Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door 2019: prices, specs and release date
All-new four-door Mercedes-AMG GT set to take on Porsche Panamera Turbo
This is the new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe, the latest offering from Mercedes’ high-performance and racing arm, AMG. Taking inspiration and technology from its two-door Mercedes-AMG GT sibling, the GT 4-door Coupe adds two doors and a choice of engines in a sleek four-door coupe body akin to that of the recently released Mercedes CLS.
The new car is offered in four versions (but not all are set for the UK): the GT 43, 53, 63 and 63 S. The GT 43 and 53 are powered by the same six-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which utilises a mild-hybrid system to boost power and efficiency, but they're not currently slated for the UK.
The 63 and 63 S are powered by the same 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine as found in the GT, producing 577 and 630bhp in 63 and 63 S 4MATIC+ trim respectively.
From the outside, the new car resembles the Mercedes CLS and is based on similar underpinnings, but the GT 4-door Coupe gets a host of bespoke parts and bodywork, plus tuned suspension and 4MATIC four wheel drive. Its swooping lines are resolutely sporty, with a rear end that reflects that of the original AMG GT model.
Inside, the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe gets the usual mix of luxury and sporty styling enjoyed by other performance Mercedes models. It's a strict four-seater as standard, with a bench seat on the options list.
The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe went on sale at the start of October and is expected to reach UK showrooms in spring 2019. Prices start from £121,350 for the GT 63 4MATIC+, while the GT 63 S 4MATIC+ costs from £135,550. The limited-edition AMG GT 63 S costs £148,950.
The entry-level GT 43 4MATIC+ comes with a turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine that uses mild-hybrid technology in the form of an electronic compressor to boost performance and economy. This comes with a nine-speed automatic gearbox and 4MATIC+ four-wheel drive. Power stands at 316bhp, which is enough for 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds. Fuel economy of up to 25.8mpg is claimed, while CO2 emissions range from 209-215g/km.
The step up to the GT 53 brings the same engine, gearbox and four-wheel-drive system but power climbs to 362bhp. Economy and CO2 emissions are unchanged, although the 0-62mph time drops to 4.5 seconds.
A 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine powers the GT 63 and GT 63 S models, with 577 and 630bhp respectively – enough for a 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds (63) or 3.2 seconds (63 S). Each uses a nine-speed fast-shifting automatic gearbox and 4MATIC+ four-wheel drive, although the 63 S gains an AMG Performance 4MATIC+ system with a built-in ‘drift’ mode for more advanced drivers.
As ever with Mercedes-AMG products, the GT 4-door Coupe comes with a range of selectable driving modes: Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Slippery and Individual, plus ‘RACE’ on the GT 63 S. Optional adaptive suspension also features.
Interior and spec
The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe departs from the driver-focused interior treatment of the two-door models in favour of a more passenger-friendly format. The influence of saloons such as the Mercedes CLS and Mercedes S-Class can be seen in a dashboard that flows across the width of the car, with turbine-style air vents in polished metal set into attractive decorative trim. Wood and carbon-fibre designs are set to be offered and upholstery options include quilted cream leather.
The 4-door Coupe also boasts Mercedes' twin-12.3-inch display screens. The left one provides configurable driving information and the one on the right looks after infotainment, connectivity and convenience functions.
Multi-coloured mood lighting provides atmosphere, and the AMG theme is emphasised by a centre console with space for eight drive mode controls. There's also an 'S+' performance toggle switch on a racy, flat-bottomed steering wheel, among buttons that control the exhaust note and an array of chassis, engine and response settings.
AMG GT cars are fitted with 20-inch wheels, intelligent LED headlights, 360-degree cameras, 64-colour ambient lighting and features like wireless charging and a Burmester sound system.
The GT 63 S adds an AMG Dynamic Plus package with uprated performance hardware and a suede steering wheel, while the GT 63 S Edition 1 has Graphite Grey paintwork, 21-inch forged wheels, aerodynamic bodywork and interior changes like contrasting yellow stitching.
The options list reflects the greater emphasis on passengers, with a £3,695 Rear Luxury Lounge pack bringing individual rear seats, separated by a centre console with a touchscreen display that can access the infotainment system, climate control, a tablet device holder, wireless phone charging and cup-holders designed to keep your drink warm or cool.
Cupra Formentor SUV review
2020 Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback: base model starts at under £30k
Audi Q8 gains plug-in hybrid versions with 28-mile electric range