An image of the Mercedes-AMG GT four-door model has leaked onto the internet just before its official unwrapping at the Geneva motor show.
A picture posted on a website shows the AMG’s front and left side. Although unconfirmed by carmaker, it seems to match the look of development cars. Some leaks previously revealed that engineers from Mercedes performance arm are working on an even harder version of the model. Sources predict that the variant will have in excess of 800hp from a hybrid V8 powertrain.
AMG GT four-door model is expected to come with a range of EQ Power-branded petrol-electric hybrid drivelines featuring differing battery capacities, outputs and electric ranges.
The AMG is a replacement of today’s CLS 63. It will be a tough rival to the Porsche Panamera.
In terms of mechanics, the car will be launched with the same 612 horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre petrol V8, nine-speed automatic gearbox and fully variable four-wheel drive system. Mercedes officials have said that there are also solid plans for it to be sold with hybrid drivelines from next year onwards. This clearly indicates that the harder version could arrive as part of that line-up. If implemented this decision will allow Mercedes-AMG to offer the car with varying power outputs and ranges.
But nothing is official yet, almost all the finer details are still under wraps. Some more leaks suggest that the hybrid model will produce the same 800hp and offer a similar 50-kilometre electric range as the GT Concept does. The other variants under development are said to include a base hybrid driveline with 671hp and a 30km range along with a mid-range version with 738hp and a 40-kilometre range.
The hybrid driveline for the production version of the GT Concept uses AMG’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine, mounted longitudinally up front, in combination with an electric motor sited within the rear axle. The engine can send power to all four wheels, while the motor delivers power exclusively to the rear wheels.