Entry-Level Mercedes-AMG GT 43 Introduced With 4-Cylinder Engine

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The newly introduced GT43 represents the entry point into the AMG GT lineup, offering a departure from its more potent V8 siblings with a reduced cylinder count and a shift from all-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive. Unlike its predecessor, which focused on being a dedicated two-seater sports car, the GT43 prioritizes comfort as a 2+2 gran tourer.

Borrowing technology from Formula 1, the GT43 features an electric exhaust gas turbocharger, derived from the SL43 model. Despite its smaller four-cylinder engine, the GT43 packs a punch with 416 horsepower, outstripping the convertible variant by 41 horsepower. Torque figures also see an increase, with 369 pound-feet available, up by 15 lb-ft compared to the SL43. Additionally, a mild-hybrid setup provides a temporary boost of 14 horsepower, delivering power to the rear axle through a nine-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.

However, some enthusiasts may find it hard to accept a four-cylinder engine in the AMG GT Coupe, especially considering the downsizing from its predecessors. Performance-wise, the GT43 achieves a sprint to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph, reflecting its slightly slower acceleration due to the smaller engine.

Mercedes-AMG’s decision to reduce cylinder count and switch to rear-wheel drive likely results in a significant decrease in curb weight, though specific figures have not been disclosed. Despite this weight reduction, the second-generation GT model is noticeably larger and more practical than its forerunner, catering to a broader audience seeking a comfortable GT experience.

In Europe, the GT43 will offer both standard two-seat and optional 2+2 layouts, with all-wheel steering available as an extra feature. This system enables the rear wheels to steer opposite to the front wheels at lower speeds and in the same direction at higher speeds, enhancing maneuverability and stability.

While details for the US market are yet to be revealed, it’s expected that the GT43 will come at a considerably lower price point compared to its higher-powered counterparts. Drawing comparisons with the SL43 convertible, which is approximately $31,000 cheaper than its V8 counterpart, suggests that the GT43 will offer an accessible entry into the AMG GT range.

The use of a 2.0-liter engine borrowed from the compact “45” models isn’t exclusive to the GT43 and SL43, as it also finds its place in other high-end models like the C63 and GLC63. However, in these pricier iterations, the engine is mounted longitudinally, differing from its transverse placement in models like the CLA45 and GLA45.


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