2019 Mercedes-AMG GT Prototype With Round Exhausts Is Likely The ’53’ Hybrid

It seems that the first facelift for the Mercedes-AMG GT will bring more than just subtle design upgrades and a new hardcore model.

Sure, there might be some interior tweaks, as well as new equipment, but the most important addition could be a new powertrain, as these new spy shots taken at a Mercedes test facility reveal an AMG GT prototype with a very interesting rear end.

More specifically, it’s the first Mercedes-AMG GT ever spotted with round double exhausts, indicating that the folks from Affalterbach are testing a new engine for AMG’s standalone sports car. What is that engine, you ask?

Well, you may recall that the AMG GT 4-Door is available with a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six and an electric motor. Mercedes might make that hybrid powertrain available on the two-door model as well. Coincidence or not, the GT 53 4-Door has quad round exhausts just like those fitted to the white coupe prototype in these photos.

In the Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4-Door, the system delivers 429 hp (435 PS). That allows for a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint of 4.5 seconds and a 285 km/h (177 mph) top speed. Expect AMG’s engine wizards to tweak the powertrain further for the AMG GT. A gain of 50 horsepower for a total output of around 480 hp would be a safe bet.

That would be approximately the same power output the current “entry-level” AMG GT offers from its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine. Consequently, the new AMG GT 53 will most likely replace the base V8 version, although eight-cylinder engines will continue to be available at the top of the range.

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Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • Christian

    So Mercedes gonna make a baby AMG GT… Audi won’t make an V8 R8… Not fair..

  • Mike anonymous

    I’m just going to come forward and say it;… I never thought the AMG GT was a ‘successor’ to a vehicle the likes of the (in my personal opinion) Modern-Classic “SLS”.

    This seemed more in line with what a modern Mercedes-Benz “SL-class” should have been, opposed to a successor to the SLS.

    • Kagan

      I see it the opposite way.

      • Mike anonymous

        What would the opposite way be? (I’m not completely sure what you mean).

        • Kagan

          SLS is more like SL and this is more different like a 911.

          • Mike anonymous

            I wouldn’t really consider the SL an ‘exotic’,. where as I considered the SLS an ‘exotic’ vehicle. The SL on the other hand seems to be just a more luxurious version of what was the Mercedes Benz SLK (which was a small coupe) more similar to a BMW Z4.
            To me Personally (although it’s not exactly on the same level,) the SLS is the closest thing Mercedes has made to the original SLR McLaren.

            I do agree that the AMG GT is more like a 911,. but if feel the SLS was more like a Ferrari (458, 599, 430, &/or 360).

            I’m not saying it’s a bad vehicle, but I just don’t see it as a proper successor to a vehicle the likes of an SLS. It (in my opinion) just seems to be in a “different” space (if you understand what I mean).

    • ksegg

      Ditto.

      The SLS was really special. The GT…..always seemed like a weird knockoff of the SLS, even sharing similar rear end styling.

    • Astonman

      I don’t think they saw it as a successor to the SLS but more of a sister. If it was then the price point would be the same. The SLS when new was $225K while the GT is $150K.

      • Mike anonymous

        Style-wise, and timing-wise, it seemed as though they knew what they were doing (like they were trying to make something that could “replace” the SLS). Maybe an ‘unofficial’ successor to the SLS.

        I like the SLS much more, and I think it is a ‘future’ classic,. but the AMG GT isn’t bad either, it’s a good car (just not on the same level as the SLS). They stopped production of the SLS just so they could begin on the AMG GT,. that I’m not completely sure as to why.

        You do make a good point, but I’m sure Mercedes understood what they were doing (for whatever reason they were doing it for).

        • Astonman

          It was AMG’s first attempt at it’s own branding so maybe it was going to be a short term build to give it exclusivity. I love the gull wing doors but the C pillar I’m not enamored with. I would have loved to have seen the gull wing doors on the AMG GTS though. Or at least swan doors.

          • Mike anonymous

            I think that them adding the gull wing doors to the AMG-GT would have solidified it as a successor to the SLS. The SLS was the modern version of original SLS from the 20th century. I’m glad that they did not try and build it as such.
            I always found the SLS more on the same level as the SLR (in terms of it being an exotic), but I don’t consider the AMG-GT an exotic in the same way (as I look at it as more of a Porsche 911 competitor).

            But you are right, as it does seem to be AMG’s first attempt at it’s own branding for a vehicle as it’s more of a “vehicle built by AMG using parts from (or in collaboration with) Mercedes” rather than a full on “Built by Mercedes Benz (& tuned by AMG)”.

  • Elmediterraneo

    What the line-up AMG GT Coupe / Roadster should be :
    AMG GT 53 : 6 cylinder 457 PS
    AMG GT 63 : V8 510 PS (C63 S spec)
    AMG GT 63 S : V8 585 PS (4 door GT 63 spec)
    AMG GT 63 R : V8 640 PS (4 door GT 63 S spec)

  • ksegg

    When do we get the 35?

  • javier

    if awd pretty cool

  • Tan Lee

    The White GT in these pics at these angles look epic. A true GT car stance.

  • SteersUright

    Entry level? Make it $50k and sign me up!

  • Mike anonymous

    Just as you mentioned I also think the SLR was still a ‘cut above’, but I would consider the SLS the closest thing to it, since it. If you had a scale; one side the SLR and the other the AMG GT, the SLS would lean more towards the SLR. I still believe the SLS and SLR are in a different class (in comparison to the AMG-GT & 911) all together.

    But,. I definitely agree.

    • Astonman

      I agree.

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