AMG to use hybrid technology on its upcoming models

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 18, 2011

According to the latest reports its appears that Mercedes-Benz’ AMG sport division will finally use hybrid technology on its upcoming sports cars. The bad news is that the new technology will not act as a performance boost, but it will be used in order to improve fuel consumption.

The new AMG models will receive stop-start and energy recuperation systems, which will help them to deliver a better fuel consumption.

Back in 2008, the company was experimenting with batteries, ultracapacitors and flywheels in order to boost performance, but it appears that now the firm is focusing on lower CO2 emissions of its flagship performance models.

“In the future AMG will still offer high performance models but there will be hybrids there,” said Daimler’s head of future mobility and advanced engineering, Herbert Kohler to Autocar. “AMG needs to reduce fuel consumption.”

The first company to use high performance hybrids will be Porsche and their impressive 918 RSR, unveiled last week at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

Still, it appears that Daimler will not use the innovative flywheel system used on the Porsche 918 RSR. Daimler is considering using Chevrolet Volt-style range-extenders and said it will have the technology testing on the road very soon.

Topics: amg, hybrid, technology

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