The second generation of the Mercedes-AMG GT Coupé is the new top model in the Mercedes-AMG range. It combines highly dynamic driving characteristics with increased suitability for everyday use. High-tech components such as the AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL suspension with semi-active roll stabilisation, standard rear-axle steering and active aerodynamics sharpen the active driving profile. The sporty coupé is also taking its output to the road for the first time with the fully variable all-wheel drive AMG Performance 4MATIC+. Combined with the AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine, this results in a driving experience of the highest level. The exclusive AMG sports car architecture with an elaborate composite aluminium body structure allows the car to be configured as a 2+2 seater. For a sports car in this class, this means a very generous interior for passengers and plenty of space for their luggage. As the fifth independent model series after SLS, the first generation of the two-door GT, GT 4-door Coupé and SL, the new Mercedes-AMG GT Coupé once again demonstrates the high technological expertise of the Affalterbach development team.
‘The new AMG GT Coupé combines highly dynamic driving characteristics and outstanding sportiness with a high level of everyday comfort. Our new GT is clearly the top-of-the-range product in our extensive portfolio and therefore not only the latest AMG brand shaper, but also a clear commitment to the sports car made in Affalterbach. With the new dimension concept, we are responding even more to the needs of our customers.’ Michael Schiebe, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, and Head of Business Units Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Mercedes-Maybach.
‘With the new AMG GT, we have repositioned the iconic GT design. Its sculpted shape is the continuation of our successful ‘Sensual Purity’ design vocabulary and underscores our commitment to performance luxury. The interior design draws on AMG’s high-performance sports car genes, which have been skilfully translated into the digital world and systematically developed further. The new AMG GT thus represents the evolution of a modern, iconic sports car design.’ Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer, Mercedes-Benz Group AG.
The vehicle will be available as an AMG GT 63 4MATIC+ Coupé with 430 kW (585 PS) of output in October 2023 and as an AMG GT 55 4MATIC+ Coupé with 350 kW (476 PS) of output in July 2024.
The extended dimension concept with 2+2 seats offered designers a whole new range of exterior design possibilities. The long wheelbase, the short overhangs and the steeply inclined windscreen with black-painted frame make the new AMG GT Coupé appear compact and low. Typical AMG GT proportions such as the long bonnet and the rear offset passenger compartment signal the appearance of a luxurious sports car that is also highly suitable for everyday use. Flowing surfaces with no ribbing or edges, right down to the recessed door handles, transport the unique spirit of the iconic AMG GT into the future. The voluminously sculpted wheel arches and light-alloy wheels flush with the outer skin accentuate power and dynamism.
Front view: Unmistakably AMG GT, unmistakably Mercedes-AMG
The deep and wide AMG-specific radiator grille creates a dominant presence. In recent years, this radiator grille has become the most striking feature of all new AMG models. In the new AMG GT Coupé, it has an emphatically three-dimensional design and is positioned particularly low. This reinforces the dynamic impression.
The distinctive headlights with DIGITAL LIGHT as standard underline the car’s unmistakable character. The daytime running lights with the characteristic three ‘light dots’ light signet adds to the recognition factor. Precise graphics in the darkened interior of the headlamps with brushed surfaces underline the Performance luxury design. The lower air intake gives the front additional visual width. The sporty front end is rounded off with powerful power domes on the long, flat, inlaid bonnet.
Side view: Clear and full surfaces, with no ribbing or edges
Viewed from the side, the pronounced vehicle shoulder combined with AMG light-alloy wheels provides a perfect balance of elegance and sportiness. The tapered side contour also emphasises the vehicle’s power – particularly due to the protruding rear wheel arches. The precise detailing of the wing trim sets an accentuated contrast to the clear and full surfaces, which remain seamless thanks to the recessed door handles.
The new AMG GT Coupé comes standard with light-alloy wheels, in the sizes 10.5 J x 20 (front) and 11.0 J x 20 (rear), with 295/35 R 20 (front) and 305/35 R 20 (rear) tyres. Numerous other designs from 20 to 21 inches in diameter are optionally available. The 20-inch AMG light-alloy wheels also feature aero elements. These improve the cw value of the coupé, also improving fuel consumption.
Rear view: Low and powerful with integrated active spoiler
Combined with the large track width, the strong rear curvature emphasises the coupé’s width. The active rear spoiler is almost seamlessly integrated into the rear lid. The flat, horizontal LED taillights with clear, precise graphics are neatly integrated into the rear design. The dark LED rear lights form a perfect symbiosis with the headlights thanks to the three-dimensional ‘light dots’ light signet. They come standard with flashing running lights and the ‘coming home/leaving home’ animation.
Other distinctive rear design elements include the underbody diffuser with four vertical fins in glossy black and integrated, redesigned twin tailpipes. And everyday suitability is not neglected either: Thanks to the parking package with rear-view camera as standard, the driver maintains an overview even in difficult situations.
The new dimension concept allows an optional 2+2 seating configuration for the first time. This makes the new AMG GT Coupé even more versatile. The rear seats make it more suitable for everyday use and offer space for people up to 1.50 metres tall (with child seat for children up to 1.35 metres). When the additional seating is not needed, the backrests can be folded down, significantly expanding the luggage compartment to a volume of up to 675 litres.
Aviation-inspired instrument panel
The symmetrical instrument panel is designed as a powerful wing and structured into an upper and lower section. The highlight is the four galvanised turbine nozzles. Their surfaces form powerful power domes that flow into the instrument panel. The lower part of the instrument panel flows smoothly from the centre console, seamlessly connecting the two elements.
Despite its symmetry, the cockpit design places a clear focus on the driver: The instrument cluster’s high-resolution 12.3-inch LCD screen is not free-standing but is integrated into a high-tech visor. This prevents reflections caused by sunlight.
Centre console with touchscreen in portrait format
The centre console separates the driver and front passenger. With its maximum width and a steep forward slope, it flows into the lower part of the instrument panel. The functional and visual centrepiece of the centre console is the three-dimensional dome top, which breaks through the leather surfaces at the front and rear. With the NACA air intake signature, it carries on the genes from motorsport. This design element thus also becomes an AMG-typical style element in the interior. The NACA air intake merges almost seamlessly into the 11.9-inch multimedia touchscreen. The portrait format offers clear advantages, particularly for navigation, as well as more ergonomic freedom. The touchscreen floats between the two central, high-quality finished air vents, as a digital contrast to the emotional design elements.
