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Look out, Porsche! Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster spotted

Published: 02 August 2016 Updated: 02 August 2016

► Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster spied again
► AMG chief confirms project to CAR
► Caught benchmarking with 911

Speaking at the world debut of the GT R on the eve of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the chairman of Mercedes-AMG – Tobias Moers – told CAR a GT roadster was on the cards.

He wasn’t joking: our latest spyshots are proof that the soft-top Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster is under development. Our spy photographers have captured it being benchmarked against Merc’s perennial sports car nemesis – the Porsche 911.

We’d wager that there’s no folding hard-top at play here, either – just a good old canvas roof. That said,  it could be a cunning disguise tacked on to put us off the scent of a folding metal roof.

Is that a real canvas roof? Or a folding metal one?

Both regular 456bhp GT and 503bhp GT S versions of the roadster are expected – and it could go on to become a big seller, as many warmer markets lap up the alfresco thrills promised by convertibles of this ilk.

Find out for real at the Paris motor show in September 2016, where we’re expecting the roofless GT to be revealed. 

What other AMG GT models are in the works?

With the AMG GT, GT S, and now the R already in production, Mercedes-Benz has previously suggested that a further two derivatives are in the pipeline. One will almost certainly come in the form of the AMG GT Black Series, likely boasting more power than the GT R and arriving nearer the end of the car’s production lifecycle.

See it at the 2016 Paris motor show: the Merc-AMG GT C Roadster

Moers confirmed that any Black Series model would come after the launch of the convertible AMG GT, which is expected in the next 12 months. CAR understands that the GT cabrio will be available in GT or GT S form, keeping the more focused GT R as a fixed-roof only edition.

A GT4 racer, too?

Moers let slip AMG was working on a GT4 racer. It would be a track-only car and bridge the gap between the AMG GT R and GT3, competing in the GT4 race series. It’s unclear which roadgoing Mercedes-Benz this would be derived from, although expect it to be based on one of the brand’s existing range as opposed to a brand new model.

Would you choose the Merc-AMG GT C Roadster or a 911? Sound off in the comments below!

The new AMG-GT C Roadster

By James Dennison

Head of automotive video for CAR magazine, its sister website Parkers.co.uk and Motorcyle News.