Mercedes Says There’s No Cross Shopping Between New CLS And AMG GT 4 Coupe

For the first time ever, Mercedes has two executive four-door coupes in its offering: the third-gen CLS and new AMG GT 4-Door Coupe.

However, despite coming with similar layouts and dimensions, the automaker is confident they won’t cannibalize each other, as it believes there’s a clear line between them.

Speaking to GoAuto, the brand’s Corporate Communications Manager for the Australia-Pacific region said: “Where our CLS 53 range will be the top of the range for CLS, the GT 4-Door Coupe is a much sportier option. We’ll have a 63 S, naught to 100km/h (62mph) in 3.2 seconds, it has rear-wheel steering, technology similar to an AMG GT-R, so it’s that next level above an E63, again, but with a four-door coupe styling.”

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According to Mercedes, the GT 4 Coupe will go up against the top-of-the-line versions of the Porsche Panamera and Maserati Quattroporte as well as the BMW M8 Gran Coupe, which is currently in development.

As for the third-gen CLS, this is pretty much a sportier take on the latest E-Class. The CLS starts from €60,571 ($70,777) in Germany, in base form, whereas the AMG-infused CLS 53, with its mild-hybrid powertrain that makes 435PS (429hp / 320kW) and 520Nm (384lb-ft) of torque, along with an extra 22PS (22hp / 16kW) and 250Nm (184lb-ft) of torque from the EQ unit, has an €84,430.50 ($98,657) starting price.

The Mercedes-AMG GT 4 Coupe, on the other hand, starts from a very steep €150,110 ($175,403) in its homeland, while the ‘S’ designation is at least €16,907 ($19,756) more expensive. Plus, if you opt for the limited Edition 1, the MSRP climbs to €185,343 ($216,572).

At the same time, the Porsche Panamera Turbo starts from €155,748 ($181,991), while the Maserati Quattroporte GTS can be had from €161,940 ($189,226).

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  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    I don’t see any big difference between the two cars, any!

    • Jason Panamera

      The price is the difference.

    • Merc1

      Look again. Are you just not aware of their specs?

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    • Bo Hanan

      They purposefully made the new CLS ugly so the AMG would stand out. The AMG looks more like a predecessor to the old CLS.

      • Christian Wimmer

        In person the new CLS is quite beautiful. I hated it when I saw the press photos, then when I saw it in person I fell in love. It’s a gorgeous car.

      • exeptor

        One more for the in person vs picture for CLS. It is actually a very good looking car (generally speaking) and for me it is a very good Mercedes in terms of overall brand feel (as some hard core Merc fan might not feel the same) as well. I’m waiting to see the AMG GT4 in person too. Again pictures doesn’t really give me a good impression … somehow it looks disproportional and fat.

  • lagunas3ca

    Almost like they intentionally made the CLS exterior look plain and ugly so it wouldn’t compete with the AMG GT 4 Coupe.

    • donald seymour

      I thought the opposite. I really have to see the AMG GT 4 Coupe to get my approval, because the pictures are not doing it any justice at all.

    • Bo Hanan

      Good eye. That’s what they did.

  • Merc1

    Tell me how does a company save money during the design phase?

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    • Earl Scheib

      They buy fewer pencils and paper. You knew that!

      • Merc1

        Right. Silly comment.

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    • Dude

      Designing a car is no simple process and involves not just artists but engineers and cost assessment. Going with something more familiar can save money on all of these fronts. Obviously I don’t work for Honda but I’m positive designing the 9th gen civic after the 8th was less expensive than designing the 10th gen. If by “design phase” you mean concept artists and modelers creating the exterior only, I’m sure that even then having a less complex derivative design in mind saves time, and, by extension, money.

      • Merc1

        The point is that Mercedes is not making all of their cars look alike to save cost. Do you just not get that? There is no cost savings in designing a car even if it looks similar to the rest of the lineup, that’s just a dumb misconception people have. It still takes years to design a CLS or the AMG GT or the baby CLA even if the look is familiar. How do you determine what is less complex? You can’t. Designing a car period is complex. Saving time and money is putting the same interior in a group of cars A/B/CLA/GLA etc, not making their exteriors look similar, especially when it comes to making an C look like an S or a CLA look like a CLS.

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        • Dude

          You said “Tell me how does a company save money during the design phase?” and I told you. Getting snippy does nothing other than make yourself look like an ass. And I’d explain you’re apparent automotive design process experience before talking about “misconceptions”. Yes, designing a car is going to be complex regardless, but it is not a stretch of the imagination to say that MB using a similar exterior design for multiple cars will save money. It may not save a lot of money but it could save some. Do you really think the Nissan Juke or the Nissan Kicks cost the same to design?

          It’s just a logical conclusion. Imagine the sheer amount of bureaucracy involved and it makes sense. (autoblog_com/2010/07/27/why-does-it-cost-so-much-for-automakers-to-develop-new-models/ on bureauracy)

  • Mr. EP9

    Well the GT53 is more expensive than the CLS53 so there’s that.

  • Kash

    I still don’t love the new CLS’ rear but overall I like its looks more than the GT’s and the rear is growing on me. I can’t wait to see them both in person.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    The audacity of a gimmick.
    SMH.

  • Brent Morrison

    You must be new to the auto industry…

  • lapirk

    i amgree

  • Philip George

    They had a good opportunity with the AMG GT4 doors and then ruined its looks completely. It has no rear shoulders, at all. It’s like one of those hulking bodybuilders with all the bulging muscles in the world but very small, insignificant shoulders. Ruins the whole look. AMG need to go back to the drawing board. Lower the car, lower the A pillar. Lame excuse for rear shoulders stands too low and doesn’t have the C-pillar flowing in two it leaving it with no definition or purpose. Those rear shoulders are sooooo lame, makes one wonder its purpose. There’s too much rise from A-pillar to B-pillar and then dramatic tail off to C-pillar making the car look like a bar of soap. Maybe they should scrap the car after 3 years and start afresh. It’s so annoying to look at.

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