Emissions standards are increasingly stringent, particularly in the European Union, but Mercedes studied fleet figures and found that the AMG GT Coupe could retain its V8 engine. Like its SL 55 and 63 roadster siblings, the fixed-roof version will feature a 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine developing nearly 600 horsepower. With the SL being a grand touring car and the GT a more focused sports car, one would expect the latter to prioritize performance over comfort.
Ahead of its official unveiling expected in the coming months, we can see the second-generation AMG GT Coupe in its natural habitat at the Nürburgring. These prototypes are, without a doubt, equipped with a big V8, which is not the case for the test vehicles of the next C 63 AMG, since the super sedan will be equipped with a four-cylinder hybrid engine.
Speaking of the M139 engine from AMG’s « 45 » compact cars, it will be interesting to see if the SL 43 will get a coupe counterpart with the same 2.0-liter turbo engine. Logic dictates that the folks at Affalterbach also plan to bridge the gap between the four- and eight-cylinder GT and SL models with a derivative equipped with an inline-six. At the top, a plug-in hybrid V8 should produce more than 800 horsepower.
Going back to the prototypes, it seems that at least one of them is equipped with rear-wheel steering. This is not very surprising since the outgoing AMG GT coupe also has this feature and we have also seen it on the new SL. The 911 competitor already looks elegant despite the camouflage covering the active rear spoiler.
All-wheel drive is on the menu, as is a nine-speed automatic, mild-hybrid technology and a sophisticated double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension. Despite switching to a different platform, the weight distribution shouldn’t be much different from the current coupe’s 47:53 ratio.
The overall styling should be that of an SL modified into a coupe. However, the roadster’s luxurious cabin, bathed in leather, will adopt more carbon fiber and sporty touches to better match the GT’s status as a track-focused machine. Of course, the biggest change from its predecessor will be the adoption of a 2+2 layout while the current car only has two seats.
The new generation is due out in 2023, exclusively as a coupe since the roadster has been retired, now that the SL uses the same underbody as the GT. The top-of-the-line V8 PHEV will likely be added to the lineup later to compete with Porsche’s already-confirmed 911 hybrid.