Hopefully you’re not holding your breath for a response from Affalterbach to BMW’s new tri-turbo M diesel engines. Contrary to early reports, AMG will not be producing diesel engines for performance cars, says Autocar.
Initially, AMG was planning a diesel-powered coupe or sedan to revitalize its “Hammer” moniker from the early 1990s.You may even remember that Mercedes-Benz was first out of the gate with high-performance diesel engines in the C30 CDI AMG. The C30 CDI AMG hatchback debuted in 2001, and was powered by a 3.0-liter turbodiesel I-5 – good for 227-hp and 398 lb-ft of torque.
Now Mercedes doesn’t seem interested in building diesel engines for products to compete with the likes of the BMW M550d, X5 M50d, or X6 M50d. AMG chief Ola Kallenius told Autocar that AMG, “Looked at diesel a few years back, but petrol engines have obvious benefits of sound, weight, agility, and response.” Kallenius then cited AMG’s new 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 as an engine that takes the best tech from diesel, and implements it in a gas-powered engine, “The technology of performance gasoline engines is converging with diesel tech,” said Kallenius, “Direct-injection, downsizing, and turbocharging are all having an effect.”
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