• AMG’s Plans for the Future Are Better Than You Thought

AMG won’t abide by political correctness with its new plans, but will try to poach customers from other demographic groups

AMG has had a lot on its plate lately. Whether it was the development of a new performance-oriented hybrid powertrain developed around a twin-turbo V-8 or the brewing of a sportier EQS variant, Affalterbach has had a lot going on. Nonetheless, the change train will keep going as AMG also has some interesting targets for the future.

Would You Like the 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL If It Looked Like This Rendering?

Speaking to Car and Driver, AMG CEO Philipp Schiemer hinted that we shouldn’t expect any future projects like the Project One hypercar as the company will instead pay more attention to women and younger buyers.

A big role will be played, then, by the P3 plug-in hybrid platform. The new underpinnings are designed to work with either a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine – most likely the one found inside the Mercedes-AMG A 45 – and a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 familiar from AMG’s higher echelons.

2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 Drivetrain
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Either way, the system - marketed under the E Performance moniker - mixes a 4.8-kWh battery pack, an electric motor, plus a two-speed transmission.

“It is enormously difficult to meet the regulatory requirements, and we want to build cars that are street legal everywhere,”

explained Schiemer, who went further to add that “there will never again be such an extreme project” as the AMG One hypercar and that “every AMG will have a form of hybridization,” including 48V mild-hybrid setups that aren’t of the plug-in ilk.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

The AMG boss also reiterated that the incoming SL will be an out-and-out AMG project, just like the GT. What is more, the SL, once launched, will replace the AMG GT roadster. AMG, however, will not phase out the likes of GT coupe or GT four-door. Instead, these models will get a facelift and the P3 powertrain in conjunction with the 4.0-liter V-8 mill.

AMG's Plans for the Future Are Better Than You Thought Exterior Spyshots
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AMG's Plans for the Future Are Better Than You Thought Exterior Spyshots
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We still don’t know when will the new SL debut, yet there’s reason for excitement. The original car had its roots deeply sunk into the field of motorsport, and Schiemer hints that the new one will pay tribute to that without sacrificing its grand tourer attributes.

2022 Mercedes-Benz SL

2022 Mercedes AMG SL63

2020 Mercedes-Benz SL Grand Edition

2017 Mercedes Benz SL-Class

1957 - 1962 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing (W194)

2017 Mercedes-AMG SL 63

1989 - 2003 Mercedes SL-Class (W129)

1972 - 1989 Mercedes SL-Class (W107)

1963 - 1971 Mercedes SL-Class (W113)

Source: Car & Driver

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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