Could we expect a new premium performance vehicle from Mercedes-AMG that would compete directly against the Porsche Panamera? If Autocar’s sources are to be believed, Mercedes-AMG would soon unveil a concept version of the much rumored Mercedes-AMG GT4 performance luxury four-door sedan at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March.
This design study will preview Mercedes-AMG’s new GT4 offering, serving as the main attraction at Mercedes-Benz’s booth at the Geneva Motor Show. The unveiling of the AMG GT4 Concept would form part of the German premium carmaker’s 50th anniversary celebration this year. According to Autocar, the production version of the AMG GT4 would be launched next year (2018) in Europe. It would be pitted against the likes of the Panamera of Porsche, the 6 Series Gran Coupé of BMW and the A7 and RS7 of Audi. Once it achieves its final form, the AMG GT4 would become the performance brand’s third dedicated series production model line, after the AMG SLS and the current AMG GT. It is said to be the replacement for the CLS Shooting Brake.
Tobias Moers, chief executive of Mercedes-AMG, cryptically indicated in January that the Mercedes-AMG GT4 could be really coming. Moers was answering several questions from automotive Web site Motoring when he gave an ambiguous declaration about the performance sedan – saying that speculations of an upcoming AMG GT4 are not necessarily wrong. This tells us that at least some of the rumored details are true.
The new AMG GT4 could 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. There were speculations that the new AMG GT4 would have the hardware of the next generation of the CLS, but would feature different panels. It is expected that the platform and other underpinnings for the AMG GT4 would be made from high-strength steel and more aluminum. Meanwhile, the AMG GT4 could feature overhangs shorter than on the CLS – but would remain as a full-sized grand tourer that could comfortably accommodate four passengers along with their luggage.
In terms of power levels, the propulsive mill for the much-rumored AMG GT4 could be a more powerful version of the 4.0-liter V8 engine that has been confirmed for the new E63. Mated to the latest version of AMG’s Speedshift MCT automatic gearbox, this V8 engine could boast an output as high as 600 hp, matched by a high level of torque for outstanding acceleration from standstill. This automatic transmission would send power to all corners of the rumored AMG GT4, via the latest version of the 4Matic four-wheel drive system with a fully variable allocation of power between the front and rear wheels.