Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

Mercedes-AMG always seem to have an extravagant supercar on display at motor shows around the world, and this year was no different with the announcement of the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept.

The GT Concept was made official at Geneva Motor Show 2017 and takes full aim at the Porsche Panamera with extreme power and exemplary design. To start with, the engine squeezes out 805bhp and that will get you a 0-62mph time of just under 3 seconds. Although this model is just in the concept stages at the moment, this is expected to be a near-finished design and spec for the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT.

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

Where the new model differs from the last is that it has a hybrid powertrain. The EQ Power+ –¬†yes, the same technology used in Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 cars – is added to the already powerful 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine to crank out that enormous 805bhp.

At the time of writing this, Mercedes hadn’t commented on what the electric-only range will be on the production model – likely because they’re holding out for developments in battery technology in the next few years before they put this car on the production line. If it’s similar to estimates from other carmakers who are planning supercar hybrids, it will be in the area of 50-70 miles.

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept
Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

The design looks a lot more reserved than previous concepts from the company, although it seems to have borrowed some styling from the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 with classical and emotional design principles coupled with athletic, sporty edges. The red-tinted grille is a stand-out feature that gives the model some extra aggressive touches to remind you that the car has a V8 under the enormous bonnet.

The alloys could well be one of the most sensible sets seen at a motor show, but you couldn’t have normal alloys on a car like this, so Mercedes-AMG have created these for the GT Concept. They look like 20″ bright silver 5x twin-spoke rims with a gold-coloured centrepiece that houses the Mercedes badge.

Mercedes hinted at this model going in to production around 2019, and they've recently announced that 1 in 5 of their cars will have electric versions by 2025. It wouldn't be unlikely that this model ends up getting an all-electric version in the not-too-distant future.
  • Tim Ridd-Jolly is a writer on the Stable Vehicle Contracts blog.

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