We've done the hard work, now Mercedes needs to build this!
The Mercedes-Benz EQ range of electric vehicles will spawn several more variants over the next few years. For enthusiasts, the good news is that Mercedes has shown its willingness to release high-performance AMG versions of these electric models. That got us thinking - what would a future EQ version of one of the ultimate AMGs look like, specifically the AMG GT? This brutal coupe has always been characterized by thumping V8s, but we took a stab at a designing an electric AMG GT EQ anyway.
Can AMG and EQ styling elements merge together to create an exciting supercar for an electrified world? The answer is - absolutely. But don't expect it to come cheaply.
We drew inspiration from several current and past Mercedes sports cars and concepts, starting with the magnificent AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept as a base. That's why the body is exceptionally low and wide. However, unlike that concept, the AMG GT EQ has a closed-off grille since there is no internal combustion engine that would require cooling. This is a design element seen on other EQ models like the EQS sedan.
Adding to the aggressive look are elements from the EQ Silver Arrow and the Vision AVTR concept. The latter had similar illuminated elements in the grille area, most notably the Mercedes emblem. There are no garish intakes to detract from the sharp, clean frontal aspect.
Elsewhere, this AMG GT EQ concept sports a black hood, roof, and wing mirrors, contrasting nicely with the silver paint for the rest of the body. The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, the most powerful Black Series ever, also has numerous black accents and they work equally well here for a more stealthy appearance. At the back, our AMG GT EQ has a large wing that's similar to the one used for the Vision Gran Turismo concept.
Inside, we expect Merc's future halo EV to seat just two as the emphasis will be on performance. Expect the latest MBUX infotainment system along with fewer physical knobs and switches than in the existing AMG GT with its fat center console.
Considering that even the non-AMG Mercedes EQS can reach 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, the AMG GT EQ should be a monster. The imminent AMG GT 73e four-door is expected to make around 800 horsepower from its plug-in hybrid powertrain, so the fully electric AMG GT is likely to be similarly powerful with juice coming from dual electric motors. With that much (electric) grunt, an all-wheel-drive system is almost a necessity, but perhaps a less-potent rear-wheel drive model will be offered for the purists.
A possible fully electric AMG GT EQ could go up against a future electrified Porsche 911 should the company eventually cave to the pressure of electrifying its icon. Another rival could be Ferrari's first EV which is expected to land in 2025. Based on current prices, the most powerful AMG GT EQ could easily top the $200,000 mark.