Mercedes-AMG unveils second-generation GT Coupe for US

The second-generation Mercedes AMG GT Coupe is the new flagship model from Mercedes AMG. It features a highly dynamic driving experience as well as enhanced comfort and practicality for everyday use. Advanced technology such as the AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL suspension with active roll stabilization, rear-axle steering and active aerodynamics deliver precise handling. The sporty Coupe is also fitted with fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive for the first time, in combination with a Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo engine. The exclusive AMG sports car architecture with the elaborate composite aluminum body structure allows for the spacious interior with available 2+2 seating and ample room for luggage. As the fifth independent series after the SLS, the first generation of the two door GT, the GT 4 Door Coupe and the SL, the new Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe once again demonstrates the remarkable expertise of the Affalterbach development team.

“The new AMG GT Coupe combines highly dynamic driving characteristics and outstanding sportiness with a high level of everyday comfort. Our new GT is clearly the top-of-the-range product in our extensive portfolio and therefore not only the latest AMG brand shaper, but also a clear commitment to the sports car made in Affalterbach. With the new dimension concept, we are responding even more to the needs of our customers.”
Michael Schiebe, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, and Head of Business Units
Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Mercedes-Maybach

“With the new AMG GT, we have repositioned the iconic GT design. Its sculpted shape is the continuation of our successful ‘Sensual Purity’ design vocabulary and underscores our commitment to performance luxury. The interior design draws on AMG’s high-performance sports car genes, which have been skillfully translated into the digital world and systematically developed further. The new AMG GT thus represents the evolution of a modern, iconic sports car design.”
Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer, Mercedes-Benz Group AG

The 2024 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe will be available in two models, the 577 hp AMG GT 63 Coupe and 469 hp AMG GT 55 Coupe, arriving at U.S. dealerships in the first half of 2024.

Exterior design: The evolution of a modern, iconic sports car design

The expanded dimensional concept with available 2+2 seats offered designers completely new design options for the exterior. The long wheelbase, short overhangs and steeply raked windshield provide the new AMG GT Coupe with a compact, powerful appearance. The balanced proportions with a sleek greenhouse, voluminous wheel arches and expressive front styling signal the presence of the powerful sports car that is also suitable for everyday use. The vehicle’s profile is characterized by flowing surfaces without beads or edges, right down to the flush-mounted door handles. The sculpted rear shoulder area also contributes to the dynamic aesthetic. AMG alloy wheels, which are almost flush with the body, further emphasize power and dynamics. The active rear spoiler is seamlessly integrated into the large trunk lid.

The deep, wide AMG-specific radiator grille creates a dominant presence, while the lower air intake visually accentuates the width of the vehicle. The sporty front end also showcases power domes on the hood.

Distinctive DIGITAL LIGHT headlights, fitted standard, further underline the sports car’s unmistakable appearance. Precise graphics in the darkened interior of the headlights with brushed surfaces provide visual depth. The daytime running light signet with the characteristic three “light dots” makes the AMG GT instantly recognizable from a distance.

The compact greenhouse with a fastback silhouette and large trunk lid allows the design of a low and sculpted back end with an active, deployable spoiler. The detailed design of the fender trim sets an accentuated contrast to the clean, flowing surfaces. The strongly pronounced shoulder gives the vehicle a perfect balance of elegance and sportiness. The flat, horizontally connected LED taillights are seamlessly integrated in the design of the AMG GT. The dark LED taillights compliment the design of the headlights with a three-dimensional “light dots” signet. These feature the running light indicator function and “Coming Home/Leaving Home” animation as standard. The expressive rear diffuser with integrated twin tailpipe accents rounds off the powerful back end.

Interior design

The interior design of the new AMG GT Coupe uses AMG’s high-performance sports car DNA, which is skillfully translated into a digital world and developed further. Elegant materials, superb craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail underscore the luxurious cabin. The cockpit design, right down to the central display in the center console, is focused on the driver and impresses with a harmonious overall look. The fully digital instrument cluster is integrated into a three-dimensional visor.

New dimensional concept provides greater space for everyday usability

The dimensional concept with available 2+2 seats offers plenty of space in the interior. The rear seats increase functionality for everyday use and are suitable for occupants less than five feet tall. The large EASY PACK trunk lid with HANDSFREE ACCESS makes loading and unloading easier. The luggage compartment can be expanded using the split folding rear seat backrests.

