The Panamera should brace itself for increased battle as
Mercedes is looking to enter into the sportscar industry with
gusto. According to credible reports, Mercedes is
crafting a 4-seater saloon with its eyes fixed on the Porsche
Panamera which has been very successful in the market. The
model accorded this job is christened the “Mercedes-AMG GT4”.
The automaker will showcase the model during next year’s
50th Anniversary celebrations. The model will be
delivered to dealerships in 2018 as a 2019 model. Read
along to find out what Mercedes plans to take on the
Continental GT with:
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT4 Exterior
According to reliable sources, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT4 is
based on the same modular rear architecture (MRA) used on the
C63, E63 or the S63 AMG cars. However, to fit the automaker’s
new strategy, the platform has been modified with unique track
width and wheelbase measurements. Many will be surprised to
learn that it is a 4-door sedan and not a 2-door coupe. The
body and structure are made of lightweight
materials including high-strength steel and aluminum.
There have been no photos or sketches of the model from the
automaker; nonetheless, our engineers have come up with a
pretty awesome rendering of the model. According to this
rendering, the AMG GT4 will likely look like an extended AMG GT
with four doors. However, the automaker will hook it up with
unique features to set it apart from the 2-door sports car. If
our rendering is anything to go by then expect a stunning
sports sedan in 2018.
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT4 Interior
The interior is still a mystery. However, considering the AMG
GT has an impressive cabin, I expect the interior of the GT4 to
be entirely based on that of the GT with minor upgrades.
Therefore, I expect the model to feature the same
aviation-inspired dashboard. It also features spotlight-style
vents with one in front of the driver and the other in front of
the front passenger. The vents are separated by the model’s
motorsport-derived center console.
The sedan will definitely feature a V-8 layout for its AMG
Drive Unit controls. As for the upholstery, expect the most
premium leather in the industry along with a premium wood trim.
The model will also feature the most up-to-date technologies
and safety systems in the industry.
Engine Specs and performance
Under the hood, the 4-door sports car will also borrow its
power-plant from the AMG GT. As such, it will be powered by the
same 4.0 L, V-8. The engine will be configured into two output
configurations just like the GT. As such, on the base
GT4, the engine will produce 456 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. On
the top GT4 S trim, the engine will be tuned to produce 503 hp
and 479 lb-ft of torque.
Like the AMG GT, The engines will be mated to a 7-speed dual
clutch automatic transmission system (Speedshift DCT) which
will channel power to all wheels. Due to the GT4’s longer and
heavier body, the model will be slightly slower than its 2-door
sister. As such, expect the GT4 to take around 4.2
seconds and the GTS 4.0 seconds to hit 60 mph from standstill
which is a tad slower than the coupe which takes 3.7 seconds
and 3.9 seconds for the GT and GTS respectively.
According to rumors, the automaker is also planning to hook up
the model with an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG). The
additional electric motor 4 will add a power boost to the GT4
of up to 20hp but for a short time. It also offers
instantaneous startups. This means the model will likely be
hooked up with a medium-sized lithium ion battery to power the
Price and release date
It is too early to start talking about the model’s price.
However, rumor has it that the GT4 will fetch around £120,000
in Europe and around $130,000 in the US. Adding optional
features will easily see the price balloon to over $150,000 for
the GT4 S.
In addition to the Porsche Panamera GTS, the automaker is also
targeting the Bentley
Continental GT and the Aston Martin Rapide S. The battle of
these automakers is set to become more intense as the
automakers, on the other hand are after Mercedes traditional
luxury sedan market.