New Mercedes AMG GT 43 revealed: four-cylinder power for sporty coupe

March 19, 2024 by

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The Mercedes-AMG GT 43 is an entry-level version of the brands flagship sports coupe, and it’s slower than an A45 S despite having the same engine. Read on for all you need to know. 

  • New Mercedes-AMG GT 43 revealed
  • Entry-level model gets four-cylinder engine from A45 S
  • 421hp and 500Nm of torque
  • 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds
  • Toned-down styling over the 63 S
  • Likely to cost over £100,000, but won’t be coming to the UK

This is the new Mercedes-AMG GT 43, and it’s the new entry point to the AMG GT range. Powered by the same 2.0-litre engine as the AMG A45 S, it’s actually slower to 60mph than the hot hatch.

Unlike that car though, the GT is rear-wheel drive only for some tyre-shredding thrills through the corners. This alternative to the Porsche 911 will go on sale later this year.

New Mercedes-AMG GT 43 engine and performance

Mercedes has resisted the urge to hybridise the AMG GT thus far, and this new entry-level version doesn’t use electrification to boost power. Under the bonnet you’ll find a very familiar 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the same one used in the Mercedes-AMG A45 S.

Using the power plant from a hatchback in an exotic sports car like this may not sound too impressive on paper, but the A45 S is no ordinary hatchback. This engine puts out 421hp and 500Nm of torque. That’s still almost 30hp down on a Porsche 911 Carrera S, and as a result it can’t match that car’s performance.

The AMG GT 43 will do 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds, which is almost a full second slower than the Carrera S, and it’s even 0.4 of a second slower than the 385hp base 911 Carrera. To add insult to injury, A45 S drivers will also burn you off the line as that car will complete the sprint in 3.9 seconds.

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The A45 S has an advantage though thanks to its four-wheel drive system. For added cornering thrills, the AMG GT 43 sends all of its power to the rear wheels only. The more powerful V8 AMG GT 63 S has all-wheel drive.

New Mercedes-AMG 43 design

There are a few visual indicators that this is the entry-level 43 version of the AMG GT, although it does retain the same sleek and exotic looks of its more powerful stablemate.

Looking at the front, the GT 43 has the same slatted grille as the 63 S, however it’s lacking the gloss black trim around the lower edge. Surprisingly, the lower bumper actually looks more aggressive on the 43 thanks to some bigger side intakes, although you can clearly see from this angle that the 63 S has much wider wheel arches for added road presence, and to accommodate wider wheels.

The AMG GT 43 has some different wheel designs compared to the 63 S, starting at 19-inches and rising to 21s as an option. This Entry-level model is also lacking the side vents from the 63 S on the front wings and rear bumper, and the side skirts are slightly smaller.

There’s no wing to be found at the rear, giving this car a cleaner and more minimalist appearance. The vertical side vents from the 63 S are also nowhere to be found, and the 43 model gets round tailpipes instead of rectangular ones.

How much is the new Mercedes-AMG GT 43?

Mercedes is remaining tight-lipped about pricing for the new AMG GT 43 for now, you’ll have to wait until later this year to find out how much it’ll cost.

You can expect it to be significantly less than the £165,000 AMG GT 63 S, however the price tag is still likely to be in six figures. That doesn’t matter to UK buyers though, because it won’t be coming to our shores.

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