The Mercedes-AMG GT four-door arrives, complete with clumsy name, as an effective replacement for the CLS 63 and competition for the Porsche Panamera and BMW M8 Gran Coupe.
We’re entering a new wave of high performance four door coupes from Germany, with the BMW M8 Gran Coupe scheduled to arrive, the Porsche Panamera doing sterling business and this, the new four-door Mercedes AMG GT, vying for the wallets of those wanting a certain style, four seats and a big lump of performance.
The AMG GT 4D is the effective replacement for the CLS 63, although it’s more GT Coupe than that and the latest standalone model from AMG.
Power will come from a 3.0 litre six-pot hybrid in the GT53 4matic, but the real deal is the GT63 and GT63 S which get Mercedes 4.0 litre V8, all with Mercedes 4WD 4matic and a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
Inside there’s a lot of Mercedes familiarity, with the same 12.3″ screens, albeit with AMG specific additions, but it also seems AMG GT familiar, although you get more seats – four or five depending on your choices.
Performance from all three models is good, with the GT53 hitting 62mph in 4.5 seconds, the 577bhp GT63 does it in 3.4 seconds, and the range-topping – for now at least – GT63 S gets 630bhp and scoots to 62mph in 3.2 seconds. Official economy range from 25-31mpg, but you’ll never hit half that for most of the time.
Still to come, at least we expect so, is the 800bhp hybrid GT 4D, but for now you’ll be limited to just the two V8s in the UK when the AMG GT four-door goes on sale in the summer.