About two months ago, we heard a spicy rumor about Mercedes-AMG’s plans to elaborate a GT4 model which would act as a direct competitor for the second generation Porsche Panamera. Now, independent artist Theophilus Chin has decided to render this upcoming model by using as foundation the standard AMG GT. Needless to say, the car is now considerably longer in order to accommodate the rear doors which grant access to two rear seats, thus turning the AMG GT into a more practical four seater while retaining the useful tailgate which could grow in size to enable a bigger trunk.
The model in question is believed to borrow the underpinnings from the next-gen CLS, so in reality it will have very much in common with the forthcoming 2016 E-Class. However, the body will get a completely different look as sources close to the Daimler-owner marque indicate the car will have a standalone design with bespoke body panels and lighting clusters.
In terms of engines, we heard there will be a newly developed inline-six turbodiesel with a displacement of 2.9 liters and two power stages: 300 bhp and a beefier 400 bhp. A six-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine benefiting from electric assistance is also on the menu with a 455 bhp punch while the top-tier versions will get a V8 with 557 bhp and 585 bhp for the flagship variant.
The Mercedes-AMG GT4 is tentatively scheduled for a late 2018 / early 2019 release, but chances are there will be a concept previewing the production model which should be introduced at a major auto show within the next two years.
It will be interesting to see what will happen to the CLS (set to be renamed CLE) since right now this is considered as being a Panamera rival. Maybe Mercedes-Benz has plans to reposition the model within the lineup along with the expected name change.
Source: Theophilus Chin