Diesel seems to be the future of German performance. BMW is going to be making many of its cars available, including M models, with oil burners, and Audi has taken what it has learned with the R10 TDI LeMans racer and will make the R10 diesel performance car next year. Now AMG boss Volker Mornhinweg announced the company is planning to unveil first diesel model in the next three years. The Mercedes performance arm will likely use the first fast diesel in an update to the AMG Hammer - a gas-powered E-class from 1986 that had a 177 hp 3.0-liter V6. "This car will be the Super Hammer," said Mornhinweg.
This new car will likely use a small lightweight C-Class sedan for a base. Once that is launched, the AMG diesel treatment may find its way into larger cars like the upcoming E-class (pictured above.)