We’ve been waiting for glimpses of the Mercedes-AMG GT4 prototype ever since the four-door GT sports car’s concept was revealed at this year's Geneva Motor Show. Now a camouflaged test mule was spotted roaming around the AMG facility in Germany.
Currently, the AMG GT lineup only consists of a coupe and convertible. The addition of a GT four-door will help the performance division compete against the likes of the Audi RS7, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, and Porsche Panamera. To better compete with the Panamera, Mercedes has decided to go with a hatch design for the trunk instead of what one typically sees on a saloon.
Undoubtedly, the prototype looks like it could be the CLS, but one key different setting them apart is the third brake light. The light sits higher on the GT4’s window whereas on the CLS it will be mounted lower. For those who are worried about how similar the two models will look, have no fear. Mercedes chief design officer Gorden Wagener told Auto Express that "the CLS is for James Bond, and the GT Concept is for Jason Bourne. That describes the different approaches to those vehicles."
The AMG GT4 will sit on Mercedes' modular rear architecture and CarScoops is expecting to see a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 under its bonnet, capable of delivering in excess of 600 horsepower. A hybrid variant should follow with the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid in sight.
Expect to see a production version of the Mercedes-AMG GT4 no sooner than 2018.
If they make a GT-R version of this, it will be the most insane product in its segment. Can't think of any other car maker that can do a GT-R type product better. But does anyone think a GT-4 GT-R would be excessive?