Mercedes-AMG, with its eyes on Tesla and Porsche, was a key player at the Geneva auto show with the GT Concept. The four-door featured design elements that are similar to the AMG GT coupe and roadster while packing a lot of power under the hood. The concept features a 4.0-liter V-8 biturbo engine paired with an electric motor and a fully variable AMG performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system. Here’s what people are saying about the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept:
“In spite of all its glistening sheen and modern technology, the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show … feels almost primal. Its exaggerated, dominant front end is like a neanderthal’s oversized jaw, grinning a toothy radiator smile. The designers aimed for and indeed accomplished ‘extremely muscular proportions,’ and they painted this show car in a most enigmatic warm color that’s never quite certain if it’s red, orange, pink, or yellow. …
“In a sea of sharply, aggressively styled cars, the new Mercedes-AMG GT Concept still manages to stand out, and I think it’s all down to its little details. The golden wheel decorations, bronze brake calipers, and elongated taillights cohere beautifully with the red color scheme. Wing mirrors are omitted in favor of rear-facing cameras, the side windows are frameless, and the roof is finished in carbon fiber. I especially like the fact that all of this seems perfectly feasible and achievable, giving us a real preview of an upcoming car instead of some fevered dream of an overambitious designer. Though it’s still pretty dreamy!”
-- Vlad Savov, The Verge
“Have you ever looked at the muscular, striking lines of the Mercedes-AMG GT coupe and wished for two more doors? Neither have we, but that’s exactly what Mercedes gave us … at the Geneva Motor Show. At least this concept car packs 805 horsepower. …
“While the overall proportions of the GT Concept share familiar elements with the Mercedes-AMG GT on sale today, the details are important. A new “Panamericana” grille features vertical slats with red accents; shutters in the front and side air intakes open and close to balance aerodynamics and airflow. In the rear, a carbon fiber diffuser and a central exhaust hark back to the Mercedes-AMG GT R.”
-- Bob Sorokanich, Road & Track
“The concept is a gorgeous sedan, and its best angles are probably the front-quarter, where the strong fascia and smooth roofline can be observed, and the profile, where the unbelievable length is accentuated. When viewed from the rear quarter, the Concept’s big booty is perhaps over-accentuated and seems a tad too large. However, I do admire the tidy tail lamps, rear vents and undertray diffuser that integrates the center exhaust.
“Beyond the broad strokes, the GT Concept features some cool styling details. I’m particularly digging the tiny ‘mirror cam’ pods mounted low on the front fenders in lieu of the conventional A-pillar mirrors.”
-- Antuan Goodwin, Roadshow by CNET
“It looks like a Mercedes CLS, a Tesla and a Mustang got mashed together and fitted with some wheels off the shelf at West Coast Customs. That’s not to say I don’t like it. Actually, … this is one of the coolest looking four-door cars … in a long time.
“The shape of the thing really is pretty fierce. Calls me back to the sexy wackiness I felt when I saw the original CLS for the first time. It’s so sleek I think my hair’s blowing back just looking at photos of this thing.”
-- Andrew P. Collins, Jalopnik
“Maybe you like the Mercedes-AMG GT, but you’ve come to realize that sticking the kids in the trunk is a bad, and probably illegal, idea. Maybe you didn’t want the classically proportioned coupes and roadsters to feel like the odd ones out any longer -- the Affalterbach-developed cars are the only models in the current AMG range that don’t share designs with the rest of the Mercedes-Benz lineup (though there is an AMG hypercar coming later this year).
“Or maybe you really, really wanted an AMG hybrid.
“The AMG GT Concept, freshly revealed at the 2017 Geneva motor show, has you covered on all those fronts. Look past the uninspired name and overcome the urge to pigeonhole it as a Porsche Panamera fighter: This is a good indicator of where AMG wants to go as a sub-brand. Perhaps it’s even further proof that performance hybrids are on the cusp of becoming something more than sops to environmental regulators and high net worth greenies.
“It’s not bad-looking, either.”
-- Graham Kozak, Autoweek