Mercedes-AMG Boss Says GT Concept’s 800 HP Hybrid V8 Will Go Into Production

Mercedes-AMG has recently started electrifying its range, with the addition of the ’53’ models. This powertrain is available in the CLS, E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet, and adds an EQ Boost starter-alternator that feeds the 48V electrical system.

In combination with the twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six petrol engine, the total output – channeled to both axles via a nine-speed automatic transmission – is 435 PS (429 HP / 320 kW) and 520 Nm (384 lb-ft) of torque. But Mercedes-AMG is planning something more extreme, as the brand’s chief, Tobias Moers, recently told DigitalTrends.

“Maybe you remember the GT Concept from Geneva last year. It had a V8 engine in the front and an electric motor on the rear axle”, said Moers. “Everything is in development. It will go into production one day.”

The show car’s powertrain produced in excess of 800 horsepower and used the omnipresent twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, while the company claimed that it needed less than 3 seconds to hit the 100 km/h (62 mph) mark from a standstill.

These specs will probably carry over

Since the hybridized powertrain is still in development, it’s hard to comment about its final output. However, when asked if it will be as powerful as the one in the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept, Moers simply said “more or less, yeah.”

In addition to working on the new petrol-electric powertrain, Merc’s performance division will allegedly develop a battery pack, too. Also, they will shave some kilograms by using carbon fiber and make sure that the specific AMG tone is there.

“If you run 12 miles (19 km) in electric mode, then maybe it’s okay to have your freedom and it’s quiet. We’re not fully done with it, though. We do a lot of research together with companies, musicians, gaming people to find what could be the right sound for an electric-driven AMG. We’re not done with that journey; we’re just collecting a lot of input”, he Moers.

Mercedes-AMG Project One technologies coming to other vehicles

Inspired by Formula 1, the Mercedes-AMG Project One features some innovative technologies. Some of these, like electric turbocharging, will be used in other road-going vehicles made by AMG in the near future. The system is already used in other production cars, such as the Audi SQ7, and is claimed to eradicate turbo lag.

“You can expect some technologies transferred from Project One to our other cars”, commented Tobias Moers. “We are chasing performance with hybrids, not long range. We could do that, but our first approach is a performance approach.”

Note: Mercedes-AMG GT Concept pictured

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  • Elmediterraneo

    For those who gets confused with AMG’s numbers
    35 : 300 hp sub-models for compact cars
    45 : 400 hp top-models for compact cars
    53 : 435 hp 6 cylinder sub models for RWD cars
    63 : The main V8 model for the RWD cars
    73 : Ultra top of the line hybrid version of the 63 (this is the 800 hp hybrid)

    43 : will be totally replaced by the 53 with the V6’s death
    65 : will be totally replaced by the 73 with the V12’s death

    • Cobrajet

      63 will be replaced by a hybrid I6 later.

      • Elmediterraneo

        That’s for the next generation C63. But that’s not clear yet about what engine will be used. The 53´s 6 cylinder from Mercedes-Benz or an all new handbuilt 6 cylinder from Mercedes-AMG.

        • Trim105

          Actually the 53 range is AWD only and even the 63 range is now predominantly available with AWD (The C63 and SL63 are the only current V8 models left with RWD only)

  • LWOAP

    Mercedes-AMG GT 73 confirmed.

  • Elmediterraneo

    Mercedes AMG 73 line up
    – GT 73 4 door Coupe
    – S73 Limousine
    – S73 Coupe
    – S73 Cabriolet
    – SL 73 Roadster
    – GLS 73
    – G73

  • Six_Tymes

    Ill admit, these are very impressive renders.

    • Trim105

      These aren’t renders. This is the GT concept that AMG revealed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The production (GT73) model won’t look much different from the incoming GT63.

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    Extremely disappointed at the design.

  • Dennis James

    Very nice design for a 4-door car. Well done !