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AMG Steps Out Of The Mercedes-Benz Shadow

There’s no question they’ve gained plenty of notoriety, and made plenty of money by taking Mercedes-Benz’s more conservative offerings

by  John Clark  | 

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Mercedes-Benz’s in-house tuning brand, AMG, has never built its own four-door car before.

There’s no question they’ve gained plenty of notoriety, and made plenty of money by taking Mercedes-Benz’s more conservative offerings and dialing them up to 11 and beyond, and it has made two coupes of its own, but it never had a four-door to call its own.

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet, Exterior: Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, colour variation black;Fuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km* (provisional data)

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet, Exterior: Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, colour variation black;Fuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km* (provisional data)

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Türer Coupé, AMG Carbon-Paket, Exterieur: Außenfarbe: Graphitgrau magno;Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 256 g/km* (vorläufige Daten)
Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet, Exterior: Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, colour variation black;Fuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km* (provisional data)

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet, Exterior: Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, colour variation black;Fuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km* (provisional data)Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet, Exterior: Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, colour variation black;Fuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km* (provisional data)

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet, Exterior: Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, colour variation black;Fuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km* (provisional data)

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet, Exterior: Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, colour variation black;Fuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km* (provisional data)

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet, Exterior: Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, colour variation black;Fuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km* (provisional data)

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet, Exterior: Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, colour variation black;Fuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km* (provisional data)

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet, Exterior: Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, colour variation black;Fuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km* (provisional data)

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Türer Coupé, AMG Carbon-Paket, Exterieur: Außenfarbe: Graphitgrau magno, Rad: AMG Schmiederad im 7-Doppelspeichen-Design, Farbvariante schwarz;Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 256 g/km* (vorläufige Daten)
Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet, Exterior: Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, Wheel: AMG Performance wheels in 7-double crossing design, colour variation black;Fuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km* (provisional data)

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet, Exterior: Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, colour variation black;Fuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km* (provisional data)

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet, Exterior: Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, colour variation black;Fuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km* (provisional data)

That all changed with the GT 4-Door Coupe it showed at the Geneva International Motor Show today, complete with a storming 315km/h supercar-hunting top speed.

Visually based on the AMG GT range of coupes, the GT 4-Door family is actually engineered around the same MRA modular architecture that sits beneath the E-Class, the C-Class and the CLS.

AMG engineers go-fast versions of all of them, so the chassis, suspension and power train development wasn’t exceptionally difficult for the brand, except for attaching some carbon-fiber (CFRP) reinforcement in the center and the rear end (similar to what Audi and Lamborghini have done with the R8/Hurucan twins).

Fitting the in-house GT styling on top of a born-to-be-Benz chassis was a bit more difficult, though, AMG has admitted. It tinkered with giving the four-door a stretched version of the all-aluminum chassis as the two-door models, but quickly abandoned that option on the grounds of rear-seat comfort and cost.

It’s another in the European premium auto industry’s attempts at richening up their model mixes, with AMG intentionally pricing and positioning the GT 4-Door Coupes to sit well above Benz’s E-Class and its just-launched CLS.

BMW has done something similar at the same show, showing an M8 concept four-door coupe to bridge the gap between its 7-Series limousine and its Wraith, the cheapest model in the Rolls-Royce range.
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