Mercedes-AMG GT 4dr

Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door £135,000 (est)

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WE SAY: WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO CRACK OPEN A NEW NICHE? IN MERCEDESAMG’S OPIN­ION, IT’S SIM­PLE: AP­PLY BRUTE FORCE

Mercedes’ model range is still ex­pand­ing with a near-vi­ral ra­pid­ity. And now, some­one has spied an­other dis­tant but va­cant niche – pre­sum­ably us­ing some­thing akin to the Hub­ble tele­scope – and the re­sult is the AMG GT four-door coupe. Wel­come to the fam­ily su­per­car.

It’s only the third model de­vel­oped en­tirely by AMG (fol­low­ing the SLS and GT), but the sharky nose, bon­net ‘pow­er­domes’ and, in the par­lance of ex­te­rior de­signer Vi­talis Enns, ‘fan­tas­tic ass’, give the GT four-door a sharper street pres­ence than the Porsche Panam­era or BMW M5.

Just don’t be fooled by that disin­gen­u­ous name: the GT four-door uses the MRA plat­form that un­der­pins the C-, E-, CLS and var­i­ous other Mercedes, and there­fore isn’t a GT four-door at all. But at least that al­lows it to run the 4Matic all-wheel-drive hard­ware, pro­mot­ing daily us­abil­ity in shabby weather over ar­rant he­do­nism. Good job, given it weighs 2,045kg. We’re fo­cus­ing here on the 63S 4Matic+, pow­ered by AMG’s mag­nif­i­cent 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo, which de­liv­ers 630bhp and 627lb ft from 2,500 to 4,500rpm. If Fer­rari’s 3.9-litre twin-turbo leads the way, this AMG unit is close in terms of zero-lag flex­i­bil­ity and charisma, its re­worked twin-scroll tur­bos and twin-duct ex­haust man­i­fold en­hanc­ing ef­fi­ciency, lowrev torque and, per­haps most no­tice­ably, engine re­sponse. Per­for­mance is blis­ter­ing, with 62mph blaz­ing past in just 3.2 sec­onds and a top speed of 195mph, all over­laid by full-fat, non-turbo-ish old-school son­ics.

That said, the four-door 63S is cer­tainly eas­ier to deal with than the GT coupe, swat­ting away sur­face noise and rid­ing com­pli­antly de­spite its hefty rub­ber (295/35s at the rear). It’s an able, ami­able cruiser, but its darker side is lib­er­ated by a ver­i­ta­ble tech ar­se­nal.

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