The Internet is abuzz with strong rumours that Mercedes-AMG is planning to make a production version of its hybrid-powered 2017 GT Concept.
Back in 2017 when the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept was revealed, we didn't think that the 3-pointed star would actually make a production version. Granted, this concept did lead to the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door coupe, but we're talking about the powertrain here. The production versions feature the 53 electric-assist turbo V6 petrol and the renowned 4.0-litre turbo V8 with a 63 badge. The concept's engine was also a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, but with electric assistance. Given the brand's ventures into the electric/hybrid tech side of things, performance claims for the concept are impressive.
With 600 kW and a claimed sprint time of under 3 seconds to 100 kph, the AMG GT Concept sounded almost too good to be true. Now information has come to light that Mercedes-AMG is actually going to build this engine. We understand that the car will feature a 73 badge. Interestingly, Mercedes-Benz filed patents and trademarks for the 73 badge and included in that application was G73 and S73, giving you some idea of where this engine will be going. How does it work? The turbocharged V8 engine in the front will power the rear wheels, while an electric motor located on the rear axle provides additional shove. There's also the benefit of running the vehicle on pure electric power, which will help with emissions and economy.
When will it come? If the rumours that Autocar in the UK are to be believed, the new Mercedes-AMG GT 73 hybrid will be revealed in 2020.