Door panels are integrated into the well-balanced interior
Like the centre console, the surfaces in the doors also flow from the instrument panel. The result is a gradient accented with decorative stitching that frames the entire interior and passes the side turbine nozzles. The middle of the door is designed as a sensual layer topography. Another eye-catcher, the pull handle is also designed in the same way as the centre console. The materials and surface finishes are repeated in the doors, creating a sense of balance in the interior. High-quality Burmester loudspeakers in real metal are integrated into the doors, with a perforated pattern that is also visually striking.
Sculptural seat design
The avant-garde seat design of the standard electrically adjustable AMG sports seats skilfully plays with layers and folds. This makes the seats appear lighter and less bulky. Perfect ergonomics and progressive stitching and seam patterns complete the symbiosis of high-tech, performance and luxury. Seat heating for driver and front passenger can be controlled separately for seats and backrests. Three-stage seat ventilation is also available.
Optional AMG Performance seats
The standard sports seats alone offer outstanding comfort and lateral support. The optional AMG Performance seats with integrated headrests are even sportier. In Sport, Sport+ and RACE driving modes, the side bolsters of the optional multicontour seats automatically tighten to provide optimum support at all times.
The wide range of different upholstery options also reflects the range of options from comfortable to performance oriented. There is a choice of single or two-tone Nappa leather, the particularly sophisticated MANUFAKTUR Nappa leather upholstery with diamond stitching or the sporty combination of Nappa leather with MICROCUT microfibre and contrast stitching in yellow or red. Inflatable air cushions and three massage programmes in the multicontour driver and front passenger seats are available as an option for extra comfort on long journeys. And the ENERGIZING Plus package combines seat functions such as massage and different lighting moods to create stimulating or relaxing comfort programmes.
AMG Performance double-spoke steering wheel
The AMG Performance steering wheel with seamlessly integrated buttons also offers tangible and visible added value. The three rounded double spokes combine stability with lightness. The steering wheel rim, flattened at the bottom, is heated with Nappa or Nappa leather/microfibre MICROCUT. A sensor mat is also included to detect hands-on. If the driver removes their hands from the steering wheel for a certain period of time, a warning cascade is started which, if the driver remains inactive, activates Emergency Stop Assist.
The buttons are a visual and technical highlight. They are seamlessly integrated into the surfaces of the horizontal double spokes. Haptic touch aids for the symbols facilitates operation. The instrument cluster is operated via the left sensor surface of the upper steering wheel spokes, while the media display is operated via the right sensor surface. The controls for cruise control/DISTRONIC (left) and telephone/hands-free/volume control (right) are located on the lower spokes.
The two round AMG steering wheel buttons fitted as standard offer intuitive operation, bright, colourful LCD displays and modern icons. They can be used to control important driving functions and the driving modes. They operate, as is familiar, by turning (setting ring) or pressing (display button). The selected setting is shown on the display, which is directly integrated into the respective button. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission can also be shifted precisely and quickly manually via the aluminium gearshift paddles located on the left and right behind the steering wheel rim.
Intuitive operation and adaptive: The latest generation MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience)
Some of the functions and operating structure of the second-generation MBUX system are the same as in the S-Class. They have been extensively supplemented or replaced by AMG-specific content and views. There is a choice of five display styles: Classic, Sport, Supersport, TRACK PACE and Discreet. The AMG-specific Supersport style offers the option of displaying various content, such as current engine data, temperature data for various vehicle components, current vehicle settings and an audio/media menu. The other display styles have also been adapted to the AMG requirements. Exclusive menu items such as ‘AMG Performance’ or ‘AMG TRACK PACE’ emphasise the sporty character.
The standalone content includes racetrack settings, configuration of various driving parameters such as manual transmission, vehicle sound, chassis settings, ESP® and active rear spoiler.
In the AMG Performance menu, the driver can access a wide range of data at the touch of a finger: from power, torque and lateral acceleration to the power distribution of the all-wheel drive and the current vehicle status, including tyre pressure and fluid temperatures. The driver can also view the front and rear wheel axles and the oil pressure in the semi-active roll stabilisation system.
The interior is becoming even more digital and intelligent through extensive hardware and software development. Brilliant views on the LCD screens make it easier to control vehicle and comfort functions. The instrument cluster and central display are perfectly coordinated. The appearance can be personalised with different display styles and individually selectable main views.
Using the capacitive display button on the control panel below the central display, the driver can select various functions such as media volume, assistance systems, vehicle functions or even the appropriate driving mode from ‘Comfort’ to ‘RACE’.
The optional head-up display contributes to relaxed driving, as the driver doesn’t need to take their eyes off the road. It displays relevant information and actions in three dimensions in the real-life driving situation and environments. There is also a choice of different styles. Depending on equipment or personal taste, the ambient lighting frames the exclusive interior in 64 different colours. The ‘discreet’ display style is coupled with the ambient light. There are a total of seven background colours to choose from, each of which is assigned to one of the 64 colours. These include two exclusive AMG background colours.
AMG TRACK PACE: Data logger for use on the racetrack
AMG TRACK PACE, the virtual race engineer, comes standard. The software is part of the MBUX infotainment system and records over 80 vehicle-specific data (e.g. speed, acceleration, steering angle, brake pedal actuation) ten times per second while driving over a racetrack. The ‘Telemetry’ screen can display 40 parameters live, up to four at a time.
Lap and sector times are also displayed on the multi-media display, head-up display and instrument cluster, along with additional training and analysis tools. Selected racetracks such as the Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps are preconfigured. It is also possible to record a driver’s own routes. The racing navigation in the head-up display shows the angle of curves and braking points, helping the driver to find the racing line. The line of a stored track can also be shown on the multimedia display with the MBUX augmented reality function. This allows the driver to improve their lap times, just like with a virtual instructor. Acceleration and deceleration values can also be measured and stored.
Body shell construction
The AMG sports car architecture consists of an aluminium space frame combined with a self-supporting structure. It was created on a blank sheet of paper: Not a single component was taken over from the previous model.
The demands placed on the body shell architecture of the new AMG GT Coupé were high: The specifications called for a much more comprehensive range of features than in the predecessor series. In particular, the basic layout with 2+2 seats and the orientation towards a large variety of drive systems presented the developers with completely new challenges in terms of complexity. The aim was to represent the Mercedes-AMG driving performance typical of the Mercedes-AMG brand as well as the high standards of comfort and safety of a Mercedes-Benz.
Intelligent material mix with high aluminium content and new fibre composites
The intelligent material mix of aluminium, steel, magnesium and fibre composites enables the highest possible stiffness at low weight. Optimised material cross-sections and sophisticated component shapes create space for the required comfort and safety features and the sophisticated technology. Further targeted measures include the aluminium thrust field on the underbody and functionally integrated struts front and rear. The instrument panel made of magnesium and the lock bridge made of a fibre composite material with a mixture of glass fibres and carbon also demonstrate the engineers’ striving for the best possible material mix.
