Mercedes-AMG to Build GT4 Car

Image: Mercedes-AMG

Image: Mercedes-AMG

Mercedes-AMG will expand into the GT4 market, having confirmed plans to build a new car based on the newly launched Mercedes-AMG GT R road car.

The German manufacturer made the announcement during last weekend’s end-of-season awards dinner in Stuttgart, with a specific timeline for the car’s debut has not yet been released.

“The development of the Mercedes-AMG GT4 is another important step in the continuing expansion of our Mercedes-AMG motorsport program,” said Mercedes-AMG Chairman Tobias Moers.

“The excellent feedback of our Customer Sports teams concerning the AMG GT3 and the increasing interest for GT4 race cars strengthened us in our decision.

“We are delighted to address an even larger target group of amateur and professional drivers and teams in the future with it.”

The GT4 car will be based on Mercedes-AMG’s new track-ready GT R, which features a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces in excess of 550 horsepower on the road.

It’s an evolution from the Mercedes-AMG GT production car, which the GT3 car is derived from.

Mercedes-AMG joins BMW and Ford in having recently confirmed GT4 programs, joining the more than dozen automakers and small-volume manufacturers that already offer GT4 cars on the market.

10 Comments

  1. Tarek R

    December 5, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Cars like this one will destroy the class.

    SRO as responsible of the GT4 formula must react now.

    • guest

      December 5, 2016 at 9:21 am

      These new cars are really questioning GT3’s existence.

    • Bakkster

      December 5, 2016 at 9:56 am

      It’s entirely possible GT4 will follow the path of GT3, where cars that were supposed to be like the Porsche Cup cars kept getting faster and more expensive.

      Now, GT3 manages to get lots of sales anyway, but I think GT4 is unlikely to be able to sustain that same trajectory simultaneously.

      • Kurt

        December 5, 2016 at 3:53 pm

        All of this has happened in the past. GT1 became too expensive and died. GT2 morphed into GTE/GTLM and is reaching GT1 costs. GT3 is born. Manufacturers again see a cheaper alternative and incidentally start another spending war. GT4 is now where GT3 was and I fear the cycle will start all over again.

        • guest

          December 5, 2016 at 4:48 pm

          No doubt, but it’s happening so fast. GT4 is finally taking off internationally and the costs are going through the roof. SRO and FIA should have kept the manufacturers in line here with a ~375-425hp performance window. Keep the 600hp Z/28, McLaren, and AMG out of here.

      • StueyB83

        December 5, 2016 at 8:25 pm

        But we know this was by design.. the regulations have changed in increments over the years to allow the growth of GT3 to the high level it is right now. Since 2012 (incidentally, the death of GT1) cars have been less road car derived and start life as empty shells.

    • StueyB83

      December 5, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      What are your fears based on?

      Everyone said this about the McLaren when it came out but now look at the level where other new cars are. The newest Cayman GT4 and Ford Mustang GT4 have a very high finish quality that is equal to this and the 570S. The game is changing now – manufacturers will take over from private developers as it was when GT3 gained momentum.

      The Maserati Trofeo is a much faster package than current GT4 as it was built, but has been dumbed down (less power, smaller wings) to suit the performance spec.

      A large number of the field has been made of specialised race specific kit cars (Ginetta, Sin, Reiter X-Bow mod).

      End of the day, GT4 is still a BOP formula so no matter how exotic you try make the car, it’ll still feel the wrath of parity.

  2. Edgar Sanchez

    December 5, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    The arms race is heating up in GT4 with all the manufactures coming to play. Guess we will need a GT5 class so all the garagistas and performance shops can still come play.

    • StueyB83

      December 5, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Yes, GT4 will change in 2-3 years to be another customer sport dominated category with a few exotic builds thrown in. I think they prefer cars coming from one source because it makes the parity process much easier – slap one BOP on all cars from one source.

  3. mike c

    December 5, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Audi, Lexus, Mercedes- what’s with all the ugly grilles?

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