Mercedes-AMG's six-cylinder GT 4-Door gets V8-like looks and an extra seat
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Mercedes-AMG gave the GT 4-door a round of light updates to fend off the Porsche Panamera, its Crosstown rival. The changes made for 2022 include design tweaks, better vehicle technology and suspension upgrades.
Developed by AMG itself and celebrated as the fastest four-door model on the German Nürburgring, the GT remains available with six or eight cylinders. The visual changes made to the former are minor; The most notable update is that customers who order one can request the same front end as the more powerful (and more expensive) V8-powered models. AMG also added three colors to the palette: Spectral Blue Metallic, Spectral Blue Mango and Cashmere White Mango; the last two have a matte finish. The AMG Night Package II now includes dark chrome and black accents, while the Night Package and the Carbon Package can be combined.
New 20- and 21-inch wheel designs complement the additional colors. In the interior, additional color combinations (such as gray and black leather upholstery with yellow contrasting stitching; shown in the gallery), a newly designed steering wheel and additional equipment options (such as open-pored wood) are the most important additions to the GT configurator. If you have more than three friends, you're in luck: There is now a three-seater rear bench in the USA.
While you may not immediately tell the 2022 GT apart from the 2021 when you see them parked side by side, hopefully you will see what's newer when you drive them in a row. AMG has revised the standard air suspension to increase the spread between comfort and performance. In particular, the engineers added an additional pressure relief valve, so there are now two; one controls rebound and the other controls compression. We were told that the doubling of the valves allows the GT to adjust its suspension system more precisely, hence the larger gap between comfort and sport. This technology, known as AMG Ride Control +, also keeps the body swaying in check.
AMG did not make any major mechanical modifications to the six-cylinder GTs. The entry-level model, called the 43, is powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 362 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque. With the name 53, the next version receives an evolution of the Six with 429 hp and 384 pound-feet of torque. Both engines turn the four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission and AMG's performance-optimized 4Matic all-wheel drive. Mild hybrid technology helps keep fuel consumption in check and makes both GTs a little more peppy.
Mercedes-Benz dealers in Europe will receive the six-cylinder versions of the updated GT from August 2021. On our side of the pond, the sedan will arrive as the 2022 model. V8-powered versions will follow, and we're still waiting for AMG to unveil the hugely powerful plug-in hybrid it designed to put itself at the top of the lineup.
At launch, the 2022 GT range will include a 53-based Exclusive Edition that will feature the V8 styling package, exterior paintwork in Rubellite Red, high-gloss chrome strips and 21-inch wheels. AMG builds each Exclusive Edition with leather upholstery in Nevagrey, gray open-pored ash trim, illuminated door sills and a specific emblem on the dashboard. Price information and details on the V8-powered GTs will be released in the coming months.
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