2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe First Look | Edmunds

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe First Look

Mercedes' 4-Door Sports Car

Mercedes-Benz pioneered the concept of applying coupelike styling to a luxury sedan with its original 2006 CLS. And apparently, the brand isn't content to leave any niche unfilled. For 2019, it's coming out with another coupelike sedan with a mouthful of a name: the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. It does indeed have four doors. So, by definition, it's not a coupe, the brand's nomenclature notwithstanding. The GT 4-Door Coupe, however, is a specific AMG-branded vehicle, just like the AMG GT sports car that lends its name and many styling cues.

Mercedes Muscle
The GT 4-Door Coupe is available with one of three engines. The GT 53 has a powertrain similar to that used in the redesigned 2019 CLS. It's a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six paired to a mild hybrid system that generates a combined total of 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. The EQ Boost, which is what Mercedes calls the hybrid system, generates 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It also features a new 48-volt electrical system.

The GT 63 and GT 63 S both use turbocharged 4.0-liter V8s. The 63 model produces a healthy 577 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. The 63 S goes even further with an eyeball-flattening 630 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. Both V8s are mated to AMG's Speedshift nine-speed MCT multiclutch transmission, while the GT 53 uses a torque-converter-based Speedshift nine-speed TCT transmission. All GT 4-Door Coupes are equipped with all-wheel drive that prioritizes rear-wheel power distribution.

But before you think this 4Matic system is like the one on your typical Mercedes SUV, think again. The GT 63 S can be operated in a Drift mode that prevents the center clutch from sending power to the front axle, ensuring all the power is sent strictly to the rear. The GT 63 model can be optioned with this system as well, but it is not available on the GT 53.

Thanks to all of this powertrain trickery, the GT 63 S can hit a top track speed of 195 mph and do 0-60 mph in an estimated 3.1 seconds. The GT 63 isn't far behind: It achieves a top track speed of 193 mph and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of an estimated 3.3 seconds. The GT 53 does the 0-60 mph sprint in an estimated 4.4 seconds, with a top track speed of 174 mph.

More Than a Grocery Getter
An active electronic rear differential as well as rear-wheel steer are standard on the GT 63 and 63 S models. The electronic rear differential can quickly change its clamping force, from fully open to locking the rear wheels together to minimize wheelspin during hard cornering or aggressive acceleration on less than ideal surfaces. At speeds below 62 mph, rear-steer steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the front wheels, increasing agility. And at speeds above 62 mph, the rear wheels steer with the front wheels, increasing stability.

The GT 53 keeps its standard 19-inch wheels on the ground with a standard steel spring and adjustable damper suspension setup. GT 63 and GT 63 S models utilize an active air suspension system, dubbed AMG Ride Control+. A variable-position rear spoiler is standard, and the V8 models benefit from an optional aerodynamic package that combines a larger front splitter, manually adjustable rear wing and larger rear diffuser.

Stopping power comes from six-piston calipers up front and single-piston caliper in the rear. The calipers are painted yellow on the GT 63 S, red on the GT 63, and silver on the GT 53. The GT 53 utilizes a single-piece vented rotor, while the V8 models get multipiece units. Optionally, the V8 models can be equipped with a carbon-ceramic brake package, with bronze-painted calipers.

Form and Function Can Be the Same
With its bulging fenders and long hood, the GT 4-Door Coupe does an admirable job of copying the two-door GT coupe's silhouette. LED headlights and slender LED taillights also help mimic the design. But the interior features an all-new design. A 12.3-inch configurable display sits in front of the driver and can be customized with steering wheel controls. Another 12.3-inch display sits in the center of the dash and is used for the infotainment system.

New for Mercedes is the use of capacitive buttons with color LCD displays on the steering wheel and center console. The displays indicate the function of the button, and can change appearances based on the mode selected. More capacitive buttons are on the steering wheel and control infotainment and other functions with flicks of a finger. We haven't been fans of this type of control system in the past, so we hope Mercedes has done something different.

Unlike the two-seat AMG GT, the GT 4-Door Coupe has a back seat. Mercedes will offer either a fixed four-seat variant with a rear center console or a five-passenger configuration with a folding 40/20/40-split rear bench seat. An Executive Rear Seat package allows rear passengers to adjust and monitor various climate and interior settings from a touch panel.

Naturally, much of Mercedes' catalog of luxury and technology features will be available for the new GT 4-Door Coupe. For the first time, an AMG model will have its own fragrance, too. Presumably, it's the same fragrance-dispensing system used in other Mercedes vehicles, but the GT 4-Door Coupe's special scent is "an appealing, sporty scent to match the spirit of the performance brand," Mercedes says.

We can't wait to sniff it out.

After its debut at the 2018 Geneva Auto Show, you can expect the GT 63 and GT 63 to be available early 2019, with the GT 53 becoming available toward the middle of 2019. Pricing information has not been made available, but check back with Edmunds as we learn more about the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe.

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