By on March 8, 2017

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Mercedes-AMG is, of course, calling its new GT Concept a “four-door coupe.” As perpetually annoying as that marketing trend has become, it’s refreshing to see a concept car that is somewhat representative of the future production model. However, GT Concept not just a glimpse into AMG’s future but also a celebration of 50 years worth of history at Mercedes’ AMG performance arm.

In addition to its AMG badge, the concept has also been adorned with a subtle EQ Power logo that denotes Benz’s fledgling electrified sub-brand and a hybridized powertrain. Mercedes describes the red devil as the evolution of the AMG-specific lineup and says the four-door GT will eventually exist as a genuine roadgoing vehicle — looking familiar, but not quite identical to the current concept.

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“The AMG GT Concept embodies the most extreme expression of our design idiom and underlines the autonomous profile of AMG as a performance brand,” said Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer for Daimler AG, during the vehicle’s Geneva unveiling. “Through ideal proportions it creates a pure design with emphasis on its surfaces, featuring sensuous shapes, and is hot and cool at the same time.”

As much as it sounds like Benz wants to take ownership of the GT Concept, we really have to give a nod to Porsche’s Panamera and the Audi S7. While Mercedes is more than capable of stellar autocraft, this sleek sedan probably owes its very existence to other German premium sport sedans.

In lieu of traditional mirrors, the AMG concept uses rear-facing cameras that would absolutely be broken off within the first six months of ownership. More feasible design cues include daytime running lamps with “nano active” accent lighting, huge air inlets, a carbon fiber diffuser, and a centrally mounted exhaust port.

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Power comes from a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 and an electric motor connected directly to the rear wheels. While this is a 4Matic-equipped vehicle with torque vectoring, the electric mills only serve to supplement the rear end under power. MB says the paring outputs 805 peak horses and shoots the GT Concept to 60 miles an hour in under three seconds.

The automaker did not dive deep into the technical nitty gritty, but a lot of the hybridized performance wizardry trickled down from the company’s Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team — something Infiniti also did at this year’s Geneva show. That’s also where Mercedes got the EQ moniker, which it says it will begin using on all of its hybrid cars.

Assuming the AMG GT sedan makes it to market, expect it to keep the straight-cut grille and a gently toned-down version of its current form. However, don’t expect it to hang on to the bronzed calipers or those precarious side-mounted cameras. The GT Concept is currently on display at the Geneva International Motor Show and impossible to miss due to its bright red glazing.

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[Image: Daimler AG]

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33 Comments on “Geneva 2017: Mercedes-AMG GT Concept – Another ‘Four-door Coupe’...”


  • avatar
    Corey Lewis

    Couple things:

    1) In the first rendering, the logo is not on the right plane with the grille.

    2) This is what a Mustang four door could look like.

    • 0 avatar
      John-95_Taurus_3.0_AX4N

      The front clip looks lifted directly from a newer Mustang with some Mercedes-Benz brand lipstic on it.

      • 0 avatar
        MrIcky

        The hood is supposed to recall a 300 gullwing, the crease on the fenders goes back to the AMG SLS but more prominent. The nose is right off the AMG GT with some subtle differences.

        It only looks like a mustang because mustangs have cribbed some details from some classics recently like the 300 and Aston’s for the Fusion.

        • 0 avatar
          John-95_Taurus_3.0_AX4N

          Really? So the old gulwing had two little slash marks on its squinty, snarling headlights?

          “You just THINK it looks like a Mustang. No way would superior Mercedes ever be guilty of looking over someone else’s shoulder!”

          • 0 avatar
            MrIcky

            reading comprehension- amg sls for squinty snarling headlights. It looks like a mercedes except with the new GT grille.

            Cute that you took it personal though.

    • 0 avatar
      John-95_Taurus_3.0_AX4N

      Corey, hope you see this.

      G35, automatic, 183k. Very clean in/out, leather is nice.

      What do you think? Its for my close friend. Its at a dealer, we called at 10pm and he was asleep. He let it slip that they paid $3100 for it. They are asking $3500. I told my friend if it drives well and is as good in person, offer like $3250 or something.

      You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find a decent condition halfway new (2001+) Accord that isn’t a V-6 and/or has over 200k or a Camry with under 200k for that or under.

      The used market here is crazy. The good deals are gone.

      The only Taurus that are new enough are, umm, well used. I haven’t ran across one yet that I would trust over my old 1995 lol. Especially the 04-7 with the weak torque converter.

      She’s kinda vain, helping her find something decent that satisfies her vanity is difficult. So, the G35 seems to be the right fit.

      Just want to know what you know about them since that’s your area of expertise.

      • 0 avatar
        Corey Lewis

        I’m guessing it’s a RWD example since you didn’t specify. Earlier versions of the VQ35 from that era had timing chain guide issues, as IIRC the guides they used were plastic. I would make sure that repair has been done, with those miles. Additionally, take care to make sure a suspension refresh has been done – I’m thinking probably it hasn’t, and it needs $2000 of work.

        I once spoke to an early G35 owner at an Infiniti dealership, and she had something close to 180K on hers. She admitted that while it had been very reliable, it had developed some electrical issues in its old age.

