Mercedes-Benz’s performance division AMG will change its strategy over the following years and it will start producing hybrid engines.
In a world concerned in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, switching from large V12 naturally aspirated engines to hybrid units is inevitable for any carmaker out there. Ferrari has broken the ice, with its LaFerrari supercar, along with the McLaren and its P1 and now Porsche is getting ready to present the new 918 Spyder, again, equipped with a hybrid powertrain. Mercedes-Benz’s performance division will have some catching up to do, but it will start producing hybrid engines too.
“Hybrid is going to be in the future of even sports cars. When will there be a pure-performance, high-tech AMG hybrid? We still have a lot of areas of improvement in the (conventional) AMG engines we have. We have promised another 20 percent reduction (in fuel consumption) by our 50th birthday (in 2017)”, said Ola Kallenius, the AMG Chairman.
Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division has already started downsizing and the best example is the 2.0 liter engine found on the new A45 AMG and on the CLA45 AMG, which is producing 355 HP, the absolute limit of what’s possible when talking about a 2.0 liter unit. The large V12 engines will be kept for the moment but they will be eventually replaced by hybrids, over the following years.