The four-door Mercedes-AMG GT goes on sale in September, and the German company has released full details of the first limited-edition version to join the range.
Available only in the first year, the Edition 1 commemorates Mercedes-AMG"s entry into the super-saloon market. The four-door GT was officially revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Joining its two-door AMG GT Coupe and Roadster stablemates. The four-door model will compete with the Porsche Panamera for buyers, as well as the forthcoming BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe. The Edition 1 adds even more aggressive looks and extra traction to back them up, thanks to increased aerodynamic downforce over the rear wheels.
The GT 4-door bears a strong resemblance to the Coupe and Roadster. Like those cars, there"s a long, low bonnet with twin power bulges and a vertically slatted "Panamericana" grille underscored by a distinctive three-part lower air intake.
Its flanks are clean and relatively unadorned, with gentle flaring to the front and rear wheelarches to clear big alloy wheels that allow space for powerful brakes. The roofline swoops down to a short rear deck with a retractable rear spoiler; there"s a suggestion of Porsche Panamera to the AMG"s outline. Performance is very much the message, underlined by quad exhaust pipes framed by an underslung diffuser.
The Edition 1 adds even more visual muscle. The front spoiler is deeper and more prominent, as is the rear diffuser, while the retractable rear spoiler is replaced by a fixed item claimed to deliver 30kg of downforce at 186mph. Based on the 63 S, such supercar speed comes easy, and wide tyres on 21-inch wheels ensure there"s enough grip to make the most of all the car’s power.
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Unlike its two-door siblings, the AMG GT 4-door is set to offer a choice of engine sizes. There"s the twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 that produces 630bhp in S form, and lists a 3.2-second 0-62mph potential and 196mph top speed among its performance credentials. The non-S version"s 577bhp, 3.4 seconds and 193mph don"t come far behind.
There"ll also be a 429bhp straight-six alternative, which is expected to pack Mercedes" EQ Boost hybrid technology. This will appeal to those who like the four-door AMG GT package but don"t need such wild performance. Few details have been announced for the latter, but the V8"s 25mpg fuel economy and 256g/km CO2 emissions could drive buyers towards the less powerful engine when it arrives.
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As these images show, 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.
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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. On Edition 1 cars, the steering wheel has a bright yellow 12 o"clock marker, and is finished in a leather and suede-effect "Dinamica" material to match seats with the same finish.On sale date
The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe is expected to reach UK showrooms in 2019, with the V8 versions appearing first, and Edition 1 models among early deliveries. Prices are likely to be a little higher than the AMG GT Coupe, which starts at £99,960.