For those of you who don’t know, the concept was revealed at this year’s Geneva Auto Show (image above).
Un-officially called the “GT4”, the sedan will become the third stand-alone model in AMG’s line-up, after the AMG GT supercar and the limited-edition Project One hypercar. However, it will be based on the same MRA platform that underpins the present-generation E-Class and C-Class. Engine options will include a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, either from the AMG GT or the E63, and a hybrid system that could make up to 800 horsepower.
Mercedes has built the GT supercar as a formidable competitor to the 911 range, and it is now targeting the hardcore, Turbo versions of the Panamera with the GT4. The E-Class sedan range tops out at $105,000 with the E63 S but Panamera’s prices go up to $185,000 with the Turbo and Turbo S E-Hybrid models, which provides enough room for the GT4.
However, competing with the range-topping Panamera variants will not be straight-forward. Despite the four doors and the added weight, the Panamera still retains Porsche’s famed driver-centric DNA and the latest-generation model also make a significant leap with the styling and the interior technology.
Differentiating From The CLS-Class?
The CLS-Class is due a makeover and since its body-style resembles the GT4, there is widespread confusion regarding how the two will sit in Mercedes’ portfolio without any overlap.
However, Mercedes has suggested that the main differentiating factor will be the mechanical package — while the GT4 will be a performance-oriented vehicle, the CLS will focus on luxury and comfort and is unexpected to go beyond six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.