Cast components with customised wall thicknesses
Cast aluminium components are used at force nodes or at places with a high level of functional integration, i.e. where high forces have to be transmitted. The cast components offer the advantage of targeted force dissipation and the ability to tailor the wall thickness locally and individually to the load. This makes it possible to achieve the higher stiffness required at certain points, such as the chassis joints. In addition, only the required wall thickness is used at each point of the component. This saves weight in areas subject to less stress.
Compared to the predecessor series, the torsional stiffness of the shell structure is increased by 18%. For example, transverse stiffness is 50% higher than the outstanding value of the previous AMG GT Coupé, while longitudinal stiffness is 40% higher. The improved stiffness of the chassis connection ensures very precise handling and high agility. The shell without doors bonnet, and boot lid weighs around 270 kilograms.
The entire vehicle concept is designed with the centre of gravity as low as possible. This is true both for the deep connection between the drive train and the axles as well as to the arrangement of the stiffness-relevant components of the shell structure. Examples of this are the stiffness- and torque-resistant connections between the front and rear of the car and the safety cell, which have been designed with the shortest possible force paths.
Quality and craftsmanship at the highest level
Modern joining techniques such as MIG welding, laser welding, self-piercing rivets, blind rivets, MIG brazing, bonded seams or flow-hole screws and, of course, high-precision tooling raise the shell quality to the highest level. This applies to gap dimensions as well as radii and joint alignments. It goes without saying that the new Mercedes-AMG body architecture meets all internal crash requirements, which often significantly exceed the legal requirements.
Despite the high quality standards, the chassis was developed in a very short time thanks to maximum efficiency: It took less than three years from the order being placed with a team of just six people to the release for series production. The high quality of the software used in the digital development made it possible to grant approval for production of the series tools without a real chassis prototype. And the so-called structural protection vehicle, which is of immense importance for passive crash safety, already met the demanding internal requirements in the first real-life crash test.
The new AMG GT Coupé is manufactured in Bremen.
Engine, transmission and four-wheel drive
In the top-of-the-range AMG GT 63 4MATIC+ Coupé, the proven engine has an output of 430 kW (585 PS) and a maximum torque of 800 Nm over a wide engine speed range of 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. As a result, the top-of-the-range engine conveys absolute confidence in every engine speed range. This is illustrated by the car’s acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, as well as its top speed of 315 km/h. In the Mercedes-AMG AMG GT 55 4MATIC+ Coupé, the V8 engine has an output of 350 kW (476 PS) and 700 Nm of maximum torque. The car goes from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of 295 km/h.
Compared to the previous model, the AMG 4.0-litre V8 engine is further developed. It uses twin turbochargers, with the two superchargers located between the V-cylinder banks rather than on the outside. The advantages of the ‘hot inner V’: compact engine design, spontaneous turbocharger response and low exhaust emissions thanks to the best possible flow of catalytic converters close to the engine.
Turbochargers with twin-scroll technology are used to further improve responsiveness. Here, the charger housing is divided into two parallel flow channels. Together with two separate exhaust ducts in the exhaust manifold, this makes it possible to control the exhaust gases on the turbine impeller separately. One channel is supplied by the exhaust gases of the first and second cylinders of a cylinder bank, the other by the exhaust gases of the third and fourth cylinders. The aim is to prevent the individual cylinders from negatively influencing each other during the charge change. This reduces exhaust back pressure and improves gas exchange. The result is more power due to better cylinder filling with fresh gas, more torque at low engine speeds and a very spontaneous response.
Engine features also include weight-optimised pistons, adapted air intake and intercooling and comprehensive software developments. Jet-guided petrol direct injection with piezo injectors, an all-aluminium crankcase, four-valve technology with variable camshaft timing, air/water intercooling, generator management and ECO start/stop function have all been retained.
Modifications for use in the AMG GT Coupé
For use in the AMG GT Coupé, the engine (known internally as the M177), received special modifications compared to the previous model. This includes a modified oil sump, specially positioned intercoolers and active crankcase ventilation. The intake and exhaust ducts have been optimised for even more effective gas exchange, and the exhaust ducts for the catalytic converter box and fuel particulate filter have been enlarged. Compared to the AMG GT 55 4MATIC+ the developers achieved the added performance of the AMG GT 63 4MATIC+ primarily through higher boost pressure and greater airflow as well as modified engine software. All in all, the eight-cylinder engine delivers impressive performance with powerful thrust in all engine speed ranges, combined with maximum efficiency for low fuel consumption and emissions.
The standard active engine mounts resolve the conflict between the need for the softest possible connection to the drivetrain for maximum comfort and the need for the stiffest possible connection for optimum driving dynamics: They adjust their stiffness continuously and quickly to the respective driving conditions. The vehicle sensors detect driving conditions and engine vibration patterns and transmit this information to an ECU. This controls the force with which the engine is coupled to the body, thus optimising handling. A magnetic damping fluid is pressed through an annular gap in a coil in the fluid-filled rubber mount. Currents of varying strength generate a magnetic force that regulates the flow rate, and thus the engine mount, according to information from the ECU.
Three cooling circuits for optimum temperature management
To ensure that the new Mercedes-AMG GT Coupé does not get too hot, even during the rigours of track use, three cooling circuits are used to maintain a balanced temperature. The high-temperature circuit cools the AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine and the two exhaust turbochargers. It also supplies the heating heat exchanger for comfortable interior temperature control as required. The mechanical water pump is mounted on the engine block to save space and is driven directly and reliably by the control drive, with a pinion on the camshaft meshing with the water pump’s gearwheel. The pump circulates a total of 12.3 litres of coolant at up to four bar pressure and 400 litres per minute.
The three-row main cooling module (high-temperature radiator, low-temperature radiator, condenser), the flange-mounted intake fan and the additional radiator (for the high-temperature circuit) – mounted horizontally for a low centre of gravity – are located behind the large radiator grille, centrally in front of the engine. This allows them to be optimally ventilated with a large volume of air. Thermal management is influenced not only by the three-stage thermostat and the shut-off valve (which shuts off the cooling circuit when the engine is cold, allowing the engine to reach operating temperature more quickly), but also by active aerodynamic elements such as the two AIRPANELS in front of the main cooling module or the active aerodynamic element in the front underbody.
