The Germans are no doubt at the forefront when it comes to balls-out, ultra-fast super-saloons, and the new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe is the latest combatant.
If you've paid any attention to the last few cars Mercedes has released, you'll immediately see the family resemblance in the new GT 4-Door. More aggressive front and rear bumpers, "aerodynamically optimized" wheel designs, and quad round exhaust outlets are also new for 2019. That said, the rear three-quarter of the four-door version looks a little bulky, thanks to the extended wheelbase and extra doors.
Aiming to rival the Audi RS7 and Porsche Panamera when it arrives early in 2019, it makes use of AMG's tried-and-trusted 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo engine which in "S" guise provides this four-door with a supercar-beating 630bhp.
All GT 4-Door Coupe models are fitted with a 9-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, though the V-8 models also feature rear-wheel steering.
A 577bhp V8-powered GT 63 capable of a 3.4 second launch to 62mph sits in the middle of the range, but the GT 63 S is going to be the model you want. Acceleration and top speed figures don't change much at 3.1 seconds (0-60) and 195 miles per hour respectively, but at least you'll have bragging rights.
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Next up we have the GT 63. The V8 may have been slightly detuned in this spec - it's rated at 577bhp and 800Nm - but it's almost as fast.
Power will come from a 3.0 litre six-pot hybrid in the GT53 4matic, but the real deal is the GT63 and GT63 S which get Mercedes 4.0 litre V8, all with Mercedes 4WD 4matic and a nine-speed automatic gearbox. The GT53 produces 320kW and 520Nm from AMG's new 3.0-litre inline six. It can accelerate from 0 to 62MPH in 6.2 seconds. At speed of above 100 kmph, the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels, offering more grip and better response.
At first glance the auto looks remarkably similar to the recently revealed CLS, but on closer examination things are rather different - the headlights are unique to the AMG and, thanks to a hatchback tailgate, its roofline is lower too. As is evident, the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe draws inspiration from the SLS AMG and the more recent AMG GT models.
Inside, the designers maintained the "fighter jet-like feel" for the driver's seat - as all the equipment is tilted towards it - but have added new features, such as a performance steering wheel with touch-sensitive buttons, Mercedes' dual-12.3-inch Widescreen Cockpit display and a fleet of premium fixtures.
The interior can be specced with either four individual seats or a regular five seat arrangement.
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