Downsizing is the talk of the town right now, with every manufacturer working on developing more powerful yet lesser capacity engines in the wake of recently upgraded emission norms and the obvious increase cost consciousness. But, you won't expect such a thing from the Mercedes-Benz's performance division, AMG, which is said to replace all the existing V8 powertrains with the new 4.0-litre V8 engine.
Why not AMG, you would ask? The answer is simple, because it is the performance division meant to burn out the tyres. Yet, they have decided to go forward with the change and the head of the AMG, Tobias Moers confirmed himself, saying " The engine will replace our 5.5-litre engine." The recently launched AMG C63 and the flagship AMG GT comes equipped with the 4.0-litre V8 engine.
New V8 4.0L engine
If you are wondering, this is the only update that Mercedes has got for us, you may be wrong! A whole bunch of other information is also available now, including, non AMG products to also get this new V8 engine as Mercedes-Benz will build its own version on a standard production line. The badging will be changed from AMG to Mercedes-AMG badge, as is already seen on the new GT and C63. No diesel-powered AMGs or any all-wheel drive version of the GT will be on offer.
If you are waiting for the AMG Hypercar, the bad news is, no prospect of such a Hypercar will be available in the future. Moers had completely ruled out the prospect of an AMG Hypercar, saying “You’d have to ask Porsche or Ferrari about the business case, but it is important for us not to overestimate our own brand. AMG is not at the level to do that. Not yet at least.”
Mercedes Benz AMG GT
Also, if you are expecting the insane 'Black Series' of the AMG, then you will be disappointed by the words of AMG chief Tobias Moers, who stated that “We have so much incredible stuff coming through the normal product lines, we can’t think about anything else right now.” Thankfully for many loyalists, the “one man, one engine” philosophy of AMG still continues.
We hope that, Mercedes atleast don't change the petrol engines to hybrid engines, as for the Mercedes, petrol is next to God!