• The AMG GT’s V-8 Will Live On Thanks to Electrification, And It’s A Very Good Thing

There may yet be hope for AMG’s V-8 engine

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While we recently talked about how the upcoming AMG C63e will come with a hybrid powertrain that will utilize a modified version of the 2.0-liter M139 turbo-four from the A45S, as well as the controversial nature of this decision, there might be hope for AMG after all. AMG is already cooking a new EV powertrain for its future models. We are expected to see the first car featuring it, later this year. In the meantime, the factory of madness is developing a new E-Performance Plug-in hybrid system for the AMG GT four-door and C-Class.

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This is part of AMG’s new lineup of “modular” drivetrains. We already know that the C63 will feature a turbo-four, but it seems the 4.0-liter V-8 may yet live in the higher spectrum of Mercedes AMG’s model lineup.

The new system will comprise of a turbocharged internal combustion engine (inline-four or V-8), coupled to the nine-speed G-Tronic automatic at the front axle, while the rear axle will accommodate the Electric Drive Unit (EDU), consisting of a lithium-ion battery, cooling for all 560 cells, an electronically-controlled differential, and a powerful electric motor, mated to a dedicated two-speed transmission.

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Although it sounds complicated (which it is) and will no doubt add weight, you cannot argue with a combined output of 804 horsepower (600 kilowatts) and 738 pound-feet (1,001 Nm). The new output will allow the AMG GT four-door E-Performance variant to accelerate to 60 mph (97 km/h) in under 3.0 seconds. For comparison, the already quick AMG GT63S does the sprint in 3.1 seconds.

All that tech on the back axle means that weight distribution should be better too while reducing CO2 emissions.
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In order to develop the new hybrid drivetrain, AMG worked together with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team. The E-motor boasts a power density of one pound per horsepower. It’s able to supply 201 horsepower (150 kilowatts) and 236 pound-feet (320 Nm) in 10-second bursts, and is always able to supply you with 94 horsepower (70 kilowatts).

At the same time, a belt-driven starter-alternator is responsible for firing up the engine and the various accessories such as the Climate Control.

The two-speed transmission in the rear works similarly to the Porsche Taycan system. First gear works from a standstill, so it can provide that snappy acceleration. Second gear comes at around 87 mph (140 km/h).

Thanks to liquid cooling, the battery pack is always at a consistent 45 degrees Celsius (114 degrees Fahrenheit). In addition, this ensures consistent and reliable performance.

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There are still details we are unfamiliar with, but the new E-Performance drivetrain certainly sounds like an engineering feat. Although we are not sure that the new C63e will be a worthy successor, we are glad that the flagship AMG car will still have a rumbling V-8. With all the performance figures mentioned above, we might get an AMG GT73 version after all.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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