While BMW and Audi have introduced the diesel engine in their high-performance vehicle lineup, Mercedes-Benz’s AMG brand rejects the idea of a diesel-powered model. At least for now...
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"We should never say never to a diesel or anything else, but I cannot see a circumstance that would change that possibility for us — what the diesel cannot do compared to a direct-injection gasoline engine is the aggressiveness and pure delivery and sound. And the advantage a diesel has in economy is growing smaller all the time. We are not changing the AMG brand to accommodate diesels,” said Mercedes-AMG Chairman Ola Kallenius.
Regarding hybrids, Kallenius stated the company will develop a powertrain “when the market is ready for it” and that AMG will rely on improving their conventional engines. “We have promised another 20 percent reduction by our 50th birthday (in 2017)”, he added.
Speaking about AMG’s 6.0-liter V12, Kallenius said the powerplant will be offered for a minimum of another five or six years, although keeping it alive might prove to be harder than expected.
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