Car and Driver contributor Georg Kacher has returned with intriguing insights about Mercedes-AMG’s future direction, and it’s a tantalizing prospect for enthusiasts. Kacher, known for his accurate predictions, previously spilled the beans about BMW’s plans, such as the M5 with a plug-in hybrid V8 generating 750 horsepower for 2024. The rumored X8 M, now the BMW XM Label, also realized this hybrid V8 concept with 738 horsepower.
Now, AMG might follow suit. Kacher’s sources suggest a potential reversion to V8 powertrains in the AMG C 63 and AMG E 63 by 2026. This development comes after AMG made waves with its C 63 S model, trading its V8 engine for a potent plug-in hybrid four-cylinder setup, triggering mixed reactions. The upcoming AMG E 63 is poised for a similar transition.
Kacher’s report highlights a fascinating dichotomy. Enthusiasts, particularly those investing in AMG’s high-performance offerings, often prioritize emotion over raw engineering data. The competition is also changing, with rivals such as BMW’s M3 and M5 offering hybrid powertrains.
The report unveils a strategic move from Mercedes engineers to meet Euro 7 emissions regulations by rejuvenating the iconic 4.0-liter M177 twin-turbo V8.