AMG previews its own 'sedan' model and next-gen hybrid system
The four-door Mercedes-AMG GT concept has been revealed at the Geneva motor show this week, previewing the company's third model developed in-house.
Up front is the bold 'Panamericana' front grille, slim headlights and side air grilles which are hallmarks of AMG GT models, while the broad rear design and slim tail-lights draw inspiration from the AMG GT coupe and convertible lines.
Below the tail-lights is a carbon-fibre diffuser, with a centrally-mounted tail-pipe outlet - similar to the AMG GT R - while large five-spoke alloy wheels fill the arches with high-performance ceramic brakes.
What's bigger news is what powers the AMG GT concept, the second vehicle to wear bear the 'EQ Power+' designation after the upcoming AMG 'R50' hypercar - the name given to Mercedes-AMG's performance hybrids.
Pairing the company's familiar 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine with an electric motor to claim a combined power output of "up to 600kW", the AMG GT concept is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in "less than three seconds".
Drive is sent to all four wheels through the company's fully-variable AMG performance 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system, which also includes torque vectoring.
The company says the electric motor drives the rear wheels directly, serving as an additional booster, and is fed by a modular battery system which can be scaled based on the performance and capacity to cater for the needs of customers or certain markets.
In order to charge the on-board battery during the journey, the AMG GT concept features regenerative braking, along with using the petrol engine as a generator when the battery's charge drops below a certain threshold.
Like most hybrids, the AMG GT concept can be driven as a pure electric vehicle (EV), combustion-engined vehicle, or as a hybrid.
Mercedes-AMG hasn't detailed specifications of the powertrain or how far the GT concept can drive purely on electric power, but the show car does point at the direction of its next-generation.
Other highlights include 'nano active fibre technology' in the LED daytime-running lights and tail-lights, creating a three-dimensional effect produced through a freely-styled light cord.
The front grille also features active aerodynamics in the form of moving radiator shutters in the centre and side air intakes, helping to improve aerodynamic and thermal efficiency - a system used in the AMG GT R.
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