The hot metal that siz­zled at Switzer­land’s premier mo­tor­show

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Mercedes-amg GT four-door

IT’S SURELY a sign of the times when a new Mercedes-amg model ar­rives with 470kw and it’s not even the per­for­mance flag­ship. That’s the case with the GT four-door, very much an E-class un­der the skin and ef­fec­tively an up­mar­ket re­place­ment for the AMG CLS63.

The scale of AMG’S am­bi­tion with this model is ev­i­dent in the range of en­gine choices. Open­ing the line-up is the GT 53 pow­ered by the new tur­bocharged 3.0-litre in-line six with an elec­tric com­pres­sor, good for 320kw/520nm.

Next rung up fea­tures the ubiq­ui­tous 4.0-litre V8 in base, non-s tune, mak­ing 430kw and 800Nm, which hap­pen to be the out­puts of the most hard­core of the cur­rent coupe line up, the GT R.

Top­ping this – for now – is the real heavy hit­ter, the GT 63 S, belt­ing out a new per­sonal best for the M178 en­gine: 470kw and 900Nm. All three mod­els use the MCT 9G trans­mis­sion and the 4matic all-wheel-drive sys­tem from the E63, mak­ing a clear me­chan­i­cal dis­tinc­tion be­tween this four-door and the Coupe mod­els, the lat­ter of which have ‘just’ seven ra­tios and are rear-drive only.

The ad­van­tages of AWD trac­tion and ex­tra gear ra­tios ap­pear to be born out in the per­for­mance fig­ures. The GT 63 S weighs 2045kg (a whop­ping 495kg more than the GT R coupe) yet al­legedly gets to 100km/h 0.2sec faster than that car, in a claimed 3.2 sec­onds.

But as they say in the in­fomer­cials, wait, there’s more. We un­der­stand that a range-top­ping hy­brid model will fol­low in 2019, us­ing an elec­tric mo­tor on the rear axle to help pro­duce a com­bined 590kw and of­fer­ing an elec­tric-only range of around 50km.

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