The man sitting at the top of the performance division of Mercedes-Benz – Tobias Moers – cryptically indicated that the Mercedes-AMG GT4 could be really coming.
Moers, chief executive of Mercedes-AMG, was answering several questions from Australian automotive Web site Motoring when he gave an ambiguous declaration about the AMG GT4. When pressed to respond to speculations of an upcoming AMG GT4, Moers replied that rumors are not necessarily wrong.
Based on his enigmatic statement, we can surmise that some of the rumored details are true and others aren’t. So, what information – rumors or not – do we have so far about this high-performance premium sedan that would serve as AMG’s new range topper?
Speculated as Mercedes’ answer to the Porsche Panamera luxury high-performance sedan as well as the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, the Mercedes-AMG GT4 has been rumored to be primed for a grand introduction in 2019, or around two years from now. It would follow the launch of the next generation of the Mercedes CLS, which will arrive in 2018.
We could expect the new AMG GT4 to be underpinned by a modified variant of the MRA platform that also underpins the current generation of the C Class, E Class and S Class. It may feature the hardware of the next generation of the CLS but with different panels for a distinct appearance. AMG is well expected to keep the basic architecture of the next-gen CLS while employing a new body design that is sportier and more dynamic.
The platform and other underpinnings are expected to be made from high-strength steel and more aluminum. We could expect AMG to employ aluminum as the main material for the body of the new AMG GT4 as part of efforts to keep the new model as light as possible.
As part of its sportier dynamics, the AMG GT4 could feature shorter overhangs than on the CLS. There were reports saying that the overhangs on the AMG GT4 would be around 100 mm shorter than on the CLS. Despite the shorter overhangs, the AMG GT4 would remain as a full-sized GT that could comfortably accommodate four passengers along with their luggage.
In terms of power, the rumored AMG GT4 is expected to be pulled by a more powerful version of the 4.0-liter V8 engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Output could be as high as 600 hp, matched by a high level of torque for excellent acceleration from standstill.
But then, AMG has said nothing about the new AMG GT4. Moers’ comment doesn’t officially confirm its arrival and it is up to us to determine whether there is indeed some truth to the possibility of the AMG GT4.