Mercedes-AMG GT4 will be unveiled in Vision concept form, next year – to celebrate the 50th anniversary of AMG. The new 4-door brother of the Mercedes’ hot AMG GT supercar is said to enter production in 2019.
The segment of the four-door super sports cars is mainly controlled by the Porsche Panamera and to some extent by the Aston Martin Rapide. According to Autocar, Mercedes-Benz is bound to change this next year with a four-door version of the muscular AMG GT. The GT 4 will become AMG’s third signature production model line, after the SLS and the GT.
Underpinned by the MRA architecture, the same platform as the future CLS, the Mercedes-AMG GT4 won’t share any body panels or design cues with its bigger, more civilised sibling, though. Its bodywork will be crafted from aluminium while its chassis will be completely re-tuned by AMG’s own engineers with unique wheelbase and track width.
Other dedicated features include the added use of lightweight materials within the floorpan and body structure, most notably aluminium and hot-formed high-strength steel, the adoption of which is aimed at lowering the weight of the new model to below that of Mercedes-AMG’s existing MRA-based models in the search of greater performance potential and enhanced handling characteristics.
The new Mercedes-AMG GT4 will also be smaller and lighter than the CLS, mimicking the Mercedes-AMG GT‘s excellent credentials for sportiness and agility. Despite AMG’s quest to save weight, the new model is expected to offer full space for four grown adults and their luggage.
Power will come from the same AMG developed 4.0-litre V8 present under the bonnet of the new Mercedes-AMG E 63. According to Autocar magazine, its output will mimic that of the sedan with 612 hp for the top S version. 4Matic all-wheel-drive will be standard with 4Matic+ and S 4Matic+ variants available right from the start.
The Mercedes-AMG GT4 is also expected to feature the latest version of AMG’s Speedshift MCT automatic gearbox and 4Matic with fully variable distribution of power between the front and rear wheels and a ‘drift’ feature that sends power exclusively to the rear wheels to favor oversteer.
The estimated price starts at £120,000, a figure justified by the technology tour-de-force hidden under the new Mercedes-AMG GT4’s sensual lines, with carbon brakes, dynamic engine mounts and trick diff a given.
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