It was a relatively quiet Geneva motor show for Mercedes but the star of its stand was clearly the AMG GT Concept – a four-door fastback hybrid V8. Continuing Mercedes’ design mission to reduce feature lines to a minimum in the pursuit of purity; the go-faster sub-brand concept’s surfacing is wonderfully smooth and considered and its volumes full and curvy.
There are also some great details – especially the ultra-slim and horizontal rear tail-lamps – but the lack of a visible interior behind darkened windows plus the brash gold and silver two-tone alloys spoilt the otherwise sophisticated effect.
The good news for fans of AMG is that its public relations department isn’t being coy about the E-Class-sized concept’s future, already stating that the show car “gives a sneak preview of the exterior design of the coming series production model.”
With a 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo engine plus an electric motor using knowledge gleaned from F1 hybrid experience, Mercedes claims the car is capable of an ultra-rapid, sub-three second 0-62mph time making it fast enough to be considered a proper AMG model, rather than a trim level exercise on an underpowered lesser car.
Drivable in full-electric, petrol-only, or hybrid with boost effect modes, it also offers a sprinkling of four-seat space and practicality with its high performance. Other than those aforementioned iffy wheels – which are easy enough to change or tone down if your taste is offended by the show car’s rims – it looks like an exciting addition to the increasingly stand-alone AMG brand.