• Nov 25th 2009 at 2:29PM
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AMG Driving Academy at Lime Rock – Click above for high-res image gallery

It could be argued that Mercedes-Benz' AMG division -- more than any other brand -- is culpable for perpetuating the horsepower wars. Not that we're complaining, mind you, but sooner or later, consumer demands for environmental responsibility will catch up even with these stratospheric performance automobiles. The power-crazed tuners at the Benz performance division can see the writing on the wall, and are reportedly preparing to do something about it. More than one thing, actually.

First up is the electric version of the SLS, AMG's first in-house developed product. Confirmation came this past summer that an electric SLS – with the equivalent of 526 horsepower and 649 lb-ft of torque on tap – would see production, although no launch date has been revealed at this point. There's no telling if the electric powertrain in the green gullwing will foreshadow the trickle-down effect into other vehicles, but we'd hardly be surprised.

What could end up powering more commonplace future AMG products, however, are diesel engines. The possibility was first mooted nearly two years ago, and confirmed as a possible course of action a bit over a year ago by AMG boss Volker Mornhinweg. According to the latest reports, AMG is still toying with the idea, but given the torque-heavy capacity of modern diesels – German ones, especially – we could be looking at oil-burning performance Mercedes before we know it.

[Source: What Car?]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      There have already been diesel-powered AMGs before...
      • 5 Years Ago
      About time they put the Arab's green to work.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love that AMG excess.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i mean theoretically, hybrids could be performance oriented as well. how? same fat motor, just with a big juicy battery and hybrid motor, tuned for performance, ie. dump all the charge on launch, over fuel economy
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh please, PLEASE, save us from Diesels...and their exciting 4,000 rpm red zone ;-(((
      And what would be next? A Ferrari Diesel?!??! No seriously, those are good engines for Minivans and pickup trucks and that should be it!
      I hate Diesels. Yes, they have torque...so what? They sound horrible (even the modern ones) and are NO fun.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I test-drove the 335d and loved it, but it still only comes as a family sedan.

      I would so drive something more hardcore like a diesel AMG.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So this AMG model runs mostly on tire smoke? nice!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is this pic from 1976? Seriously looks like those dudes have time warped.
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