The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door may have only just been revealed at the 2018 Geneva motor show, but the company has confirmed it will offer a manic new hybrid performance flagship in 2020.
The model is expected to follow in the footsteps of the GT Concept model that AMG showed in 2017. It has a 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo petrol engine with an additional electric motor that drives the rear wheels, as well as a fully variable '4Matic+' all-wheel drive system. It captured energy through braking, and its battery was also capable of being charged by the engine.
That car was theoretically said to have a 0-100km/h claim of less than 3.0 seconds, and the production version is set to follow suit. It could be as low as 2.7 seconds - close to a 'Ludicrous mode'-equipped Tesla Model S P100D.
“You remember the GT concept as of last year? It’ll be like that,” Moers said of the potential hybrid drivetrain to be offered in the GT 4-door hybrid version.
“You know with electrification of powertrains, there is a lot of new thinking, and new ideas. Yeah, it’s possible,” he said of the new model being the all-round performance hero for the brand in terms of outright acceleration in a practical body.
Of course, the company has also got the Project One model in the pipeline - that car uses a Formula 1 drivetrain with extensive hybrid tech - some of which will be used in this production GT 4-door flagship.
“If you choose something as a development strategy, you can question it every day, because every day something new is coming up,” he said of hybrid technology.
“What I learned now, personally, out of Project One for example, gives us impact. And you can expect transfer out of Project One in to our portfolio as well.”
Some elements could include the Project One model’s liquid-cooled battery system - Moers said the company will “choose the same approach” for this performance hybrid model. “We see influences out of Project One, which is the pinnacle of technology.
As for what it will be called - it can’t be AMG 35 or 45 (those are reserved for the smaller models) nor 43, 53 or 63 (those are for the petrol-powered larger models) - Moers couldn’t say.
“It’s going to have [an] EQ Power+ [badge], that’s our brand for electrification. But I don’t know what we’re going to call it.”
Clearly the fact that both Moers and Daimler chairman Dr Dieter Zetsche referred to the car as a plug-in hybrid means there’ll be some everyday practicality benefits, too.
As for the 'regular' Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe range, the 63S model is set to be the big dog until 2020. That all-wheel drive model has a 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo petrol engine with 470kW of power and 900Nm of torque, and is said to sprint from 0-100km/h in a blinding 3.2 seconds.
We expect to learn a lot more about the AMG GT 4-door range in the coming months - stay tuned for more.