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Geneva: Mercedes-AMG GT debuts

Production of Panamera rival expected in 2019.

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The Mercedes-AMG GT concept previews the German brand’s answer to the Porsche Panamera.

Unveiled at the Geneva motor show, the concept is expected to evolve into a four-door production model that is expected to launch in 2019. It will be a successor to the CLS Shooting Brake.

Other rivals in the new car’s sights will include the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé and the Audi A7.

600hp engine

The Geneva concept is presented in range-topping form with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing more than 600bhp. The GT – the name has not been confirmed for a production model – would be manufactured by the Mercedes-Benz performance subsidiary Mercedes-AMG. However it will be based around the Mercedes-Benz modular rear architecture (MRA) platform that is already used on AMG models such as the C 63.

Industry sources suggest two power outputs of the four-litre will be offered in the car, both combined with all-wheel-drive, while there will also be an entry-level 3.0-litre V6 model.

Front-view of Mercedes-Benz AMG GT concept car that is being shown in Geneva
The Mercedes-AMG GT concept is expected to evolve into a four-door production model that will be launched in 2019.

Also on the Mercedes-Benz stand at Geneva is the E-Class Cabriolet, completing the brand’s latest E-class range. The cabriolet is based heavily on the new E-Class Coupe and retains that model’s lightweight part-aluminium construction.

Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet joins Mercedes-Benz family at Geneva
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is receiving its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show. Photo: Andrew Charman

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.