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A foretaste of AMG’s four-door sports car

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Geneva Motor Show – It’s no secret that Mercedes-AMG has been planning a four-door version of its GT sports car, but this concept car brings the fascinating new family member closer to fruition, in our minds at least.

As with its coupé and roadster siblings the GT four-door, which has yet to be given an official name, is being developed separately from its conventional Mercedes siblings, at AMG’s headquarters in Affalterbach.

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Mercedes-AMG promises that the fastback-shaped sports car will be “highly suitable for everyday use”, thanks to a variable interior and luggage compartment, the latter accessible through a sizeable tailgate.

In addition to giving us a strong indication of how the production model will look on the outside, the concept also previews the upcoming hybrid drivetrains that the division says will make its future cars even more potent. Like the company’s F1 latest car, these upcoming performance hybrids will bear the "EQ Power+" label.

In the Concept GT’s case, the familiar 4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine is mated to a “high-performance” electric motor to produce a mighty system output of up to 600kW; enough, AMG says, to get the sports car from 0-100km/h in under three seconds.

The electric motor drives the rear wheels as part of the car’s 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system and can act as an additional booster.

Another talking point is the futuristic “Nano active fibre technology” in the daytime running lights and tail lights, which provides a three-dimensional effect via the “freely styled” light cord.

IOL Motoring

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