The impressive hybrid mechanics of the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept of more than 800 HP will come true

By:   Fedora Atjeh Fedora Atjeh   |   Mei 11, 2018
Mercedes-AMG GT Concept
Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

When the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept was shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2017, it came hand in hand with an impressive hybrid mechanics that exceeded 800 hp and that the brand of the star has not included in the newcomer Mercedes-AMG GT of four doors. But we get good news, Mercedes-AMG plans to introduce this series engine in the range, although its arrival date remains unknown.

Through an interview published by Digital Trends, we have known the intention of Mercedes-AMG to bring to production the hybrid V8 engine that hid the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept. It is a system named EQ Power +, which combines the well-known 4.0 liter V8 twin turbo with a powerful electric drive associated with the rear axle, and whose overall power is estimated at 805 hp. The benefits associated with the prototype shown in Geneva last year were overwhelming, highlighting a 0-100 acceleration of less than three seconds.

In development but no release date

According to Tobias Moers, head of Mercedes-AMG, this hybrid mechanics will go into production "someday", although what has confirmed the president is that the Affalterbach brand has already gotten to work and is now in development to be incorporated into series models. Models that have not been confirmed either, by the way, but the Mercedes-AMG GT family is in the pools.

"Maybe you remember the Geneva GT concept last year," Moers says for Digital Trends. "It had a V8 engine in the front and an electric motor in the rear axle, which is currently under development so that it will one day be in production."

This way, there are still many unknowns to be solved, but the main one has already been satisfied: Mercedes-AMG will have a hybridization that will go beyond the 48V mild-hybrid systems already equipped by some of its offshoots, such as Mercedes-Benz AMG GT four-door or the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic +.

It will not sound like a Toyota Prius

Similarly, Moers has advanced that it will be the sports division of Mercedes-Benz itself that is responsible for the development of the batteries that will accompany this hybrid frame. In addition, in order to optimize the weight to the maximum, said mechanical frame will have a diet rich in carbon fiber.

The head of Mercedes-AMG has also reassured the most skeptical that this engine will have a sound that will have nothing to do with a Prius: despite its hybrid condition, the sound will be very even to the other models born in the breast from the sports manufacturer. "We are investigating along with other companies, musicians and people to find the right sound for an AMG powered by electricity, but we have just started, for now we are only collecting a lot of information."

Finally, other technologies derived from the impressive Mercedes-AMG Project ONE will eventually reach the Mercedes-AMG family, such as electric turbocharging. This has already been seen in sports variants of other brands, such as the Audi SQ 7, but in the near future we will begin to see it in the models of the Affalterbach house. Think green without leaving sportiness aside

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