Mercedes-Benz has no interest in pursuing BMW down the diesel performance rabbit hole, according to Autocar. The publication spoke with Ola Kallenius, chairman of the board of management at Mercedes-Benz AMG, who said the company explored the idea of performance diesels in the past and found the concept too fraught with compromises to be worthwhile. Kallenius said gasoline engines have obvious advantages when it comes to weight, sound, agility and response. The AMG guru also pointed to the fact that the company's modern performance engines have borrowed considerable diesel technology, including direct injection and turbocharging, to reach their current power and efficiency levels.

In a separate report, Kallenius was quoted as saying it would be wise to grow the AMG brand after the success of the SLS AMG coupe and roadster. Rumors have indicated a machine capable of giving the Porsche 911 a run for its money around the world's race tracks may be in the cards, but Kallenius said no final decision has been made about growing the performance arm's ranks just yet. Still, the boss didn't outright nix the idea, so there's some glimmer of possibility there, however thin.


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      Matthew Kaiser
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      Will the 911 competitor have 23 variants?
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      larshafner
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      the car will be frontengined and a 2seater, hardly a 911 fighter.
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      Spellchecker
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      Mercedes AMG has had performance diesels in the past. The W203 sedan, estate and Sportcoupe C30 CDI AMG. They had a 5-cylinder engine bored out to 3-liters and 231-horsepower and a massive 398 lb·ft of torque. 0-100 km/h took place in the low 6 second range. I had the chance to experience an estate model belonging to a buddy (as a passenger). The engine sounded like an American V8 muscle car from the '60s when pushed, but in normal driving was quite refined and much quieter than the standard '270 CDI engine it was based on. I personally have no problems with a diesel performance car. I'd take a Golf GTD over a GTI anyday for example as it gives me great gas mileage, torque and FUN.
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