Mercedes-AMG confirms hybrid GT four-door
The model will kick off a series of AMG-tuned performance hybrids.
Mercedes-AMG has confirmed plans to launch a hybrid version of its four-door GT.
The German automaker has committed to expanding its electrified offerings, including pure battery-powered EVs and AMG-tuned performance hybrids adorned with the "EQ Power+" badge.
Speaking at the Frankfurt motor show, AMG head Tobias Moers confirmed that the GT four-door will lead the company's hybrid onslaught.
"Like everybody else in the automotive industry, we have to transform ourselves," he said, as quoted by Australia's WhichCar. "The next generation of cars are going to be performance hybrids - the GT 4-Door is the first one."
The current GT four-door already benefits from mild-hybrid 48V technology, integrating a starter/generator motor between the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine and transmission. Adding 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, the electric motor helps the sleek sedan accelerate to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
Rumored to be on track for a 2020 or 2021 lunch, the true hybrid GT is expected to be powered by a twin-turbo V8. AMG is likely using the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid as a performance benchmark, suggesting the hybrid GT may deliver over 650 horsepower and have a zero-to-60 mph time in the mid-three-second range.