Mercedes-AMG GT 4-DOOR COUPE
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
After successfully launching the AMG brand, the German carmaker attacked the best of the best on the market and, with the GT lineup, hit the Porsche Panamera’s customers.
When Porsche introduced the Panamera, it was alone on the market. It had no competitors, and the Mercedes-Benz CLS was completely different. But so was the Mercedes-AMG, a different brand with different products than its parent company. The GT53 4Matic+ was not even the most powerful or the most extreme version from its family, but it still was a true competitor for the Panamera.
It was the four-door version of the AMG GT coupe, and the additional doors and seats in the back didn’t make it slower. Its longer roofline and sloped rear end confirmed the four-door coupe status, while the carmaker did not place the aerodynamic touches randomly to make the car look better. They were all functional, from the wide scoops in the front bumper to the rear vents in the rear bumper. To confirm the Panamera-competitor status, the carmaker made the AMG GT in a five-door configuration, with an extended tailgate over the trunk.
Inside, the carmaker installed a pair of sport-bucket seats at the front with high-bolstering and integrated headrests. There was room for three adults in the back if someone would sacrifice to sit on the center tunnel. Only the outboard seats featured a profiled area to help the occupants stay in place during hard cornering.
Under the hood, the AMG GT 53 4Matic+ featured an inline-six engine that provided 435 hp. AMG granted an additional boost thanks to the electric starter-alternator that drove the engine via a transmission belt.
All 2018 Mercedes AMG GT 4-Door Coupe models are equipped with the AMG performance 4MATIC/ all-wheel drive.
An electro mechanically controlled clutch connects the permanently driven rear axle variably to the front axle. The best possible torque split is continuously computed according to the driving conditions and driver’s input. The transition from rear-wheel to all-wheel drive and vice versa is seamless, as the intelligent control is integrated into the overall vehicle system architecture. Alongside traction and lateral dynamics, the all-wheel drive also improves the longitudinal dynamics for even more powerful acceleration.
It was the 4-door version of one of the fastest cars on the road and even with the base engine, it was capable of reaching 100 kph (62 mpg) in under 5 seconds.
And it did it with style.
The AMG GT 43 4Matic 4-Door is a very long name that said not a single word to those who are not into cars. But since AMG started its own lineup of vehicles that didn’t have any equivalent for the Mercedes-Benz brand, it showed its target: the Porsche brand. The AMG said that this was the 4-door version of the AMG GT Coupe. In theory, it might be right, but the look of the car doesn’t say the same. It is bigger, taller and has room for four passengers plus a usable trunk.
Inside, the sporty interior is present everywhere. The bucket seats, the dashboard, and the steering-wheel were on the same page. Maybe it wasn’t the most comfortable car to drive around with a family, but at least it could get faster to the destination.
Under the hood, it wasn’t the smallest engine from the AMG manufacturing plant, but it was the smallest on the AMG GT lineup. It offered 367 hp and an additional 22 hp were supplied over a short period by the belt-driven starter-generator. The standard transmission was the AMG Speedshift TCT 9G, where 9G meant 9 gears. And yes, it was all-wheel-drive so the driver didn’t have to worry about too much power sent only to the rear wheels.
Based on the same platform as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the AMG-GT53 4 Matic+ was a four-door coupe made for fast lapping a track or just comfortably cruising on the Sunset Boulevard.
Since AMG became a separate brand of the Mercedes-Benz, it became more focused on particular products. Even though it shared some parts and underpinnings with the rest of the three-pointed-star brand, it had a few unique versions, such as the AMG GT and its four-door sibling. They didn’t share the same platform, but the shape was the one that made them relatives.
Like any other Mercedes-AMG model, the car featured the Panamericana grille at the front with vertical slats. The bumper sported a lower apron with an A-shaped grille flanked by wide air-scoops. Just above the lip-spoiler at the bottom, the carmaker added a grille with closing louvers. As an option, the carmaker offered a V-8 powered look for the 53S version. The sloped-down greenhouse created a fastback-coupe look from its sides, even though there were two doors on each side. At the back, AMG installed a retractable wing on the tailgate.
Inside, AMG installed four individual bucket seats for all passengers. A center console crossed the car from front to back. At the front, the carmaker placed a digital instrument panel in front of the steering wheel and another screen on top of the center stack for the MBUX multimedia system. On the center console between the front occupants, the GT53 featured a slanted area for the gear-selector and buttons for the suspension and other driving modes.
Under the hood, AMG installed an inline-six engine helped by a supercharger, a turbocharger, and a small electric motor. Thus, the turbolag was non-existent. The 53S 4Matic+ sent the 435 hp in all corners via a nine-speed automatic gearbox.