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Mercedes-AMG ‘GT 4’ four-door coupe in the works – report

If UK publication Autocar is to be believed, Mercedes-AMG is working on something outrageous to celebrate 50 years of history spannering Benzes into powerful demons.

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2017 is the golden jubilee for AMG and one of the many things it is doing to celebrate that milestone is said to be the debut of a four-door concept based on the Porsche 911-rivalling GT. This will lead to a production version two years later.

The ‘GT 4’ as it’s expected to be known will take aim at the Porsche Panamera and the Bentley Continental GT’s harder-edged variants.

Codenamed ‘X290’, the idea has been percolating inside AMG’s Affalterbach headquarters since 2012, when the gullwinged SLS was still in production. A version of that car with two additional, rear-hinged doors was floated but apparently put on the backburner.

As expected, the GT 4 is set to continue to use a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with new-generation twin-scroll turbochargers. Mercedes-AMG is also looking at adding the Integrated Starter Generator and 48V electrical system that will be spread across the range, as showcased with its new inline-six.

The gearbox will be the Speedshift MCT automatic, which is expected to be channelled through an all-wheel drive system with drift mode as see in the latest E 63.

The Mercedes-AMG lineup is expected to balloon from 31 today to 48 models in the not-too-distant future.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.

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