If you can live with having slightly less power, the new entry-level GT 43 model costs $16,000 less than the GT 53.
Production of the Mercedes-AMG GT Four Door Coupe is now underway at the company’s plant in Sindelfingen, Germany. After unveiling the GT 53, GT 63, and GT 63, Mercedes-AMG has expanded the Four-Door Coupe’s line-up with a new, marginally more wallet-friendly entry-level model, the GT 43.
Like the GT 53, the new base model is powered by a turbocharged inline-six 3.0-liter engine but arrives with less power. Whereas the 53 model has a respectable 435 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque, the entry-level GT 43 has 367 hp and 369 lb-ft, meaning it has 68 less hp and 15 less lb-ft than the next model up in the range.
Consequently, it’s also four-tenths of a second slower off the line in the 0-62 mph sprint, which now takes 4.9 seconds. Top speed has also decreased by 10 mph to 168 mph compared to the GT 53. The GT 43 is still no slouch, so these figures should more than satisfy most buyers looking for a high-performance luxury sports car.
Both the GT 53 and GT 43 feature a 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system with fully variable torque distribution, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and EQ Boost delivering an extra 22 hp and 184 lb-ft for a limited time. If you can live with having slightly less power at your disposal, the entry-level GT 43 Four-Door Coupe also costs €14,000 less than the GT 53, with a starting price of €95,259 ($110,998) in Germany. For reference, the GT 63 starts at €150,118 ($174,000) and the GT 63 S starts at €167,016 ($194,000).
Mercedes is already accepting orders for the GT 43 in its home country with mostly the same options and equipment in the more powerful GT 53 variant. No word on US availability yet, but the 63 and 63 S will arrive in America early next year and the 53 is expected to go on sale by mid-2019.