Mercedes-AMG’s reveals disguised prototype of Porsche Panamera rival ahead of Geneva Motor Show unveil.
Mercedes-AMG is countering the glut of unofficial spy images of its AMG GT four-door by releasing some of its own. The Porsche Panamera rival is set to be unveiled in production form at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, but this is our best look yet.
The images, published by the carmaker itself, show the four-door supercar in a light body disguise and reveal the sleek overall shape. Although cues such as the rear-end shape are taken from the AMG GT Coupe, the rest of the body is bespoke to this model.
Although wrapped in the typical prototype camouflage, it’s clear that the overall profile of the test mule has been transferred from the Mercedes-AMG Concept unveiled at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. The long, low bonnet is retained from the concept, as are the slim side windows, thick side haunches and sloping roofline. The concept’s silver and gold wheels are replaced by black items here, hiding some serious-looking performance brakes.
Last year’s AMG GT Concept featured a distinct aerodynamic focus, with hidden cameras in place of exterior door mirrors and moving radiator shutters in the air intakes that divert air where required for maximum efficiency – like the AMG GT R. These features are likely to appear on the production model, too.
An official name for the production model has yet to be confirmed but it will be the first model to use the EQ Power+ branding, which indicates that it’s a performance hybrid, using a mix of petrol and electric power.
Power will come from AMG’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, helped by an additional electric motor mated to Merc’s 4MATIC+ four-wheel-drive system. There’s no word on power output yet, but we expect north of 600bhp – as AMG says the 0-62mph time is less than three seconds.