Stuttgart - Mercedes-AMG has expanded its GT 4-door range with a more attainable ‘43’ variant.

The AMG GT 43 4Matic+ is powered by a detuned version of the 3-litre straight-six turbopetrol that does service in the GT 53 4Matic+ model that was announced earlier this year.

In ‘43’ guise, the motor produces 270kW and 500Nm, down from 320kW/520Nm in the ‘53’, but the base model still gets the ‘EQ Boost’ starter-alternator that can provide an additional 16kW and 250Nm of boost in short spurts. The system combines the starter and alternator in one electric motor that’s integrated between the engine and transmission, and it feeds the 48 V on-board electrical system.

Despite being down on power, the 43 still gets to 100 in under five seconds, with Mercedes-AMG claiming a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 270km/h.

Power goes to all four wheels through a nine-speed Speedshift TCT autobox and 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, which remains standard.

We’re currently awaiting information on whether and when the GT 43 4-door is destined for South Africa.

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