Plug-in hybrid AMG GT four-door coming soon, teased in video
Mercedes-AMG has been confident about making every model line inclusive of an electrified drivetrain starting 2021, and the first plug-in hybrid will likely be the AMG GT 73 4-door set for a reveal in 2020, if AMG's 2019 recap video is any indication. The video shows the GT four-door accelerating from standstill with just a whir from its electric drivetrain, despite its quad exhaust tips, which leads us to believe the 4-litre V8 will be combined with an electric motor on the rear axle to give it electric-only capabilities, with at least up to 50km of electric-only range. The GT 4-door 73 would be all-wheel drive, of course, with the electric motor kicking in with genuine torque vectoring capabilities.
We first saw a likelihood of this model in 2017's GT Concept, which claimed to put out over 800PS, with a 0-100kmph time of under 3 seconds. This will make it the marque's most powerful model yet, to compete with the likes of the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, which outputs a combined 677PS, from its twin-turbo V8 and electric motors juiced by a 14.1kWh battery pack.
The Mercedes-AMG GT Concept that was showcased at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show
The '73' badge was last seen on the R129 SL 73, powered by a 7.3-litre bored out version of the famous 6-litre V12, with over 525PS of power. It's said only 85 were ever made, and the last one rolled out from the factory in 2001. The '53' badge will be seen on AMGs powered by the 3-litre inline six-cylinder, paired with a 48V mild-hybrid system with EQ Boost for up to 21PS extra.
The Mercedes-AMG GT Edition 1 is based on the range-topping GT 63 S four-door coupé
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