RE: Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door: PH Trade-Off!

RE: Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door: PH Trade-Off!

Sunday 10th February

Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door: PH Trade-Off!

Fast four-door coupes are becoming commonplace, but a half price match for Merc's bahnstormer is hard to come by



"Good morning. Yes, I would like to buy a large hatchback with a premium badge on its nose, a luxurious, leather-lined interior, four-wheel drive and a thumping great V8, please. Oh, and it goes without saying that I would like it to go very, very fast, please."

Not so many years ago, walking into a dealership with that set of criteria would have had you laughed out of the place. But things have changed. Nowadays, almost every premium manufacturer has a four-door (or five-door, if we're being strictly accurate about this) coupe in its range, and almost every one of those four-door (five-door) coupes can be had in a thumping performance-oriented version.

The latest to hit the scene is the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door (yes, actually a five-door). Not the most elegantly succinct (or, indeed, accurate) badge, granted, but the car it's attached to is quite special.


"On the fast, flowing A-roads near the Cairngorms National Park, indeed even on the smaller roads around there, the GT 63 is immense," reported Mr Bird in his review. "There's trust in the precision of the front end and the traction of the rear (albeit with a rear-driven balance to the 4WD certainly apparent), unimpeachable body control, powerful brakes and all the V8 thunder you could ever desire."

Sounds good, no? But then, it should do for the price. You see, the other thing the GT 4-Door's name will tell you is that it's pitched not as a fastback version of the CLS, but of the Mercedes-AMG GT. In other words, it's priced in line with its aspiration to be a junior supercar with four (five) doors. In other words, it'll cost you £135,550, before you've added any options. Crikey.

This particular Trade-Off should be a doddle, then, right? We've got £67,555 to play with, and all we need to do is find a big, quick five-door fastback. Well, yes and no, because ideally what we're after here is something that's equipped with four-wheel drive, too; not to mention something that's fast enough to tear your face off and - ideally - something with a thumping great V8 under the bonnet.


Could we forego that last criterion in favour of absolutely no cylinders at all, though? After all, this Tesla Model S P90D can not only match the AMG GT 4-Door's 0-62mph time of 3.2 seconds, but it can beat it by several tenths. It, too, comes with four-wheel drive, a giant boot with a hatch opening, and even more space inside, too. What's more, if running costs are a concern, the Model S makes a seriously strong case, given how much it'll save you on fuel and tax compared with the 25.2mpg, 256g/km GT 4-Door.

The trouble with the Tesla, though, is that while it can demolish a set of corners at startling pace and with almost no fuss thanks to its low centre of gravity and monumental grip, it's not really all that involving. What's more, its build and materials quality won't be a patch on the Merc's - and that's before we even mention the ins and outs of whether an electric car would suit you.

So maybe let's look for something with a gurt big V8 after all. This Audi RS7 Sportback Performance should do the trick. It certainly looks the part in Misano Red, and fits our five-door, four-wheel-drive hatchback brief perfectly. What's more, with 605hp to its name, it nails the face-melting performance aspect - and offers a fabulous soundtrack into the bargain - while its top-quality interior is far more desirable than the Tesla's.


All looks promising, then. But the thing with the RS7 is that it still can't match the GT 4-Door on its outright driving fun. It's handsome, fast, and sounds great - but in corners it does that classic Audi RS thing of going hurtling around with grip and traction to spare, yet without ever really involving you in the experience.

Which is why for this week's Trade-Off, we're back in the land of the Porsche Panamera. This Panamera, to be precise: a 2016 Turbo S with 30,000 miles on the clock - making it a little above average miles, but you do get a full Porsche history. More saliently, the payoff is that it'll cost you 'just' £59,995 - saving you a whopping £7,780 on our budget - and more than £80,000 on what it cost when it was brand new, if the ad headline's to be believed.

Why? Well, have a gander at the spec. Sport Chrono Plus package, Sports Design package, Sports Exhaust System, dynamic LED lights, Torque Vectoring Plus, heat-insulating glass, adaptive sports seats, heated all round, embossed Porsche crests on the seats, a heated steering wheel... the list goes on. This Panamera, in short, is more laden with toys than Hamleys.


It's also fast. Granted, the Turbo S can't quite keep up with our AMG GT 4-Door, but it'll run it pretty close, with a 0-62mph time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 190mph. You still get four-wheel drive, of course, and despite its bulk, the Panamera's still pretty handy on a back road. Yet it can also pull off the GT's trick of transforming into a wafty executive express thanks to that air suspension. Dynamically, then, you shouldn't miss much from the AMG GT.

So to the big question, then: is that warranty - plus a saving of 0.6 seconds on the 0-62mph dash and an extra 6mph - worth the extra £75k you'll pay for the big Merc? Or would you save yourself a bundle and plump for the Panny? We think we know where our money would go. How about you?


