Automobile and Driver contributor Georg Kacher is again from the watercooler with extra gossip about what’s forward. This is similar reporter who introduced us insider buying and selling about BMW engaged on an M5 with a plug-in hybrid V8 making round 750 horsepower for the 2024 mannequin 12 months, mentioned hybrid powertrain to be shared with an SUV known as the X8 M on the time. Half that rumor has come true already, the X8 M having was the BMW XM Label, the XM boasting a plug-in hybrid V8 with 738 horsepower. The opposite half of the rumor is pertinent in mild of Kacher’s new report: He credit two sources for information that AMG might return to V8 powertrains for the AMG C 63 and AMG E 63 as quickly as 2026.
For any who managed to overlook the furor, AMG’s open coronary heart surgical procedure on the newest C 63 S threw out the earlier V8 drivetrain making 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque for a plug-in hybrid four-cylinder setup making 671 hp and 752 lb-ft. From the second the sedan debuted, followers made it clear they regarded dropping 4 cylinders as way more vital than gaining 168 horses and 236 pound-feet. The approaching AMG E 63 will get the same revision when renewed, giving up the TTV8 for a plug-in hybrid inline-six drivetrain. Typically little issues imply rather a lot, typically they imply all the things.
Kacher writes of each vehicles, “Some say that is not adequate to do battle with the BMW M3, which has a twin-turbo inline-six, and the longer term BMW M5, which is slated to have a hybrid setup with a twin-turbo V-8. The upcoming Audi RS5 and RS7 will even be powered by a V-6 hybrid good for as much as 640 horsepower.” These sentences present simply how very important but irrational the difficulty is for AMG consumers, emphasizing once more that enthusiasm — particularly amongst consumers dropping AMG cash — is a matter of ardour above engineering.
Ignore this being about Mercedes doing battle with the BMW. The 671-hp C 63 already stomps out the 503-hp BMW M3 on the spec sheet. The retired, non-hybrid E 63 made 603 hp and 527 lb-ft. Maintaining with the competitors will not be an issue for a hybrid V6. That is about how consumers count on AMG to do battle — with irate V8 overkill and an apocalyptic exhaust notice no PHEV four- or six-cylinder can match.
In accordance the report, the previous gloves are going again on, Mercedes engineers engaged on making the 4.0-liter M177 twin-turbo V8 authorized underneath Euro 7 emissions guidelines. The phrase from “senior engineers” is that the E and C can swallow the eight-cylinder with “solely minor bodywork adjustments.”