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Mercedes-AMG Plots Porsche Cayman Rival

The GT 4-Door Coupe won’t be the last bespoke model from Mercedes-AMG.

While Mercedes-AMG is best known for developing high-performance variants of existing Mercedes models, the current GT Coupe and new GT 4-Door Coupe represent the first bespoke AMG cars that aren't based on a standard Mercedes. And according to a report by Autocar, they won’t be the last. What the new car will be isn’t clear, but AMG boss Tobias Moers has ruled out the possibility of building a bespoke SUV, which seemed like a logical choice for AMG’s next project.

“There was a clear space in the market for the four-door GT,” he said, “but we already have many excellent AMG SUV derivatives and it makes no sense to steal from them just so we can make our own car.” So if the next standalone Mercedes-AMG won’t be an SUV, what could it be? Logically, the most likely car to join the GT Coupe and GT 4-Door Coupe will be a more affordable sports car to rival the Porsche Boxster and Cayman. Mercedes-AMG has tried to take on Porsche with the SLC 43, but the roadster lacks a V8 and the driving dynamics of the 718 Boxster and Cayman. An all-new entry-level AMG sports car could change that.

Moers also confirmed the upcoming GT 4 Door Coupe will get a 4.0-liter V8 hybrid powertrain packing at least 800 hp in the future. The hybrid setup was used in last year’s concept car and will become the flagship model when it joins the GT 4dr Coupe range in 2020. It’s likely to use the ‘EQ Power+’ name and could pose a serious threat to the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, which has 670 hp on tap and a 193-mph top speed. With more power, a 200-mph top speed and a 0-62 mph time of under three seconds seems very feasible for the AMG model. Eventually, the hybrid setup will also be applied to the S-Class and the next GLS.

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