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The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 4-Door Coupe – A BENZ IN THE ROAD

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The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 4-Door Coupe – A BENZ IN THE ROAD

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 4-Door Coupe – 

A BENZ IN THE ROAD


Remember when family sedans were large, lumbering land yachts that we all piled into for short trips to the relatives – or longer, torturous trips to vacation spots? Ours was a black 1962 Chrysler Newport with silver bench seats and no air conditioning.  It was my Dad’s pride and joy.  Eventually, those ginormous four-door sedans shrank a bit with the popularity of Japanese family sedans. But they were still bland driving machines. Then the minivans came along. And after the minivans lost their shine the crossovers took over as family movers. And those were pretty bland to drive as well.

Like all the old, it’s new again. If you like bland driving, that’s fine. But if you want to pilot a family sedan that might just outperform a whole lotta sports cars, read on.  Leave it to the good folks at Mercedes AMG to create a family sedan that takes the best from true sports cars and adds it to the body of a 4-door sedan.  They call it a four-door coupe – you don’t need to haul passengers in the back seats, but you can.

The car I’m referring to is the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 4-Door Coupe.  A few weeks ago I had the privilege to test drive a Graphite Gray Metallic 2022 AMG GT 43 4-Door Coupe that was accompanied by a whopping $97,700 MSRP price tag.  Yeah, that’s expensive, but what the engineers at AMG do when they transform a normal Mercedes-Benz is usually worth it.  Dealerships should have bright orange labels on AMG vehicles warning new car buyers that should they test drive this vehicle; chances are they will wind up buying it.  

Under the hood of the GT 43 is a 362-hp, 3.0 liter beltless turbocharged inline six-cylinder that can move the 4-door from zero to sixty in 4.8 seconds.  Mated to a nine-speed AMG Speedshift TCT transmission, the GT 43 gets fuel economy numbers of 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.  Yes, it’s fun to drive.

Get behind the wheel and you’ll feel like you’re seated in an airplane cockpit.  The instrument panel stretches across the dashboard and the amount of information available to the driver regarding the vehicle is staggering.  It takes more than one week in the driver’s seat to master everything the GT 43 offers.  However, if you are fortunate to own one, learning the intricacies of the GT 43 should make you a better and safer driver.  

Legroom and headroom for the front seaters is abundant, but due to the roofline that slopes sharply toward the rear, headroom for rear seat passengers is tight.  The trunk is spacious enough to hold several large golf bags, but just how many I can’t say.  

When you get right down to it, the AMG GT 43 Four Door Coupe is all about driving.  If Texas had a version of Germany’s Autobahn, AMG GT 43 owners could truly have the full experience of piloting a car built to push the limits.  Yes, it’s a family car – but the kids in the back better hold on tight. 

Steve is a veteran automotive journalist and former head of Ford Public Relations in its South Central region. He’s a native New Yorker who fell in love with a Texan (and Texas) over 20 years ago. Steve’s been living here happily ever since. His current automotive ‘want’ is an early 3-Series convertible, while his daily driver is a 2006 Toyota Tacoma.

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