Mercedes-AMG has revealed its latest show car, the GT Concept, in Geneva.
Giving an indication of future, alternative drive configurations from AMG, the four-door coupé marks a further extension of the AMG GT family. After Mercedes’ Formula 1 car, this new show concept is the second AMG model to bear the new designation "EQ Power+" - which all performance hybrids from Mercedes-AMG will be given in future. A V8 petrol engine and a high-performance electric motor work together with an ‘extremely powerful’ yet light battery concept. This performance hybrid powertrain offers an 'impressive electric range' and the opportunity to generate a system output of up to 600 kW. The concept covers the sprint from 0-62mph in less than three seconds – which corresponds to a super sports car level, says Mercedes.
The operating strategy of the AMG GT Concept is derived from the hybrid powerpack of the MERCEDES PETRONAS AMG Formula 1 racing car. As in F1, the battery is also charged whilst the vehicle is being driven so as always to have the full amount of electrical power available.
The fully variable AMG performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive is also supported by the electric motor. It drives the rear wheels directly and has the effect of an additional booster. Besides this, every wheel can be allocated torque individually.
The fastback will be suitable for everyday use thanks to the large tailgate and the variable interior and luggage compartment - the new coupé blends the high functionality of the performance cars with the sportiness of the AMG GT sports cars. Mercedes says the show car gives a sneak preview of the exterior design of the coming series production model.
Featuring a deeply drawn bonnet and raked windscreen, the AMG GT Concept stands out with muscular proportions, extremely slim main headlamps while the bonnet underscores the sports car genes with the two ‘powerdomes’. A hot red paintwork shimmers in the light like liquid metal thanks to a special formulation.
The width-biased rear assembly features slim horizontal tail lamps while further design elements at the rear include the wide carbon-fibre diffuser curved downwards at the sides and the centrally arranged tailpipe trim reminiscent of the Mercedes-AMG GT R.
A dynamic greenhouse with its steeply sloping roof line and the slim layout of the frameless side windows emphasise the dynamic ‘forwards thrust’ of the AMG GT Concept, says Mercedes. The tapered side drop and the broad rear shoulder in the area of the flared wheel arches reinforce the 'muscular expression'.
Expressively styled wheels in a fine-spoke design allow a good view of the AMG ceramic high-performance compound brake. The brake callipers are painted in a bronze colour and bear the "AMG Carbon Ceramic" lettering.