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Spied 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster runs the 'ring

by Byron Hurd

Mercedes-Benz's hot grand tourer goes topless.

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster has been caught testing at the 'ring in what appears to be a near-production state, giving us a fairly solid (but still-camouflaged) look at the final result.

There aren't many mysteries here, really, but it's nice to see AMG's topless 911 fighter taking shape. The aggressive fixed spoiler may give off some Honda S2000 CR vibes, but let's be honest, Mercedes-Benz and high-performance don't typically come together in particularly subtle fashion.

The GT R Roadster is essentially a hopped-up version of the existing GT S Roadster, which we've already seen. We're also intimately familiar with the fixed-roof version of the GT R at this point, so it shouldn't be much of a stretch to visualize this mule without its disguise on.

The GT S is already no slouch, but the GT R adds another 60-plus horsepower, aggressive aerodynamics, a more aggressive suspension calibration (which you can bet will include the letters "AMG" about six times over in Mercedes' press materials) and a healthy dose of weight reduction care of the proliferation of exotic materials.

The GT R coupe is some 200 pounds lighter than the GT S, which is a good chunk for a car this small. To duplicate that on a drop-top might be challenging (even at this price point), but we suspect the improvement will at least be in the same ballpark.

Look for a production debut of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster later this year.

Photos: Chris Doane Automotive.