We're expecting the "entry-level" AMG GT to borrow the powertrain of the recently revealed 2024 C63 S E Performance.
The current generation of the Mercedes-AMG GT, with its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, has officially been killed off, but its replacement is on the way with hybrid power. Yes, there will still be a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 version, but the rumor is that a hybrid S E Performance version will come with as much as 843 horsepower. While Mercedes is embracing electrification in its new high-performance AMGs, the German automaker will keep the V8 alive for as long as possible. We've spotted this range-topping 63 model out testing on a few occasions, but we haven't yet seen the "entry-level" 53 model - until now.
While it's difficult to tell the 53 apart from the 63 if viewing it from the front, the rear gives us proof that a less powerful variant is certainly on the way - the 63 gets squared exhaust tips, while the 53 will feature round exhaust tips. We also know that the 53 will certainly be electrified because we can see a charging port in the rear bumper, but what sort of hybrid system? According to our sources, it will be the same one found in the recently unveiled 2024 C63 S E Performance, which means a 2.0-liter turbo-four and an electric motor producing a combined total of 671 hp. That being said, it's possible that Mercedes could boost output a little just for bragging rights. Either way, expect the S E Performance suffix to feature on the car.
What else do we know? Well, the AMG GT range as a whole will no longer offer a convertible variant and will be exclusively sold as a coupe. This is because the 2+2 SL will handle the job of drop-top grand touring, while the AMG GT will be positioned as a racier, sportier alternative for those who prioritize performance. Rumors have suggested that we will see the AMG GT revealed this year as a 2023 model year vehicle, but since we're almost at November and there's still so much camouflage on these prototypes, we wouldn't hold our breath. A debut is more likely to come early next year, but we'll keep you updated if we learn anything further.