Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe review - Engines, performance and drive
The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe goes, steers and stops like a genuine sports car
On the road, the initial impression is that the GT 4-Door Coupe is similar in character to the Mercedes-AMG E 63. It’s a rumbustious performer with all sorts of sonorous excitement from its meaty quad exhaust pipes, with the same relentless surge of acceleration and refinement levels that are similar too. Even the ride has a similar feel, supple but with a disciplined firmness over jarring bumps, and the E-Class platform-sharing means the chairs are at saloon car level – the AMG GT coupe’s bespoke chassis puts your backside much closer to the tarmac.
There is a direct connection to the two-door GT though, as the steering is superbly crisp, and the highly developed drivetrain and chassis – the car’s AMG Dynamics set-up includes exotic features as rear-wheel steering – mean you can change direction with an agility and poise that is quite exceptional for a car of this scale. There’s stacks of grip from the front end when you turn in, and the rear-wheel biased 4MATIC 4x4 set-up works seamlessly to adjust the car’s balance when powering through corners near the limits of adhesion. In the top spec GT 63 S the Dynamic Select drive modes include ‘Race’ and ‘Drift’ for owners with an unlimited tyre budget and the confidence to play around on track. Fortunately, excellent brakes rein-in the GT 4-Door with the same alarming rapidity as the car accelerates.
Engines, 0-60mph acceleration and top speed
The two versions of the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 in GT 63 and 63 S models make 585bhp and 639bhp respectively, with 0-62mph times of 3.4 seconds and 3.2 seconds, and top speeds of 193 and 196mph. The six-cylinder GT53 mild-hybrid model makes 429bhp with an extra 22bhp from its electric motor. That’s good enough for a 4.5-second 0-62mph time and 177mph.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe fastest-ever AMG saloon, the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe takes on the Porsche Panamera and BMW M6 Gran Coupe
- 2Engines, performance and drive - currently readingThe Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe goes, steers and stops like a genuine sports car
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsHuge fuel bills and a whopping tax hit mean GT 4-Door Coupe drivers need deep pockets
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe AMG GT 4-Door lacks the exoticism of the 2-dr Coupe, but is impressively fitted out and specced
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceWith four seats as standard and a big boot, the AMG GT 4-Door’s biggest practical compromise is rear headroom
- 6Reliability and SafetyA full roster of safety kit and Merc’s engineering prowess should make the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe a safe bet