A 650-horsepower 4-cylinder hybrid for the future Mercedes C63 AMG 4

In addition to announcing new 100% electric models, Mercedes-AMG provided details on the high-performance hybrid powertrains it is developing. Now, we know more about the future sporty C-Class.

The German automaker is developing hybrid powertrains that use four- and eight-cylinder engines, pairing them with a synchronous electric motor, high-performance battery and fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC + all-wheel drive. The electric motor was developed exclusively by AMG and powers the rear wheels. This block has an electrically controlled two-speed transmission and an electronically controlled differential lock on the rear axle known as an electric drive unit.

It can produce up to 201 hp and 320 Nm of torque. While power is usually sent to the rear, the engine can transfer power to the front wheels if the rear wheel grip is too low. Like the Porsche Taycan, the two-speed transmission means the engine delivers excellent performance under acceleration and once it reaches 140 km / h, the second gear is engaged, allowing the car to continue to shift. accelerate hard.

New V8s and 4-cylinder hybrids?

Models equipped with a new Mercedes-AMG hybrid powertrain will have electric, comfort, sport, sport +, race and individual modes. Each model also includes the AMG Dynamics system which influences electronic stability control, all-wheel drive and electronic rear axle differential lock. Four different levels of braking energy recovery will also be available. Mercedes-AMG has also confirmed the next-generation C63 powertrain.

The sporty version of the C-Class will have a 2.0-liter plug-in hybrid block. This system will include the well-known 2.0-liter M139 four-cylinder from other company models, which will be modified to develop more than 442 hp. Coupled with the 201 hp electric motor, the sedan will have nearly 650 hp under the right pedal.

In its most evolved form, this electric motor will be mated to a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that will debut in the Mercedes-AMG GT73. The plug-in hybrid V8 will develop up to 804 horsepower and 1,000 Nm of torque, allowing the car to reach 100 km / h in less than three seconds.