The 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT Concept is the brand-new high-performance four-door sedan and the newest member of the company’s popular AMG line. The AMG Concept has just been unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, and although this is not the first tuned sedan model AMG has offered, it will certainly be the most powerful with a staggering output of 805 horsepower.
The head of AMG, Tobias Moers had this to say regarding the new concept in the press release: “With the Mercedes-AMG GT concept, we are giving a preview of our third completely independently developed sports car and are extending the attractive AMG GT family to include a four-door variant,” AMG boss Tobias Moers said at the reveal.
The 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT Concept will be the first AMG model to feature the EQ Power+ label, the new performance-oriented technology label from the EQ electric vehicle sub-brand of Mercedes. With this new GT Concept, EQ will be bringing the new fender-mounted cameras to the table. They will be used instead of the “dated” side mirrors.
Other notable technological advancements that will be featured in the new 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT Concept include the radiator shutters positioned at the center and side intakes, and the new “nano active” optic fibers for the daytime running lights.
Engine and Powertrain
Under the hood is the familiar twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine, but this time it will come along with brand-new, super-powerful electric motor, which will be situated in the back and it will assist the engine during high-load situations. This electric motor is so powerful that it could essentially drive the GT Concept all on its own, but the standalone electric range was not disclosed. Mercedes decided to only share the peak output which is a mind-boggling 805 horsepower. This insane amount of power takes the GT from zero to 60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds. Power will be sent to all four wheels.
This new AMG hybrid system takes some cues from the similar system used by the Mercedes F1 team. The system in which the battery charges itself while the car is being driven, so as to have the maximum amount of electrical power at the vehicles disposal at all times, through brake energy regeneration or directly by the engine. Furthermore, the battery offers more power than your average hybrid. It is also lighter and more compact, much like the one used in the F1.
2017 Mercedes-AMG GT Concept Release Date
There is still no word on when we might see the production version of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT Concept, although it is expected to arrive by the end of this decade. However, by then the AMG GT won’t be the only AMG hybrid supercar on the market since, in the meantime, the Project One AMG hypercar will debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show and hopefully go into production soon after.
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