It’s no secret that 2017 is a momentous year for Mercedes-AMG as it celebrates its 50th anniversary and the product marketing plans are also reflected for the forthcoming years. The GT family is being expanded and we are already aware that the GT is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG after the SLS. With the addition of the AMG GT C Coupe, Mercedes-AMG has expanded its portfolio of sports cars to six models plus the AMG GT3. The latest AMG GT C Roadster is positioned between the AMG GT S and AMG GT R. It will initially be available exclusively as a special Edition 50 model. But that’s not the main story out here.
At Geneva, Mercedes-AMG unveiled a uniquely styled four-seater called the GT Concept which will complement the two-seater GT sports car portfolio and also help in expanding the AMG model variants alongside the traditional models.
This low-slung GT concept’s styling draws inspiration from AMG’s GT sports car family and hence the long, arching greenhouse that leads to the rear, where the car has bulging mudguards and thin, horizontally positioned LED tail lamps. Up front the key feature is the Panamericana-styled grille which features 15 chrome-plated vertical bars and active shutters like those found on the GT R.
The GT Concept also focuses on the future design and style direction Mercedes-AMG is taking for its new cars. Slated for production in two years, unlike the concept’s unique aluminium platform structure, the production version will be built on the modified MRA platform which is also used in the manufacture of C- and E-Class vehicles.
Under the bonnet is a co-developed with the brand’s High Performance Production division in UK, is a new petrol-electric hybrid set-up. The powertrain combines AMG’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine with an electric motor to deliver a combined system output of 805bhp and help the car despatch 0-100km/h under 3secs.
AMG claims that the Concept car’s electric motor is networked with a combination of extremely light batteries that delivers an impressive electric range. The operating management strategy of the new petrol-electric powerplant has been derived from the hybrid unit used by the Mercedes-Benz F1 team. In this set-up, drivers will be able to choose three operating modes which can be preselected via the electric drive unit. The car can be driven purely on electrical power or only with the combustion engine or it optimally combines both drive sources with one another as a hybrid. All the new high performance cars will carry “EQ Power+” badges, the name of its newly created electric car division though its EQ Power designation.