RE: Spoiler points to go-faster four-door GT

RE: Spoiler points to go-faster four-door GT

Tuesday 23rd January

Spoiler points to go-faster four-door GT

Mercedes-AMG are winter testing something special in Sweden; the smart money suggests 800hp isn't out of the question



The four-door version of Mercedes-AMG's GT is a car worth getting excited about. The Porsche Panamera has had the continent-crushing, big-car segment to itself for far too long, and the thought of a supine and very shapely four-seat Exocet based on the E63 S 4Matic ought to appeal to anyone with meetings typically scheduled in the adjacent time zone.

Following its reveal at Geneva next month, the model is expected to launch with the same 612hp 4.0-litre V8 that powers AMG's E-Class - but harder, faster versions are also expected to feature in the manufacturer's pipeline. And it's that possibility that our spy photographer seems to have snapped winter testing in Sweden - the test mule resplendent with a fixed wing in place of the extendable one, and with camouflage that suggests bodywork changes to the front and back.


Which particular variant will this be? Well, the internet's guess is as good as yours. There will be a Black Series version of the two-door GT launched later this year - but AMG tends to only build one of those at a time (and they have always been coupes, too). Autocar has it as a potential R model - although we wouldn't rule out S badging either its stablemates use of the letter.

It'll mean yet more power either way, and unless Affalterbach has significantly tweaked the turbocharged V8 again, the most likely source for that will be a hybrid powertrain. This would hardly be a shock to the system - the production car was after all previewed by the GT concept last year, a model said to boast beyond 800hp as well as a 31-mile all-electric range.


That combination might yet prove to be the icing under the test mule's cherry of a spoiler. It might not. But the potential ingredients measure up, with AMG said to be twinning its V8 to an electric motor inside the rear axle, which delivers its contribution to the back wheels exclusively. The attached batteries may yet prove to be the really clever bit, which have been developed by the British-based High Performance Powertrains - the division responsible for the Project One hypercar's absurd 1,000hp output.

This combination would allow AMG to offer differing versions of the big GT, with incrementally lower power levels and zero-emission ranges (much as Tesla already does with its Model S). We'll know more next month, when the Geneva show gets underway. For now we'll content ourselves with the speculation that adding a permanent spoiler to Affalterbach's Panamera-beater can only mean good things.

[Spyshots: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien]

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GTEYE

Original Poster:

1,201 posts

144 months

Tuesday 23rd January
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"The four-door version of Mercedes-AMG's GT"

Unless my eyes deceive me, this is a completely different car to the 2 door GT?

It looks about as similar as a 911 does to a Cayenne

Ares

7,100 posts

54 months

Tuesday 23rd January
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Is this where everyone says it looks st and dumpy? --> https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...


WCZ

5,791 posts

128 months

Tuesday 23rd January
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could be a nice company car with a decent BIK and congestion charge exemption smile

va1o

15,636 posts

141 months

Tuesday 23rd January
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Could this be a C-Class 4dr Coupe type model to rival the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Gran Coupe? Always seemed to be a slight gap in the Mercedes range...

nicholasm

121 posts

119 months

Tuesday 23rd January
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GTEYE said:
"The four-door version of Mercedes-AMG's GT"

Unless my eyes deceive me, this is a completely different car to the 2 door GT?

It looks about as similar as a 911 does to a Cayenne
If it’s based on the E63 S 4Matic, isn’t it a four-door AMG version of the E-Class coupe? confused

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cuda

399 posts

174 months

Tuesday 23rd January
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I'd say that was more of a wing than a spoiler...

In fact why don't PH do a topic on 'when does a spoiler become a wing'...?

Ares

7,100 posts

54 months

Tuesday 23rd January
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nicholasm said:
GTEYE said:
"The four-door version of Mercedes-AMG's GT"

Unless my eyes deceive me, this is a completely different car to the 2 door GT?

It looks about as similar as a 911 does to a Cayenne
If it’s based on the E63 S 4Matic, isn’t it a four-door AMG version of the E-Class coupe? confused
Isn't the E-Class coupe a 2 door version of the E-Class. So the 4-door version of the 2-door, is the 4-door that the 2-door was based upon, rather than a new 4-door based on the 2-door version of the 4-door, but with 4-doors, instead of 2 doors, that was instead of 4-doors?

Clear to me.......

Sofa

41 posts

26 months

Tuesday 23rd January
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Ares said:
Isn't the E-Class coupe a 2 door version of the E-Class. So the 4-door version of the 2-door, is the 4-door that the 2-door was based upon, rather than a new 4-door based on the 2-door version of the 4-door, but with 4-doors, instead of 2 doors, that was instead of 4-doors?

Clear to me.......
Aren't Mercedes soon going to have a new CLS63 AMG too? Or have they decided not to bother with an AMG version of the next gen CLS? Or have they decided that having two luxury AMG squished saloons four door coupes in what I imagine will be relatively similar size and price brackets is logical?

I feel like someone important at Mercedes just pointed at the Panamera and went 'I want that' without considering the fact they currently have a competitor for it (two if you count the E63).

Viperzs

860 posts

101 months

Wednesday 24th January
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How can they claim Porsche have held the market with the Panamera on their own, have you forgotten about the CLS63 which is the exact same class and one of the most underestimated Mercedes???

Krikkit

13,149 posts

115 months

Wednesday 24th January
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cuda said:
I'd say that was more of a wing than a spoiler...

In fact why don't PH do a topic on 'when does a spoiler become a wing'...?
Quite! I fact that spy shot of the rear clearly shows it has both a wing and a spoiler.

Tuvra

7,658 posts

159 months

Wednesday 24th January
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I'd say it's a four door version of the S63/S65 AMG coupe, a kind of S "Gran Coupe".

It will appeal to those who don't like the limo looks of the regular S-Class IMO. I'm guessing the Panamera is the car in Mercedes sites with this car smile

Ozerob

25 posts

21 months

Wednesday 24th January
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I think this looks like the Kia Stinger in disguise.

DegsyE39

539 posts

61 months

Wednesday 24th January
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Ares said:
Is this where everyone says it looks st and dumpy? --> https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...
Looks like an upturned bath! hehe