Mercedes-Benz performance division is developing a hybrid

Published: August 7, 2015

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: David Mayer

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AMG, the well-known high performance division of Mercedes-Benz cars, has recently announced that they will likely have a hybrid model on sale by 2020.

With European Union CO2 regulations coming into full force by 2021, even high performance carmakers are now forced to consider making hybrid and electric vehicles to conform to environmental regulations.

The Porsche 918 and McLaren P1 are the first hybrid hyper cars, but these cars retail for over $1 Million USD. Now, AMG looks to be joining the fold with perhaps a more accessible, mainstream performance car, with a hybrid powertrain.

Many in the automotive world seem to be utterly shocked by news of AMG looking towards hybrid power units. After all, AMG is known for snarling, large-displacement V8s in their cars.  AMG has made quite a rep for themselves with these big displacement motors—in fact, their smallest production motor prior to the GLA and CLA was a 5.5 litre V8. With the release of the turbocharged 4 cylinder making over 300hp, AMG has shown that they can build something other than a big V8.

Further proof of this lies with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team. As of 2014, regulations in F1 changed to force all manufacturers to construct hybrid power units in all of their vehicles. The AMG F1 car has a 1.6 litre, six-cylinder gasoline engine combined with an ‘energy recovery system’, which is capable of applying up to 4MJ of energy at any given time. The F1 hybrid is also capable of producing anywhere from 760-900 Horsepower depending on the energy recovery system, all while being at least 40 per cent more fuel efficient than the past V8 poweplants seen in Formula One.

The AMG car was dominant in the Formula One season last year, with Lewis Hamilton winning the drivers’ championship, and the AMG team easily winning the constructors championship. This seems to suggest AMG has some ridiculous hybrid technology that they are now waiting to deploy on their road cars.

Not only will new AMG Hybrids save you money on fuel and save you time by allowing you to travel in HOV lanes, driving a 700hp+ hybrid beast could actually save you money on your auto insurance. Yes, you are not misreading this. Even in a performance car, just by virtue of it being a hybrid, will save you up to 10 per cent on your auto insurance. More of an incentive to be eagerly awaiting AMG hybrids in 2020! I for one cannot wait!