2018 Geneva Motor Show: Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe

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Every German brand has its own four-door performance “coupe”. BMW has the gorgeous M8 Gran Coupe (technically still the M6 Gran Coupe until the M8 …

Every German brand has its own four-door performance “coupe”. BMW has the gorgeous M8 Gran Coupe (technically still the M6 Gran Coupe until the M8 comes out), Audi has the upcoming RS7 Sportback, based on the very pretty A7, and now Mercedes has this — the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. Seems as if Mercedes’ marketing team isn’t as good as the other two. 4-Door Coupe? That’s the best they could come up with? But I digress. The new AMG GT 4-Door Coupe just launched at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and it’s the four-door version of the already gorgeous looking AMG GT. Should look good then, right?

Maybe not. While the current AMG GT Coupe is a beautiful car that features styling reminiscent of classic European sport coupes from the ’40s and ’50s, this new 4-Door Coupe version features the same design language as the new Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. Which isn’t a good thing. In fairness, it does look much better than the CLS-Class and it really isn’t a bad looking car. I think I’m just disappointed, thanks to high expectations given by the standard AMG GT Coupe. There are some nice exterior design elements, like the frameless side windows, the heavily sculpted hood, the way the roofline goes from the start A-pillar to the very edge of the trunk lid in one smooth curve and the  rear spoiler.

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Inside, there’s a lot to like as well. It features a cabin very similar to every other modern Mercedes, oddly unlike the standard AMG GT, though. It’s more S-Class on the inside than AMG GT. Which is a good thing if you’re looking for more luxury and a bad thing if you want something sportier. Still, it’s a lovely cabin with rich materials and a very attractive design.

But what matter most is what’s under the skin. The standard Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door ’63’ will get a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that makes 577 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, which will be paired with the brand’s new nine-speed automatic gearbox. If you want even more power, there’s an AMG GT 4-Door ’63 S’ model that will use the same engine to make 630 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. The more powerful car is said to hit 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, which is seriously quick.

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If you want the power and the looks but without killing the planet as much, there will also be a version that sports a 3.0 liter turbocharged I6 that uses what Mercedes calls an “EQ Boost”, which is just a Battery Alternator Starter, which is basically an electric motor that can turn the engine’s crank. That combines to make just 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of toque, plus 21 hp and 184 lb-ft from the EQ Boost, so it’s significantly less than the other versions but a bit more efficient.

All models will come with the brand’s 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system that’s capable of becoming rear-wheel drive, in its now-famous “Drift Mode”, for short periods of time. All models will also have what Mercedes is calling “AIRPANEL”, which is basically an active aerodynamic flap in the front bumper, which works in-joint with the active rear spoiler to create some pretty nifty aero.

Overall, the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door looks like an interesting car that will surely contend with the BMW M8 Gran Coupe when it debuts and the Audi RS7 Sportback when it does. Obviously, none of these cars have been driven yet, so we can’t judge them on their performance, but I think it’s safe to say that this won’t be the best looking of the three and will have the worst name. It will be fast, though and that’s what really matters.

19 responses to “2018 Geneva Motor Show: Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe”

  1. disqus_8YchtRit8p says:

    Certainly makes me appreciate the M8 Gran Coupe.

  2. Alexander S says:

    Damn that thing is ugly! Prettier than CLS, but still non-stylish like almost all other today AMG models.

  3. Darkseid says:

    Looks like a shooting brake that did not quite make it… horrible…

  4. Giom says:

    Maybe if they hadn’t called it the AMG GT 4-door, but rather something else, it wouldn’t be so bad. Fact is, this is a lesson in why a super car can not be changed into 4 door. What’s next… R8 4-door?

  5. jason bourne says:

    Trying to imitate a Panamera?

    And could you possibly make that star on the grille any larger? How pretentious.

    • Michael Vasovski says:

      Nope. Trying to ape the new LS’ c-pillar. Afaik, Lexus was first to it. Anyone know any differently?

  6. Tumelo Malumane says:

    I don’t know what you guys are on about, I think the AMG GT looks good.
    The M8 GC concept is exquisite, I hope the production version keeps most of the cues from the concept because it kills the AMG, but that does not mean that the AMG is a bad looking car, it’s stunning.

  7. John says:

    Pure class. Benz has done it again. It is a pumped up new CLS for those who want their CLS to look more muscular.

    CLS’s only competition was the 6 series GC and since BMW dropped out of the competition, it is now its own king of the road in this segment.

  8. Tom says:

    OMG, that grill looks so wrong on this car, and also the spoiler. It just doesnt fit to a “luxury” car, what a big 4-door coupe actually is! That M8 GC is king without a doubt, production version should be pretty close if you consider the leaks of the Coupe, rear end will be much better I guess!

  9. Julien says:

    Meh… a CLA coupe boat …

  10. Mavricks16 says:

    The interior looks good, although I wish they had kept it closer to the standard GT’s interior instead of moving making it more like the E/S class.
    The exterior just looks really bad though.

  11. TheBingoBalls says:

    Just based on the name they’re using (AMG-GT), I’m going to assume the premium this is going to command. No thanks. I would just take a CLS63 that isn’t common and save the rest.

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