2018 Mercedes-AMG GT4
AMG GT with four doors? Yes please!
AMG might be responsible for Mercedes’ most-powerful and appealing models, but the high-performance brand has yet to use its full potential as a car manufacturer. Sure, the Affalterbach-based division brought us the awesome SLS AMG, and more recently, the AMG GT, but it hasn’t developed more than one stand-alone vehicle at a time. With rumors that AMG is pondering a sedan that’s not based on an existing Mercedes model, the brand’s current lineup will soon expand to include a second fully AMG-made product.
The company’s plans to develop a high-performance four-door became more than obvious at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, where Mercedes-Benz unveiled the AMG GT concept. The show car also confirms that the sedan will be based on the AMG GT in terms of design, but still feature some of the more traditional Mercedes cues seen on the regular sedans. In all, the concept is pretty much a mash up between the AMG GT sports car and the CLS four-door coupe. Also, the fact that the concept’s design isn’t too wild means that the production model could be very similar.
Continue reading to learn more about the future Mercedes-AMG GT4.
0-60 time:4 sec. (Est.)
Top Speed:186 mph (Est.)
As you can see in the rendering above, I’m very confident that the AMG sedan will essentially be a four-door version of the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car, but with the kind of sleek elegance you get with the CLS. The nose will bear a close resemblance to the AMG GT, especially the grille and the headlamps. But while the former will most likely be identical to the coupe, the latter should take a less aggressive form, but remain slender and angled toward the nose and wheel arches. Below, we should see slim intakes at each corner carbon-fiber bezels, and a carbon-fiber splitter.
Onto the sides, we designed the GT4 as a slightly sleeker version of the CLS. The roof sits lower, the rear windscreen has a smaller angle relative to the beltline, while the decklid is shorter. The shorter wheelbase and the exclusive wheels should also help set this AMG sedan apart from the CLS63. Around back, look for Mercedes to keep most of the design of the concept car, but don’t expect to get the extra thin taillights on the production model. Also, the race-inspired diffuser will probably be replaced with a milder version, while the large exhaust pipe in the middle will make way for a quad layout with two outlets on each side.
Needless to say, a four-door AMG GT would make for one sexy sedan! Just look at the gorgeous sports sedan our rendering artist put together and tell me I’m wrong.
*Note: Mercedes-AMG GT interior pictured
Much like its exterior, the sedan’s interior should mimic the AMG GT’s from the front seats onward. I want the same gorgeous "aviation design" theme with its wide, wing-like dashboard and center-mounted, spotlight-style vents to sit in front of the driver and front passenger, separated by the motorsport-inspired center console and its V-8-like layout for the AMG Drive Unit controls.
The sporty and luxurious theme would continue behind the front seats, although legroom and headroom might be a bit cramped for taller adults. On the other hand, the numerous connectivity features and access to the car’s infotainment system should make trips enjoyable for rear passengers nonetheless.
The borrowing process from the AMG GT sports car would continue under the GT4’s hood, with motivation to be provided by the new bi-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8. The powerplant could find its way into the sedan in the same two output configurations, meaning there would be a GT4 with 456 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, and a GT4 S with a heftier 503 horses and 479 pound-feet. Shifting duties would be handled by the same seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic known as the AMG Speedshift DCT.
However, performance won’t be the same as the AMG GT’s, as the GT4’s longer chassis and extra bodywork will lower the 0-to-60 mph sprints in the four-second range. Specifically, while the AMG GT needs 3.7 and 3.9 seconds, respectively, the sedan would likely hit 60 mph in about 4.0 and 4.2 seconds. These figures would make the GT4 a strong competitor for both the Porsche Panamera GTS and the Aston Martin Rapide S.
It remains to be seen whether a more powerful version similar to the AMG GT R will be offered. The range-topping model uses the same V-8 engine, but tweaked to deliver 577 horsepower and 520 pound-feet of twist.
It’s way too early to talk about pricing given we still don’t know whether AMG will build this sedan or not, but, if produced, the GT4 should start from around $150,000 in the United States. For reference, the Mercedes-AMG GT S fetches $129,000 before options.
Redesigned for the 2017 model year, the Porsche Panamera is now sportier than ever, and its design incorporates even more 911 styling features. The cabin is loaded with state-of-the-art tech, and the driver is connected to the car via two seven-inch displays in the instrument cluster and a massive 12.3-inch touchscreen on the center stack. Drivetrain options are as varied as the get. The base model has a 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 325 horsepower and 332 pound-feet, while the Panamera 4S comes with 434 horses and 406 pound-feet on tap. The Turbo model uses a 4.0-liter V-8 with 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet and makes a great case for an AMG GT R version of the sedan. The new Panamera also comes with a diesel engine and two hybrid drivetrains. The range-topping Turbo S E-Hybrid cranks out a massive 671 horsepower and 627 pound-feet that Mercedes-Benz will have a difficult time competing with. Pricing starts from $85,000 and goes up to $150,000 before options for the Turbo models.
Learn more about the Porsche Panamera here.
Launched in 2009 as a spiritual successor to the Aston Martin Lagonda and the company’s first sedan in 20 years, the Rapide is based on the DB9 and shares the same VH platform. Power comes from Aston’s ubiquitous 5.9-liter V-12 engine, tuned to deliver 552 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Although it’s the most powerful of the bunch, the Rapide S won’t be quicker than the AMG GT4 in its current specification. Its 203-mph top speed, on the other hand, places it above everything else in this niche. Inside, the Rapide S comes with Aston’s finest in terms of luxury and technology, although some might find its cabin design rather dated compared to the GT4’s. The British sedan isn’t cheap either, as it starts from $198,250 in the U.S. It’s safe to assume that Aston Martin will offer a new-generation Rapide soon, so AMG will get a lighter, faster, and more luxurious competitor.
Find out more about the Aston Martin Rapide here.
With no official word yet, AMG might never build the GT4. Heck, we don’t even know it will be named like this, and considering Porsche recently forced Aston Martin to change the name of the Vantage GT3, a GT4 nameplate from AMG could also prove upsetting now that the 2016 Cayman GT4 is roaming the streets. Still, a stand-alone AMG-built sedan is a great idea from an enthusiast’s point of view. Not to mention it wouldn’t hurt for the Panamera and Rapide to get some stiff competition after all these years. Hopefully, the AMG GT Concept is a sign of things to come, and we’ll get to see this four-door coupe in dealerships by 2020.