Mercedes-AMG is getting ready to unleash a supercar-rivaling family sedan, with a hybrid version of the just unveiled GT 4-door Coupe on the way.
Not content with revealing the 470kW GT63 S at the 2018 Geneva motor show, AMG boss Tobias Moers confirmed it will be superseded as the performance hero by the new hybrid machine based on the 2017 Geneva show concept car (pictured below).
“You remember the GT concept as it was last year? It’ll be like that,” Moers told Australian media at this year’s show.
The 2017 concept combined the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine with an electric motor for more than 600kW of power. Asked if that would help propel the new GT hybrid to a supercar-style sub-3.0second 0-100km/h time Moers smiled: “It could be theoretically possible.”
Hybrid power is set to play a key role in the next generation of AMG models, with Moers saying it offers a number of benefits as the company looks for more performance while simultaneously trying to reduce emissions and fuel economy.
Asked if that meant hybrid-powered models would become the new kings of the AMG line-ups, he admitted it’s a likely scenario.
“You know it’s not a big secret we’re working on electrification of drivetrains. This gives you a lot of room for new thinking and new ideas. Yeah, it’s possible [they become the performance hero],” he said.
The move to hybrid will ultimately end the brand’s V12 engine, with Moers admitting hybrid is a better solution in the future.
“We’re going to carry on with V12 in the Mercedes portfolio but don’t expect another S65 in the next generation S-Class,” he said.
“If we would like to keep that engine in our brand there would be a need to have a complete, maybe from the ground up, redesign of the engine. It should move up to 700 horses. And taking into consideration what we talked about the V8 hybrid, I believe more in an electrified future. It gives you in every area a step up - it’s more powerful, it’s more efficient, ok it’s a little bit more weight… but this gives you more freedom and more ideas than a V12."