Meet The New Mercedes AMG GT Coupe
The Geneva Motor Show is one of the major events on the international automotive calendar. Bringing together some of the worlds finest automakers, the Geneva Motor Show offers petrol heads and motoring journalists alike, the first look at some of the latest models to hit manufacturers showrooms. Being one of the places to be last month, Big Motoring World took a flight out to the lake site city to take in the sights and sounds of the 88th running of the show first hand. Naturally given our specialism in Mercedes Benz, our first stop at the show was the German marques stand. Featuring four new or facelifted models, the German Marque was perfectly placed to show off it’s 2018 and future model ranges. One of the highlights of Mercedes Benz’s lineup, however, has to be the brands, all new, AMG GT Coupe. The bigger brother to the Mercedes SLS and AMG GT that came before it, the GT Coupe becomes the fifth dedicated model from Mercedes’ AMG division. Mechanically similar to the CLS, AMG state that their design process around this car was to deliver a machine capable of achieving a “high level of day-to-day suitability”. The technical team back in AMG’s Affalterbach facility have high ambitions for this car when it ultimately goes on sale, muted to be the first quarter of 2019. The GT Coupe has is its sights set on becoming a Porsche Panamera beater and everything about this car displays that it’s more than just a 4 door coupe. It’s a true powerhouse, and it has to be to achieve such heady heights and at first glance, it looks well placed to be able to pull this off. Nestled under that sleek elongated bonnet will be a choice of two petrol engines, one of which will be Mercedes Benz’s new 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder unit which features the appearance of additional hybrid technology, whereas the second will be AMG’s 4.0-litre V8 featuring twin turbochargers. Sat at the top end of the range, the V8 configuration is capable of delivering a potent 630 bhp, which when translated to mph and time returns figures such as a standstill to 62 mph time of just 3.2 seconds and an outright top speed of 196 mph. As far as the visuals are concerned this is a striking machine indeed. Its sleek profile is dominated by the long bonnet which stretches out ahead of the cabin. Despite being visually similar to AMG vehicles before it, the GT Coupe borrow’s no panels from existing AMG models and is all new. Interior wise, as you would expect from an AMG model, there a no shortcuts. The occupants will find themselves sat upon lavishly upholstered sports seats whilst Mercedes Benz’s dual high-definition displays feedback vehicle information. With prices looking to start at around £110,000 and future variants already on the cards, with a Plug-in hybrid version rumoured to feature up to 805bhp on its way, time will tell how AMG’s latest powerhouse stacks up against the established elite. We can’t wait to find out.