Mercedes-AMG has made no secret of the fact the performance brand is working on an exclusive new sedan. Expected to be the pinnacle of performance when it comes to AMG sedans, this new car will also show off AMG’s future with electrified powertrains.
At the top end, the production version of the GT Sedan Concept will sport 805 horsepower thanks to a combination of V-8 power and an electric motor resting at the rear axle. AutoCar reports the V-8 will actually be Mercedes’ well-known twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter mill. The old school meets new school powertrain will ultimately bear the EQ brand name and offer up to 31 miles of electric driving range.
AMG isn’t stopping with just one hybrid variant of the car, though. Reports from sources familiar with the development program say AMG plans to offer three battery capacities on the car, all with varying performance figures. While the top-end model will offer 805 horsepower, a mid-level offering is expected with 738 horsepower and about 25 miles of range. The hybrid range will be bookended by a 671 horsepower variant with a 19-mile electric range.
While the AMG sedan is ultimately going to offer the three hybrid models, it won’t be a hybrid at launch. As an indirect replacement for the CLS 63, the car will launch with a conventional powertrain. Utilizing the same twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 and nine-speed automatic from the new E63 S, the AMG sedan will offer 604 horsepower that will funnel through an AMG-specific all-wheel-drive system.
The gas-only version of the new sedan is expected to be revealed in March at the Geneva Motor Show and go on sale at the latter part of 2018. The hybrid versions are still a ways off with a 2019 launch target.