Center console with touchscreen in portrait format

The center console flows into the lower section of the instrument panel. The functional and visual focal point is the 11.9-inch multimedia touchscreen. Its portrait format offers numerous advantages, especially for navigation, as well as more ergonomic freedom. The 12.3-inch driver display can be personalized with individually selectable layouts.

The MBUX (Mercedes Benz User Experience) infotainment system is intuitive to operate and capable of learning. It offers extensive AMG-specific content in five display styles. Exclusive menu items such as “AMG Performance” or “AMG TRACK PACE” also underline the sporty character.

In the AMG Performance menu, the driver can call up a wide range of data with a tap of the finger including, engine output, lateral acceleration, power distribution of the fully variable all-wheel drive, tire pressure and fluid temperatures. Wheel angles of the front and rear axles as well as oil pressure for the active roll stabilization system are also among the data that can be displayed.

Using the capacitive display button on the control bar below the central display, the driver can select various functions such as media volume, assistance systems, vehicle functions or the appropriate driving mode from “Comfort” to “RACE.”

The available head-up display shows relevant information and actions three-dimension in the real driving situation and environment. The driver can choose between several style variants.

The ambient lighting frames the interior in 64 different colors. The “subtle” display style is linked to the ambient light. A total of seven background colors are available to choose from, each of which is assigned to one of the 64 colors. These include two exclusive AMG background colors.

AMG seats and upholstery

One of the many highlights of the interior is the sculptural seat design of the electrically adjustable AMG sports seats with integrated headrests. The standard sports seats offer exceptional comfort and a high level of lateral support. Perfect ergonomics and progressive stitching and seam patterns complete the symbiosis of high-tech, performance and luxury.

The optional AMG Performance seats are even sportier and also feature integrated headrests and ventilation openings in the seat backrests. The side bolsters of the optional multi-contour seats automatically narrow when the Sport, Sport+ and RACE driving programs are selected to ensure optimal lateral support at all times.

The large selection of upholstery choices also reflects the range of options – from comfortable to performance-oriented. Single and two-tone Nappa leather are also among the options, as is particularly elegant Nappa leather with diamond quilting or the sporty combination of Nappa leather and microfiber with contrasting stitching in yellow or red, alongside three massage programs for excellent long-distance comfort.

The available ENERGIZING Package Plus combines, among other things, seat functions such as massage and different lighting moods to create stimulating or relaxing interior environments.

AMG Performance steering wheel

The three rounded double spokes of the standard AMG Performance steering wheel combine strength with lightness. The steering wheel rim, which is flat at the bottom and covered in Nappa leather or Nappa leather/microfiber, can be heated as standard. It also includes a sensor mat with “hands-on” detection. If the driver does not have their hands on the steering wheel for a certain period of time, a warning cascade is started, which finally activates Active Emergency Stop Assist should the driver remain inactive.

Two AMG DRIVE UNIT steering wheel buttons are fitted standard and impress with intuitive operation, brilliant color LCD displays and modern icons. This allows important driving functions and drive programs to be controlled. The selected setting is shown on the display, which is directly integrated in the respective button. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT® MCT 9G transmission can also be shifted quickly and precisely manually using the aluminum shift paddles behind the steering wheel rim.

Body shell: lightweight composite aluminum structure

The intelligent material mix of aluminum, steel, magnesium and fiber composites enables the highest possible rigidity at a low weight. Optimized material cross-sections and sophisticated component shapes create space for the required comfort and safety equipment, sophisticated technology and large trunk volume. Further targeted measures include the aluminum shear plate on the underbody and functionally integrated struts on the front and rear end. The magnesium instrument panel and the lock bridge made of a fiber composite featuring a mixture of glass fibers and carbon also demonstrates the engineers’ striving for the best possible material mix.

Active aerodynamics for balance and high efficiency

A key development focus for the new AMG GT Coupe was high aero balance, specifically, a perfect balance between low drag and reduced lift. Here, the sporty Coupe benefits from the extensive active aerodynamic elements at the front and rear. All flow-optimizing elements are seamlessly integrated into the exterior design. The aerodynamics of the AMG GT Coupe meet the complex requirements for handling stability, drag, cooling and wind noise. The aerodynamic balance optimizes driving stability at high speeds without compromising dynamic handling characteristics.

