Mercedes will add hybrid technology to its flagship performance vehicles as a way to improve fuel economy rather than add performance. The move is very much the opposite of the Lexus hybrid philosophy, which is designed to deliver added power without an increased carbon footprint.
The news comes via Daimler exec Herbert Kohler, who is in charge of future technologies and engineering at the Mercedes parent company. He even went so far as to say hybrid AMGs are, “a given.”
At least initially, Mercedes will follow the improved fuel economy strategy for hybrids, with Kohler commenting that the first vehicles will get start-stop technology as well as brake regeneration.