The sedan looks great sitting still, but it's even more attractive on the move.
The 2017 Geneva Motor Show is now over, and models like the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept are on their way for a display at the next major industry event around the world. It’s rare to get to see these show cars on the move, but this video lets us see the German brand’s idea for a swoopy, high-performance sedan as the model drives out of the convention centre.
The GT Concept’s deep crimson paint lets the light play beautifully off the car’s curvaceous lines. You can easily imagine how good the sedan would look driving around a neon-lit city at night. Unfortunately, the wheels let down the fantastic styling. They look fine in press photos. However, the polished aluminum and copper-coloured metal appear gaudy in photos, and the combination is even less attractive on the move.
Mercedes imagines the GT Concept using the 4.0-litre biturbo V8 from several existing AMG models and having a rear-mounted electric motor. This all-wheel drive layout would provide a total system output of 805 horsepower. The company figures the sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometres per hour) from a standstill could happen in less than three seconds. However, it’s high unlikely this high-tech setup is under the hood of the sedan in Geneva because the whole point of the model is to look good – not to drive.
Spy photos already show Mercedes developing the GT Concept for the road. The test mule has quite a lot of camouflage but has a generally strong resemblance to the version on display in Geneva. A panel on the back appears to hide the show car’s rounded hindquarters.
Rumours suggest that the GT Concept might enter production as the GT4, and a range-topping model could adapt the show car’s hybrid powertrain. More details about the performance sedan should come to light as the model gets closer showrooms, which should happen sometime in 2018.