RE: Mercedes-AMG GT four-door: Geneva 2018

RE: Mercedes-AMG GT four-door: Geneva 2018

Tuesday 6th March

Mercedes-AMG GT four-door: Geneva 2018

Affalterbach certainly can't be accused of doing things by halves, adding three new cars to its GT line-up in one show



Following on from last year's Geneva reveal of the rather stunning - if a little gaudy - AMG GT Concept, hopes were high for a glimpse of a production car at this year's event. Well the news is good, very good in fact, in that what we instead have is not one, not even two, but three four-doored additions to the AMG GT range.

Now, Mercedes has already managed to make the naming of its GT line-up unnecessarily convoluted. Currently you can buy an AMG GT, GT S, GT C or GT R, as well as convertible versions of the GT and GT C - no, C doesn't stand for convertible. So when it comes to adding three more four-door models to the range, something along the lines of AMG GT+, GT+ S and GT+ C - leaving the two-door GT R as the standalone pinnacle of AMG performance - would seem the obvious choice, right? Wrong. Instead Merc has reverted back to its traditional naming system for these cars, and thus given us the GT 53, GT 63, and GT 63 S.


This raises another point, specifically that Mercedes-AMG already has several very convincing fifty and sixty three named cars, all of which offer the practicality of a saloon or estate with the blistering performance of a two-door coupe. So when the claim that the four-door GT "offers more space and greater versatility" is made, it's hard to see why someone looking for those traits wouldn't just opt for something like the excellent E63 S estate.

You can never have too much choice, though, so let's get on with seeing how this lot stack up. As the entry level model, the GT 53 is powered by a 3.0-litre inline-six, producing 435hp and 385lb ft of torque. Uniquely to this car, however, the addition of Mercedes' EQ technology allows for an electrified bump of 22hp and 185lb ft, bestowing it with a 0-62 time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 177mph.


Next up we have the GT 63. Sitting in the middle of the range, it makes use of a 'hot-V' biturbo V8 engine, delivering 585hp and 590lb ft of torque. The sprint from 0 to 62mph taking just 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 192mph.

At the top of the tree sits the GT 63 S, drawing its strength from the same twin-turbo motor which here puts out 640hp and - between 2500 and 4500rpm - a maximum torque figure of 665lb ft. That's good for 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 195mph.


All three cars use AMG's nine-speed automatic transmission and AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with variable torque distribution. The GT 63 S, however, gets the added benefit of an E63 S-style 'drift mode'.

There's no word on pricing or options yet, although, while Mercedes describes the interior as being "characterised by elegant coolness" and "ultra-modern features" the press release is also heavy with mentions of 'individualisation' and 'equipment packages'. So whatever the list price is, expect there to be a typically large number of ways to escalate it very quickly indeed.

 

 

 

 

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Riverside Red

Original Poster:

665 posts

68 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Looks a bit of a minger.....competes with the Porsche Panamera in the fugly stakes.

640hp out of the 4.0 TT V8 is some achievement though and don't see the point of the 53 model when there's the CLS53 in the range.

RR

Plug Life

846 posts

24 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Jeremy Clarkson just had a crisis.

GTEYE

1,197 posts

143 months

Tuesday 6th March
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I'd argue that you can actually have too much choice.

The Mercedes line-up is now so baffling I can't actually be bothered to try and work it out.

Are there actually enough customers for these things?

And what is the point when they already have the CLS as a big coupe? Is this related?


Zod

35,024 posts

191 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Oh dear. That is a horror!

Yipper

5,964 posts

23 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Looks like someone designed the car for months, but the boss got back from hols and decided at the last minute it was too fugly, so they slapped a big wing on top to distract the eye just before Geneva, in the hope nobody would notice...

Can't argue with the performance, though. 0-60 in 3.2secs is fast for a barge. Be a nightmare in the wet, no doubt.
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Ares

6,618 posts

53 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Echo the comments of where this compared to the CLS (which seems to look almost identical?)

Both have the 53, but is this just the hot CLS?

Ares

6,618 posts

53 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Riverside Red said:
Looks a bit of a minger.....competes with the Porsche Panamera in the fugly stakes.

