Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East unveiled its flagship model, the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé, in the region at an exclusive event at the brand-new Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi.
Held during the final race weekend of the Formula One season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the launch event was attended by five-time Formula One world champion and Mercedes-Benz driver, Lewis Hamilton, who presented the car to media and guests in attendance.
Commenting on the success of the launch event at this year’s Formula One Championship, Lennart Mueller-Teut, Head of Marketing and Communications, Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East, said, “It brings us great joy to have unveiled the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé in the region. Mercedes-Benz and AMG have come together to create a car that seamlessly embodies our racing heritage, as well as our vision for the future with a car that delivers power, driving fun, and everyday utility in a way few cars can match.”
The striking silhouette and dynamics of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4 Door Coupé, puts the new model in the portfolio of its two-door brother at first glance. The expressive design with the low bonnet, dominant front and muscular body language emphasises the sporty genes of the four-door coupé. The model delivers a top speed of up to 315 km/h and driving dynamics that cuts an effortlessly superior figure. The 6-cylinder in-line and V8 engines allow for a completely new driving experience.
Clear at first sight: the AMG GT family membership
The new AMG GT 4-Door Coupé follows the design philosophy of Sensual Purity. It takes on the striking proportions and the muscular body of the AMG GT family.
The Airpanel in front of the center cooling air inlet improves the car’s aerodynamic efficiency. The AMG-specific radiator protection grille, frameless side windows, a flat windscreen, the Shark Nose and the front apron with its enhanced Jet Wing also lend the model the hallmark presence of the AMG GT family.
The rear view of the new coupé picks up on familiar features of the AMG GT design idiom: extremely slim LED tail lights define the hallmark boot sill line, the rear aerofoil extendable in several stages underscores the family affiliation.
The two eight-cylinder models can be identified through the three horizontal louvres in the side front air intakes. The six-cylinder variant, meanwhile, has one louvre in each of the air inlet grilles, round twin tailpipe trims and a somewhat less pronounced rear diffuser.
“The new AMG GT 4-Door Coupé is the ultimate four-door sports car and the ideal ambassador for Performance Luxury”, said Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG. “It embodies a symbiosis of emotion and intelligence with breathtaking proportions and a puristic, surface-oriented design with sensuous shapes. It is both hot and cool at the same time.”
Visual emphasis on demand: the exterior packages
The new AMG GT 4-Door Coupé offers an extensive portfolio of exterior equipment packages, which can be used to add different highlights in terms of design. The Night Package comprises high-gloss black trim, whilst, for example, the Chrome package emphasises the luxurious character of the car with trim and an insert in high-gloss chrome. Two Carbon-Fibre Packages offer different versions of carbon-fibre trim, whilst the optional Aerodynamics package gives the car an even sportier look and is a new feature in this segment. It includes additional functional features in high-gloss black, the Jet‑Wing in Silver Shadow in the front apron and the fixed rear aerofoil and also naturally reduces lift at higher speeds. With the V8 style package the six-cylinder model can also be equipped with design features from the eight-cylinder versions.
Top sporting performance: V8 biturbo engines with up to 470 kW (639 hp)
The output of the AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine has been enhanced further for the new Mercedes‑AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+. It delivers 470 kW (639 hp) and a maximum torque of 900 Nm, which is available over a wide engine speed range from 2500 to 4500 rpm. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds clearly illustrates this, as does the maximum speed of 315 km/h.
Direct response: the two twin-scroll exhaust-gas turbochargers
For the first time, Mercedes-AMG is combining the advantages of twin-scroll technology in the V8 engine with turbine wheels mounted in anti-friction bearings, reducing friction to an absolute minimum inside the exhaust-gas turbocharger. The twin-scroll technology also ensures that the exhaust gas flow is optimally utilized.
Improved efficiency: the intelligent AMG Cylinder Management
For maximum efficiency, Mercedes-AMG has also equipped the V8 engines with the AMG Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation system. In the partial-load range, cylinders two, three, five and eight are deactivated, which crucially reduces the fuel consumption. The transition between these two operating states is immediate, fast and torque-neutral, so the occupants do not have to relinquish any comfort.
Powerful and versatile: six-cylinder engine with innovative hybrid function
The new model is available as the Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4MATIC+ with the innovative AMG six-cylinder inline engine.
The EQ Boost starter-alternator combines a starter motor and alternator in a powerful electric motor. Along with efficient charging with the electric additional compressor (eZV) and exhaust air turbocharger, this helps ensure the hallmark AMG performance and driving dynamics. With an acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds, it achieves a top speed of 285 km/h.
More energy for yet more innovations: the new 48-volt on-board power supply
The EQ Boost starter-alternator generates the power for the 48 V on-board electrical system – using a DC/DC converter to supply the conventional 12 V network for the lights, cockpit, infotainment displays and control units. The 48 V increases the battery capacity of the car, meaning that more electrical energy is available for new functions.
