Mercedes-AMG has commenced testing of the next-generation GT coupe, now commutual with its allegorical SL roadster.
The next-generation 2023 Mercedes-AMG GT has been spied testing for the aboriginal time, advanced of an accepted barrage ancient abutting year.
As reported, the AMG GT two-door will acknowledgment for addition bearing – admitting alone in auto form, with the accepted car’s Auto anatomy appearance to be discontinued by Mercedes-AMG to accomplish way for a sportier, performance-oriented Mercedes-AMG SL convertible.
Underpinning the new GT auto is set to be the aforementioned aluminium spaceframe as the new SL – which in the SL offers 40 to 50 per cent bigger acerbity compared to the approachable GT Auto – and acceptable its ambit of engines, led by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 in accepted and constituent amalgam forms.
The SL similarities will abide into the new GT’s styling, which the aboriginal set of images from Drive’s spy photography ally appearance will alloy the apple-pie administration of the new Mercedes-AMG SL, with the long-bonnet, short-deck accommodation of the approachable GT coupe.
The aciculate LED headlights, below advanced Panamericana grille, flush-fitting aperture handles and retractable rear addle-brain are all evocative of the new AMG SL – admitting the new GT coupe’s tail-lights arise to be alike slimmer (with the aforementioned acicular axial edges).
Look through the prototype’s windows and you’ll atom the aforementioned AMG Achievement sports seats accepted in best AMG GT variants in Australia – and while appearance obscures the dashboard, it’s accepted to accept a agnate twin-screen blueprint to the new AMG SL and Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan.
The annular bankrupt tips adapted to this analysis car – about apparent on Mercedes-AMG’s ‘entry-level’ models after V8 engines, including the GT53 4-Door Auto liftback – advance it could be the aboriginal Mercedes-AMG GT in the model’s (albeit brief) history to abandon a twin-turbo V8.
Instead, it’s accepted it – acceptable to abrasion the GT43 moniker, in band with a agnate SL43 alternative – is set to be powered by a alternative of the AMG A45 S hot hatch’s 2.0-litre ‘M139’ turbocharged four-cylinder, rather than the 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six apparent in added AMG 53 models.
While the agent was initially launched in a front-wheel-drive car, the agent will accomplish its longitudinally-mounted, rear-wheel-drive admission in the next-generation C63 S E Performance, with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, electrically-driven turbocharger, and a abounding constituent amalgam system.
The M139 agent and its new turbo will be able of 330kW in the new C63, afore the mild-hybrid and constituent amalgam tech is added – admitting application accomplished AMG 43 models as a guide, it’s fair to brainstorm a ability achievement afterpiece to the 300kW mark for the ‘entry-level’ SL.
Enthusiasts shouldn’t abhorrence for the accident of the twin-turbo V8-engined AMG GT coupe, as if the SL is any guide, apprehend ‘GT55’ and ‘GT63’ variants to be accessible with up to 430kW and 800Nm, acceptable for a circa-3.5-second 0-100km/h dash.
A 620kW/1400Nm V8 constituent amalgam adaptation of the SL is in development, and has been apparent testing apparent – but it’s cryptic if the GT will be accessible with this PHEV system.
Given the bulk of appearance on this ancestor – which wears its assembly bodywork, and lacks the atramentous cladding panels about added to aboriginal analysis cars to beard their architecture – it’s accessible we could see the 2023 Mercedes-AMG SL appear in abounding afore the end of this year.
Industry whispers advance assembly of the new GT auto (codenamed C192) is slated to arise in January 2023 – all but locking in a admission afore New Year’s Eve.
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