The saloon looks great sitting still, but it's even more attractive on the move.
The 2017 Geneva Motor Show is now over, and models like the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept are on their way for a display at the next major industry event around the world. Normally, it's unheard of to see these show cars on the move – but this video lets us see the German brand’s idea for a swoopy, high-performance saloon in action as the model drives out of Geneva's Palexpo.
The GT Concept’s deep crimson paint lets the light play beautifully off the car’s curvaceous lines. You can easily imagine how good the sedan would look driving around a neon-lit city at night. Unfortunately, the wheels let down the fantastic styling. They look fine in press photos. However, the polished aluminum and copper-coloured metal appear gaudy in photos, and the combination is even less attractive on the move.
The GT Concept uses the 4.0-litre biturbo V8 from several existing AMG models, with a rear-mounted electric motor. This all-wheel-drive layout would provide a total system output of 805 horsepower. Mercedes reckons this could give it s sub-3.0 second 0-60 mph time. However, it’s high unlikely this high-tech setup is under the hood of the saloon in Geneva, because the whole point of the model is to look good – not to drive.
Spy photos already show Mercedes developing the GT Concept for the road. The test mule has quite a lot of camouflage but has a generally strong resemblance to the version on display in Geneva. A panel on the back appears to hide the show car’s rounded hindquarters.
Rumours suggest that the GT Concept might enter production as the GT4, and a range-topping model could adapt the show car’s hybrid powertrain. More details about the performance saloon should come to light as the model gets closer showrooms, which should happen sometime in 2018.