100,000 euro price difference between the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance and the base AMG GT 43 

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The Mercedes-AMG GT range is now complete. In addition to the V8-engined AMG GT 55 4Matic+ and AMG GT 63 4Matic+ versions, the range-topping Mercedes-AMG GT 43 4Matic (from 118,399 euros) and Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance (from 211,770 euros) are now available to order. 

Mercedes wanted to turn the second generation AMG into a true sports car and developed the new AMG GT on a dedicated AMG platform called MSA (Modular Sports Architecture), also used in the new AMG SL. Thanks to the new platform, the AMG GT has a 2+2 seating configuration, and the SL version has received a textile roof again after two generations.

The Mercedes-AMG GT is also available for the first time, with a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine developing 421 PS and 500 Nm. The model is by no means underpowered, as the AMG GT 43 accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in just 4.6 seconds, and the top speed is 280 kph. The M139 turbocharged 4-cylinder engine also used in the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4Matic, which I recently drove, is notable for its spontaneous response thanks to the electrically driven turbine that no longer has the inertia of the classic turbine, driven only by exhaust gas. It also features 48V mild hybrid technology with an integrated 10 kW (14 PS) starter generator. Available exclusively with rear-wheel drive, the Mercedes-AMG GT 43 starts at 118,399 euros. 

Almost 100,000 euros more costs the new Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance, with almost double power. The PHEV system delivers 816 PS. The 612 PS 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine is backed by a 150 kW electric motor driving the rear axle, powered by a 6.1 kWh battery that can propel the car purely electric over a distance of 13 km. Maximum torque is between 1,080 and 1,420 Nm, the 0-100 kph sprint is achieved in 2.8 seconds, and the top speed is 320 kph. The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance comes standard with all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering, active anti-roll bars, and ceramic brake discs.

With this top-of-the-range model, Mercedes aims to enter the world of Plug-In Hybrid super sports cars where the Ferrari 296 GTB, the upcoming Porsche 911 PHEV (launches on 28 May probably as 911 GT2 RS), McLaren Artura, and the upcoming Lamborghini Temerario, the successor to the Huracan, are also competing.

Between the two versions, the AMG GT Coupe is available with two 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engines, coupled as standard with all-wheel drive: the AMG GT 55 4Matic+ with 476 PS and 700 Nm (from 162,272 euros) and the AMG GT 63 4Matic+ with 585 PS and 800 Nm (188,704 euros).

ModelAMG GT 43 AMG GT 55 4Matic+AMG GT 63 4Matic+ AMG GT 63 S E Performance
Engine/no. Of cylindersL4, turboV8, bi-turboV8, bi-turboV8, bi-turbo
Displacement (cc)1,9913,9823,9823,982
Max. output/revs (PS/rpm)421/6,750476/5,500-6,500585/5,500-6,500612/5,750-6,500
Max. torque/revs (Nm/rpm)500/3,250-5,000700/2,250-4,500800/2,500-5,000850/2,500-4,500
Electric engine
Max. output (PS)14204
Max. torque (Nm)na320
System performance - - -816
System torque (Nm) - - -1,080-1,420
Acc. 0-100 kph (s)
Top speed (kph)280295315320
WLTP consumption (l/100 km)10.314.114.18.2
CO2 emissions (g/km)235319319188
Traction rear wheel drivefully variable all-wheel drivefully variable all-wheel drivefully variable all-wheel drive
Length/Height/Width (mm)4,728/1,354/1,9844,728/1,354/1,9844,728/1,354/1,9844,728/1,354/1,984
Trunk volume (l)321-675321-675321-675321-675
Curbweight (kg)177519701970na
Tank capacity (l) 70707070
Price (euro, with VAT)118,399162,272188,704211,770