640hp out of the 4.0 TT V8 is some achievement though and don't see the point of the 53 model when there's the CLS53 in the range.

RR
640bhp from 4.0 is a lower bhp/litre than 500bhp from a 3.0.....not that heady these days.

The1Driver

596 posts

85 months

Tuesday 6th March
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GTEYE said:
I'd argue that you can actually have too much choice.

The Mercedes line-up is now so baffling I can't actually be bothered to try and work it out.

Are there actually enough customers for these things?

And what is the point when they already have the CLS as a big coupe? Is this related?
My thoughts exactly.... Will there even be an CLS AMG?

Blayney

2,610 posts

119 months

Tuesday 6th March
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What is this when was who I don't even.

Meh.

Vitorio

4,288 posts

76 months

Tuesday 6th March
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GTEYE said:
I'd argue that you can actually have too much choice.

The Mercedes line-up is now so baffling I can't actually be bothered to try and work it out.
Nearly as confusing as trying to pick the right 911 hehe

Then again, when BMW launches a M5GT, you have to compete right?

makes me wonder why Audi doesnt have any half-height SUCs though?

AmosMoses

2,964 posts

98 months

Tuesday 6th March
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fk me this new steering wheel is ugly, it ruins the whole car for me. It looks utterly dreadful and looks worse the more models it gets fitted to.

Rest of the car is very nice however.


amgmcqueen

1,228 posts

83 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Plug Life said:
Jeremy Clarkson just had a crisis.
No steak...?

Greg 172

233 posts

134 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Since when did different engine options/trim levels become separate models? I see one new model here, not three.

Alex_225

2,797 posts

134 months

Tuesday 6th March
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It's quite an odd looking thing but doesn't really resemble the AMG GT. You look at something like the Aston Martin Rapide and it still looks slick but with an extra door.

That looks a little bit more like a CLS would look than anything relating to the AMG GT. Odd to then bring out the 56, 63, 63S options into it as well.

I love a nice Merc and aspire to own a GT one day but definitely not the four door model!

FN2TypeR

5,591 posts

26 months

Tuesday 6th March
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That is vile.

They'll sell heaps of 'em.

Onehp

587 posts

216 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Are these hatchbacks?

Lighter than the E63s Estate?

Roomier than a CLS?

Many questions arise...

Oh, perhaps that new straight six is the pick of the range, new engine and perhaps 'enough' poke...

Ares

6,618 posts

53 months

Tuesday 6th March
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FN2TypeR said:
That is vile.

They'll sell heaps of 'em.
It's not vile! A 640bhp AMG saloon is to be celebrated regardless, and rather than being vile, I think if it has a weakness (big IF), it's that it is a little too 'generic Mercedes'. The AMG GT looks like a retro roaster....long bonnet etc....this just looks, well, like a Merc. If you saw this with '350CDI' on the boot, it wouldn't look out of place.

For a competitor to, I guess, the AM Rapide (or incoming Lagonda)/Ferrari GTC4Lusso/Lamborghini Estoque/etc, it just misses wow factor.


FN2TypeR

5,591 posts

26 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Ares said:
FN2TypeR said:
That is vile.

They'll sell heaps of 'em.
It's not vile! A 640bhp AMG saloon is to be celebrated regardless, and rather than being vile, I think if it has a weakness (big IF), it's that it is a little too 'generic Mercedes'. The AMG GT looks like a retro roaster....long bonnet etc....this just looks, well, like a Merc. If you saw this with '350CDI' on the boot, it wouldn't look out of place.

For a competitor to, I guess, the AM Rapide (or incoming Lagonda)/Ferrari GTC4Lusso/Lamborghini Estoque/etc, it just misses wow factor.
redcard Mechanicals aside (very impressive, no doubt about it) it's vile, sorry.

928

130 posts

110 months

Tuesday 6th March
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An expensive and ugly way to differentiate your purchase from E/CLSs. Same drivertrain and interiors, is it just a fugly E?

culpz

3,893 posts

45 months

Tuesday 6th March
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I'm a bit confused with this GT Series. Where exactly does it sit in the range?