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 Porsche Panamera and Bentley 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 ISG.
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.