The Geneva Motor Show has always been the stomping ground of supercars, and this year’s edition is no exception. From wild, borderline-crazy newcomers to the aristocracy of the motoring world, the selection of supreme driving machines on display is staggering.
Even so, one car managed to stand out — and it’s a hybrid! In this post we’re taking a look at the stunning Mercedes-AMG GT Concept, live from the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
As the name implies, we’re looking at a concept, but Mercedes promises that 90% of the vehicle will carry over to a production model coming sometime in the near future. And that makes us very happy, because the AMG GT Concept looks simply fantastic.
The GT Concept is a four-door sedan, but Mercedes insists on calling it a coupe. The car definitely has the figure to claim that “coupe” title, and we’re sure you’ll recognize in it the sweeping lines of its two-door AMG GT cousin.
Up front, you get a massive grille with vertical struts, that brings to mind the Mercedes racing legends of the 1950s. The grille is painted red, to a striking effect that’s enhanced by the slim headlamps. The whole beast is coated in a luscious red that actually looks even better in real life than we could capture on footage.
Adding fierceness to the muscular lines of the GT Concept, the roof, side sills, and spoiler are clear-coated carbon fiber. It not only looks great, it also shaves off some weight. And weight might be a concern, if this were any other car, from any other company. But when you say AMG, you say performance, and the GT Concept has it in spades.
We’re talking 0-to-60 in under 3 seconds, which is incredible for a car this size. Mercedes did not reveal many details about the power plant inside the GT Concept, but the combined might of the gasoline engine and electric motor can muster no less than 805 horsepower.
The hybrid powertrain is branded “EQ Power+” If you’re a F1 fan, you might be familiar with this branding, which is also a nod to Mercedes’ nascent EQ series of EV. The electric motor is mounted on the rear axle, so it sends power straight to the torque-vectored wheels. Meanwhile, the gasoline engine is a ferocious twin-turbo 4-liter V8, that we can’t wait to hear roar.
Sadly, Mercedes was tight-lipped about the electric innards of the GT Concept. We don’t know the battery capacity, range, or technology. We do know however that the GT Concept can be driven in three modes: pure electric, pure gasoline, and combined. The battery will fill up when driving in gasoline mode, as well as through regenerative braking. The idea is to enjoy your gas-guzzling trip down the Autobahn, but as soon as you enter a pollution-adverse city you can switch to the clean battery mode with a flick of a button.
Mercedes-AMG GT concept image gallery
Mercedes says the EQ Power+ hybrid powertrain will become a staple of AMG cars going forward and it’s easy to see why. It offers the best of two worlds, at least until fully electric vehicles take over, a couple of decades down the road.