With a volume of 7.2 litres, the low-temperature circuit is slightly smaller. It operates the intercoolers, the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9 G transmission and the engine control unit. The performance of the main radiator is supported by an auxiliary radiator in the left wheel arch. Indirect air-to-water intercooling has enabled the designers to ensure efficient intercooling for high performance even in difficult outdoor conditions. The plastic air intake box is designed to give maximum even distribution of air across the pipes – with minimum pressure loss. The size of the intercooling components allows the charge air temperature to be kept at precisely defined levels above the ambient temperature.
The third cooling circuit is responsible for the engine oil. The oil-water heat exchanger (‘oil cooler’) in the right wheel arch enables the oil to be heated up quickly. This has a positive effect on the service life of the engine and reduces consumption after a cold start. This circuit also prevents overheating and engine damage. The external oil cooler is controlled by a separate oil thermostat. The oil and water pipes are made of aluminium instead of steel, which helps to reduce weight.
Digital and smart factory production: ‘One man, one engine’
The engine is assembled entirely by hand. At the AMG engine plant in Affalterbach, the ‘one man, one engine’ principle is combined with Industry 4.0 manufacturing methods. Industry 4.0 reflects the latest findings in ergonomics, the flow of goods, quality assurance, sustainability and efficiency. Smart production is characterized by maximum flexibility, transparency and high efficiency. In doing so, it uses digital technologies to safeguard and improve the quality of engines and production processes.
Short shifting times, high efficiency: The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9 G transmission
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9 G transmission (MCT = multi-clutch transmission) is specially tuned. A wet starting clutch replaces the torque converter. It reduces weight and, thanks to its lower mass inertia, optimises the response to accelerator commands, especially during sprinting and load changes. The carefully tuned software guarantees extremely short shifting times as well as rapid multiple downshifts if required and delivers a particularly emotive switching experience thanks to the double-clock function in the ‘Sports’ and ‘Sports+’ driving modes. Defined ignition interventions enable even faster gear changes than in the other modes. In all driving modes, the vehicle starts in first gear to ensure a dynamic driving experience at all times. In addition, the RACE START function is used, which guarantees optimum acceleration from a standstill.
The highlights of the transmission are:
– Adaptation of the shifting characteristic to the selected AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving mode
– In manual ‘M’ mode, the transmission responds directly and precisely to the driver’s manual shift commands and implements them in an instant.
– The short-term M mode allows the driver to switch spontaneously to the manual ‘M’ mode – simply by activating the shift paddles.
– Automatic intermediate throttle function when downshifting: This effect is activated automatically in the ‘Sport,’ ‘Sport+’ and ‘RACE’ driving modes.
– The ECO start/stop function is automatically activated in the ‘Comfort’ driving mode.
Fully variable all-wheel drive AMG Performance 4MATIC+
Both V8 models are equipped with the fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive as standard. The intelligent system combines the advantages of different drive concepts: The fully variable torque distribution on the front and rear axles enables the maximum balancing act between driving safety and traction in everyday driving and driving dynamics at the physical limit, even with the ESP® switch in the ON position. Drivers can enjoy maximum driving fun regardless of the surface conditions – with maximum driving stability. In the ESP® Sport and ESP® OFF modes, the all-wheel drive distribution is even more rear-dominant. The transition from rear to all-wheel drive and vice versa takes place continuously on the basis of a sophisticated matrix that integrates the control algorithms into the entire vehicle system architecture.
An electromechanically controlled clutch variably connects the permanently driven rear axle to the front axle. The best possible torque distribution is continuously calculated. The new coupé offers infinitely variable driving options – from all-wheel drive with a power distribution of up to 50:50 on the front and rear axles to pure rear-wheel drive. In addition to traction and lateral dynamics, all-wheel drive also improves longitudinal dynamics for even more powerful acceleration. Drift mode makes it possible to turn the coupé into a rear-wheel drive over the entire speed range.
To reduce the unsprung mass, all of the suspension arms, steering knuckles and wheel carriers on the front and rear axles of the new AMG GT Coupé are made of forged aluminium. The multi-link concept guides each wheel with minimal elastic movements. The high camber and track stiffness not only enables high cornering speeds, but it is also responsible for optimum road contact in the high cornering limit range. This is reflected in excellent lateral dynamics and driving stability at high speeds, as well as in the good-natured response to load changes (e.g. evasive manoeuvres or lane changes) and external influences (e.g. crosswind or bumps). The independent wheel guide and wheel suspension elements enable high lateral acceleration with minimal impact on the steering system – which is also a comfort feature.
The lightweight coil springs are a new development: Thanks to a special heat treatment, it was possible to reduce their weight without compromising performance. The spring pad is bonded to the spring first in the production process. This stiff connection prevents wear and tear caused by contaminations such as sand during the vehicle’s service life. The spring does not corrode over the life cycle and the maximum component load can therefore be increased with lower weight. This saves around 0.2 kilograms per spring.
Even more comfort and sportiness: Adaptive damping with two valves
Adaptive AMG adjustable damping works with two pressure relief valves per damper. These continuously variable control valves allow a much wider distribution of damping forces: One valve controls the rebound, i.e. the force generated when the wheel rebounds, and the other controls the pressure when the wheel rebounds. The rebound and compression damping are controlled independently. This means that the soft characteristic of the shock absorber has been reduced and the hard characteristic has been made more pronounced. As a result, the body absorbs impacts more sensitively and decouples the impact from the road. At the same time, the more refined control of the rebound and compression valves (stepless and independent) stabilises the structure in the best possible way. This technology not only enhances comfort, but also makes driving dynamics even sportier.
The chassis control unit uses data analysis – including from acceleration and cycle path sensors – to adjust the damping force for each wheel to the situation in just a few milliseconds. Thanks to the use of two adjustable valves, the damper is able to adjust the damping force in all areas of wheel vibration. Thanks to the valve’s special design, the damper responds quickly and sensitively to changes in road surfaces and driving conditions.
The driver can select the basic set-up via the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes: At the touch of a button, for example, the handling changes from full dynamism in ‘Sport+’ mode to Slippery coasting in the ‘Comfort’ setting. In addition, the tuning can be adjusted in three stages using a dedicated button, independently of the driving mode.
AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL suspension with hydraulic semi-active roll stabilisation
The vehicle also features the innovative AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL suspension. Active hydraulic elements replace the conventional mechanical torsion bar stabilisers. They compensate for the rolling motion of the new AMG GT Coupé in fractions of a second. The adaptive shock absorbers are also fitted with two hydraulic connections. One of them is located on the pressure side of the damper, the other on the tension side. The adaptive dampers’ control valves connect directly to the damping chambers on all four wheels and to the lines.
