first brought up the topic of a diesel-powered AMG Mercedes
last April after the
New York Auto Show
. Now on the heels of the
V-12 TDI in Detroit, the story is back.
is the in-house tuning arm of
that installs over-sized, over-powered engines into the Stuttgart machines and adds suspension, brake and visual aids to match the output. According to
, AMG is very close to pulling the trigger on a
engine. In AMGs hands the Mercedes-Benz 4.0L V-8 with 320 hp and 538 ft-lbs of torque would be the likely starting point. Something approaching the 700+lb-ft of torque in the
would probably be the target. With new CO
standards coming in the EU,
will surely be loathe to give up the profits the AMG models surely generate and this would definitely be a way to do it without sacrificing much, if any, performance.