2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster gets Paris auto show debut Page 2

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The GT R gets the ultimate version of the twin-turbo V-8 noted above, and a slew of visual and suspension tweaks, starting with the heritage grille and wider rear-end body work.

Its chassis is heavily modified with aluminum and carbon-fiber pieces that boost stiffness while cutting weight to a Euro-spec 3,428 pounds. The GT R is set up to make the most of its Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and the rear-wheel-steering system, which points the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the fronts at speeds of up to 62 mph.

Carbon-ceramic brakes are available on the GT-R, but the adaptive aero kit and fixed rear wing are standard, as are a 9-mode traction-control system, sport seats and Nappa leather trim.

There’s no mistaking the GT R as anything but the most extreme version of AMG’s GT, at least until a Black Series arrives.

On sale next year

With the double introduction, the AMG GT lineup now swells to five models: a base car, priced from $111,200 before destination, and on sale now; the GT S, from $131,200; the GT and GT C Roadster, coming in the fall of 2017 and as of yet unpriced; and the AMG GT R, due in mid-2017, also unpriced. The three latter models will be sold as 2018 models.

For more coverage, stay tuned to our Paris auto show hub.

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