AMG Building New 4.0L V8 Engine

Most automakers are working on downsized force induced powerplants to maintain performance while enhancing fuel efficiency and AMG is following suit, though its newest powerplant will still be a V8.

A brand new 4.0-liter V8 is currently in development by AMG for various Mercedes-Benz models including the upcoming 2015 C63 AMG in addition to the new, smaller SLC sports car. The turbocharged V8 is based on the current turbo 2.0-liter, four-cylinder and will share the same individual cylinder capacity and bore spacing. The smaller four-cylinder is built for the Mercedes A45 AMG and CLA45 AMG models.

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According to insiders, the 4.0-liter V8 will have over 450 hp initially, but will have the potential to reach over 600 hp. The V8 will eventually replace the naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V8 that’s currently found in the SLK55 AMG.

[Source: Autocar UK]

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