A technical highlight in the aero development is the active air AIRPANEL control system with louvers hidden behind the lower air intake in the front fascia. Normally all louvers are closed. This position reduces air resistance and makes it possible to direct the air towards the underbody, further reducing front lift. Only when certain temperatures have been reached on pre-defined components and the demand for cooling air is particularly high do the louvers open and allow maximum cooling air flow to the heat exchangers.

The active aerodynamic element, which is concealed in the underbody in front of the engine, also contributes to the improved handling. This carbon profile is an exclusive, patented AMG development. It responds to the AMG drive programs and automatically lowers by approximately 1.6 inches at a speed of 50 mph. This creates a Venturi effect, which sucks the car to the road and reduces front-axle lift. The driver feels this positively in the steering as the AMG GT Coupe can be steered more precisely into corners with even greater directional stability.

Another active component is the retractable rear spoiler that is seamlessly integrated into the trunk lid. It changes its position depending on the driving situation. The control software takes numerous parameters into account, including vehicle speed, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, and steering speed. Above 50 mph, the spoiler assumes five different angular positions to either optimize handling stability or reduce drag.

An optional Aerodynamics Package is also available to further reduce front-axle lift and increase downforce on the rear axle. It features additional air deflectors on the outer air intakes and wheel arches, while at the rear, airflow is optimized by air deflectors on the rear fascia, a larger diffuser attachment and a fixed rear wing.

Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo engine with two twin-scroll turbochargers

The 2024 AMG GT Coupe is powered exclusively by a Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo engine in two performance levels. The engines are assembled entirely by hand at the company’s site in Affalterbach according to the “One Man, One Engine” principle. In the AMG GT 63, the engine delivers 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph takes just 3.1 seconds, and the top speed is 196 mph. In the GT 55, the V8 unit produces 469 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph takes 3.8 seconds, and the top speed is 183 mph.

For use in the AMG GT Coupe, the engine received a new oil pan, repositioned intercooler and active crankcase ventilation. The intake and exhaust ports have been optimized for more effective gas exchange and the exhaust gas routing for the catalytic converter and particulate filter has been enlarged. The developers achieved the additional output of the AMG GT 63 primarily through higher boost pressure and greater airflow to the engine, as well as modified engine software.

Digital and smart assembly by hand: “one man, one engine”

The engine in the AMG GT Coupe is assembled entirely by hand. In the AMG engine facility in Affalterbach, the “One Man, One Engine” principle is combined with Industry 4.0 production methods. Industry 4.0 reflects the latest findings in ergonomics, the flow of goods, quality assurance, sustainability and efficiency. Smart production is characterized by maximum flexibility, transparency and high efficiency. It assures and improves the quality of the engines and production processes with digital technologies.

Multi-clutch transmission with wet start-off clutch

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT® MCT 9G transmission combines an emotional shift experience with extremely short shift times and is specially tailored to the new AMG GT Coupe. A wet start-off clutch replaces the torque converter. This reduces weight and, thanks to its lower inertia, optimizes the response to commands from the accelerator pedal, especially during acceleration and load changes.

AMG Performance 4MATIC+ fully variable all-wheel drive

The two V8 models are equipped standard with AMG Performance 4MATIC+ fully variable all-wheel drive. The intelligent system combines the advantages of different drive concepts. The fully variable torque distribution on the front and rear axles enables the ideal balance of driving safety and traction in everyday and performance driving. Drivers can enjoy an engaging driving experience in all conditions. In the ESP® Sport and ESP® OFF modes, the all-wheel drive power distribution is even more rear-biased. The transition from rear-wheel to all-wheel drive and vice versa takes place continuously, based on a sophisticated matrix that integrates the intelligent control into the overall vehicle system architecture.

An electromechanically controlled clutch variably connects the permanently driven rear axle to the front axle. The best possible torque distribution is continuously calculated depending on the driving situation and driver input. The new Coupe offers infinitely variable driving options – from all-wheel drive with up to 50:50 power distribution to the front and rear axles to pure rear-wheel drive. In addition to traction and lateral dynamics, the all-wheel drive also improves longitudinal dynamics for even more powerful acceleration. Drift mode makes it possible to operate the Coupe in rear-wheel drive over the entire speed range.

