The Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster exhibits so much power and style that its $210,000 price tag is actually a bargain

Mercedes-AMG GT R

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 serves up excellent bang for the buck.”

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The Merc arrived amid a veritable deluge of potent two-seaters, including the Aston Martin V8 Vantage …

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… and the Aston Martin DB11 V8.

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The Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster was the most aggressively styled member of that trio — by a wide margin. The Merc held absolutely nothing in reserve.

As with the coupé, the Roadster is defined by its bold prow: The car looks like it could be all hood. The LED headlights pretty much turn night to day and have an adaptive high-beam function that’s useful for navigating country roads.

The enormous Mercedes tri-star badge (and more modest flush hood ornament) adorn the slatted grille.

And why not some jagged, slashing design elements on top of the side vents?

That’s carbon fiber, folks. The fin is part of a $5,300 package that adds a significant amount of the material to the exterior. FYI: “Biturbo” translates to twin turbochargers.

The hood also has a pair of blacked-out scoops. We aren’t quite in Corvette territory here, but the AMG GT R certainly doesn’t skimp on exterior attitude.

The front carbon-fiber splitter is part of the aforementioned package (as is the rear diffuser), but the 10-spoke …read more

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