The intelligent hydraulic interconnection of the four struts and the pressure regulation of the pump and control valves enable a very wide roll spring rate with reduced rolling movements. Figuratively speaking: Each torsion bar from zero to stiff can be represented automatically. This enhances everyday driving comfort by compensating for uneven road surfaces, even just on one side of the vehicle. The hydraulics also actively reduce roll loss when cornering at speed. Thanks to the resulting high camber stiffness, the coupé steers very precisely.
When driving straight ahead, the system opens completely, depending on the driving mode and driving situation. The system compensates for individual obstacles that otherwise lead to roll. Drivers and passengers enjoy a much more comfortable driving experience. Reduced rolling when cornering contributes to both comfort and driving dynamics. There is a greater spread between comfort and sport in terms of driving behaviour in the individual driving modes.
All dampers are hydraulically connected
The basic principle of the suspension is that the compression and tension sides of the car’s individual dampers are linked. The pressure stage of the front left damper is connected to the rebound stage of the front right damper via a hydraulic line. It also connects to the pressure side of the rear left damper and the rebound of the rear right damper via a line across the vehicle. The other sides of the damping chambers are connected to each other via a second circuit in the same way. The simplified routing of the hydraulic lines each has the shape of an ‘H’.
In addition to interconnecting the dampers, the system also uses other components that are important to its functionality. The traction and pressure sides of the dampers are directly connected to each other via an electrically controlled 2/2-way valve known as the comfort valve. There is also a pressure accumulator attached to each of the damper pressure sides. Both circuits are also connected to a central pump. This ensures that the hydraulic system pressure can be adjusted in both circuits. The connection between the pump and the circuits is made via 2/2-way valves. Pressure sensors are integrated behind the valves to monitor the system pressure in the respective lines. The system pressure can be freely selected and with it the amount of roll support generated. The following applies: The higher the system pressure, the greater the expected roll stiffness.
The system is highly efficient, as it uses the vehicle’s kinetic energy to positively influence roll behaviour. The hydraulics of the AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL suspension also supply power to the optional lift system for the front axle. If required, the front of the car can be raised by 30 millimetres, making it easier, for example, to enter underground car parks or drive over railway sleepers. The lift system is operated via the central multimedia display or the AMG steering wheel buttons. Pressing the vehicle symbol on the control panel opens the relevant menu. Among other things, positions can be saved using GPS technology so that the front end automatically lifts up the next time it passes through the corresponding spots.
Rear-axle limited slip differential for optimum driving stability
The new AMG GT comes standard with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential on the rear axle, which ensures outstanding traction and maximum driving safety in all driving conditions. It also improves driving stability when changing lanes, especially at high speeds. The system operates with a fully variable locking effect in both towing and pushing mode. It is perfectly tuned to all road friction coefficients and communicates constantly with other dynamic control units. For drift mode, there is a specially adapted control for the limited slip differential.
AMG high-performance composite braking system for short braking distances
The AMG high-performance composite braking system guarantees excellent deceleration values and precise control. It impresses with short braking distances, sensitive response and, last but not least, high stability – even under extreme loads. Comfort features include Hill Start Assist, Pre-sense and Dry Braking in wet conditions. When the ignition is switched off and the car is stationary, the transmission automatically engages parking position ‘P’; the electric parking brake is released automatically when the car is started.
Composite brake discs are particularly light: Driving dynamics and steering response benefit from the reduced unsprung masses. The brake disc (cast steel) and brake plug (aluminium) are now connected with special pins. This design saves space that is used for even better brake cooling. The directional perforation is also new: In addition to weight savings and improved heat dissipation, this solution also scores points with a faster response in wet conditions and improved surface cleaning after braking.
Ventilated and perforated composite brake discs measure 390 x 36 mm at the front, with 6-piston fixed callipers, and 360 x 26 mm at the rear, with single-piston floating callipers.
On request, both AMG GT Coupé variants can be fitted with the AMG high-performance ceramic composite braking system, with brake discs measuring 420 × 39 millimetres at the front and 360 × 32 millimetres at the rear. This saves even more weight than the original brakes. At the same time, the ceramic discs can withstand even extreme loads and keep stopping distances permanently short – ideal for use on the racetrack, for example. The bronze finish of the callipers makes them instantly recognisable as high-performance components. All coverings are copper-free and therefore more environmentally friendly.
Active rear-axle steering
At the heart of the system are two electromechanical steering actuators (electric motors with spindle drive), which are not mechanically connected to the steering wheel. They replace the conventional track arms on the rear axle. This electronically controlled ‘by-wire’ system adjusts the rear wheels according to a predefined characteristic map. The track angle changes in one direction by up to 2.5 degrees at the rear wheel.
Below 100 km/h, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction of the front wheels. This virtually shortens the wheelbase. Benefit: The new AMG GT Coupé is significantly more agile when cornering, requires less steering effort and further increasing driving fun. Other benefits include improved handling and a reduced turning radius in everyday driving situations, such as when turning or parking.
If the coupé is driving at speeds above 100 km/h, the system turns the rear wheels parallel to the front wheels (maximum steering angle then 0.7 degrees). This virtually extends the wheelbase and noticeably improves driving stability. At the same time, lateral force builds up on the rear wheels much faster when changing direction, which speeds up the response to steering commands.
Active rear-axle steering not only improves handling in curves, but also supports the driver in the event of sudden evasive manoeuvres, thus increasing active safety. This makes the AMG GT easier to control at its handling limits.
Response characteristics also depend on the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving mode: In Sport+, for example, the rear-axle steering reacts even more agile and direct at lower speeds. It also assists with optional automatic parking and the remote parking function. Later updates ‘over the air’ are also possible.
The individual driving modes offer a personalised driving experience that is precisely tailored to different driving conditions and driver preferences:
– ‘Slippery’: Optimally tuned to slippery and icy road surfaces with reduced power consumption and a flat torque curve. Smooth gear changes and earlier upshifts support the stability-oriented driving impression.
– ‘Comfort’: Comfortable and fuel-efficient driving, also through very early upshifts. Suspension and steering are coordinated for comfort. The ECO start/stop function is also active here.
– ‘Sport’: Sporty character through more agile response to accelerator pedal commands, shorter gear shifting times, earlier downshifts and the emotionalisation of gear changes by means of intermediate acceleration. More dynamic suspension and steering tuning.
– Extremely sporty character thanks to even more agile throttle response, acoustically stronger intermediate throttle for downshifts and targeted torque interventions when shifting up with cylinder suppression for optimum shifting times. Increased idle speed for faster starting. The chassis, steering and drivetrain are tuned even more dynamically.
