Now we know that it knows what a wind tunnel is.
Mercedes-AMG is clearly excited about its new GT saloon, the latest and most practical addition to its halo ‘GT’ family of cars. A few days ago they released the first official teaser for the car, showing us some highly-camouflaged test cars, uh, testing.
Now though, the car has dropped some (just a bit) of camo, and ditched the outside world in favour of the quiet, private confines of a wind tunnel. We’re generously offered a peek at what appears to be AMG’s Panamericana grille (surprise surprise), as well as what appears to be a general fascia treatment similar to what we’ve seen before on the AMG GT and AMG GT-S.
And once again, no technical details were offered with the release.
The AMG GT saloon will pack more power than the CLS 53, which is presently the most potent four-door coupe in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, and so you can expect to see the model debut with a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 with 450kW/850Nm, with a mild-hybrid system and all-wheel drive. In time, a 600kW hybrid model will debut (that figure being a combined output), which will come with technology from High Performance Powertrains, a sister company under Mercedes-Benz that’s responsible for developing the Project One hypercar.
The four-door AMG GT was previewed by the GT Concept from last year, where Mercedes-AMG made clear its intentions to not let the Porsche Panamera and upcoming Mission E go unperturbed. The AMG GT concept has a distinctly corporate face, with thin headlights and a production-ready nose. The profile of the concept shows off its flowing, toned physique, while the rear sees a familiar combination of slim LED taillights and central exhaust tip. The AMG GT concept also intends to excite under the bonnet, as it bears a telling ‘EQ Power+’ badge on the fender-mounted side-view cameras, alluding to an electrified powertrain beneath.
Interestingly, in the GT Concept, the V8 under the bonnet could also work as a generator for the electric drivetrain. That feature is unlikely to make it to the production model, but an electrified model is more than likely to already be on the cards.