Mercedes-AMG doubles its lead over Grand Touring Coupés

By | March 20, 2024

Mercedes doubles the number of Grand Touring CoupésMercedes AMG

  • Mercedes-AMG has been on a roll lately and is launching its updated line of 2+2 GT coupes under the name Mercedes-AMG GT.

  • While the AMG GT 55 and 63 continue with seemingly doomed V8 engines, the performance wing now also offers a four-cylinder option.

  • Known as the 2025 Mercedes-AMG GT 43, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder under the hood pumps out an impressive 416 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

Mercedes-AMG has long been known for its boisterous, large-displacement engines, dating back to the introduction of the performance wing in 1967. However, in an era of constantly updated emissions regulations, the Affalterbach brand is literally doing more with less. There remains a V8 or two left, but even AMG is also spreading the four turbo engines.

For more entry-level models such as the AMG CLA series, the use of a four-cylinder engine is appropriate. However, Mercedes has just unveiled an all-new application for its turbocharged M139 2.0-liter inline-four, and it has just two doors. Furthermore, unlike its two-door siblings, the new model is exclusively rear-wheel drive.

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Building on F1 technology, a 1.6-inch-wide electric motor is integrated into the turbocharger shaft, reducing scavenging time.Mercedes AMG

Following the official pricing and production announcement for the 2024 Mercedes-AMG GT range, the German brand pulled another model out of the hat yesterday and unveiled the 2025 Mercedes-AMG GT 43. Built on the same SL-derived chassis as the AMG GT 55 and 63 siblings, the GT 43 represents a new, more accessible subset in Mercedes’ performance coupe range.

Even with a four-cylinder engine, there is no shortage of punch in the AMG GT 43, with an output of 416 hp and 369 Nm of torque. That’s good for 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 280 km/h. On paper, these figures match those of a Mercedes-AMG product, and the chassis construction is no different across the GT range.

However, being a more affordable version of the luxury grand touring coupe, some material changes have been made. Instead of the standard adaptive and adjustable damping, the AMG GT 43 rides on high-quality aluminum shock absorbers and lightweight steel coil springs. Analog is back, at least for this model.

The same efforts to reduce unsprung mass through forged aluminum suspension pieces (links, knuckles and wheel carriers) remain on the GT 43, as do a host of active aerodynamic features. Interchangeable front louvers and a retractable rear spoiler help direct air to where it’s needed most, for stability or cooling.

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Mercedes uses a nine-speed multi-clutch transmission and a wet starter clutch instead of a torque converter, similar to many motorcycle clutches.Mercedes AMG

Braking is handled by six-piston fixed calipers up front and a single floating caliper at the rear, squeezing the brake pads on a composite rotor (part steel, part aluminum). While its V8-powered brethren tip the scales at around 4,200 pounds, Mercedes has hinted that the four-cylinder version will be significantly lighter, likely increasing braking performance.

All five driving modes (Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual) are retained on the lighter, cheaper AMG GT 43, but don’t let these dynamic similarities convince you that all these models are the same. Mercedes has even added a few unique visual features to the AMG GT 43.

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The 2+2 seating will certainly be cozy, if we’re being generous.Mercedes AMG

A new front end with larger air intakes and narrower front and rear fenders mark the smaller, agile model. AMG designers also opted for a different rear end, which differed by the double exhaust pipe. 19-inch wheels are standard, but 20-inch and 21-inch rims are also available.

In the AMG GT 43, potential buyers will find a familiar 11.9-inch infotainment screen and standard AMG sports seats in nappa leather. Interior trim materials include high-gloss black, aluminum, AMG carbon fiber, dark chrome and even open-pore birch wood.

Mercedes hasn’t yet announced production plans, pricing or even curb weight for the AMG GT 43, although we suspect the downgraded powertrain and suspension components will reduce costs significantly. While $136,000 is the starting point for the mid-range AMG GT 55, we suspect this 2025 model year will start closer to $100,000.

“It appeals to customers who love design and focus on elegance, but do not want to compromise on driving pleasure and driving dynamics,” said Michael Schiebe, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “The rear-wheel drive concept makes the GT 43 a very agile vehicle that will put a smile on your face on winding roads.”

Will the 2025 Mercedes-AMG GT 43 have the most competition? Or will it be in a class of its own? Share your thoughts below.

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