• Jan 18, 2011
2011 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG – Click above for high-res image gallery

The era of the green(-ish) sports car is fast approaching. Porsche unveiled its 918RSR at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show while Audi enjoys showing off one of its many e-Tron concepts at nearly every expo. Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to pairing up powerful vehicles with electric propulsion, trotting out the SLS AMG E-Cell at the NAIAS and searing our retinas in the process. Now there's word that AMG is ready to cut fuel consumption across its lineup by partnering its torquey gasoline engines with some kind of hybrid electric powertrains.

According to Daimler's head of future mobility and advanced engineering Herbert Kohler, it's a "given" that AMG vehicles in the coming years will be available as hybrids. The AMG family will still be about performance, but – like every other automaker under the sun – fuel consumption is a constant part of engineering discussions going forward.




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[Source: Autocar]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder if M-B will be like BMW and offer some type of version of the dual-mode hybrid powertrain. BMW's version is slick in both the X5 & X6 SUVs.

      Chances are they'll try something radically new (1st), then go with something that been around for awhile.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a great idea. The future will be all green powerplants, and in the meantime, using them in expensive, very fast luxury sportscars, will improve the technology. AMG buyers won't mind the additional expense at buying time, and the added expense of upkeep until the tech can be more cheaply produced. The Prius is a good first step for "real" consumers, but it's trimmed like a $15K car, and it costs more like twice that usually.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That dark silver CL.... oh my, I want to sleep with it...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Right now when I hear the sound of an AMG V8 running through a low-restriction dual exhaust it connects with something inside my man nature and I get all warm and fizzly. I can't imagine the sound of a lithium ion battery pack will do that...that's what I'm going to miss.
      • 3 Years Ago
      i dunno, but that white CL63 is a pretty badass looking car!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The whole hybrid thing is bothering for a number of reasons. The environmental impact of fabricating a hybrid is much greater than a "regular" car. The rare earth metals, chemicals, etc used in a hybrid system require many times the man power and time cost of regular production. And then there's the long term maintainability of a hybrid car. From a manufacturer's standpoint, its a win-win. They get to charge more for a product people perceive as more expensive, whether or not it is and there's the built in obsolescence of a behicle with the complexity of a hybrid. They will be a lot more expensive in the long term to maintain, prohibitively expensive and complex, forcing you to buy new as soon as the warranty is up. Why wouldn't manufacturer's want that kind of market. I currently own a 2008 CLK63 Black Series and have a good relationship with an independent shop that works on a '88 M3, and he says the Black Series will be relatively inexpensive to maintain. He's dreading the switch to hybrids.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hybrids are merely a transition to pure EV's, which there is no denying the industry is moving towards. At this point manufacturers are simply trying to adapt to consumer demand for efficiency and performance, as well as imposing government regulations. Eventually your mechanic will have to figure out how to work on a hybrid if we wants to maintain newer cars - some mechanics are happy to do custom work on older cars, that's fine too. Change is inevitable, some people don't like that, it's human nature to cling to associations and predispositions. Inevitably the car of tomorrow will be better than today, as it has been in the life of the car over the past 100 years. While I often look longingly at the classics, I see them as art pieces and I am happy that the car I need to rely on everyday is not something from the '40's, '50's or '60's - although I wouldn't mind one for weekends!
      • 3 Years Ago
      NOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Best looking benz
      • 3 Years Ago
      As long as the hybrid powertrain has a V8 in it somewhere I'm in. Otherwise, fail.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't mind it as long as its available in gasoline only and hybrid versions. I don't want just the hybrid.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Volvo called they want their headlights back.
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL... don't worry Hecti, at the end of the day, the amount of money generated in revenue will do all the talking. Let them add batteries, lol
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oh god, my account got hacked!!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        well just as long as they keep making a hard core "black" version with no added nonsense
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