2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe 53 new car reviews

Yes, we get it: It's a coupe with four doors. 

That aside, the GT 4-Door is the sort of AMG model you buy if you really want the AMG GT Coupe, but you also really need to carry a child. At least, that's the angle we think Mercedes-Benz was aiming for.

At any rate, the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe is available in four different flavors: 43, 53, 63 and 63 S.

The 43 and 53 are powered by a 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline-six mated to an "EQ Boost" mild hybrid system. For the 63 and 63 S, both are fitted with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8. All models feature Mercedes-Benz's 4MATIC all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission.

We drove the GT 53, rated for 435 horsepower and 384 lb.-ft. of torque—plus the approximate 22 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque added by the hybrid system.

What's it like to drive? Read our impressions below.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens
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First rule with this car: Get over the fact that it’s called a Coupe yet has four doors.

Because once you do, you get to drive something pretty sweet. In typical AMG fashion, it’s the total package: fast, comfortable and attractive. And this isn’t even the top-of-the-line package, as it’s just the inline-six version, not the V8-powered car.

Still, the inline-six-powered GT 53 is still plenty fast, with zero to 60 taking 4.8 seconds. (For those who really full bragging rights, the V8-fueled GT 63 will do that run in 3.3.)

The GT 53 feels docile around town, quiet on the highway, and not too big when parking. Over-the-shoulder visibility could be better, but guess that’s the price you pay to look cool.

The hatch is handy but note that the back seat doesn’t fall down. So you have some carrying capacity, but you’re still a bit limited.

The biggest surprise to me, though: no more automatic on the column. What? Now you get a rather-traditional console-mounted lever that, oddly, kinda buries the button for park. The console buttons for audio and car controls are new, too–similar to the old ones yet they got a refresh.

So, this or something similar from BMW? Back in the day, we’d make it easy: BMW for sport, Benz for luxury. But something happened. The AMG models added a huge dose of sport to the Benz brand, while they’re just nailing the styling. That three-pointed star might not be subtle, but the nose still looks good–it’s not a caricature of its former self.

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ZOO (Forum Supporter)
ZOO (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
3/22/21 1:20 p.m.

I guess the Panamera really was ahead of its time, eh?

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
3/22/21 1:22 p.m.

I mean, how bad could it be? 

CrustyRedXpress
CrustyRedXpress Reader
3/22/21 3:53 p.m.

So, this or something similar from BMW? [...]That three-pointed star might not be subtle, but the nose still looks good–it’s not a caricature of its former self.

Shots fired.

But as a benz fan boy I love to see the AMGs get a good review.

 

dean1484
dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/22/21 10:45 p.m.

Looks like a CLS to me. 

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