Mercedes-AMG tests E-Class, which is no longer for saleNovember 6, 2019
Mercedes introduced this E-Class Coupe (C207) over 10 years ago and discontinued it in 2017, so why is the company testing a car that is no longer for sale?
It is a logical explanation that this is a mule for something else, although it is still difficult to determine what Mercedes actually tested with this mysterious car at the Nurburgring. It is likely that AMG is working on a new engine, judging by the sound of the V8 rumble.
If this is a truly new V8, it may not be for the next generation AMG C63, given that there are rumors about cutting the car to a four-cylinder hybrid. Then this means that the guys from Affalterbach will install an eight-cylinder engine only in larger models above the C63.
Some may want to say that we have a completely new SL, given that it has already been noticed, hiding under the shortened current-generation E-Class sedan. Whatever the Mercedes or AMG tests, the V8 seems to have a bright future ahead of it, but the same cannot be said for the V12, which is being phased out.
Meanwhile, BMW is also working on a new V8, which will debut in the M5 CS, but possibly with a smaller displacement than the current 4.4-liter unit, but with more power than the current 617 hp. In comparison, the V8 in the AMG reaches a maximum power of 630 hp. in the GT 63 S.
Another member of the German luxury trio, Audi, recently introduced the RS6 Avant with a twin-turbocharged V8 that develops 591 hp, but more power can be provided thanks to a hybrid power plant with a plug-in module based on a 4.0-liter unit.
AMG will also electrify its V8 next year when the new GT four-door coupe – possibly called the GT 73 – will offer combined power of around 800 horsepower.
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