The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Is Made for Top-Down Nurburgring Runs

The crazy AMG GT R loses its roof for the Geneva Motor Show. Should be fun.

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Now, this is a bit of a surprise. We didn't think we'd see an open-top version of such a focused track car like the Mercedes-AMG GT R, but that's exactly what we're getting. The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster is here, making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and only 750 will be built.

This is, essentially, the GT R you're probably familiar with, just with a folding soft top. That means it has a 577-hp version of AMG's 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle, coilovers with adaptive dampers, wider front and rear tracks, rear-wheel steering, super-adjustable traction control, and lots of carbon fiber. Plus a wing. You probably noticed that. It's adjustable, too.

Other iterations of the AMG GT Roadster have lots of torsional stiffness compared to most other convertibles, but the GT R Roadster is even stiffer. That's down to carbon-fiber bracing for the transmission tunnel, which like the GT R Coupe, enshrines a carbon-fiber torque tube.

The GT R Roadster benefits from the GT lineup's recent facelift, too, with slightly tweaked exterior styling and lots of new interior doo-dads. You can even get this one with Merc's Air Scarf system, which blows hot air on the back of your neck—good for those top-down Nürburgring record runs.

Pricing hasn't yet been announced, but based we expect that it'll carry a hefty premium compared to the $159,000 AMG GT R coupe. That'll be a lot of money, but the GT R coupe is a hell of a car, and while chopping its roof off might make it a bit less focused, we bet it'll still be a hoot to drive.

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