Mercedes-AMG is one of the few brands that have been able to avoid the onslaught of hybridization in the name of fuel economy. But even hybrids are making a name for themselves in the high-performance world, so much in fact that the in-house tuning branch of Stuttgart could hop on the hybrid train themselves.
AutoCar sat down with Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber of Mercedes-AMG’s advisory board, where he implied this notion by saying: “Every car line has to reduce fuel consumption–even AMG.”
However, fuel economy isn’t the only concern for the automotive world as carbon dioxide emissions also play a role in determining how cars perform and this is a significant tax in Europe. And that’s another potential reason for Mercedes-AMG to utilize hybrid technology.
Though the reason why Mercedes-AMG has maintained their position for so long is due to low demand among AMG customers, who really don’t care about how much fuel or CO2 they consume or emit. But either way, given how hybrid technology works on cars like the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 and the LaFerrari, AMGs could soon find their own hybrid setups.
– By: Chris Chin