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Mercedes-AMG Set To Launch Electric Performance Cars

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They have already started the electrification process.

Mercedes-AMG is highly likely to add electric versions of its performance cars in the future in the belief that they will be sporty enough to live up to the brand name. Speaking with Autocar, Mercedes R&D boss Ola Kallenius says that the concept of an electric AMG is conceivable. To make the AMG performance cars sound better, the German carmaker has tied up with Linkin Park to make up for the loss of the V8 noise.

"When we went to turbocharged engines, everyone thought that would be the end of the AMG character, but we don't exactly get many complaints about that any more. We all love the sound of the V8 and an electric car can still be thrilling, so we are going to have to develop a second love for that," Ola Kallenius told Autocar when asked about the noise factor. A few years back, AMG created an electric version of the SLS supercar. The SLS Electric Drive became one of the first electric supercars, showcasing the capabilities of the technology and providing a glimpse into the future. The SLS Electric Drive was produced in limited numbers and was only available to select customers.

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Meanwhile, Mercedes-AMG is working on bringing a full hybrid system to its cars. The hybrid system will come paired to a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine that you find in the AMGs of today., similar to the system used by Porsche. Power output could increase to more than 800 hp. It's also been confirmed that the 3.0-liter straight six mild hybrid powertrains in the new 53 series recently launched will replace the 43 series AMG cars which come powered by 3.5-liter V6 engines.