Just in time for AMG's 50th anniversary.
It hasn’t even been a full two weeks since the super sexy Mercedes-AMG GT four-door concept had its live debut at the Geneva Motor Show and already we’re receiving some great news regarding its future. In fact, it’s fantastic news. Motor Trend has confirmed that not only has Mercedes-AMG begun testing prototype mules on public roads, the production-spec version be good to go sometime next year, which, conveniently, coincides with AMG’s 50th anniversary.
Motor Trend also hears it’ll be called GT 4 when it's all said and done. But we also need to be clear about something: The GT 4 will only share a similar name with AMG GT two-door sports car, and that’s it. The GT 4 will instead be built on the same rear-wheel-drive platform that underpins the new E-Class, thus ensuring the AMG GT’s standing as a halo model with its own unique architecture. As far as engine options go, the GT 4, like the concept, will feature a hybrid twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 powertrain with as much as 805-hp. Sources also claim this range topper engine is already done and ready to go, with the trim level being dubbed "EQ Power+."
The so-called "base" GT 4 trim will have a not too shabby non-hybrid twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that’ll make around 500-hp. But what a minute? Isn’t there already a “four-door coupe” version of the E-Class sedan? Yes, that’d be the CLS, and it too is being redesigned. To avoid internal competition between the new CLS and GT 4, Mercedes will lengthen the former and make it more of a luxury model, whereas the GT 4 will be sportier and aimed directly at the Porsche Panamera.