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Mercedes-AMG to debut 4-door GT at Geneva

Teaser sketch hints at Porsche Panamera like profile with GT coupe cues

Published: March 5, 2017, 9:30 PM
Updated: March 8, 2017, 5:15 AM

Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door concept

Mercedes-AMG has announced it will be showing off a GT 4-door at the Geneva International Motor Show tomorrow.

Mercedes-AMG GT coupe

The AMG GT lineup currently consists of a coupe and roadster, and we expect the front end to look similar to that of the current cars, mainly because they both look alike and the look is attractive to the public, so why deviate from it?

No further information was given about the new car, which will be shown as a concept, but we can garner from the image that it will have a fastback roofline tailing off in a rounded back end, to give it a profile like that of the Porsche Panamera (which happens to be its most prominent rival, at least the Turbo version), which means Mercedes will probably pass it off as a 4-door coupe.

Although the trailing edge of the rear deck looks as if it may feature an edge spoiler, it may also hint at an integrated spoiler that would deploy at speed. The longitudinal line from the roof through to the taillights suggests the concept may be a hatchback, since the same feature is prominent on the GT S coupe.

Mercedes-AMG GT coupe - Mercedes-AMG GT coupe

The distinctive rear also features a centre exhaust, which leads us to believe the concept may be closer to the GT R than the “common” GT S, which has an exhaust on each side of the car. If that’s the case, then it will likely use the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V-8, which in the coupe makes 577 hp. It all makes sense because the Panamera Turbo 4.0 V-8 makes 550 hp.

However, the same engine in the upcoming E 63 sedan is tuned to 612 hp, so it makes sense that a flagship 4-door would have similar outputs.

But again, all of this is speculation, with some publications speculating about all-wheel drive and hybrid variants, as well as detuned 6-cylinder models (since the car is expected to take over for the CLS in the Mercedes lineup).

We’ll have more on the new car when it is unveiled, hopefully including a timeline for production, since we take the text accompanying the release to practically confirm a production model, saying “the performance brand offers an advance view of its four-door sports car.”