Emotive gearshifting experience: the AMG SPEEDSHIFT transmission
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G 9-speed transmission is specially tuned to the requirements of the eight-cylinder variants of the new four-door AMG GT. The extensively tailored software enables extremely short shift times, fast multiple downshifts and delivers an especially emotive gearshifting experience. There is also a RACE START function, ensuring optimum acceleration.
Structure made in Affalterbach: the rigid AMG bodyshell
One aim during development of the new AMG GT was to anchor the genes of a sports car in the bodyshell. This was achieved by analyzing methods from racing to achieve maximum performance. The very rigid front section ensures precise steering and better feedback for the driver.
In the area of the center and tail end of the vehicle new reinforcement concepts were used in conjunction with state-of-the-art CRP plastics. This, together with further individual measures plus close networking with Chassis Development ensured that the four-door AMG GT was given an optimum basis for high lateral dynamics potential.
Dynamism made in Affalterbach: the AMG chassis engineering
On the six-cylinder model a suspension with steel springs and adjustable damping is used as standard. The suspension on the eight-cylinder variants is based on the fully load-bearing multi chamber air suspension AMG RIDE CONTROL+.
In conjunction with the wide track width and the configuration for large tyre dimensions, wheel location and spring elements facilitate high lateral acceleration, whilst the low unsprung masses promote the agile driving feel further.
The rear axle differential also has a new specially reinforced mount to improve the NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) characteristics. An anti-roll bar made of tubular material reduces the overall weight of the rear axle.
Intelligent all-wheel drive: AMG Performance 4MATIC+
The transition from rear-wheel to all-wheel drive and vice versa is seamless with the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive. The best possible torque split is continuously computed according to the driving conditions and driver’s input. Alongside traction and lateral dynamics, the all-wheel drive also improves the longitudinal dynamics for even more powerful acceleration.
The Drift Mode is suitable for fully variable torque distribution; in the S version of the four-door AMG GT it is standard, and in the other models it is available as an option. This can be activated in the “RACE” drive program using the shift paddles. The Drift Mode allows the model to turn into a purely rear-wheel drive car.
Optimum traction: rear-axle limited-slip differential
To improve traction and dynamism the AMG GT 63 S has an electronically controlled locking differential at the rear axle as standard. The driver is able to accelerate out of corners earlier and with more power. The vehicle remains more stable when braking from high speed, while the limited-slip differential also improves traction when accelerating from rest. The electronic locking differential is part of the Dynamic Plus package and in this combination, it is also optionally available for all further variants of the four-door AMG GT.
Enhanced agility and precision: the active rear-wheel steering
The AMG GT 4-Door Coupé responds even more sensitively to steering commands thanks to the active rear axle steering. The system facilitates combination of agility and stability, reinforcing the dynamism and handling safety.
Up to a speed of 100 km/h, the rear wheels point in the opposite direction to the front wheels via two electric actuator motors. As a result, the car turns into corners with significantly higher agility.
Good control and fade-resistant: the AMG high-performance braking systems
In line with the high output values and their associated performance the eight-cylinder models have a large-dimensioned brake system consisting of compound discs with 6-piston fixed calipers at the front and single-piston floating brake calipers at the rear.
The six-cylinder model is also equipped with internally ventilated and perforated compound brake discs with brake calipers painted silver grey.
Fluid science: the active aerodynamics
A significant contribution towards the high driving dynamics and handling safety is made by the active aerodynamics, which has been tuned to the special requirements of the four-door coupé in extensive simulations, wind tunnel tests and road testing. The main components are the active air control system AIRPANEL in the front apron and the compact, multi-stage retractable and extending rear spoiler.
As an exclusive in its market segment the new AMG GT 4-Door Coupé can also be equipped with an Aerodynamics package on request.
Yet more differentiation in driving experiences: AMG DYNAMICS
Depending on the engine there are up to six drive programs to choose from in the four-door AMG GT: “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+”, “RACE” and “Individual”. These levels are selectable via the gearshift paddle in the center console and stored with the new drive program attribute AMG DYNAMICS, which can be adjusted to match the AMG GT 4-Door Coupé’s handling characteristics to different demands and driving conditions in a much more differentiated way.
Behind the umbrella term AMG DYNAMICS are the agility functions “Basic”, “Advanced”, “Pro” and “Master”, which are automatically selected by the respective drive program.
Gran Turismo with ultramodern operation: the new AMG interior
The interior presents a symbiosis of performance and exclusivity and integrates an ultramodern, new type of operating system into the atmosphere of a Gran Turismo. Illuminated turbine-look air vents refine the high-quality impression and underline the sporty appearance.
Two high-resolution displays each measuring 12.3 inches dominate the Widescreen Cockpit, which is standard in the V8 and optional in the inline 6-cylinder version. Three different styles are available for selection for these all-digital displays: “Classic”, “Sport” and the completely new “Superspor”. Depending on the driving style or interior equipment, the different styles can be set at any time via the instrument cluster or the central display.
Via the left-hand Touch Control Button on the steering wheel, preferred information can be projected onto the left- or right-hand side of the instrument – for example, the classic speedometer and tachometer, information on navigation or assistance systems through to detailed engine data. Especially sporty drivers can also fade in a g-force display or the current output and torque values.
