All GT Roadster models get a switchable performance exhaust as standard. This guarantees that even the baby of the range generates a hearty roar when accelerating and – in Sport + mode – plenty of pops and bangs when changing down through the gears during spirited driving.

With 469bhp, the regular GT is certainly fast, taking just 4.0sec for the 0-62mph sprint. In fact, both GT and GT S feel exhilaratingly quick and you have to drive quite hard to feel a difference in performance between the two. Do this, though, and the GT S model’s extra 46bhp is most apparent in the mid-range, where it pins you in your seat from just about any speed. However, addled speed-freaks might want to consider jumping up to the even more powerful GT C for a really big hit of adrenaline.

Through fast, sweeping curves, the GT is a match for anything, but no GT Roadster feels as light or as agile as the best open-top supercars in tight corners. Yes, the GT C’s four-wheel steering helps low speed agility and high speed stability, but it still always feels like a big car, not helped by its huge girth. Similarly, the steering isn’t as full of feel as the Audi R8’s or Porsche 911’s, but it’s far from numb and tough to fault for precision.

Potholes and abrupt surface changes cause the suspension to thud, but the car actually rides most bumps quite well if you leave the adaptive dampers (standard on S and C models) in their softest setting; it helps that there’s no sign of the body flex that so often afflicts convertibles. Don't be too put off by the regular GT's fixed dampers, though; they strike a great balance between comfort and body control.

Appealing engine noise aside, the GT Roadster is reasonably quiet with the roof up, although there is plenty of tyre roar at a motorway cruise. And, with the roof down, you’re well protected from wind buffeting, even at motorway speeds.

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