When it comes to Mercedes-AMG models, the horsepower war is clearly not over. In speaking with CarAdvice during the recent New York Auto Show, AMG boss Tobias Moers speculated an all-new 2.0-liter turbo will offer over 400 horsepower in the next 45 series of AMG cars.
Right now the AMG 45 series vehicles (CLA45 and GLA45 in the U.S.) are powered by an AMG-spec turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. In both applications the engine churns out an impressive 375 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, largely credited to a hefty amount of boost from the turbo bolted to it.
Moers though, essentially stated that 375 horsepower is no longer enough for the 45 cars.
“Yeah, we have to be over 300kW [402 hp], too, we know that. You have to be at a certain level,” Moers stated to CarAdvice.
Rumors have suggested that AMG may start leveraging electric compressors on future engines, a technology they’re already using on their F1 cars. Although Moers admitted AMG is looking at utilizing electric turbines to boost its engines, he declined to confirm if the next 45 cars would feature such technology.
Moers did confirm to the publication that there will be an all-new 2.0-liter turbo for AMG use and that it would be in the next-generation 45 cars. Although the timeline for the next 45 cars was not confirmed during the interview, it is widely believed that the next CLA will arrive in 2019, so it’s still a ways off.
However, a new A Class is likely to launch prior to the next-generation CLA. So it is possible that an AMG A45 could be revealed with the new 2.0-liter prior to the next CLA and GLA.