AMG’s future isn’t in horsepower - lighter cars, smaller engines
AMG are three innocent letters that when added to the tail end of a Mercedes mean evil performance. AMG has kept Mercedes competitive in performance cars no matter the competition by making sure the tri-star brand always had plenty of power. But that could change.
AMG is actively pursing a lower emissions policy for its future cars, the company has confirmed. “The horsepower war is over,” said AMG boss Volker Mornhinweg.
But don’t think Merc’s in-house tuner has gone soft. AMG is now focusing on weight savings, engine optimization and “alternative technologies” to insure fast, but more fuel efficient Mercedes cars.
The next E63 AMG should be the first to benefit from this new approach. The new Mercedes E63 AMG will be lighter than the outgoing model and have the option of the SL63’s manual wet-clutch gearbox for more power with better economy.
AMG is also thinking about going into areas it hasn’t before. Mercedes is working on new A and B-Class models, and AMG may for the first time put some resources in these cars. The tuner may uild its own four-cylinder and possibly diesel engines.