But the more powerful GT 53, 63 and 63 S will still be speeding into North American showrooms next year.
This week, Mercedes announced the GT 43 as the latest addition to the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe family. Slotting below the GT 53 and GT 63 as the new entry-level model in the range, the GT 43 is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine delivering 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, which is 68 less hp and 15 less lb-ft than the GT 53.
0-62 mph takes 4.9 seconds and the top speed has been reduced to 168 mph. While it may have less power than the GT 53, it’s still being offered with mostly the same options and equipment and is also $16,000 cheaper than the model above it.
While the new entry-level model was confirmed for Europe, there was no word on if it will be available in the US. However, we now know the answer. “When the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe launches in the US market it will be available to the GT 53, GT 63 and GT 63 S,” Mercedes-Benz USA spokesman Baron Smith told AutoGuide. “At this time we have made no announcement regarding US availability of the GT 43.”
Canadian customers also won’t be able to buy the AMG GT 43 according to Mercedes Canada spokesman Lucas Dias. “From a Canadian perspective, we will not be receiving the 43 variant of the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe.” Smith’s comments confirm the GT 43 won’t be available in America at launch but didn’t rule out the possibility of it arriving later down the line. That seems unlikely, though, since the less powerful entry-level model is more likely to sell well in Europe where emissions regulations are stricter.
American customers probably won’t be complaining, since the 429-hp GT 53, the 577-hp GT 63 and 630-hp AMG GT 63 S will still speeding into showrooms next year.