Spy Shots: An Early Look at the 2023 Mercedes-AMG GT
The next-gen Mercedes-AMG GT is coming, and it’s more than just an SL-Class with a roofby Alina Moore, on
Mercedes unveiled the AMG GT in October 2014 at the Paris Motor Show as a replacement for the SLS AMG. Now, after eight years of production, the model is ready to enter a new generation. It will only be offered as a coupe this time around, with the new SL serving as the dedicated AMG roadster of the lineup. And now that Mercedes is done introducing the various trims the new generation SL roadster, the company will focus its attention on a new generation AMG GT. In the past few months, the next AMG GT has been caught testing many times, but now it has been finally caught testing in its natural habitat: the Nürburgring race track.
When compared to the last prototypes spotted in the wild, the camouflage of this prototype has remained pretty much unchanged, with the only exception being a little less coverage on the rear lights. One thing is for sure: the new generation GT is shaping up nicely and should be a modern evolution of the current generation. It will go against models like the Porsche 911 Turbo. But do not expect the next AMG GT to be just an SL with a fixed roof. As revealed by all the spy shots before, the grille sits lower, and the headlights have a different shape with a slightly more vertical position. The side will be distinguished by the fastback roofline, while in the rear the taillights will get their own unique look. Unlike the SL, the AMG GT will be a 2+2-coupe, but we expect those rear seats to be for small kids only at best.
Just like with the new SL, the next AMG GT will be offered with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine. It will deliver 469 horsepower in SL55 form and 577 horsepower in SL63 form. Mercedes also has plans to offer a six-cylinder model, and there will, of course, be a more powerful Black Series model. As previous spy shots revealed, there will also be a E-Performance version that will be offered with the same hybrid system from the Mercedes-AMG GT 63S E sedan. That hybrid system delivers a combined 831 horsepower and 1,033 pound-feet of torque, so we expect similar performance figures in the coupe. When it comes to the E-Performance version, there were rumors suggesting it could be offered in two different power stages: the AMG GT63 e and the AMG GT 63 E-Performance.
Unlike the SL version, which is mostly a luxury-oriented sporty tourer, the AMG GT will be geared as a real sportscar with track ambitions. This means that even the suspension will be tuned for quicker laps around the racetrack when compared to the SL. The new generation Mercedes-AMG GT should be unveiled sometime before the end of 2022 or in early 2023, with sales to begin shortly after. The E-Performance version should arrive a few months later.