Unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show early this year, the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept was the limelight for Mercedes-AMG. Sporting a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 hybrid powertrain, the company hinted that the grand tourer is capable of a 0 – 100 km/h sprint time of less than 3.0 seconds.
At the Mercedes-AMG 50th anniversary celebration, they revealed more details of their upcoming four-door grand tourer. According to Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, the GT Concept is the embodiment of AMG Future Performance – to produce more high-performance hybrid drive systems.
As reported earlier, the GT Concept will be the second AMG model to bear the “EQ Power+” designation, after the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One vehicle. A new, fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system will be employed to give drivers maximum traction control.
The electric motor sends drive to the rear axles exclusively and acts as an additional booster for the combustion engine. According to Moers, the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 hybrid powertrain, in its final development stages is capable of generating up to 600 kW which roughly translates to 805 hp!
The battery pack (passed down from their F1 cars) will constantly be charged whilst the vehicle is in motion for maximum electric boost at any given time. For that, a performance oriented battery pack is developed to be more powerful, compact and lighter than conventional hybrid batteries.