– ‘RACE’: For highly dynamic driving on closed-off racetracks. Here, all parameters are designed for maximum performance.
– ‘Individual’: Offers the option of selecting and saving individual parameters according to personal preferences. Coasting is also available in the Reduced and Moderate drivetrain settings.
AMG DYNAMICS: Greater agility with high stability
As a feature of the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes, the AMG GT models also feature AMG DYNAMICS. This integrated vehicle dynamics control extends the stabilising functions of ESP® to include agilising interventions in vehicle functions. When cornering at speed, for example, a brief brake intervention on the inside rear wheel generates a defined yaw torque around the vertical axis for spontaneous and precise steering. The range ranges from extremely stable to highly dynamic.
The AMG DYNAMICS symbol with the corresponding add-on is shown on the multimedia display when driving modes are selected.
– ‘Basic’ is assigned to the ‘Slippery’ and ‘Comfort’ driving modes. The coupé exhibits very stable handling here with high yaw damping.
– ‘Advanced’ is activated in the ‘Sport’ mode. The AMG GT models remain neutrally balanced. Lower yaw damping, lower steering angle requirements and increased agility support dynamic manoeuvres such as driving on winding country roads.
– ‘Pro’ (short for ‘Professional’) is part of the ‘Sport+’ mode. ‘Pro’ provides the driver with even greater support for dynamic driving manoeuvres and further increases agility and road feedback when cornering.
– ‘Master’ is linked to the ‘RACE’ driving mode (standard for AMG GT 63 4MATIC+, optional as part of the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package for AMG GT 55 4MATIC+): ‘Master’ mode is aimed at drivers who want to experience dynamism and driving pleasure on closed-off circuits. ‘Master’ offers a vehicle balance that tends to slightly oversteer, requires a low steering angle and offers a more agile steering response. In this way, ‘Master’ ensures maximum agility and makes the most of the car’s dynamic potential. To switch to Master mode, the driver must use the separate button on the centre console to switch ESP® to ESP® SPORT handling mode or ESP® OFF.
In the ‘Individual’ driving mode, the driver can set the AMG DYNAMICS levels ‘Basic,’ ‘Advanced,’ ‘Pro’ and ‘Master’ themselves.
Driving stability, drag, cooling and wind noise: The aerodynamics of the new AMG GT Coupé meet complex requirements. Balanced aerobalance helps to alleviate critical driving situations, such as sudden swerving manoeuvres at high speed. At the same time, it contributes to easier driveability, greater driving stability at high speeds, improved efficiency and reduced wind noise.
The three-dimensional front apron with front splitter not only reduces lift to the desired level, but also helps to direct airflow to and from the cooling modules. In addition, the flow of cooling air from the aerodynamically shaped brake air ducts improves braking performance. The largely panelled underbody guarantees both an optimal exhaust air flow from the oil cooler in the underbody area and an effective inflow of the rear diffuser.
AIRPANEL two-piece active air control system
Another technical highlight also improves aerodynamics: The two-part, active AIRPANEL air control system. The first part operates with vertical louvres concealed behind the lower part of the radiator panel and the air intake in the front apron. The second section is located behind the top of the cover and has horizontal louvres. All louvres are electronically controlled and can be opened and closed with servo motors to direct the airflow as needed to improve aero performance.
Normally, the louvres are closed – even at top speeds. This position reduces drag and allows the air to be directed towards the underbody to further reduce forward lift. The louvres do not open to allow maximum cooling air to flow to the heat exchangers until certain temperatures are reached on predefined components and the demand for cooling air is particularly high (the second part only above 180 km/h). This requires highly intelligent and fast control.
Active rear spoiler with intelligent operating strategy
The same applies to another active component of aerodynamics: e.g. the retractable rear spoiler that is seamlessly integrated into the vehicle’s silhouette. It changes its position depending on driving conditions. The control software takes numerous parameters into account, including driving speed, longitudinal and lateral acceleration and steering speed.
The spoiler adopts five different angles above 80 km/h to either optimise driving stability or reduce drag. If the system detects driving dynamics, the spoiler moves into the steepest position, thus ensuring dynamic and safe handling.
– 0 position (retracted), -11 degree angle, 0-80 km/h: The rear spoiler, which is fully integrated into the design of the boot lid, ensures a clean look when stationary and at low speeds. The adjustment mechanism is protected from dirt or foreign bodies when parked.
– Position 1, +6-degree angle, 80-140 km/h: In this position, the new AMG GT Coupé has the lowest drag (lower than in position 0), for best efficiency and low fuel consumption.
– Position 2, +11-degree angle, 140-160 km/h: optimum balance between low drag and driving stability from medium speeds
– Position 3, +17-degree angle, 160 km/h-Vmax: optimum balance between low drag and driving stability up to top speed
– Position 4, +22 degree angle, dynamic position, 120 km/h-Vmax, with highly dynamic driving mode detected by the vehicle: maximum lateral dynamics thanks to maximum downforce for best road grip. Maximum driving stability at the same time. The spoiler can also be moved into this position regardless of the driving situation by pressing the display button on the steering wheel.
Active aerodynamic profile in the underbody
The active aerodynamic profile, concealed almost invisibly in the underbody in front of the engine, also contributes significantly to improved handling. Weighing only around two kilograms, the carbon element reacts to the position of the AMG DYNAMICS and automatically lowers itself by around 40 millimetres at speeds of 100 km/h in Basic/Advanced or 80 km/h in Pro/Master. This significantly alters the airflow on the underbody, creating a Venturi effect that also sucks the car into the road and reduces front axle lift by around 50 kilograms at 250 km/h. The driver feels this positively in the steering, even at lower speeds: The new AMG GT can be steered even more precisely around corners and has even more lane stability. This makes the coupé much more agile and easy to control, especially when it comes to quick steering and high lateral acceleration. In addition, the drag coefficient is improved.
When the electrically operated profile is extended, the engine radiator’s exhaust outlet in the front opens to direct the airflow towards the rear diffuser. This ensures an optimum flow. This also increases rear stability and lowers the temperature of hot spots at the rear. At the same time, the aerodynamic refinements improve brake cooling by directing the cold air to the wheel discs. To protect against damage, the active component is spring-mounted and can therefore easily pivot upwards if the vehicle drives over a bump.
In addition, the active element enhances the effect of the AIRPANEL active air control system: When the movable blinds are closed, the lift on the front axle is reduced even further. The aerodynamic profile on the underbody can be extended when stationary (to clean it of leaves, for example) and is then automatically retracted when driving off. When the speed limit is reached, the tread extends automatically.
Aerial wheels reduce drag and weight
Aerodynamically optimised 20- or 21-inch light-alloy wheels, which reduce air resistance by creating less turbulence. Particularly sophisticated are the 20-inch wheels with plastic aero rings, which save weight.
The low level of wind noise contributes significantly to the Mercedes-typical comfort on long-distance drives. Effective sealing systems and sophisticated aeroacoustics ensure a high level of suitability for everyday use. Keeping the exterior mirrors, side windows and rear window free of dirt plays an important role in active safety.
Aerodynamics package on request
An aerodynamics package is also available as an option. It includes additional front flicks on the outer air intakes and wheel arches. At the rear, airflow is optimised with side flicks on the rear apron, a larger diffuser attachment and a fixed rear wing. All in all, the aerodynamics package reduces the lift on the front axle and increases the downforce on the rear axle.
For the market launch, Mercedes-AMG is offering the new coupé in eleven attractive paint finishes. In addition to solid Sun Yellow, the range also includes the highly exclusive MANUFAKTUR finishes. High-tech Silver, Obsidian Black, Selenite Grey and Spectral Blue metallic finishes are also available. The range is completed by MANUFAKTUR Alpine Grey solid, MANUFAKTUR Opal White bright, MANUFAKTUR Opal White magno, MANUFAKTUR Patagonia Red metallic, MANUFAKTUR Spectral Blue magno and MANUFAKTUR Hyperblue magno.
The new AMG GT Coupé comes standard on 20-inch 10-double-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels. The range includes two aerodynamically optimised 20-inch 10-double-spoke or 10-spoke options. The range is rounded off by three 5-double-spoke, 10-double-spoke or cross-spoke 21-inch AMG forged wheels, all three in two different colours.
Exterior design packages for an even more elegant or sportier look
Five exterior design packages are available for the new AMG GT Coupé to further refine the look in terms of elegance or dynamism.
– The AMG chrome package exterior includes refined accents in high-gloss chrome on the front apron, front mudguards and side sill trims.
– As part of the AMG night package, selected exterior elements such as the front splitter, side sill trims and mirror caps come finished in high-gloss black. There are also black chrome tailpipe trims. Depending on the finish chosen, this results in striking contrasts or flowing transitions.
– The AMG night package II also features additional elements in high-gloss black, including the radiator cover, typography and Mercedes star at the rear.
– The AMG carbon exterior package features lightweight carbon fibre components, a nod to the AMG GT’s motorsport roots. The carbon parts include the front splitter, the exterior mirror housing and the rear diffuser. There are also black chrome tailpipe trims.
– The AMG aerodynamics package consists of the front apron with flicks on the air intakes and wheel arches in high-gloss black, the rear apron with flicks on the side air outlets in high-gloss black, the diffuser attachment on the rear in high-gloss black and the fixed AMG rear wing in high-gloss black.
Elegant interior ambience for relaxed and comfortable driving
The interior of the new AMG GT Coupé features high-quality materials and carefully selected colour harmonies for a luxurious ambience with a high feel-good factor. The standard Nappa leather is available in Black, Sage Grey/Black, Red Pepper/Black and Siena Brown/Black. The optional upholstery in MANUFAKTUR Macchiato Beige/Titanium Grey or MANUFAKTUR Tartufo Brown/Black adds a particularly exclusive touch. The AMG Performance seats can also be upholstered with a combination of Nappa leather and MICROCUT microfibre with yellow or red stitching.
In addition to the standard high-gloss black, the decorative elements and the centre console are also available in aluminium or carbon as well as in MANUFAKTUR Chrome Black. The AMG Performance steering wheel with heating as standard is available in Nappa leather, Nappa leather/microfibre MICROCUT or carbon design/microfibre MICROCUT.
Mercedes-AMG key with convenient KEYLESS-GO functions
Both versions of the new AMG GT Coupé feature KEYLESS-GO with flush-mounted door handles as standard. As soon as the electronic key is in the immediate vicinity of the vehicle (within a radius of approximately one metre), the vehicle electronics communicate with the key via antennas. If the code matches, the vehicle recognises its owner and unlocks itself. Another benefit: The AMG GT Coupé cannot be locked while the electronic key is in the vehicle. The vehicle can be locked either actively with the key or by pressing the button on the driver or passenger door handle. The car is also easy to start without the ignition key. The engine is started by pressing the start/stop button to the right of the steering wheel with the brake pedal depressed.
The high level of comfort offered by the new Mercedes-AMG AMG GT is underlined by standard features such as the wireless charging system, a wireless charging option for compatible smartphones that meet the Qi standard. The inductive charging area is located in the centre console storage compartment, with details of the charging process displayed on the touchscreen.
Driver assistance systems
The new assistance display in the instrument cluster clearly and transparently shows how the driver assistance systems work in a full-screen view. Drivers can spatially recognise the car, lanes, lane markings and other road users such as cars, trucks and two-wheelers. Based on this representation of the environment, the system status and functionality of the assistants are visualised. The new animated assistant display is based on a real-time 3D scene. This high-quality and dynamic display transparently shows how the driver assistance systems work in an augmented reality driving experience.
This system included as standard is able to recognise typical signs of drowsiness and driver inattention, and displays a warning message prompting them to take a break.
Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC
On all types of roads – motorways, country roads and in town – this intelligent system can automatically maintain a pre-set distance from vehicles ahead. New features include:
– Collision-avoidance reaction to stationary road users up to a maximum of 100 km/h (previously: 60 km/h),
– Selection of DISTRONIC dynamics in MBUX, independently of DYNAMIC SELECT
Active Steering Assist
This helps the driver to stay in lane at speeds up to 210 km/h. New features include:
– Lane detection with additional 360-degree camera,
– Significantly improved availability and performance on curves on country roads
– Improved lane centring on motorways,
– Situational lane departure (e.g. to create an emergency lane, or to keep to the side of the road on country roads without central reservation markers).
Traffic Sign Assist
In addition to conventionally signposted speed limits, this recognises overhead gantries and signs at roadworks. New features include:
– Stop Sign Warning – warns if about to run a stop sign,
– Red Traffic Light Warning – warns if about to run a red light.
