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Mercedes-AMG GT Concept: Geneva Auto Show

author photo by Doug DeMuro March 2017

What Is It?

The Mercedes-AMG GT Concept is a full-size sedan concept car that offers sportier styling -- and more performance -- than a traditional luxury sedan. Likely aimed squarely at the Porsche Panamera, the AMG GT Concept combines the profile of a couple with the practicality of a sedan along with the performance you'd expect from an AMG model.

On the outside, the AMG GT Concept is notable for its stylish design, with a sweeping roofline reminiscent of a coupe. Also notable is its huge center exhaust, its thin taillights, its hatchback design and its enormous wheels with gold in the center. Unfortunately, Mercedes hasn't shown off the AMG GT Concept's interior.

Perhaps just as important as the exterior design is what's under the hood. The AMG GT Concept boasts a 4.0-liter hybrid V8 with a whopping 805 horsepower, which is distributed to the ground with Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. Mercedes says the result is a 0-to-60 time of less than three seconds, which is largely uncharted territory for a sedan.

Of course, being a concept car, the GT Concept also features a few novel pieces of technology, like unusual "nano active-fiber technology" for the running lights and cameras in place of actual exterior rearview mirrors.

Will They Ever Sell It?

It's likely the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept will reach dealerships, though the finalized version will undoubtedly be tweaked from the show car.

Why It's Important

The GT Concept is important for two reasons. One, it shows Mercedes has plans to create a high-performance, coupe-like sedan with supercar performance numbers, a market that's largely been ignored by automakers. This would put Mercedes-AMG in contention with only a few other cars -- like the Porsche Panamera Turbo S -- and with more than 800 hp, the Mercedes would likely have no trouble outperforming the Porsche.

Two, the GT Concept shows off Mercedes' plans for the future of performance -- most notably, hybrid technology. While most of today's high-performance cars use gasoline engines, some with turbochargers, it appears Mercedes is committed to a future of performance that includes fuel-saving hybrid technology.

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