Yes, these posts about the cars shown at the 87th Geneva Motor Show this year are about a month late, but I simply had to put these up anyway. Let’s start with one of the coolest ones from the lineup. And is it any surprise that it comes from the workshop of the brilliant Mercedes-AMG?
Let’s go over the obvious first: It’s a four-door coupe from AMG based on the GT. It has plenty of concept-y details like goldenish twisted-rip wheels and lipstick shaped cameras replacing the side-view mirrors. The GT Concept is built on the foundations of the E63 AMG, and has heavily adapted them, with a change in proportions and a more generous use of lightweight materials. Consequently, this opens up the opportunity for the four-door AMG GT to be equipped with the same kind of four-wheel drive mechanics which also feature the extremely fun drift-mode. The front of the AMG GT Concept carries the appearance of the GT Coupe, called the Panamericana grille.
Powering this beast would be a hybrid system and bears the same EQ Power+ branding – same as their Formula 1 car. Along with the electric motor, the concept has the 4.0-litre biturbo V8, which together should produce 794bhp and manage a 0-100kph time of less than 3 seconds.
This new Concept is also a bit of giant red birthday cake to AMG. Fifty years ago today, two of Mercedes’ top engine men left the company to start their own race-engine shop. Their names: Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher. For reasons no longer entirely clear, they added the name of Grossasbach, Aufrecht’s birth village, to the initials of their company. So now we know.