        Considered a similar era GS300? It has more refinement than the G35, and a better ownership profile for used purchase.

        • 0 avatar
          John-95_Taurus_3.0_AX4N

          Well its a horrible market for used cars around here.

          The only Lexus under $3500 that wasn’t older than 2002 was an IS with 260k on it that looked like somebody had enjoyed it a little too much.

        • 0 avatar
          John-95_Taurus_3.0_AX4N

          No, near the gulf coast. I suggested we find something elsewhere and go get it, oh no. Not gonna happen.

          Well, we looked at an 07 Fusion SE manual, but the sun and evidently hail had done a number on its body. It was a nice car otherwise, leather was good, interior held up fine for 189k, but they were in it too deep and she was put off by the dings. They were asking about the same as the G35. The G35 is not close so that’s why we didn’t go see it today.

          I found a 2003 Accord I-4 coupe in Mobile, Al in decent shape for $3300, but she won’t look at it because it needs a window regulator. Uhgggg

          I’m like, damn, that is the car right there but “I don’t want to buy something I have to work on”. Well, under $4k, its not gonna happen.

          I finally told her, Chrysler is giving away new 200s. Go drop your cash as a down payment and you will be paying used car money for a brand new fully loaded midsize sedan with a full warranty. That’s the only way you’re getting a “nice” car you won’t have to work on.

          She send me these scam ads “what about this?”. Nobody is going to sell you a 2010 Lexus with 82k on it for $1542. Or a 2005 F-150 SuperCrew 4×4 with 120k for $1739. “It says excellent condition!”

          yes, I’m sure it does.
          if you wanted to scam someone, you wouldn’t put “this is a scam”. You’d try to make them think its too good to pass up so they do what you tell them without thinking it through.

          They hear an urban legend about some lady selling her husband’s restored 1969 Camaro for $500 to spite him and think oh, so that happens. Maybe I’ll get lucky, oh here’s one! a 2012 Accord for $1176, wow!

          :(

          • 0 avatar
            Corey Lewis

            Yes, she needs to just get a new car and have a payment. Fixing a window regulator should not put her off a tidy used car!

  • avatar
    nguyenvuminh

    It looks good.

  • avatar
    Corey Lewis

    Also, it’s ketchup colored with mustard wheels.

  • avatar
    xflowgolf

    it’s funny how similar the nose of this concept is to the nose of the Hyundai Sonata in the story below it.

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Aside from the wheels I’m with it. The 2 seat coupe is 3600lbs. Not really a sports car IMO. For all that weight another 400-500lb for a back seat seems like a reasonable exchange. Especially if they give it 4WS, which they would be stupid not to do.

  • avatar
    Sigivald

    Mercedes is … bad at design, I guess?

    This is hideous, the wheels are too big.

    (On the plus side, the C-class is mostly good, the GLA has grown on me, and the GLC and GLE look okay, and the GL is merely boring.

    Everything else – excepting the legacy G class – is too curvy or stupid.

    Relearn the “straight line”, and maybe even the “flat beltline”, Mercedes.)

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    That’s…not pretty. At all. It looks downright reptilian. I’ll give it a hard pass. It’s the downturned grille that really doesn’t lend it any favors.

    • 0 avatar
      John-95_Taurus_3.0_AX4N

      Some vehicles have pulled that off: Earlier BMWs especially like the 635CSi, the current Mustang and the current Ram (to a lesser degree).

      This isn’t one of them.

      • 0 avatar
        Matt Posky

        Benz has this new design language that intends to smooth out folds and creases in the bodywork. But I’m not convinced it complements an angry looking face or the aggressive new grille they want to put on every single new model.

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        Agreed. I think it’s the vertical slats that ruin the downturned grille.

  • avatar
    CarnotCycle

    In last image showing car in a tunnel going away from POV, it looks like an Audi A7 at first glance.

  • avatar
    philadlj

    Nice Hyundai.

  • avatar
    RobbieAZ

    Not a fan of the centrally mounted exhaust port. I don’t like it on Caddies and I don’t like it on this. Other than that it’s OK I guess. Cameras for mirrors is stupid though.

  • avatar
    cdotson

    Looks like the designers were given drawings of the Tesla Model 3 and told to make it look more like a real car.

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    It’s like they design cars with a police-style Indenti-kit. “So were the fake front brake-ducts like this? or like this?”

  • avatar
    Roadranger

    An answer to a question nobody asked. What happened to you Mercedes? You used to be classy.

  • avatar
    orick

    So is that supposed to be 2 tone rim – gold and silver? Proper bling. Maybe add Rose Gold too? I know some people who will love that.

  • avatar
    IBx1

    Oh that’s bad. 2-dimensional design on the front and that stupid anus exhaust needs to go away.

  • avatar
    OldManPants

    What’s all this booster motor stuff for the rear wheels?

    You’d think that V-1 pulsejet up its keester would obviate that.

  • avatar

    Porsche makes a LWB version of its Panamera… This looks like a SWB version of the Panamera.


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