Mercedes-AMG To Develop Four-Door Saloon
Model will target Porsche Panamera and Bentley Continental GTby Kirby Garlitos, on
Mercedes is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the AMG performance division in 2017 and like most occasions involving golden anniversaries, the German automaker is preparing to celebrate in style, including a plan to unveil a new Vision concept that will eventually spawn a high-performance super saloon that will take on the likes of the Porsche Panamera and the Bentley Continental GT.
Codenamed the X290, the super sedan will reportedly carry the name GT 4 when it hits the market sometime in 2019. According to Autocar, the super saloon will also be powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine and is scheduled to hit dealerships sometime in 2019 with a starting price in the neighborhood of £120,000, or roughly $148,000.
The model will also make use of Mercedes’ own modular rear architecture, the same platform that currently underpins the C 63, E 63, S 63 AMG variants. That said, the GT 4 will make use of a specially modified version of the MRA platform, one with different dimensions compared to the standard configuration.
Should the GT 4 come to fruition, it would become the third dedicated series production line under the AMG umbrella, following in the treads set by the SLS and the GT line of sports cars. The concept’s 2017 debut will also coincide with the highly anticipated debut of AMG’s crown jewel creation, the yet-to-be-named, Formula One-inspired hypercar.
If it isn’t obvious by now, 2017 is going to be a huge year for Mercedes and AMG and from the looks of it, the German automaker is already gearing up for the occasion.
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Theres a lot of information to hash through
While none of the information laid out by Autocar have been confirmed by Mercedes, there are some pertinent details that are worth looking into, including initial plans for the car to resemble the SLS, right down to the two front gullwing doors. When the SLS was discontinued, the sedan slowly evolved into something akin to the current GT sports car. AMG is also reportedly keen on using lightweight materials on the car, including aluminum and high-strength steel, in an effort to keep weight as low as possible to further enhance the car’s performance and handling capabilities.
Speaking of which, the Autocar report also indicates plans to offer two versions of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with the range-topping S 4Matic+ variant expected to produce in excess of 600 horsepower. There are also plans to use an integrated starter generator to complement the turbocharged V-8. The ISG is tapped to operate through a 48V electric system and provide an extra boost in power in the form of a 20-horsepower electric motor. The engine will also be mated to the “latest version” of AMG’s Speedshift MCT automatic gearbox, which in turn will send the power to the 4Matic four-wheel drive system. On that note, the GT 4 will also reportedly have its own “drift” mode, which enables the driver to switch the power distribution settings and exclusively send them to the rear wheels.
That’s a load of information, especially when you consider that the Vision concept of the GT 4 isn’t scheduled to arrive until next year. None of the details have yet to be confirmed so take those details for what they’re worth.