We’ve been hearing about AMG going green for a while and now CAR has a couple of new details on the diesel and hybrid future of the high-performance Mercedes-Benz models. According to AMG boss Volker Mornhinweg, AMG is getting ready to produce hybrid and diesel version of its cars that will also use low-weight material in order to keep performance at current levels.
Mornhinweg said that the new 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series, which is 250kg lighter than the SL 63, will be the last high-performance AMG to have such massive power. He said the upcoming Gullwing supercar will be the first new model that will produce a modest 571-hp.
Mornhinweg said that by 2010 AMG will introduce a mild-hybrid that will feature start/stop technology, lightweight components and will reduce fuel-consumption of the 6.2L V8’s by 30 percent. It will borrow a lot of the technology introduced in the new S 400 BlueHYBRID.
As for deisels, Mornhinweg says that AMG won’t do large torquey diesel models. Instead, AMG will lean more towards a smaller and more responsive diesel.
He is hoping that the new path will increase AMG annual sales to 30,000 units.
2009 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series: