The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door always had a polarising look, especially with those retro-inspired launch-spec wheels – you either love them or hate them, no in-between. And that’s before factoring in the practical drawbacks due to its coupe-like silhouette and limited seating arrangement.
So for 2021, Mercedes-AMG set out to make the GT 4-Door a little more universally approachable, with more exterior styling options across the range, plus a new rear-bench seat for the first time ever on the model, bringing the total seating capacity up to five.
In terms of updates, this year’s “facelift” for the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door is perhaps as mild as it gets. There are barely any changes to the exterior – in fact, Mercedes said it themselves in the press release that “the design of the six-cylinder versions remains unchanged”.
What you do get in this update, is a range of new extra-cost options that have now been moved down the line from previously being exclusive to the GT 63 model. These include a slightly spruced-up front bumper with additional gloss black and chrome trims, as well as the AMG Night Package II (dark chrome Panamericana grille and badgings) and Carbon Fibre Package.
There’s also a range of new colour options for this year’s GT 4-Door, including Starling Blue Metallic, Manufaktur Starling Blue Magno and Manufaktur Cashmere White Magno, plus a new Manufaktur Exclusive Edition for the GT 53 which wears a handsome shade of Rubellite Red metallic, equipped with the silver chrome exterior package, and trim-specific 21-inch AMG wheels.
On the inside, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door receives the latest AMG double-spoke steering wheel that we first saw on the E 63, which comes as standard with the AMG steering wheel dials.
The steering wheel can be optioned in either Nappa leather or Nappa with Dinamica suede, while the rest of the cabin’s upholstery options have also been expanded with a variety of new interior leather colour options like Sienna Brown, Classic Red, Yacht Blue, Deep White, and Neva Grey.
For an even more upmarket look, buyers can also splurge on the Exclusive Nappa Leather in Titanium Grey Pearl with yellow contrast stitching, or Exclusive Auburn Brown Nappa leather with black diamond stitching. And as we’ve mentioned above, buyers can now opt for a five-seater configuration with an optional rear bench.
As for the mechanical bits, the 43 and 53 variants of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door is essentially unchanged on the performance front. Both models are powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six engine; the GT 43 makes 367 hp and 500 Nm of torque, while the GT 53 gets 435 hp and 520 Nm of torque.
Both mills are paired to an additional 48V EQ Boost mild hybrid system that provides an additional 22 hp and 250 Nm of boost during hard acceleration, and are paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system with variable torque distribution as standard.
The updated V8 variants will only be unveiled at a later date, but the big news will be the introduction of the all-new GT 73e plug-in hybrid variant which supposedly packs a total system output of over 800 hp and 1,000 Nm of torque.
Powertrain aside, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door gains a revised AMG Ride Control+ suspension set up, featuring new adaptive dampers with dual pressure-limiting valves – one each for rebound and compression damping – which allows the damping force to be “adjusted even more precisely to different driving conditions and drive programs”.