Mercedes-AMG Will Not Make a Six-Cylinder Any Time Soon

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With the advent of hybrid sports cars or even hypercars such as the current three kings of power from Porsche, McLaren and Ferrari, it would seem that we are heading into an era where V8 and V12-delivered performance will be a thing of the past.
Almost everyone is adding turbochargers and adjacent electric motors to their engines, apart from cutting from the cylinder displacement or the number of cylinders altogether.

Well, guess who is not going to do all that so soon: the nutty engineers from Affalterbach, also known as Mercedes-AMG GmbH, or creators of encapsulated thunder on wheels.

This information comes directly from Tobias Moers, the Big Kahuna at AMG, who recently said that there will not be six-cylinder engine in their lineup any time soon.

“The V8 – that's AMG. That's what we stand for, and we will continue to improve from there. […] And there is still a special group of customers who love the V12. For that reason, this product will continue to be in the lineup as well.[...] I don't actually see a six-cylinder for our AMG models in the Mercedes-Benz portfolio at the moment.” Moers recently said.

All the tree-huggers out there shouldn't jump to early conclusions from the above statement though, as the upcoming M177 and M178 family of twin-turbocharged V8 powerplants is said to use the same amount of fuel as a naturally-aspirated V6 from a few years ago, while also being paired with efficiency measures such as a stop/start system.

We will first experience the M178 variant on the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT (C190), while the M177 version will power the next C 63 AMG W205. In other words, the specific V8 roar from larger AMG models is here to stay for the time being, with no six-cylinder engine to take its place any time soon.
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Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the project.
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