By combining its existing 4.0-litre biturbo V8 and a rear-mounted electric motor, Mercedes puts the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid in its sights.

After some very tantalising teasers, Mercedes-Benz is finally revealing the details about its AMG GT Concept at the Geneva Motor Show, and it’s a mighty impressive machine. This is the company’s best-looking effort yet at combining sedan utility with a coupe’s curvaceous style.

The AMG GT Concept takes the existing AMG GT Coupe’s rounded shape but stretches the look for making room for two more doors. The aesthetic evokes a little of the first-generation CLS-Class by incorporating a long arch running from the windshield, over the roof, and to the rear end. The company asserts that this curvaceous styling “gives a sneak preview of the exterior design coming to the series production model.”

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept
Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

The new concept also evolves the look of the existing AMG GT models by incorporating ultra-slim headlights and a three-dimensional effect for the tail lamps. In addition, rear-facing cameras replace traditional mirrors, which makes the vehicle look even more aerodynamic. There are also active shutters in the centre and side intakes for dynamically balancing aerodynamic efficiency and cooling. The central exhaust outlet adds an extra visual flourish at the back, and the location perfectly accentuates the diffuser below it.

 

 

The GT Concept combines the 4.0-litre biturbo V8 from many of AMG’s existing products and a rear-mounted electric motor. This mix provides a total system output of 805hp through the torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. Acceleration to 60mph takes less than three seconds, the company claims. For greener drives, the saloon can also hit the road under full electric power.

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept
Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

“This four-door coupe heralds a further extension of the AMG GT family,” according to Mercedes’ press release. Rumours suggest a production version might have the GT4 moniker and could go on sale as soon as 2018 to compete against the Porsche Panamera.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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