Mercedes Announces Entry-Level AMG GT 43 For U.S. Market

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The AMG badge was once reserved for the most powerful, craziest, and most expensive vehicles from Mercedes-Benz. More recently, the German automaker has been hard at work on introducing Mercedes-AMG models in a ladder configuration that ramp up in performance and price to make them more approachable for consumers. To that end, Mercedes-AMG has introduced a new GT 43 model for the U.S. market that will act as the entry-level trim in the lineup. It becomes the perfect stepping stone for consumers that want to get into a version of the high-performance sedan, but want to stay on some kind of a budget.

Sold overseas since 2018, the new AMG GT 43 is now being offered in America with a starting price of $90,950 (including destination). That makes it $10,050 more affordable than the AMG GT 53 ($101,000), $50,350 cheaper than the AMG GT 63 ($141,300), and $71,300 more affordable than the range-topping AMG GT 63 S ($162,250). Clearly, the AMG GT 43 is the most affordable option available.

As one would expect, being the cheapest trim in the lineup brings a few changes, though the majority of differences occur under the hood. Just like the AMG GT 53, the AMG GT 43 is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine. Power from the engine is rated at 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, while the EQ Boost mild-hybrid system can provide an extra 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. As with other AMG GT models, the AMG GT 43 will come with a nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. AMG Dynamic Select drive modes, AMG sport suspension, six-piston front brakes, and an electronically-deployable rear spoiler are also included as standard.

Mercedes AMG GT 43

Compared to other AMG GT models, the AMG GT 43 is the least powerful – no surprises there. The AMG GT 53 is rated at 429 hp, the AMG GT 63 puts out 577 hp, and the AMG GT 63 S is good for 630 hp. With less power, the AMG GT 43 is the slowest to get from zero to 60 mph. Mercedes-AMG claims the AMG GT 43 can make the run to 4.8 seconds, which is 0.4 seconds slower than the AMG GT 53. That’s not a massive difference and one that few consumers will be able to notice from the driver’s seat. The AMG GT 63 S is in a different league than the AMG GT 43, though, as the top dog can get to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds.

While Mercedes-AMG didn’t provide a complete list of all of the features on the AMG GT 43, the brand said that it would come with a lot of the same features as the more expensive AMG GT 53. If the features do carry over, the AMG GT 43 will come with a 12.3-inch central display, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 14-speaker Burmester sound system, and Apple CarPlay as standard. On the convenience side of things, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, and 64-color ambient lighting will be included. The latest version of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) is also included. Of course, Mercedes-AMG will offer a dizzying number of packages and features on the AMG GT 43.

For consumers, the introduction of the AMG GT 43 is a more affordable way to get into the brand’s high-performance sedan with a coupe-like design. Unless you really crave extra horsepower or being able to brag to your friends about zero-to-60 mph times, the new AMG GT 43 is the one to buy and is clearly the best value option in the lineup.

The AMG GT 43 sits in an interesting part of the segment because of its relatively high starting price and lack of power. The Audi RS 5 Sportback costs $75,195 and comes with 444 hp. The not-as-crazy Audi S7 is more powerful with 443 hp and cheaper, too, with a starting price tag of $84,895. BMW’s new 8-Series Gran Coupe is the ideal competitor with 335 hp and a price of $85,895. The Porsche Panamera is another direct competitor with the base model being rated at 330 hp and a starting price of $88,550. Compared to those vehicles, the AMG GT 43 lands in the middle of the pack when it comes to pricing and performance.

Deliveries of the new-for-America AMG GT 43 will begin before the end of the year. With the trim retaining all of the same features as the AMG GT 53 and boasting nearly the same level of performance for much cheaper, we expect it to be a hit.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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