Superfast four-door Mercedes-AMG GT saloon revealed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
Mercedes-AMG has finally stopped teasing and revealed its much-awaited high-performance four-door supercar. Billed as the AMG GT 4-door Coupe, the new fastback is the first-ever four-door sedan that’s been designed and developed by the folks at Affalterbach.
The GT 4-door Coupe joins the AMG GT Coupe and Roadster in the Mercedes’ high-performance portfolio. And, as you’d expect, everything about it is a bit hardcore. The exterior design draws clear inspiration from GT Coupe, featuring a long-bonnet as well as a vertically-slatted grille and massive air intakes. The flared wheel arches and the sloping tail-gate are similar to the AMG GT as well. The rear section is also identical and has a rear spoiler, quad-exhaust and a rear diffuser. That said, the rear three-quarter of the four-door version looks a little bulky, mostly because of the extended wheelbase and extra doors.
Let’s forget its styling for a bit and quickly discuss the powertrains. Being an AMG developed product, the GT 4-door Coupe is offered in three trims – GT63 S, GT63 and GT53. All engines come mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive 4Matic+ system is standard. As for the specifications, the GT 63 S and GT 63 come powered by the same 4.0-litre, bi-turbo V8 that powers the GT Coupe and other AMGs. However, in here, the V8’s performance has been dialled up. The GT 63 S being the top-spec version produces a whopping 630bhp and 900Nm of torque. 0 – 100km/h is done in 3.2 seconds, while it’ll hit a top speed of 315km/h! The GT 63, in comparison, is no slouch either. The V8 may have been slightly detuned in this spec – it’s rated at 577bhp and 800Nm – but it’s nearly as fast. 0 – 100km/h takes only 0.2s more (3.4 seconds) and the top speed is 310km/h.
Alongside the two barking mad V8 engines, there’s also a 3.0-litre bi-turbo six-cylinder petrol that churns out 430bhp and 520Nm. Of course, it’s not as mental as the V8s, but with a 0 – 100km/h time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 285km/h, it’s pretty fast.
Although the GT 4-door Coupe is a true-blue AMG, it shares its underpinnings with the new CLS, since it’s based on its MRA platform. That said, the company claims that the structure has been reinforced and is made more rigid for the AMG saloon. In addition to that, there’s air-suspension (only on V8 variants), an active rear wheel steering, variable ratio speed-sensitive steering, active aero, super-fat tyres as well as optional ceramic brakes and aerodynamics package on offer.
The interior looks familiar, but it’s more like the new CLS in here than the AMG GT. There’s a dual 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a large infotainment screen is stacked at the centre of the dashboard. It also gets a new centre console with a central gearshift and eight large buttons for quick settings change. And, it’s available in both four- and five-seat layouts.
The AMG GT 4-door Coupe will go on sale early in 2019 in global markets. Once launched, it’ll go hunting the likes of the Porsche Panamera and Audi RS7. Will you get to see it on the Indian roads? We can only hope and pray . . .