Mercedes-AMG to replace the 5.5L V8 with a newer 4.0L powerplant

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The AMG-GT is powered by an all-new 4.0-litre V8.

Many car manufacturers these days are ditching big, heavy engines in favour of smaller, more compact ones and it’s called moving with the times. But in the mad and fire-charged world of AMG, these big engines sort of define each car made by the tuning house. When Mercedes-AMG launched the GT, the engine under the bonnet no longer displaced a 1,000 litres, but a more modest 4. This new powerplant is backed-up by two turbochargers and in the standard GT (there’s a GT S, too) makes 460 horses and a thundering 600 Nm of torque. This will be the basic unit under the bonnet of every AMG and non-AMG cars in the times to come.

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The star of the show – The 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8.

If you are expecting the absolutely mental ‘Black Series’ to grace the showrooms anytime soon, then don’t hold your breath. AMG chief Tobias Moers stated that the tuning house isn’t yet working on any Black Series, as of now. Thankfully for many loyalists, the “one man, one engine” philosophy of AMG still continues. Mercedes-Benz, though, will make all of its engines on a standard production line. And unlike some other German manufacturers who are bringing out hybrid powerplants, AMG will continue to stick to standard internal-combustion as Moers thinks that AMG isn’t up to the task, yet. Even oil-burners won’t be part of any Merc-AMG vehicle anytime soon as petrol is next to God for this company.

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The AMG-GT will also not be getting Merc’s 4MATIC AWD system, but will come as standard with a limited slip differential. Moers also confirmed that all future AMG cars will wear a ‘Mercedes-AMG’ tag, instead of the now common ‘Mercedes-Benz’. This change in branding by the tuning house can be seen on the new C63 and of course, the GT.

Source – AutoCar India

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