The Mercedes-AMG GT53 Showed up to the Los Angeles Auto Show in a Pretty Red Dress
What’s with those shoes, man?by Robert Moore, on
As far as I’m concerned the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe is about as controversial as it gets. I consider it to be one of the laziest efforts from Mercedes to date. I mean, come on, It’s basically a CLS – it even looks like it, and some of the powertrains are even the same. Case in point – the AMG GT 53. Under the hood, you’ll find the same exact powertrain that you find under the hood of the CLS53. Be that as it may, we stumbled across the GT53 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and it sure did look really nice – even if it is just a CLS – in its fine red color. And, to top it off, it is rocking some rather strange, out-of-place, old-school wheels. That’s right – the AMG GT 53 showed up to L.A. wearing a nice red dress and a new pair of shoes.
The Mercedes-AMG GT 53 in Brief
As far as I’m concerned the GT 4-Door Coupe (it’s a freaking sedan, by the way) is nothing more than a glorified CLS that Mercedes can charge you more money for. But, that doesn’t mean it isn’t awesome in its own right as well. Under the hood sits a 429-horsepower beast of an engine that’s paired with an EQ boost system. The latter adds on some 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.
On a good day, under the right conditions, the GT 53 will deliver up to 450 ponies and 568 pound-feet.
It’s not bad, but it’s not quite up to par with the base GT Coupe that delivers 465 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Sure; it beats it on torque thanks to that EQ boost system, but it’s still quite underpowered. In the end, the GT 53 can hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds on the way to 174 mph.
Inside, the GT 53 has a mix of E-Class and CLS – big surprise there – and it’s basically the same thing you’ll get by buying the cheaper CLS53.
You do get some slightly different on-screen graphics, and the A/C vents are illuminated too.
Oh yeah, and it has its own scent – something Mercedes calls a “sporty scent to match the spirit of the performance brand.”
Either way, it showed up to the L.A. Auto Show wearing a pretty red finish and some strange looking shoes and, for some reason, we actually like it. I still can’t get past the fact that it’s just a CLS with a higher price tag, but I really like this configuration. What do you think?
Mercedes-AMG GT 53 specifications
|Engine||3.0-litre 6-cylinder in-line engine with exhaust gas turbocharger and electric auxiliary compressor|
|Output||429 HP @ 6,100 RPM|
|Add. output with EQ Boost||21 HP|
|Peak torque||384 LB-FT @ 1,800-5,800 RPM|
|Add. torque with EQ Boost||184 LB-FT|
|Drive system||AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution|
|Transmission||AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G|
|Fuel consumption - combined||8.5 l/100 km|
|CO2 emissions - combined||201 g/km|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||4.4 s|
|Top speed||174 mph|
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