Mercedes-AMG’s flagship model will soon take its last bow in Australia, as order books close ahead of the new SL roadster’s reveal within the coming weeks.
Order books for the Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe and Roadster have closed in Australia, as rumours emerge out of Europe that the two-door family will cease production later this year.
A Mercedes-Benz Australia spokesperson confirmed to Drive orders for the two-door GT Coupe and Roadster have ceased in Australia, and will not re-open for the remainder of the vehicle’s current generation. A small number of already-built new examples remain in the dealer network for sale.
The confirmation follows a report from Spanish publication Motor.es overnight, claiming order books in Europe closed at the start of October, ahead of the final cars rolling off the production line in Sindelfingen, Germany in December 2021.
“While I can’t comment on overseas markets, I can confirm new orders of the current generation Mercedes-AMG GT are no longer available in Australia. For now, a small number of new vehicles remain in stock throughout the Mercedes-Benz retail network,” a Mercedes-Benz spokesperson told Drive.
The GT duo will make way in Mercedes-AMG’s two-door line-up for the new Mercedes-AMG SL convertible, which executives have confirmed will serve as an indirect replacement for the GT Roadster – and is tipped to lend its all-new aluminium platform to a next-generation GT Coupe, sharing many of the SL’s mechanical components.
While the new SL – which exclusively wears Mercedes-AMG branding for the first time, as the vehicle’s development has been conducted by the Affalterbach performance arm – is slated to be unveiled later this month, ahead of an international launch in 2022, there’s no official word on when the new GT Coupe will break cover.
With development prototypes yet to be spied testing, a speculative estimate would suggest it’s unlikely the new GT Coupe will premiere before the end of 2022, with a launch in 2023 appearing more probable.
Unveiled in coupe form in late 2014, and Roadster guise two years later – followed by a mid-life facelift for the entire range in 2018-19 – the two-door AMG GT is offered in a broad spread of variants in Australia, from the ‘entry-level’ $294,200 before on-road costs GT Coupe Night Edition, to mid-tier GT C and GT R models, and the flagship circa-$800,000 GT Black Series.
All models are powered by a common 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V8 and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, though outputs range from 390kW/670Nm in the GT Night Edition, to the 537kW/800Nm, flat-plane GT Black Series.
The range expanded in 2019 to include a more practical GT 4-Door Coupe model – but despite its shared name, the 4-Door Coupe trades the two-door GT’s bespoke spaceframe for the rear-wheel-drive MRA architecture underpinning the E-Class, CLS and previous-generation S-Class sedans.
The GT 4-Door Coupe will continue on into 2022 unaffected as the only AMG GT-badged model on sale, with the cessation of orders applying only to the two-door GT models. A new four-door, plug-in hybrid GT63 S E Performance variant is due in Australia in the second half of 2022.
VFACTS industry sales figures report 57 examples of the GT Coupe and Roadster as sold between January and September 2021, following 59 cars sold in 2020, and 115 in 2019. A total of 172 examples were shifted in 2018 – the GT’s best year on sale.
Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.