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Inside, AMG used a familiar layout seen in most modern Mercedes cars, but the wide center console is a clear reference to the original AMG GT. As you would expect, the materials all feel incredibly high-quality, as does the fit and finish. Even better, if you’re tired of faux-suede everything and carbon-fiber trim, AMG offers several interior packages that will let you decide how luxurious or sporty you want the GT 4-Door Coupe to be. Several exterior packages are available, as well.

The rear seats are also surprisingly spacious. And no, I don’t mean usable. Unless they’re extremely tall, two full-grown adults could easily fit back there with plenty of room. Because it’s a liftback, there’s space for all your luggage, too. If you have more than three friends, though, you may want to move to Europe. That market will get a five-seat configuration not offered here in the U.S. You know, for all those times five people need to lap the Nurburgring in the same car.

Sure, it’s a ridiculous idea, but it’s far from the worst idea in the world. Your three rear-seat passengers might not have an abundance of shoulder room, but with the suspension in Comfort mode, the car would make the drive to the track surprisingly, well, comfortable. The suspension is stiff but not punishing.

In Sport+ or Race mode, though, the GT 4-Door Coupe becomes a more than capable track car.

The 63 S makes 630 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque from AMG’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, and you feel (and hear) every bit of it. But with the nine-speed automatic sending power to all four wheels, you can actually use that power without roasting your tires. On the other hand, if you really do want to hang the tail out and burn through tires, there’s an available drift mode for doing exactly that.

With a firmed-up suspension, rear-wheel steering, torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, active aero, and optional carbon-ceramic brakes, the GT 4-Door Coupe feels much more suited to track driving than you’d expect. It’s still a heavy car, but it handles its weight well. Unlike some other large performance cars, the GT 4-Door Coupe makes you want to go faster and push it harder. That’s not always a guarantee, even with tons of power.

If we’d gotten more time behind the wheel, the GT 4-Door Coupe’s weaknesses may have started to show. But it made a solid first impression on both the road and the track, and when it goes on sale, the Panamera’s going to have some serious competition.

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