Is Mercedes-AMG Already Expanding Its GT Lineup With A Performance Sedan?
A Porsche Panamera rival appears to be in the cards, but GT Black Series could be shelvedby Kirby, on
Don’t look now, but it appears that Mercedes-AMG’s plan for the GT family of performance cars isn’t going to be limited to just two-door coupes. Now there’s talk of Mercedes-AMG finally bringing life to the long-rumored high-performance sedan that will compete directly with the Porsche Panamera.
The model is tentatively called the GT4 and no less than Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers stoked those flames by telling Motoring Australia that “all rumors are not necessarily wrong.”
Moers did stop short of actually confirming the existence of the GT4, but a number of different people have already dropped some details about the rumored sedan, including the likelihood of it being based on a modified version of Mercedes’ own MRA platform. The architecture is already being used on a handful of Mercedes models, including the C-Class, E-Class, and S-Class. A unique suspension layout is also rumored to be one of the GT4’s more defining characteristics, one that would differentiate it from the rest of the models under the Mercedes-AMG performance sub-brand.
The good news for Mercedes-AMG is there doesn’t appear to be any rush to bring the GT4 in the market. The model itself isn’t scheduled to make its debut until 2019. In the meantime, Moers pointed out that the development for the next-generation GT is already underway, leaving little time to work on other projects associated with the GT line, specifically the GT Black Series project.
“We are so fully loaded with work, expansion of the portfolio things like that,” Moers said. “So it (a Black Series) needs dedication to do such a car. The GT R was a lot of dedication. As you can imagine lifecycle-wise regarding next generation (GT) is something we are working on, so there must be room for us to do so. Maybe that is a self-fulfilling prophecy, expanding the portfolio, doing a lot of work, maybe that means we don’t have enough room to do a Black Series.”
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Priorities are important when you have a lot on your plate
There’s a lot to unpack here because Tobias Moers talked about so many things about the direction of the Mercedes-AMG brand. The first and most obvious news is about the GT4, which itself is surprising considering that, despite all the rumors swirling around it, here was really no indication from Mercedes-AMG that it was seriously contemplating developing a performance sedan that would compete against the Porsche Panamera.
But Moers comments does seem to point to that possibility now, and while details are still scarce at this point, the anticipated 2019 timetable for the sedan means that we’re likely going to read and hear more about it in the coming months.
As far as the second-generation AMG GT is concerned, this one isn’t really a surprise in the sense that Mercedes-AMG is doing it. The surprise is that it’s already starting plans for it. Remember, the AMG GT only launched in 2015 and the line just unveiled its latest variant – the AMG GT C Coupe – a few weeks ago in Detroit. Either Mercedes-AMG has really big plans for this lineup or it’s preparing something that we’re not expecting for the second-guess model. Whatever the case may be, the timing is a little surprising and Moers himself even admitted as much, saying that going down this route leaves little time to pursue other potential projects that would’ve been tied into the AMG GT, specifically that of the GT Black Series.
Granted, I know Mercedes is keen on building Black Series models, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it decides to drop it this time for the AMG GT and instead concentrate on the second-generation model and the rumored GT4 performance sedan. There’s just too many things going on with the brand right now so prioritising what’s important is going to be as crucial as anything Mercedes-AMG plans to do in the near future.
In my head, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mercedes-AMG holds off on the GT Black Series for now. In the hierarchy of importance, I’d say the GT4 and the second-guess AMG GT are more important in continuing the path of building up Mercedes-AMG as its own brand.
Read our full review on the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT4 here.
Source: Motoring Australia