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.”
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).