New 2023 Mercedes-AMG GT spied winter testing

New 2023 Mercedes-AMG GT spied winter testing

12/12/2022

The AMG GT is returning with V8 power and a sportier focus


The first-generation Mercedes-AMG GT has been removed from the UK market, although it will be returning in 2023 as our spy photographers have caught the all-new second-generation model testing. 

Just like its predecessor, the new AMG GT will be developed by Mercedes’ AMG brand to ensure it delivers on the performance front. A more focused AMG GT would make sense given AMG was heavily involved in the new, similarly sized SL. However, the next AMG GT will share the same platform as the new SL so we can expect some crossover in terms of engines and technology. 

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The AMG GT will once again be pitted against the Porsche 911, and as is the case with that rival, we’ll see plenty of iterations of Mercedes’ new sports car, the exception being a convertible model because Mercedes will keep the AMG GT as a coupe-only to differentiate it further from the SL. We’ve already seen the entry-level version, a more hardcore GT S model and what could be a range-topping GT R. Mirroring other AMG-badged Mercedes models, the first version of the new AMG GT will likely receive an ‘Edition 1’ moniker. 

Every test car spotted so far shows the redesigned body will provide a more aggressive profile, combined with a heavily raked rear screen. The car’s pumped-up haunches are also evident from these camouflaged pre-production cars, and the AMG GT will retain its trademark long bonnet plus the Panamericana grille. We can see two versions of exhaust tips – the new entry-level model is fitted with round quad exit exhausts, with the GT 63 and Edition 1 using four trapezoidal tailpipes.

In this latest spotting, our spy photographers have also caught the newcomer testing in two other variants – the V8-engined GT 63 and what could be a new entry-level version, badged either GT 53 or GT 55, depending on the engine it uses. The green test car features a more aggressive front end, with greater air intakes and a front splitter. This car could well be a GT S model or even a GT R, the larger wheels and fixed rear wing certainly suggest a more hardcore driver’s car. The green test car without a rear wing sports a charge flap on the rear, pretty much confirming a plug-hybrid powered variant. 

Kicking off the new AMG-GT range could be a GT 53 with a hybridised inline-six from the Mercedes AMG GT 53 4-Door. In the four-door super saloon, the setup provides 429bhp, supplemented by an electric motor producing 22bhp.

Above this, we expect to see a GT 55 with a detuned 4.0-litre V8 from the Mercedes-AMG SL 55, with 469bhp. What’s certain is that the AMG GT 63 will adopt a version of this V8 with potentially more than 600bhp, to put clear distance between it and the 63 version of the new SL. As has already been confirmed for Mercedes’ new drop-top, an E-Performance plug-in hybrid V8 version should also feature in the new GT line-up with over 800bhp.

Thanks to the new aluminium-intensive MSA platform that has been engineered to accept Mercedes’ 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system, the next AMG GT is likely to break from the tradition set by the outgoing model and send its power to all four wheels. 

As in other all-wheel-drive AMG models, the set-up will offer a more driver-focused bias by favouring the rear axle, and with the system’s parameters changing depending on the driving mode, boosting agility and stability. Expect rear-wheel steering, AMG’s Active Ride Control adaptive suspension and anti-roll tech too.

It’s expected that the next AMG GT’s interior will receive a complete overhaul as well, potentially inheriting elements of the SL’s cabin, including an 11.9-inch touchscreen. The new Mercedes Track Pace app will be included as standard, giving customers the opportunity to record their driving data on track days. 

AMG’s Chief Technical Officer Jochen Hermann has already confirmed that the next GT won’t be offered in roadster form, with the new SL covering that market. We expect the GT will not inherit the SL’s 2+2 layout and remain a strict two-seater.

Now read our review of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door 63 S E-Performance…

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