What is it? The Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe is basically a four-door version of the the group's hot GT class of sports cars - which are, in fact, coupes themselves, so figure that out for yourself.
Merc said the systematic expansion of the AMG GT family with the 4-door Coupé opens up the sports auto segment to those looking for a vehicle for day-to-day use, but unwilling to go without the unparalleled performance of Mercedes-AMG. That means that this a hard-nosed rocket ship that is dialed in more for performance than comfort.
Three trim options will be available - SE, Sport and AMG Line - and all three engines will come with a seven-speed automatic gearbox. That's good for 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 195mph. It's also the quickest of the three, needing only 3.1 seconds to hit 60 miles per hour.
The V8 is the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo unit found in various AMG models, but in S form it produces 630bhp and 900Nm of torque.
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Mercedes said the top model should hit 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds, beating Porsche's fastest four-door coupe by a tenth of a second. All models get nine-speed automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive, but US-spec 63 models offer a Drift Mode should you feel the need to take your family sideways. Inside, the refreshed C43 will offer optional fully digital gauges in addition to the new, standard 10.3-inch display screen perched atop the center stack. Up to 100km/h, the rear wheels point in the opposite direction to the front wheels so minimize turning circles, while over that they turn in the same direction for stabilisation. "At the same time, the lateral force on the rear wheels builds up considerably faster on changes of direction, thus improving the response to the steering".
For most buyers, the four-door GT's performance will likely be the most important factor, and at least on paper, AMG definitely delivers.
Mercedes-Benz Australia expects a March 2019 arrival for the first of its four-door GT Coupes, though at this stage pricing is unknown. You'll also notice, that just like the Panamera and A7, the GT 4-Door coupe will make it easier to load all your stuff in with its versatile hatchback layout. This enhanced powertrain will likely find its way into the C43 coupe and cabriolet models (along with some of the styling updates) as well as the AMG 43 versions of other models, including the GLC43 crossover and the E43 sedan. It doesn't exactly scream "performance", but it looks like a nice place to spend your daily commute. The new AMG GT 4-Door Coupé blends the impressive racetrack dynamism of our two-door sports vehicle with maximum suitability for everyday use.