It’s been in the news for a long time now. The house from Mercedes Benz has been teasing us with a four-door version of the AMG GT sports car. The Porsche Panamera rivaling sedan (or hatchback?) has been finally revealed at the on-going 2018 Geneva Motor Show. With the most literal name ever, AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, it comes in three flavours and all of them promises everything AMG is famous for.
The AMG GT 4-Door Coupe’s looks are vaguely similar to that of its two-door brother albeit with some cues of the new design language, which was seen on the CLS (a “4-door coupe” sedan) and the much cheaper A-Class sedan concept. However, while the actual AMG GT coupe has a bespoke chassis derived from the now-defunct SLS AMG, this AMG GT sedan is just a rebodied E-Class with a liftback rear, thus ruining the exclusivity of the coupe.
The entire range gets the aerodynamic package that includes the air panel in the front bumper and the retractable rear spoiler at the back. There is another optional aero kit that can be fitted on to the V8 models which will replace the active spoiler with a fixed unit that can be adjusted manually. The V8 cars also get the active steering system which turns the rear wheels along with the front wheels to aid stability. The rear is hunched heavily to look like a hatchback that is similar in profile to the Porsche Panamera, its chief competitor.
But the world has been looking forward to what’s under the hood of this family rocket. In with the AMG GT63 S, which sits at the top rung of the ladder, the 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 is pumped up to produce 630 hp. The AMG GT 63 is the less mean version of the former, with the same 577 hp as the AMG GTR Coupe. An entry-level model called the AMG GT 53 is also available with a surprise under its hood. It is powered by a 3.0-litre inline six instead of the V8 and it churns out 429 hp. But it has the Mercedes’ EQ Boost system to back it up with 21 more horses, making it a mild hybrid.
All the models get the AMG Speedshift nine-speed automatic gearbox which is hooked to the 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system. In the V8 models, there is an MCT gearbox with a wet clutch while the six-pot 53 model will have to make do with a TCT transmission and a torque converter. There is a drift mode available with the V8s where the system pumps more power to the rear, where they can make more fun. The 53 model misses out on the same though.
The performance figures are competent numbers that can brush shoulders with the current residents of the segment. The AMG GT 63 S should hit the 100 kph mark from 0 in just over 3.2 seconds which makes it faster than the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. The GT 63 will sprint from 0 to 100 kph in a little bit more than 3.4 seconds and the 53 model will cross the mark in a whisker over 4.6 seconds.
The major update though is in the rear of the car; the new set of seats now ensure that your whole family can get the AMG GT experience. The rear seats are 60/40 split units so Mercedes Benz has actually cared about practicality in this, otherwise mental, sedan.
Though the Mercedes AMG GT 4-Door Coupe was showed off at the Geneva Motor Show, it will not make it on to the streets till 2019. The V8 models will arrive first, followed by the AMG GT 53.