805-HP Mercedes-AMG GT 73 Plug-in in the Works
A potential plug-in Mercedes-AMG GT 73 expected to throw down 805hp is rumored for 2020, leaving the rest of the performance hybrid pack in the dust.
Like the majority automakers today, Mercedes is embracing the electrified future with the development of mild hybrids, self-powered hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and even fully electric powertrains. The latest reports and spy shots from Autocar suggest Mercedes is in the process of developing a plug-in hybrid version of its AMG GT 4-door coupé. Rumored to crank out a whopping 805hp, find out what we know so far about this high-performance plug-in hybrid beast.
Arguably, Mercedes brought about the rise of the modern 4-door coupé in the mid-2000s with its CLS. Fourteen years later, the brand is upping the ante, developing a high-performance plug-in hybrid version of its Mercedes AMG-GT 4-door coupé. The hybrid powertrain is said to be anchored by a biturbo V8. Mercedes trademarked three “73” model names — G73, GLS73, and S73 — in Europe in 2017, and Canada and 2018, notes Autoblog.
Concept to Production
The GT concept on display at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show showcased a hybrid system combined with Mercedes current 4.0-liter biturbo V8 used in many AMG models on the road today. The rumored AMG GT 73 plug-in hybrid is likely the realization of that concept. Autocar predicts its electric-only range to be around 31 miles.
The current top-of-the-line Mercedes AMG GT 63 S 4-door coupé uses AMG's 4.0-liter biturbo V8. The handcrafted motor pumps out 630hp, and 664lb-ft of torque, motivating the GT from 0-60 in 3.1 seconds. As reported by Yahoo! Finance, the plug-in hybrid powertrain anchored to the biturbo V8 should make an impressive 805hp.
The new Mercedes would be up against Porsche's Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, which only has 680 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque, does zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds (with launch control), and has an EPA-rated electric-only range of 14 miles.
The Wait is on...
After seeing the electrical system under the hood, Autocar claimed the test mule drove away silently on electric power. With its quad exhaust and the red calipers, we can only hope the production model ends up looking as good as the mule.
Check out the spy shots here.
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