Mercedes-AMG’s New Hybrid V-8 Powertrain Can Make Up to 804 HP


Mercedes-AMG’s New Hybrid V-8 Powertrain Can Make Up to 804 HP

Mercedes-AMG has offered mild-hybrid models for a while now, but this year, it’s going all in. The first all-electric AMG models will be arriving soon, but the company isn’t telling us about those yet. Instead, it’s revealed details about its new four- and eight-cylinder hybrid drivetrains. The four-cylinder AMG E Performance powertrain will debut in the successor to the C63 (which we expect to use the same name), while the V-8 hybrid will arrive in a new version of the GT Four Door, believed to be called the GT73.

Both E Performance offerings are all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrids developed in tandem with Mercedes-Benz’s Formula 1 powertrain company, High Performance Powertrains, each with a unique electric drive unit (EDU) mounted at the rear axle. Unlike a lot of plug-in hybrids where the electric motor is sandwiched between the engine and transmission, AMG’s E-Performance models locate the motor at the rear axle along with a battery and transmission. Moving the e-motor to the back of the car provides for better weight distribution and reduces drivetrain losses. The battery is a 400-volt unit with 560 liquid-cooled lithium-ion cells adding up to 6.1-kWh of usable battery capacity. AMG says the motor puts out 201 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque for up to 10 seconds, and 94 hp in “continuous operation.” Lowering the continuous output ensures there’s always electric power to drive the wheels, and that there is spare battery capacity for energy recuperation. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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