Mercedes-AMG Jumps Into High-Performance Sedan Market With 805-HP Hybrid Powertrain

The 2017 Geneva auto show is the perfect setting for announcements, launches and excitement in the motor industry.

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Mercedes-AMG used this opportunity to let the public in on their plans to be more involved in the high-performance sedan sector, by unveiling their amazing new GT sedan concept. AMG already has a range of great of Mercedes-Benz sedans, the GT concept is a new and unique offering. As a four-door model it follows the Affalterbach as well as the earlier SLS AMG supercar.

“With the Mercedes-AMG GT concept, we are giving a preview of our third completely independently developed sports car and are extending the attractive AMG GT family to include a four-door variant,” said Tobias Moers, head of AMG, at the reveal. The reveal was the first time we get to see and hear about the new EQ Power+ label on an AMG model.

On the concept car it was proudly displayed on the fender-mounted cameras which took the place of side mirrors. EQ is the sub-brand Mercedes have created for their new electric cars. EQ Power+ represents the performance-oriented technology that is taking advantage of EQ’s knowledge and experience. To give you an idea of how advanced the technology is, it is used for the 2017 race car by the Mercedes AMG Formula One team.

From what we can see on the new GT concept car, they have used the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 we have grown to love. This is combined with a mighty electric motor that sends power to all four wheels. The electric motor is situated at the rear of the vehicle to assist the engine in times of high-load situations. It is quite capable of powering the vehicle without assistance but we are yet know the range of this capability.

What we do know is the top output of the setup is 805 horsepower, allowing the vehicle t reach 60 mph in under 3.0 seconds. The hybrid has taken a lot from the Mercedes F1 team systems. The battery, for example, charges while the vehicle drives to ensure there is sufficient power for other uses and applications when necessary.

“The AMG GT concept, like the AMG hypercar, which we are presenting at the international motor show in Frankfurt, illustrates how we are defining performance of the future at AMG,” Moers added. “Impressive driving dynamics coupled with high efficiency, resulting from an innovative drive system tailored specifically to the vehicle segment—that is future performance made by AMG.”