Multi-link front and rear axles with aluminum control arms

The new AMG GT Coupe offers a multi-link front axle with five links arranged entirely within the wheel rim. The wheel control and wheel suspension elements, which are independent of one another, enable high lateral acceleration with minimal drive influences on the steering system. A five-link space construction also guides the wheels on the rear axle.

To reduce the unsprung mass, all suspension links, steering knuckles and wheel carriers on the front and rear axles of the new AMG GT Coupe are made of forged aluminum. The multi-link concept guides each wheel with minimal elastic movements. The high camber and toe rigidity not only enables high cornering speeds, but also gives the driver optimal road contact at the high cornering limit. This is reflected in excellent lateral dynamics and driving stability at high speeds, as well as in the good-natured response to external influences such as crosswinds, bumps in the road or jumps in the coefficient of friction. A particularly direct connection between the shock absorber and rear wheel carrier reduces vibrations and unwanted wheel load fluctuations. The wheel control and wheel suspension elements, which are independent of each other, enable high lateral acceleration with minimal torque steer – also a comfort feature.

AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL suspension with active roll stabilization

The AMG GT 55 and AMG GT 63 are fitted standard with AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL suspension with roll stabilization, specially tuned for the AMG GT Coupe. This technology reduces body roll and represents a wide range of driving modes. Active hydraulic elements replace the conventional mechanical torsion bar anti-roll bars and compensate for rolling movements in fractions of a second. The adaptive shock absorbers also have two hydraulic connections – one is on the compression side of the damper and the other on the rebound side. The damper chambers on all four wheels and the lines are connected directly via the control valves of the adaptive dampers.

The intelligent hydraulic interconnection of the four suspension struts and the pressure regulation of the pump and control valves allow a very wide roll spring rate with reduced roll movement. Figuratively, any torsion bar from zero to stiff can be realized automatically. This increases comfort in everyday driving because even one-sided road imperfections are compensated for individually. During dynamic cornering, the hydraulics also actively reduce loss of camber. Thanks to the resulting high camber rigidity, the Coupe turns in very precisely.

When driving straight ahead, the system is opened completely depending on the drive program and driving situation. The system compensates for individual obstacles that would otherwise lead to rolling movements. Drivers and passengers experience a significantly more comfortable driving experience. The reduced body roll when cornering contributes to both comfort and driving dynamics. There is a greater spread between comfort and sport in terms of driving characteristics in the individual driving modes.

The basic principle of the suspension is the compression and rebound sides of the vehicle’s individual dampers are interconnected. The compression stage of the front left damper is connected to the rebound stage of the front right damper via a hydraulic line. There is also a connection to the compression side of the rear left damper and the rebound stage of the rear right damper via a line across the vehicle. The other sides of the damper chambers are connected to one another via a second circuit. The simplified routing of the hydraulic lines results in the shape of an “H.”

In addition to the interconnection of the dampers, the system also uses other components important to its functionality. The rebound and compression sides of the dampers are directly connected to one another via an electrically controllable 2/2-way valve, known as the comfort valve. A pressure accumulator is also attached to the compression side of each damper. Both circuits are additionally connected to a central pump to ensure the hydraulic system pressure can be adjusted in both circuits. The connection between the pump and circuits is made via 2/2-way valves. Pressure sensors are integrated downstream of the valves to monitor system pressure in the respective lines. System pressure can be freely selected and thus also the amount of generated anti-roll control. The system operates on the principle: the higher the system pressure, the greater the roll resistance expected.

The system is highly efficient, as it uses the vehicle’s kinetic energy to positively influence roll behavior. The hydraulics of the AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL suspension also feed the optional lift system for the front axle. If necessary, the front end can be raised by 1.2 inches, making it easier to enter steep driveways or drive over speed bumps, for example. The lift system is operated via the central multimedia display or the AMG DRIVE UNIT buttons. Pressing the vehicle symbol on the control panel opens the relevant menu. Among other things, positions at which the lift system is used can be saved using GPS technology so that the front end of the vehicle raises automatically when the vehicle passes through the corresponding points again.

Rear limited-slip differential for optimized driving stability

The new AMG GT is equipped standard with an electronically controlled rear limited-slip differential on the rear axle, which ensures excellent traction and maximum driving safety in all driving conditions. It also improves handling stability at high speeds. The system operates with a fully variable locking effect in both traction and overrun mode and it is perfectly tuned to all road surface friction coefficients and is in constant communication with the vehicle’s other dynamic control units.

