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Mike Stevens | Oct, 27 2014 | 1 Comment

Mercedes-AMG’s all-new 4.0 litre turbo V8 engine will make its way into yet more models, the company’s chief has confirmed.

So far, the powerful mill has debuted in the new C 63 sedan with as much as 375kW and 700Nm on offer, along with the stunning new AMG GT coupe where it produces similar numbers.

Speaking with the UK’s Autocar this week, AMG boss Tobias Moers has confirmed the engine will appear not only in more of the tuning house’s special models, but also with other Mercedes offerings.

For AMG, the new engine replaces the existing 5.5 litre mill, itself something of a replacement for the venerable 6.2 litre V8 that has appeared in a number of AMG cars.

Of course, engines destined for the AMG line will be specialised versions built to the company’s current standard of one worker to each engine, while ‘regular’ Mercedes versions will be built to a conventional production schedule.

Moers is also understood to have ruled out, at least for now, the idea of a ‘hypercar’ to take on models like the Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1.

“You’d have to ask Porsche or Ferrari about the business case, but it is important for us not to overestimate your own brand," Moers said.

"AMG is not at the level to do that. Not yet at least."

Interestingly, the report claims that AMG is not currently working on any new Black Series models, while other European publications have supposedly confirmed the coming of an extra-hot AMG GT Black Series.

“We have so much incredible stuff coming through the normal product lines, we can’t think about anything else right now,” Moers told Autocar.

The report is rounded out with confirmation that AMG is not preparing any diesel models or any all-wheel-drive take on the GT coupe, although every new rear-wheel-drive AMG will feature a limited-slip differential as standard.

Lastly, Moers said that AMG’s 6.0 litre V12 will soldier on with a major overhaul and some light hybrid technology, all focused on passing new emissions rules in the Chinese market.

It appears no brand-new V12 is planned, however, with Moers said to have ruled out the idea of adding four more cylinders to the new 4.0 litre V8.

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