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Mercedes-AMG GT43 joins AMG GT53 for launch

By Chris Thompson, 18 Sep 2018 News

Mercedes-AMG GT43 joins AMG GT53 for launch news

AMG expands 4-door coupe line-up

Mercedes-AMG has announced a new model to join its new ‘4-door GT coupe’ line-up, with the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT43 to join the AMG GT53 on its international sales launch.

Powered by Mercedes’ new 3.0-litre turbo inline six, the AMG GT43 ‘4Matic+’ produces 270kW (between 5500 and 6100rpm) and 500Nm (1800-4500rpm), with an additional 16kW and 250Nm available under ‘EQ Boost’ – Mercedes’ mild hybrid electric system.

“[EQ Boost] combines the starter and alternator in one electric motor, is integrated between the engine and transmission and feeds the 48V on-board electrical system,” Mercedes-AMG explains.

“This innovative feature, as well as the intelligent two-stage turbocharging with additional electrical compressor and exhaust gas turbocharger, combines hallmark AMG Driving Performance with low fuel consumption.”

Compared with the 320kW/520Nm AMG GT53 (which gains the same extra heft from EQ Boost), the GT43 is a few tenths slower to 100km/h with its claimed 4.9 second sprint – the AMG GT53 will get up to speed in 4.5 seconds.

Both models feature 4Matic+ all-wheel drive, with fully variable torque distribution, with torque transmitted to the wheels via a 9-speed AMG ‘Speedshift TCT’ transmission.

The AMG GT43 will reach a top speed of 270km/h, 15km/h under the GT53’s speed ceiling.

A spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz Australia tells MOTOR the AMG GT43 (with the rest of the AMG GT 4 door coupes) will arrive in Australia during the second quarter of 2019, though pricing and spec hasn’t been confirmed as of yet.

As well as the six-powered AMG GT 4 door coupes, GT63 S and GT63 models are inbound, both powered by AMG’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and producing 470kW/900Nm and 430kW/800Nm respectively.