AMG READ­IES 805BHP HY­BRID

Autocar - - PARIS MOTOR SHOW -

The first Mercedes-amg hy­brid will en­ter pro­duc­tion in 2020 as an 805bhp ver­sion of the GT 4-Door, ac­cord­ing to Mercedesamg boss Tobias Mo­ers. Pre­viewed in Geneva in 2017, the hy­brid driv­e­train mixes a 4.0-litre V8 with an elec­tric mo­tor to de­liver a 0-62mph time of less than 3.0sec.

Although the GT 4-Door will be AMG’S first hy­brid, hy­bridised four-cylin­der mod­els are a longer-term pos­si­bil­ity. Mo­ers also sees a place for an elec­tric AMG. He said: “If I ex­clude a car like that, there wouldn’t be a brand in the fu­ture. I don’t know a time­frame but we do need one in our port­fo­lio.”

It’s not clear if a Mercedes-amg EV would be a be­spoke model or an adap­tion of an ex­ist­ing Mercedes-benz model. How­ever, Mo­ers made clear that the stand-alone car maker AMG, based in Af­fal­ter­bach, Ger­many, is com­pet­ing with “our neigh­bours in Weis­sach” (Porsche) with all of its own mod­els. To that end, Mo­ers said AMG has “an ap­petite” for a third model range with “firm ideas” but no con­fir­ma­tion of what that would be.

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