Mercedes-AMG GT fans and enthusiasts got really excited when the carmaker unveiled the AMG GT Concept a year ago in Geneva. This four-door coupe concept was meant to preview a production version that blends a coupe design with sedan practicality. A year later at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the performance brand has taken the wraps off that production model – the new 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe.
The excitement buildup before the big reveal was real, and the new AMG GT 4-Door Coupe didn’t disappoint. It was the model that people had been expecting but it managed to go beyond expectations. For instance, the new AMG GT 4-Door Coupe looks nearly the same as the AMG GT Concept. There are some differences in styling, of course, but in the end, the resemblance isn't surprising, as both models follow the design philosophy of Sensual Purity.
AMG reinterpreted the striking proportions and muscular body, as well as the sensuous shapes and convex surfaces of AMG GT Coupe to a stunning effect fitting for a four-door version of the high-performance car. Just like other members of the AMG GT family, the AMG 4-Door Coupe features an AMG-specific grille, Shark Nose, slim Multibeam LED headlamps and a front bumper with a Jet Wing. It also borrows an element from AMG GT R – the Airpanel, which is basically composed of radiator shutters in front of the center cooling air inlet. It also boasts of a flowing silhouette defined by a lowered greenhouse, frameless side windows, a windscreen inclined to the rear, tailored upper contours, broad shoulders and pronounced rear wheel arches. On the rear, the AMG 4-Door Coupe is marked by slim LED taillamps and an extendable rear spoiler.
The new AMG GT 4-Door Coupe is available in three variants: the AMG GT 53, the AMG GT 63 and the range-topping AMG GT 63 S.
Mercedes-AMG GT 53 is considered as the entry-level model. It is powered by an AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter Inline-6 turbo engine that delivers 429 hp of max output at 6,100 rpm and 384 lb.-ft. of peak torque available between 1,800 rpm and 5,800 rpm. The AMG GT 53 is technically a mild hybrid, as it makes use of the EQ Boost system as a starter-alternator, delivering an extra lift of 21 hp of max output and 184 lb.-ft. of max torque. Employing the AMG Speedshift TCT 9G transmission, the AMG GT 53 could dash from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 174 mph.
Meanwhile, the AMG GT 63 and the AMG GT 63 S are powered by a handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo with differing outputs for each model. On the AMG GT 63, this V8 engine delivers 577 hp of max output and 553 lb.-ft. of peak torque. This is enough to send the AMG GT 63 sprinting from nil to 60 mph 3.3 seconds and reaching a top speed of top speed 193 mph. On the new AMG GT 63 S, the V8 engine is tuned to provide 630 hp of max output and 627 lb.-ft. of peak torque, allowing this model to accelerate from a standstill to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds and go as fast as 195 mph. Both the AMG GT 63 and the AMG GT 63 S are fitted with the AMG Speedshift MCT 9G gearbox. All AMG GT 4-Door Coupe models are fitted with the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive.
Both the AMG GT 63 and the AMG GT 63 S are recognizable through the three horizontal louvers in the side front air intakes as the Jet Wing with a trim element finished in Silver Shadow. These V8 models are also identifiable with a characteristic rear diffuser and the dual exhaust system with trapezoidal tailpipe trims. The AMG GT 53 features one louver in each of the air inlet grilles and round twin tailpipe trims, as well as a less aggressive rear diffuser.
The AMG GT 63 and the AMG GT 63 S are available with the optional Aerodynamics package that includes additional aero-flics, a larger front splitter and a fixed rear spoiler that could be specified in carbon fiber. Interestingly, customers could manually adjust the three-dimensional wing profile to adapt to the conditions of different race tracks.
Mercedes-AMG will commence sales of the AMG GT 63 and AMG 63 S in early 2019. It will start selling the AMG GT 53 in mid-2019.