Mercedes-AMG GT Concept, Taking On The Best Supersports Saloons

by under News on 09 Mar 2017 04:01:06 PM09 Mar 2017

Its intentions are as clear as day: Mercedes-AMG wants a slice of the Porsche Panamera’s pie.

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept, Taking On The Best Supersports Saloons

The Mercedes-AMG GT Concept has been unveiled at the Geneva motor show. Its intent to beat the Porsche Panamera at its own game is unashamed, with a roofline and rump that clearly marks it as a competitor. The nose is (thankfully) very clearly Mercedes-AMG, featuring the ‘Panamericana’ front grille that is now set to be a marque signature. 

The AMG GT concept has a distinctly corporate face, with thin headlights and a production-ready nose. The profile of the concept shows off its flowing, toned physique, while the rear sees a familiar combination of slim LED taillights and central exhaust tip. The AMG GT concept also intends to excite under the bonnet, as it bears a telling ‘EQ Power+’ badge on the fender-mounted side-view cameras, alluding to an electrified powertrain beneath. 

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The 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that AMG favours lives under that long snout, and it works together with an electric engine to put out “up to 600kW” of power. All that grunt propels the AMG GT concept from rest to 100km/h in “under three seconds,” with shove going to all-four wheels. The electric motor in this equation drives the rear wheels directly, allowing it to act as a booster when needed, and it’s fed by a modular battery architecture that allows setup flexibility to cater to different needs in different markets.

The V8 up front is capable of acting as a generator for the electric drivetrain, while brake energy recuperation is also present to keep the electricity flowing. The AMG GT concept can, in theory, be driven in EV-only mode, though the company did not say for how long. No other specifications have been released, sans some detailing out the ‘canto active fibre technology’ in the LED headlights and taillights, allowing for an interesting 3D effect as well as the usual sequential lighting. 

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