Mercedes-AMG acknowledges it can’t make V8 engines forever.
The performance brand is no stranger to electrified powertrains, as it worked previously on the SLS AMG Electric Drive. But that project was a bit special at the time, and now reality is settling in that series production vehicles will be electrified. And since the sub-division works closely with Mercedes on the development of new road cars, AMG is able to ensure future models can be adapted into performance vehicles.
Speaking to Autocar, Mercedes-AMG’s director of vehicle development, Drummond Jacoy, confirmed the brand has to “reinvent” itself when it comes to electric cars. “It’s not starting from scratch, but we’re going to have to look at what the AMG story is with an electric vehicle. But we’re working on that.” More importantly, Jacoy acknowledges Mercedes-AMG isn’t “going to make the world happy with V8s for the next 200 years,” so a focus on electrified powertrains is almost a necessity.
The company is already working on a couple hybrid projects, including the GT Four Door previewed by a concept earlier this year in Geneva. It is also involved with an upcoming hypercar dubbed Project One that will have a powertrain derived from Formula 1 technology.
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