The performance division of Mercedes-Benz, the AMG, has recently announced that it won’t develop super diesel engines, like its main rivals.
After the company’s rivals at BMW and Audi have both announced powerful diesel engines for its models, Mercedes-Benz and AMG will stick to the classic powerful petrol units, and the company has recently announced that it has no plans into developing super diesel engines, according to autocar.co.uk.
“The technology of performance gasoline engines is converging with diesel tech. Direct injection, downsizing and turbocharging are all having an effect”, said the AMG boss Ola Kallenius while reffering to the new 5.5 liter twin-turbo V8 engine. “We looked at diesel a few years back, but petrol engines have obvious benefits of sound, weight, agility and response”, added Kallenius.
While Mercedes-Benz and AMG won’t develop powerful diesel engines, BMW has recently announced details on the M550d Sedan and touring, X5 M50d and X6 M50d, where the basic unit of 3.0 liter with its six cylinders in-line diesel is developing a total output of 381 horsepower and 740 Nm of torque (546 lb-ft), allowing the 550d Sedan xDrive to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, the M550d xDrive Touring in 4.9 seconds, the X5 M50d in 5.4 seconds and the X6 M50d in 5.3 seconds.
Audi has also announced a new tri-turbo 3.0 liter six-cylinder diesel engine, which is coming with 313 horsepower and 650 Nm of torque (469 lb-ft), which will make its debut on the A6 sedan, being mated to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission which is sending power to the company’s Quattro all-wheel drive system, allowing the model to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds.