2024 Mercedes-AMG GT: Hot coupe back for second generation with all-wheel drive
Mercedes just unveiled the second-generation AMG GT Coupe, the new flagship sports car from Mercedes-AMG. It features a “highly dynamic driving experience as well as enhanced comfort and practicality for everyday use.” The AMG GT marks a return after the model was discontinued in 2021.
With advanced technology such as the AMG Active Ride Control suspension with active roll stabilization, rear-axle steering, and active aerodynamics, the sports coupe is also fitted with fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive for the first time, in combination with a handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V-8 twin-turbo engine. Previously, the AMG GT was exclusively rear-wheel drive.
“Our new GT is clearly the top-of-the-line product in our diversified portfolio and is therefore not only AMG’s youngest brand shaper, but also a clear commitment to the sports car made in Affalterbach [Germany]. With the new dimensional concept and optional 2+2 seats, we are directly responding to the wishes of our customers,” said Michael Schiebe, Chairman of the Management Board of Mercedes-AMG.
The car has AMG Track Pace, a data logger for use on the track, standard on the AMG GT 55 and AMG GT 63. The software is part of the infotainment system and records more than 80 pieces of vehicle-specific data (speed, acceleration, steering angle, brake pedal actuation) ten times per second while driving on a racetrack.
The available 2+2 seating offers “plenty of space in the interior.” The rear seats increase functionality for everyday use and are suitable for occupants “less than five feet tall.” The large “Easy Pack” trunk lid with handsfree access makes loading and unloading easier. The luggage compartment can be expanded using the split folding rear seat backrests. The optional second row is a first for the AMG GT, mirroring layout of the all-new Mercedes-Benz SL.
Targeting the Porsche 911 and Aston Martin Vantage, among others, the 2024 AMG GT Coupe is powered exclusively by Mercedes’ familiar 4.0-liter V-8 biturbo engine in two performance levels. The engines are assembled entirely by hand at the company’s site in Affalterbach using the “One Man, One Engine” principle.
In the AMG GT 63, the engine delivers 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph takes just 3.1 seconds, and the top speed is 196 mph. In the GT 55, the V-8 produces 469 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph takes 3.8 seconds, and the top speed is 183 mph.
The AMG Speedshift MCT 9G transmission (an in-house nine-speed auto) can also be shifted “quickly and precisely” using the manual aluminum shift paddles behind the steering wheel rim.
The AMG GT Coupe will be available in the first half of 2024. The 2021 model started at about $120,000, but given inflation and the increased level of equipment, including all-wheel-drive, this one could be considerably more.