Mercedes-AMG is thought for producing highly effective pace machines. And the marque doesn’t intend to let the electrical revolution change that.
No, the Mercedes-Benz subsidiary isn’t resisting the inevitable; in truth, fairly the other. On Wednesday, the marque outlined its future electrification technique. On the heart of the plan is the AMG E Efficiency hybrid powertrain designed to make sure that lightning-fast efficiency automobiles stay the model’s trademark for years to return.
Developed in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz’s Components 1 powertrain firm, Excessive Efficiency Powertrains, the modular setup mates a front-mounted, turbocharged inner combustion engine with a 6.1-kWh battery pack and electrical motor within the rear, in keeping with a press launch. The electrical motor, which is able to producing as much as 201 horsepower and 236 ft lbs of torque, drives the rear axle straight, however also can direct energy in the direction of the entrance set of wheels when wanted.
The majority of the ability, although, will nonetheless come from the gasoline engine in entrance, both an inline-four or a V-8, that’s mated to AMG’s Speedshift automated transmission and outfitted with an electrical turbo charger. The mill is highly effective by itself, however the rear electrical drive unit will present a lift when wanted, protecting efficiency constant so that you simply’re not coping with any turbo lag. The hybrid setup additionally opens up six completely different modes to drivers—Electrical, Consolation, Sport, Sport Plus, Race and Particular person. There’s at the very least one mode for each driver, whether or not you worth effectivity, smoothness, versatility or efficiency.
AMG hasn’t supplied ultimate efficiency figures for its new powertrains, but it surely’s doubtless they’ll be way more highly effective than the marque’s earlier mild-hybrid efforts. The V-8 setup seems to be able to producing 804 hp and 738 ft lbs of torque, in keeping with Highway & Monitor. The inline-four, in the meantime, might churn out as much as 442 horses. We must always discover out quickly sufficient, as the previous is anticipated to look in a brand new GT four-door, whereas the latter might make its debut within the next-generation C63.
In fact, like most automakers today, AMG can even launch a completely battery-powered mannequin or two. Actually, this yr will see the debut of at the very least one all-electric mannequin primarily based on an entry in Mercedes’s new EQ lineup of EVs, in keeping with the model. Whereas nothing has been introduced but, it might be fascinating to see what AMG might do with the EQS and its 460 hp powertrain.