It’s no secret that sooner or later all brands will have to bet on electrification to have a chance of surviving, at a time when everything is being done to demonize thermal vehicles, while standards become more and more more restrictive. High-performance brands are not spared either, like Bentley and Lotus, which recently announced their desire to go all-electric in the years to come. Without going that far, Mercedes-AMG It too wishes to operate a vast transformation of its activity, by relying on the know-how of its F1 team, in order to offer a plug-in hybrid and electric range in the years to come. In addition to the Mercedes-AMG Project One, still under development, the German firm ultimately wishes to offer other road vehicles equipped with similar technologies, using the brand new propulsion concept called E Performance, embodying the new generation of badged AMG models.
This new technology, which will eventually be implemented in future production models, therefore combines a four or eight cylinder block with synchronous electric motor permanent magnet developed exclusively by AMG and offering up to 150 Kw and 300 Nm of torque, positioned on the rear axle. All this power will then be transmitted to the wheels via a nine-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT gearbox, while a two-speed gearbox associated with the electric motor makes it possible to vary the torque as needed, whether for acceleration or in Cruising speed. Six driving modes will then be offered to the driver, making it possible to influence various parameters such as the response of the engine and the gearbox, the sound or even the running gear. It will also be possible to choose from four braking energy recovery modes, making it possible to supply the battery with a capacity of 6.1 kWh. The V8 hybrid, 800 horsepower will then be integrated under the hood of the most efficient models, such as the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé, while the four-cylinder, with a power of 650 horsepower thanks to the electric motor could replace it. the current V8.
A 100% electric range
But if Mercedes-AMG Focuses first on hybridization, the brand is also working on the development of a whole range of electric models, based on the new EQ architecture, only reserved for zero-emission vehicles. If no details have been given yet, then we might expect to find AMG-badged EQC and EQA, as trendy sports SUVs are more and more in vogue. In any case, these future high-performance vehicles will stand out from the rest of the range by a specific style, whether it is the vertical louvered grille, the front apron, the side sills or even the rear bumper and spoiler. As many elements will then benefit from a special treatment, as will the interior, with specific displays. These faulty performance models will then be propelled by the combination of two independent synchronous electric motors with permanent excitation, as well as by an all-wheel drive with modular torque distribution. Mercedes-AMG then promises performance similar to those of the models powered by the current one. V8 biturbo 4,0 liters, with a 0 to 100 km / h under 4 seconds.
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