It’s just under two weeks to go until the commencement of one of Europe’s largest international motor show events, the IAA which will be held in Munich. While many automakers are showcasing clean mobility and technologies to significantly lower carbon emissions, Mercedes-AMG has teased its latest model ahead of the motor show.
Unofficially called the Mercedes-AMG GT 73e, this four-door coupe utilises hybrid technology from its all-conquering Formula 1 campaign to boost powertrain output to over 800 hp, 160 hp more than the outgoing GT 63 S. The concept vehicle was first revealed, albeit with a new Mercedes-AMG camouflage livery, in March, and the vehicle in the teaser image seems to have maintained the front fascia of the ‘concept’ car.
Mercedes-AMG will also use this model to launch their new AMG E-Performance badge, which uses high (and new technology) electrifications for increased driving performance and pleasure. At a technical presentation in March, the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine is paired with a new motorised rear-axle and an AMG High Performance battery pack.
The complex rear Electric Drive Unit (EDU) integrates an electrically shifting two-speed transmission, motor and an electronic rear axle differential lock into a relatively compact casing with the AMG battery positioned above. It has plug-in capabilities as well, with a 3.7 kW on-board charger.
Both BMW M and Audi RS have no answer to this new hybrid technology, with Porsche Panamera being its closest rival. In the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, the total system output is 700 hp from an electrified 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine.
The outgoing Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4Matic+ had 639 hp and 900 Nm of torque without any electric assistance. It also holds the lap record for the fastest executive car at the Nurburgring.
Apart from the unveiling of this 800 hp Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door, Mercedes-Benz is also reported to be presenting the fully electric AMG EQS plus the new Mercedes-Benz EQE, the latest member to the fully electric EQ brand.
Mercedes-AMG is also expected to release the C 63 variant of new C-Class range with a heavily electrified 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with a combined system output of approx 600 hp, surpassing current V8 engines.
The IAA Munich Mobility is scheduled to be held from September 7th to 12th with a larger focus on mobility and connected technologies that meet the new lifestyle requirements rather than static concept car displays. Visitors will also get to test drive or sit in new zero emission vehicles such as the hydrogen-powered electric BMW X5.