I tested a 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster, a limited-run drop-top that topped out at $210,290 after many thousands in extras.
The Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster belongs to a select club of two-seat, front-engine cars that combine luxury with track-ready performance cred.
The price tag might seem stratospheric, but Mercedes-AMG has so thoroughly crammed this machine with staggering power and premium appointments that it represents a bargain.
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In Affalterbach, in the old Prussian Hohenzollern lands, they charmingly call it a “roadster.”
But I regret to inform my misguided, possible delusional, German friends at Mercedes-AMG that they have badly missed the mark. The Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster is to the traditional, peppy two-seater, birthed under the gray British skies and dispatched across the world, what a broadsword is to a stiletto.
The Merc is not an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. The Merc means business and, coincidentally, has a pair of seats, two doors, and a drop-top. Yes, technically you could call it a roadster. But I would recommend front-loading that description with “mega” and posting a warning sign: Retire your dashing driving cap and insouciant weekend MG memories, and instead consider a helmet.
Mercedes-AMG flipped me the keys to a 2020 version of the limited-run powerhouse, which will only feature 750 examples and starts at about $190,000. This version was optioned out to an as-tested sticker of just over $210,000.
Here’s how the driving went down:
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The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster landed at our suburban New Jersey test center wearing a borderline divine “Brilliant Blue Magno” paint job — a luscious matte blue that cost about $4,000 extra.
I’d previously sampled a $168,000 Mercedes-AMG GT C. I called it a “stylish beast of a car that …read more
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