Why the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé has its cake and eats it too
You’re often told that you can’t have your cake and eat it too, and then something like the Mercedes GT 63S 4-Door Coupé comes along.
In this case ‘having your cake’ would be the requirement for a top-spec, everyday luxury car that you can load your family into and have ample space for all the additional things that come with them. The ‘eating it too’ bit would be to have a track-ready smart 4.0-litre, V8 biturbo beast of a motor underneath the hood.
In short, this car looks and feels every bit like a sports car, but with four doors, luxurious comfort, and ample safety and boot space it is also crammed with smart-tech and everyday functionality. It seemingly goes against any sensible decision-making process you were taught growing up. Given a choice of either cake or ice-cream – you opt for the triple-layer fudge cake with three scoops of chocolate on top…and sprinkles.
The swoopy, coupé-y AMG GT four-door has a sleek silhouette, but one that is edgier – and, let’s face it, cooler – than its CLS-Class cousin. Its design cues sit a little more athletic and muscular, making it feel more rebellious. It is an AMG after all.
The success of the AMG since it was acquired by Mercedes-Benz is enviable. The one-time independent tuning shop based in Affalterbach, Germany, continues to aggressively develop and market new models with its own dedicated team of designers and engineers. In 2010, the brand released the SLS coupe and roadster, five years later it was the AMG GT, a sexy sports coupe, launching a lineup of road-savvy racecars. Here AMG attempts to apply its successful formula to a four-door, offering enhanced practicality without sacrificing performance.
There is no questioning that it is a handsome beast, and being more than five metres long its elongated coupe silhouette feels like it goes on forever. It also helps that it is bookended by a 20-fin Air Panel grille at the front, and a multi-stage rear spoiler that flips up to increase read stability under braking.
Inside, the dash layout isn’t dissimilar to the Mercedes CLS. It has a full 31.2cm wide-screen digital display, doubling as the instrument cluster and the infotainment screen, with a virtual speedo that’s calibrated all the way to 360kph. Stand out mod-cons for us include a Burmester surround sound system and LED cabin lighting that can serve up no less than 64 ambient colours for the interior. The turbine-mimicking air vents are also a nice touch, as are the aluminium-look highlights in the steering wheel spokes, door trims and seatbacks.
For car aficionados across the GCC and the Middle East, the AMG GT 4-Door Coupé promises to provide a dream drive, thanks to a combination of unique design, high comfort and outstanding sports car engineering with an athletic, four-door fastback layout. And sprinkles.