Think of the letters AMG and you'll probably end up picturing a performance sedan with a big V8. Such has become, after all, the Mercedes turning division's calling card. But with the introduction of its 2.0-liter turbo four, AMG is working at turning that notion on its head.

The highly potent engine produces 355 horsepower and is presently installed in the A45 AMG hatchback, CLA45 AMG sedan and GLA45 AMG crossover, giving Benz's smallest family a full range of performance models. But that might not be the full extent of the high-strung four-pot's use.

Speaking with AMG boss Tobias Moers, Britain's What Car? magazine reports that Affalterbach is considering slotting the same engine into larger models, particularly performance sedans like the C-Class. As we recently reported, Mercedes is already preparing to up the power from the turbo V6 in the C400 to slot a C450 Sport in below the C63 AMG. The C450 is expected to offer around 367 horsepower where the CLA45 AMG et al pack 355, but the lighter weight of the four-cylinder engine would likely offset the truancy of those extra dozen horses. Of course such a prospect would be much further down the pipeline than the C450 Sport which is expected to arrive much sooner.

Another possibility Moers mentioned as a future powertrain possibility for AMG would be a roadgoing derivative of the turbocharged, hybrid V6 developed by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains. The outfit in Brixworth, England, was once known as Ilmor and develops engines for Formula One. Now that the team's new engine is out there dominating the sport and development is frozen, the AMG road car division could tap the talents of their racing counterparts to develop a similar engine for the road.

What Moers denied, however, was the prospect of AMG doing a performance diesel. Apparently the market for such models is too small and the benefits over a gasoline engine too negligible for AMG to consider going the same route that BMW's M division and Audi Quattro GmbH – not to mention the likes of Porsche and Maserati – already have.


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      danfred311
      • 8 Months Ago
      Consider that the combustion engine is dead instead.
      get.real6
      • 8 Months Ago
      Type your comment here Get Real Because of the inherent inertia of MB, BMW, etc. Tesla will eventually own this segment because when all things are considered pure electric is the highest performance vehicle and the offers the best luxury in terms of almost non-existent NVH. The incredible energy efficiency is just theicing on the cake.
      turkeythundergod
      • 8 Months Ago
      Boooo. I like V8s and frankly am willing to pay a bit more to fuel the car. Most people with the money to buy a 60k+ AMG would agree with me too.
        ScottT
        • 8 Months Ago
        @turkeythundergod
        I would guess most people who are buying AMG's don't really care how many cylinders are in their engines; they only care about how the engine performs. In fact, I'd be willing to bet half those AMG drivers don't even know how many cylinders their car has.
        SublimeKnight
        • 8 Months Ago
        @turkeythundergod
        I think the idea is that a V8 in a few years will come with all the hidden costs needed to offset it in order for the fleet to hit CAFE requirements. You might be willing to pay 20% more for gas, but that means MB needs to incentivize/subsidize enough cars that get better gas mileage than CAFE standards to offset that car. They'll pass those subsidized costs on to the V8 buyer in order to deter that sale.
      Shahul X
      • 8 Months Ago
      would love to get that v6 hybrid powertrain from the W05 F1 car into a AMG GT Black series lol
      throwback
      • 8 Months Ago
      I love V8s, but they are being legislated into extinction. makes sense for AMG to be proactive.a Performance hybrid makes a lot of sense.
      rsxvue
      • 8 Months Ago
      Looks like that F1 tech is tickling down sooner than later.
      carguy1701
      • 8 Months Ago
      That's a change. Not sure it's one I agree with, but at this point, its just a rumor.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 8 Months Ago
      NA V8, please.
      purrpullberra
      • 8 Months Ago
      Oh man... that F1 know-how put to use in a few street cars. YES please!! In an AMG S-Class coupe...Holy sh1+, bringing F1 tech to the street this quick would be incredible. These cars could be on the road in less than a couple years. IF the goods can be shoehorned in. But they mastered the art in F1 so I think they may pull it off. Use the cache of S-class and the glamour of F1 help sell the biga$$ lux yachts since the 'greenness' of the hybrid tech itself alone doesn't do so generally. So they get MPG CAFE benefits and admiration for bringing this stuff to market.
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