Pricing and specification revealed for new A-Class

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Acceleration and top speed figures don't change much at 3.1 seconds (0-60) and 195 miles per hour respectively, but at least you'll have bragging rights. Further complicating things, the Four-Door Coupe had to maintain the rigid body structure that let the original grand tourer handle so well, whether on street or track.

These levels are selectable via the gearshift paddle in the centre console and stored with the new drive program attribute AMG DYNAMICS, which can be adjusted to match the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe's handling characteristics to different demands and driving conditions.

Unlike the two-door AMG GTs, Mercedes-AMG is launching its latest model with both turbocharged V8 and straight-six petrol powertrain options.

At launch, there will be a base GT 53 model plus sportier GT 63 and GT 63 S variants.

One of the challenges AMG faced was retaining the distinctive and well-received styling of the two-door model while adding two back seats.

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The V-8 models also include standard rear-wheel steering and an electronic locking differential, neither of which is offered with the six-cylinder.

All AMG GT 4-Door Coupé models are equipped with the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive. So when the claim that the four-door GT "offers more space and greater versatility" is made, it's hard to see why someone looking for those traits wouldn't just opt for something like the excellent E63 S estate. It adds latches in the front bumper, wider side skirts and a modified rear bumper. You'll also notice, that just like the Panamera and A7, the GT 4-Door coupe will make it easier to load all your stuff in with its versatile hatchback layout. For the extra cash, the standard specification is impressive, with seven-inch displays including a central touchscreen, voice-activated functions, comfort suspension and air conditioning. The new Supersport view adds AMG-specific information.

Two of the four-door models are scheduled to be available early next year, and the third is set for release in the middle of the year. These two versions will be the first to reach dealer showrooms.

Combining sports vehicle technology with everyday practicality, the GT 4-door carries on in the same vein as the two-seat GT by having driving dynamics inspired by track cars and a hugely powerful engine under the bonnet. The blend of high individualisation and sports auto technology, placing yet more focus on the requirements of discerning customers, is also clear from the wealth of equipment packages and individual options.

The bottom of the range begins with an entry-level 429bhp GT 53 4Matic+.

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