When Mercedes-AMG ended the production of its first in-house supercar, the mostly beguiling, in coupe form at least, SLS, I felt that the successor would have to be a thing of such intent and purpose, it should outclass its predecessor in all but one aspect — pricing. The SLS coupe with its gullwing doors brought a sense of occasion. Yes, the 6.2l V8 engine remained a peach, but those doors, well, that was the best bit of that car. The SLS roadster lost all that allure as it had conventional doors and the extra body flex made it a blunt instrument on the dynamic side of things. Fast forward to 2016 and along came the AMG GT, the successor to the SLS and the outfit’s challenge to the Porsche 911. Less ungainly, more compact and more gifted in traction, the AMG GT, particularly in S variant, is a driver’s car by all accounts. Now the roadster version has arrived and it has mostly not lost any of its coupe’s kerb appeal; in fact it has racked it up a few notches. This is partly thanks ...

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