SPECIFICATION - MERCEDES-AMG GT 63 S 4-DOOR COUPE
Engine:
3,982cc, V8, twin-turbo
Transmission: 9-speed 'multi-clutch' transmission, 4Matic+ 4WD
Power (hp): 639@5,500-6,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 664@2,500-4,500rpm
0-62mph: 3.2sec
Top speed: 196mph
Weight: 2,045k
MPG: 25.2mpg
CO2: 256g/km
Price: £135,550

SPECIFICATION - PORSCHE PANAMERA TURBO S
Engine:
4,806cc, V8, twin-turbo
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, four-wheel drive
Power (hp): 570@6,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 590@2,250-4,500rpm
0-62mph: 3.8sec
Top speed: 190mph
Weight: 1,995kg
MPG: 27.7mpg
CO2: 239g/km
Price: £59,995

Author
Discussion

st4

Original Poster:

897 posts

71 months

Sunday 10th February
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Buy the Audi with 5k miles on the clock and save nigh on £70k.

That sounds good.

T1berious

1,116 posts

93 months

Sunday 10th February
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The Stark Industries spoiler on that Porsche is worth the entry fee. If I had the entry fee. sigh....

PSB1967

39 posts

94 months

Sunday 10th February
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That Porsche Panamera always reminds me of the Carlton Carrera kit car from the 80's. I just can't get that out of my head. Never mind, I can't afford one anyway.

Reciprocating mass

5,313 posts

179 months

Sunday 10th February
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I wonder if they can make a gt coupe sallon version of the g wagon next scratchchin

Helicopter123

5,076 posts

94 months

Sunday 10th February
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The Porsche looks great value, would be my choice.
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Pumpsmynads

69 posts

94 months

Sunday 10th February
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M6 Gran Coupe?

st4

Original Poster:

897 posts

71 months

Sunday 10th February
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Pumpsmynads said:
M6 Gran Coupe?
A Very fine suggestion, or even an M5.

samoht

851 posts

84 months

Sunday 10th February
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Sporting V8 five-door exec, you say ? A snip at £19k

https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1060002

AdamV12AMR

1,122 posts

94 months

Sunday 10th February
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Neither 4WD nor that quick (in this company), but this is in budget with little haggling. And just look at it...


https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

Hugh Jarse

3,122 posts

143 months

Sunday 10th February
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Id cope with "not that involving" if I can miss out on massive depreciation and 100 quid fuel bills.
Not to mention, mechanical frailty after 5 years and etc etc.
Why people buy these new steam engines is a mystery to me.

Hairymonster

390 posts

43 months

Sunday 10th February
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I think MB are massively taking the p155, charging £140k for this thing - how does this differ from the discontinued CLS 63S AMG, which cost about £55k less than this thing?

For less than £30k you could have a CLS 63 AMG shooting brake - gets my money.

British Beef

1,146 posts

103 months

Monday 11th February
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I would take a very nice Aston Rapide - V12 goodness and stunning looks. Might cost a bit more to run, but will not depreciate to the price of a new hatchback in the next 2 years!!

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

subirg

562 posts

214 months

Monday 11th February
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Surely the M5 or M6 gran coupe look like the best bargains of all time compared to this lot when good ones can be had for £30/£35k???

st4

Original Poster:

897 posts

71 months

Monday 11th February
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subirg said:
Surely the M5 or M6 gran coupe look like the best bargains of all time compared to this lot when good ones can be had for £30/£35k???
They do - this is an E class under the skin. A total rip off.

Paddy78

134 posts

84 months

Monday 11th February
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Agree with the comments on the M6 GC. A slightly used one of those looks like the bargain of the century and to my eyes, in dark blue or black, is a better looking car too. I know it isn't 4WD, but leave it on the drive for the 2 days a year you'd actually need that feature.

C.A.R.

3,386 posts

126 months

Monday 11th February
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I'd be much more humble, going just a fraction slower, in one of those AM Rapides. A 6.0 N/A V12? Yes, please! Keep your turbo's and all-wheel drive, seems to go hand-in-hand with making for a comparatively ugly car! laugh

NITO

540 posts

144 months

Monday 11th February
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Hairymonster said:
I think MB are massively taking the p155, charging £140k for this thing - how does this differ from the discontinued CLS 63S AMG, which cost about £55k less than this thing?

For less than £30k you could have a CLS 63 AMG shooting brake - gets my money.
Or for the article budget, a nearly new very low mileage still in manufacturers warranty CLS63S Shooting Brake! 585bhp/590lbs/ft LSD RWD smile just forego panzy 4wd and .x sec 0-60 , for a lighter and more entertaining chassis featuring the real mans form of propulsion. (It's not like anyone is really going to spend all that and risk being driven into in the snow is it?!)



https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...



Gus265

158 posts

71 months

Wednesday 13th February
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Agree with M6 GC for me. This 2015 27k miles one is £39k