Active Lane Keeping Assist
In a speed range of 60 to 210 km/h, Active Lane Keeping Assist uses a camera to detect when road markings or road edges are crossed, helping the driver to avoid leaving the driving lane unintentionally. The system also intervenes if there is a danger of collision with detected road users in the adjacent lane, e.g. with overtaking or oncoming vehicles. New features include:
– Reaction to the edges of the road, such as a patch of turf,
– Particularly intuitive steering intervention
– Adjustment of sensitivity via a menu (early, medium, late)
Active Lane Change Assistant
Active Lane Change Assist cooperatively assists the driver when changing to the adjacent lane. Changing lanes to the left or right is only supported if, according to the sensors, the adjacent lane is separated from the driver’s own by a broken lane marking and no vehicles in the relevant safety zone have been detected. New features include
– Longer search phase (15 seconds instead of 10 seconds depending on the country) during which a lane change can take place, and
– Higher lateral dynamics (country-dependent).
Active Emergency Stop Assist
Active Emergency Stop Assist brakes the vehicle to a standstill in its own lane if it recognises that the driver is no longer responding to the traffic situation for a longer period. This works in the new AMG GT Coupé even when the active DISTRONIC proximity control system with Steering Assist is not switched on. Another new feature: Belt tensioning and braking impulse as a final signal of impending braking action
Active Brake Assist with intersection function
Active Brake Assist uses the on-board sensors to register whether there is a risk of collision with vehicles travelling ahead, crossing or oncoming. The system can give the driver a visual and audible warning if a collision appears imminent. If the driver’s braking response is too weak, the system can also assist by increasing the brake pressure as the situation demands, and also initiate autonomous emergency braking if the driver fails to respond. New features include:
– Turning function (including pedestrians crossing when turning),
– Extension of the crossing function to cross-country routes (up to 120 km/h instead of 72 km/h),
– Warning and braking for oncoming traffic.
Active Blind Spot Assist and exit warning function
Active Blind Spot Assist can give a visual warning – and if the indicators are operated also an audible warning – of potential lateral collisions in a speed range from around 10 to 200 km/h. If the driver ignores the warnings and still tries to change lanes, the system can take corrective action by one-sided braking intervention at the last moment if the speed exceeds 30 km/h. When the vehicle is stationary, the exit warning function can warn against exiting because a vehicle (or even a bicycle) is passing within the critical area. This function is available when the ignition is idling and for up to three minutes after the ignition is switched off. New features include:
– Addition of Active Ambient Lighting to the hazard display (also with vehicle exit warning);
– Thanks to the cameras of MBUX Interior Assistant, a danger warning can be given even if the driver or front passenger merely moves a hand towards the door handle.
DIGITAL LIGHT with warning symbols projected onto the roadway
The revolutionary DIGITAL LIGHT headlight technology is standard on the AMG GT models. It enables innovative functions such as the projection of auxiliary markings or warning symbols onto the roadway. DIGITAL LIGHT features a light module in each headlight with three powerful LEDs, whose light is refracted and directed by 1.3 million micromirrors. This means that the resolution is over 2.6 million pixels per vehicle. The micromirrors are mounted on a surface the size of a thumbnail. A control unit with a powerful graphics computer generates a permanent video stream to the mirrors via an HDMI-like connection. In this way, DIGITAL LIGHT adopts the technology of video projection. The innovative headlight can be recognised by its concave lens.
High Beam Assist is highly accurate when masking oncoming traffic or road signs. The light/dark boundaries and light distribution of all other adaptive light functions are also displayed with significantly improved precision, optimising illumination in fog, motorway or city light, for example.
The assistance functions are ground-breaking:
– Wrong-way driving indicated by projecting a warning symbol onto the roadway
– Support on narrow roads (construction site) by projecting guide markings onto the roadway
– Display when Cooperative Lane Change activates
– Warnings and directional guidance from Lane Keeping Assist
PRE-SAFE® preventive occupant protection
The AMG GT Coupé comes standard with the one-of-a-kind PRE-SAFE® preventive occupant protection. In dangerous situations, for example, PRE-SAFE® tightens the seat belts of the driver and front passenger as a precaution or moves the front passenger seat to a position more favourable for a possible collision. PRE-SAFE® uses the sensor technology of other systems such as ESP® or driver assistance systems for this purpose.
Child safety is also a priority: i-Size standard child seat mountings with Isofix anchorages and TopTether are fitted to the rear seats and front passenger seat. An automatic child seat recognition system is installed in the front passenger seat to ensure that the front passenger airbag is deactivated for the safety of young passengers: A mat integrated into the seat detects whether a child seat is fitted based on the weight distribution. Special child seats with transponders are therefore not required.
Mercedes me connect offers a comprehensive range of services, from maintenance management and remote control to car park information. For example, the vehicle recognises when maintenance is due and automatically sends a message to the customer’s registered Mercedes-AMG service centre. The workshop can then prepare an offer for the upcoming maintenance work and send it to the customer on request. Remote vehicle status monitoring allows customers to check important vehicle data such as fuel level or tyre pressure at any time from the comfort of their home or office.
Remote door locking and unlocking allows users to lock and unlock the vehicle or check that it is locked using the Mercedes me app. It’s also possible to do this from anywhere and at any time. This service requires a password to open the vehicle, reducing the risk of unauthorised access. Customers can also be notified by email that the vehicle has been remotely unlocked. Other features include GPS-based vehicle tracking and geofencing.
Effectively avoid traffic jams and save time
Thanks to navigation with live traffic information and car-to-X communication, customers can drive with real-time traffic data. This allows the driver to effectively avoid traffic jams and save valuable time. Connected vehicles use car-to-X communication to exchange information about traffic incidents. Providing information about danger zones at an early stage – for example, when the hazard lights are switched on – increases safety. Regular online updates ensure that the navigation map is always up to date.
Available parking spaces on public roads are reported with probability forecasts and sometimes in real time. They are displayed in the Mercedes me app and optionally in the MBUX navigation map, as are parking spaces in multi-storey car parks. The data can be added to the navigation system. Depending on the provider, additional information such as opening hours, number and size of parking spaces, prices and payment methods are displayed. As an option, the current weather and temperature in the area can be displayed on the navigation map.
Destinations can also be entered as 3-word addresses based on the what3words system (w3w). what3words is the simplest way to specify a location. It divides the world into three by three metre squares. Each square has a unique, unmistakable address consisting of three words. This makes it possible to address any place in the world – even where there are no postal addresses. This can be a great help when searching for destinations.
The ‘Hey, Mercedes’ voice assistant can be used to access MBUX functions, as well as to make online enquiries about the weather or restaurants, for example. There is no need to use predefined phrases. The system understands simple everyday speech. Examples: ‘Where can I eat a burger nearby?’ and ‘Do I need an umbrella today?’ The results of an online search for restaurants or hotels, for example, can be used as a destination in the navigation system. A Wi-Fi hotspot can be set up or other services such as Internet radio and music streaming can be used in conjunction with the ‘Internet in the Car’ service.