AMG GT4 takes aim at Panamera
Panamera rival mooted
Mercedes-amg GT Concept
Mercedes-amg boss Tobias Moers has confirmed to Autocar that he has the new Porsche Panamera squarely in his sights for the production version of the four-door GT Concept, which took centre stage on Mercedes’ Geneva show stand.
Moers said: “Maybe we can’t be better [than the Panamera] in every way, but we can certainly be different.”
Moers’ advice was to expect class-leading power and driving dynamics from the road-going version of the car, which is codenamed X290 and referred to by AMG insiders as ‘GT4’. “Simple combustion-engined versions can be positioned above 600bhp,” he said. The GT Concept suggests peak power could go as high as 800bhp for a hybrid version.
“We already have an S-class, so [with the GT4] we have more freedom to create a really dynamic driving experience than many of our competitors do with their equivalents,” Moers said. “This is our chance. We have to make this a true four-door, four-seat sports car like no other.”
Although the GT Concept’s stylistic similarities with AMG’S existing two-seat GT are many, the production version is being developed not on the sports car’s aluminium spaceframestyle platform but on the MRA underpinnings, which several AMG super-saloons use.
But Moers warned not to underestimate the amount of chassis technology from the GT’S toolbox that could be used in the GT4. “MRA just gives us a floorpan,” he said. “It doesn’t limit us. The new car can have its own wheelbase and track widths and can have the same kind of active aerodynamics, four-wheel steering and special ESP systems that you see on the AMG GT.”
Moers suggested the styling of the GT4 will be very much like the GT Concept’s: “The proportions of the production car really aren’t so different.”
The completed GT4 is expected to be presented at a motor show some time during 2018 and will partly fill the gap left by the departing CLS63 Shooting Brake, which will not be replaced.
Final version will look similar to the show car