Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

Not to be confused with the two-door GT, the GT Concept is a petrol-electric hybrid that promises a little over 800bhp (courtesy of Mercedes-AMG’s familiar 4-litre twin-turbo V8 and electric motors), has a 0-100km/hr time of under three seconds, plus has space to ferry around the brood and their luggages. The four-door, four-wheel-drive fastback also has the ability to offer torque vectoring independently on each wheel, ostensibly with lessons gleaned from the limited-run SLS AMG Electric Drive. It comes with a modular, scalable battery system that allows for differing outputs/capacities, depending on the car it’s destined to go into. In the case of the GT Concept, Mercedes-AMG says it’ll be able to operate completely on electric power alone (though its electric range is undisclosed), which points to it being a plug-in hybrid.

Why it matters: If the Bentley above wins the award for most convoluted name, the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept wins the one for most boring. Rather dull (and confusing, because it sounds so similar to the production GT) name aside, when it reaches production, it will be the third model developed in-house by Mercedes-AMG. When it hits showrooms, it will bear “EQ Power+" branding that its F1 cars also bear, marking it out as a performance hybrid. While this is certainly big news for Mercedes-AMG, being the marque’s first hybrid concept, the bigger news will come during the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year, with the F1-inspired 1,000bhp Project One hypercar, a fitting 50th birthday present to itself.

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Published 15th March 2017
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