And you’ll need a lot more than that for a V8.
Mercedes-AMG, whom we affectionately and regularly refer to as the ‘nutters from Affalterbach,’ have finally revealed the flavours Australia will be getting of the AMG GT 4-Door. The Porsche Panamera-fighter will be landing on our shores very soon with order books already open, and it’ll be available in 53 4Matic+ and 63S 4Matic+ guises.
The 53 uses a biturbo inline-6 (one mechanical & one electric turbo) plus a mild-hybrid setup (called EQ Boost) to put down a grand total of 320kW and 520Nm. With a 9-speed automatic doing transmission duties, the 53 is capable of rocketing from rest to 100km/h in just 4.5-seconds, or fast enough to scare the bejeezus out of anyone. That’s what $249,990 will buy you.
But for ‘just’ $100k more ($349,990), you can sit yourself in a GT 63S 4Matic+ that swaps out that ‘piddly’ 6-cylinder for a proper rip-roaring V8. Also fitted with two turbos, the 4.0-litre mill will slingshot you to 100km/h from rest in just 3.2-seconds, thanks to the colossal 470kW and 900Nm on offer. Just bear in mind that all of that is coming from a car with ISOFIX mounts in the rear, should you want to rearrange the internals of your small children.
While not having an 8-cylinder engine as standard might seem like daylight robbery, Mercedes-AMG have at least been generous with the active safety tech. You get blind-spot assistant, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-change assist, 360º cameras, and even 9-airbags as standard. You also get 5-seats as standard, though if given the option, we’d opt for the 4-seat configuration.
There are a plethora of options available for both cars, with the GT 53 available with a $2500 exterior chrome package, a $2500 night package, a $5300 luxury rear package (not that the rear quarters were particularly spartan but OK), and a $1300 warmth comfort package.
For the 63, you’re offered a $9500 carbon-fibre exterior trim package, a $1500 night package, a $4600 luxury rear package, a $1300 warmth comfort package, a $7300 aerodynamics package, and an even more serious carbon-fibre package for those with $11,600 burning a hole in their pockets.