Porsche Cayman killer. This could be the short description of the next bespoke model Daimler’s performance division Mercedes-AMG is preparing after the GT 4door Coupe.
Confirmation came from Tobias Moers himself, the head of Mercedes-AMG, who revealed for British magazine Autocar in a recent interview that the stand-alone coupe is already planned to slot below the current Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe and GT 4door Coupe.
The existing GT Coupe and GT 4door Coupe were the first cars developed entirely by the Mercedes-AMG performance arm which are not simply sporty derivates of the standard Mercedes models. The expansion of the bespoke line-up will continue with the more compact coupe, but there won’t be any stand-alone AMG SUV, at least not in the close future.
“There was a clear space in the market for the four-door GT,” but we already have many excellent AMG SUV derivatives and it makes no sense to steal from them just so we can make our own car,” Moers said.
The new Porsche Cayman killer will be a smaller and more affordable sports coupe wearing the Mercedes-AMG badge and bespoke engines, complementing the more comfortable and relaxed SLC roadster, seen as more of a sedate alternative to the focused Boxster and Cayman range from Porsche.
Next on the Mercedes-AMG plate, before the new dedicated compact coupe, will be a hybrid Mercedes-AMG GT 4door Coupe powered by the performance arm’s 4.0-litre V8 matted to two electric engines with total output figures in excess of 800 hp. The new variant will debut in 2020.
Meanwhile, Mercedes-AMG is hard at work promoting the current versions of the new AMG GT 4door Coupe powered by the same 4.0-litre V8 in 585 and 639 hp guises. The range also includes a hybrid Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4MATIC powered by the 435-horsepower 3.0-liter unit, that gets the necessary support from the EQ Boost system, displayed in a boost effect with an output of up to 22 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque. READ EVERYTHING ABOUT THE NEW MODEL IN THE ARTICLE BELOW.