In the “Supersport” view there is also extensive additional AMG-specific information, such as a prominent prompt to change up a gear in manual transmission mode, reminiscent of motorsport.
The central display represents the interface to all further content and information, such as navigation, radio, media, telephone and vehicle data.
Display buttons and capacitive switches: the innovative centre console
Inspired by the two-door Mercedes-AMG GT, the centre console of the new 4-door model represents a further special feature.
A new and unique feature comes in the form of the colour display buttons, integrated into the distinctive and tailor-made trim element, for the integral display and control of the transmission logics, suspension, ESP®, exhaust system, start/stop function and rear aerofoil.
Another new feature at AMG are the capacitive switches directly in front of the stylised centre-console V. The reversing camera, navigation, radio, media, telephone and vehicle settings can be operated via this proximity switch. If the finger moves within a minimal distance from the panel the appropriate symbol lights up directly in the head unit and preselects the menu item. The driver does not have to avert their gaze, as the appropriate menu item is shown simultaneously in the multifunction display of the Widescreen Cockpit, representing an added bonus for handling safety.
Space as needed: four or five seats to suit requirements
When it comes to the seats, too, Mercedes-AMG proves that comfort and exclusivity need not conflict with a performance-oriented vehicle configuration. The driver’s and front passenger seat can be configured in different scenarios. The selection ranges from the sporty, comfortable seat and a seat with elegant diamond quilting to an extremely contoured performance seat with an integral head restraint.
The four-door AMG GT also offers different seating configurations to meet all demands for the rear, too. These range from an asymmetrically folding rear bench seat for the family to two variants with two individual seats respectively. The High-Class variant has everything a business sedan requires. The rear passengers can select diverse features via a touchpad screen integrated into the console between the seats.
The boot capacity of up to 395 litres is supplemented by around a further 60 litres beneath the boot floor.
The vehicle as a virtual race engineer: AMG TRACK PACE
With AMG TRACK PACE, drivers can feel like Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, and capture and analyze in detail over 80 vehicle-specific data as well as times on the racetrack. AMG TRACK PACE is an additional function of the COMAND Online infotainment system and is part of the standard equipment for the AMG GT 4-Door Coupé.
As well as recording drives on circuits, AMG TRACK PACE can also be used to register acceleration such as the sprint from standstill to 100 km/h or over a quarter of a mile as well as deceleration values.
Sporty room fragrance: fuel for the senses
The interior of the new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé has another world premiere in store. For the first time an AMG car has its own room fragrance. It is an appealing, sporty scent to match the spirit of the performance brand.
The new AMG GT 4-Door Coupé can also be fitted with the ENERGIZING comfort control for improved driver-fitness safety. This system networks different vehicle functions such as the air conditioning system, seat control, massage functions, steering wheel heating and ambient lighting, in order to relax or refresh the driver and passengers in a targeted manner with predefined programs.
World première and market launch
The new AMG GT 4-Door Coupé celebrates its world premiere on 6th March 2018 at the Geneva Motor Show. Sales release of the first four-door AMG GT is in summer 2018.
The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door V8 variants will be available in the Middle East region in Q4 2018 and the 6-cyl variants are expected in the region by Q1 2019
Technical data at a glance
|Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+||Mercedes-AMG GT 63 4MATIC+|
|Engine||4.0-litre V8 with direct injection and twin turbochargers||4.0-litre V8 with direct injection and twin turbochargers|
|Displacement||3982 cc||3982 cc|
|Output||470 kW (639 hp) at|
|430 kW (585 hp) at|
|Peak torque||900 Nm at 2500-4500 rpm||800 Nm at 2350-5000 rpm|
|Drive system||AMG Performance 4MATIC+ permanent all-wheel drive with variable torque split and drift mode||AMG Performance 4MATIC+ permanent all-wheel drive with variable torque split|
|Transmission||AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G||AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G|
|Fuel consumption combined|
|11.2 l/100 km||11.2–11.0 l/100 km|
|CO2 emissions – combined||256 g/km||256–252 g/km|
|Weight (DIN/EC)||2045 kg/ 2120 kg||2025 kg/ 2100 kg|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||3.2 s||3.4 s|
|Top speed||315 km/h||310 km/h|
|Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4MATIC+ |
|Engine||3.0-litre 6-cylinder in-line engine with exhaust gas turbocharger and electric auxiliary compressor|
|Output||320 kW (435 hp) at 6100 rpm|
|Add. output with EQ Boost||16 kW (22 hp)|
|Peak torque||520 Nm at 1800-5800 rpm|
|Add. torque with EQ Boost||250 Nm|
|Drive system||AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution|
|Transmission||AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G|
|Fuel consumption combined|
|9.4–9.1 l/100 km|
|CO2 emissions – combined||215–209 g/km|
|Weight (DIN/EC)||1970 kg / 2045 kg|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||4.5 s|
|Top speed||285 km/h|