Active rear-axle steering

The AMG GT Coupe is also equipped standard with active rear-axle steering. Depending on the speed of the vehicle, the rear wheels either turn in the opposite direction (up to 60 mph) or in the same direction (above 60 mph) as the front wheels. The system provides both agile and stable handling. Other benefits include easier vehicle control at the limit and less steering effort due to the more direct steering ratio at the front.

High-performance composite brake system with lightweight brake discs

The AMG high-performance composite brake system delivers deceleration values and precise control. It impresses with short braking distances, sensitive response and high stability – even under extreme loads. The composite brake discs are particularly light. Driving dynamics and steering behavior benefit from the reduced unsprung mass. The brake disc (made of cast steel) and brake disc chamber (made of aluminum) are connected with special pins. This design saves space, which is used for even better brake cooling. The directional perforation is also new. In addition to the weight saving and better heat dissipation, this solution provides faster response in wet conditions and better surface cleaning after braking.

Six drive programs and AMG DYNAMICS: from comfortable to dynamic

The six AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs – “Slippery,” “Comfort,” “Sport,” “Sport +,” “Individual” and “RACE” – enable a wide range of vehicle characteristics from comfortable to dynamic. Each program offers a unique driving experience, precisely tailored to different driving conditions.

The AMG DYNAMICS driving dynamics control system is also integrated into the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs. This expands the stabilizing functions of ESP® with agility-enhancing interventions in vehicle functions. When cornering at speed, for example, a brief application of the brake at the inner rear wheel generates a defined yawing moment around the vertical axis for responsive and precise steering. The spectrum ranges from extremely stable to highly dynamic.

AMG TRACK PACE: data logger for use on the racetrack

AMG TRACK PACE is featured standard on the AMG GT 55 and AMG GT 63. The software is part of the MBUX infotainment system and records more than 80 pieces of vehicle-specific data (e.g., speed, acceleration, steering angle, brake pedal actuation) ten times per second while driving on a racetrack. 40 parameters can be displayed live in the “Telemetry” screen, of which up to four can be displayed simultaneously.

In addition, lap and sector times are shown on the central multimedia display, head-up display and instrument cluster, along with additional training and analysis tools. The navigation in the head-up display shows cornering angles and braking points to help the driver to find the best racing line. The MBUX augmented reality function also enables the racing line from a saved recording to be shown on the multimedia display. This allows the driver to improve their lap times as if with a virtual instructor. Acceleration and deceleration values can also be measured and saved.

Equipment and personalization

The equipment offering and numerous options provide a wide range of possibilities for customization – from sporty and dynamic to elegant and luxurious. These includes eleven paint colors and eight new wheel designs. Five optional exterior design packages are available to further refine the look for more elegance or dynamism. The AMG GT 55 and AMG GT 63 are fitted standard with 20-inch wheels. 21-inch wheels are optionally available.

Driver assistance systems

With the help of numerous sensors, cameras and radar, driver assistance systems monitor traffic and the surroundings of the new Coupe. If necessary, these systems can intervene at lightning speed. Drivers are supported by numerous new or expanded systems – in everyday situations, for example by distance control, steering and lane changes. The systems are able to respond to impending collisions as the situation demands. The functioning of the systems is made visible by a new display concept in the instrument cluster.

The assistance display in the instrument cluster clearly and transparently shows how the driver assistance systems work in a full-screen view. The driver can see the car, lanes, lane markings and other road users such as cars, trucks and two-wheel vehicles in a spatially abstract 3D manner. The system status and operation of the assistance systems are visualized based on this depiction of the vehicle’s surroundings. The new animated assistance display is based on a 3D scene generated in real time. This high-quality, dynamic display transparently shows how the driver assistance systems work in an augmented reality driving experience.

Numerous connectivity services available

With MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience), customers benefit from connectivity features such as live traffic information. With Mercedes me connect, the new AMG GT becomes more intelligent overall. Additional functions can be used before and after a journey or when out and about. All that is required is for the user to link the AMG GT to a Mercedes me account in the Mercedes me portal and accept the terms of use. Thanks to navigation with live traffic information and Car-to-X communication, customers can drive with real-time traffic data to help avoid traffic jams efficiently and save valuable time. Connected vehicles use Car-to-X communication to exchange information about traffic incidents.