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Mercedes-AMG has released a new version of the GT coupe, which replaces the V8 with a four-cylinder engine producing 415 hp. (310 kW) with electric turbocharger. The Mercedes-AMG GT 43 lacks all-wheel drive and is only available in rear-wheel drive. It also features an updated body kit that differentiates it from the more powerful versions.

The first-ever four-cylinder AMG GT is described as a car for true car fans. Despite its lack of power, it is described as a “nimble cornering master with extremely dynamic handling” thanks to its lighter engine and rear-wheel drive.

Under the long hood sits a smaller 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerplant paired with an electric exhaust turbocharger and a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The engine is mated exclusively to a nine-speed multi-clutch transmission sending power to the rear wheels.

The power plant produces 416 hp. (310 kW) and 500 Nm of torque, and the electric motor adds up to 13 hp. (10 kW). This means that the AMG GT 43 has 40 hp. (30 kW) more powerful than the SL 43 Roadster, but by 53 hp. (40 kW) less than the GT 53 with V8 engine.

The AMG GT 43 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 280 km/h. It is noteworthy that the coupe is 0.7 seconds slower than the all-wheel drive Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4Matic hot hatch.

Mercedes doesn’t want people to confuse the GT 43 with the V8-powered versions of the GT 53 and 63, so the designers have gone to great lengths to give the new car its own personality. The redesigned front bumper lacks the extended grille and features larger air intakes that are connected to each other.

The front and rear fenders are narrower and have smaller side vents. The rear bumper has a cleaner design, with no vertical vents and four round tailpipes instead of trapezoidal ones.

For those who want to spice up their exterior design, AMG offers a range of wheel options up to 21 inches (the standard model comes with 19-inch wheels), a fixed rear wing, and various packages that add high-gloss chrome or black accents.

Inside, the AMG GT 43 features a conventional 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an 11.9-inch touchscreen MBUX infotainment system. The standard AMG sports seats are upholstered in Nappa leather, but owners can also get AMG Performance seats for an extra cost. Of course, more options are available through Manufaktur’s personalization program.

In terms of chassis configuration, the GT 43 has a narrower track compared to the GT 53 and 63. Composite brakes and a multi-link suspension with aluminum shock absorbers and lightweight springs are standard.

The more sophisticated AMG Ride Control chassis is available as an option, as is the all-wheel steering chassis. In addition, the AMG Dynamic Plus package adds dynamic engine mounts, an electronically controlled differential, an additional “Race” driving mode, active underbody aerodynamics and yellow brake calipers.

The four-cylinder model is expected to be cheaper compared to its V8 siblings. The AMG GT range will also soon expand with the addition of a flagship E Performance version with a V8 plug-in hybrid engine with a total output of over 800 hp.

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