With the automotive industry slowly but surely shifting towards forced induction and smaller capacity engines, AMG CEO and Chairman Tobias Moers claims that new small turbocharged engines are the future for the high-performance arm of Mercedes-Benz.
In the past, AMG has really built a name for itself with its brutal, high capacity, naturally aspirated V8 engines which love nothing more than sending the rear wheels into a frenzy. However, recently, AMG has ventured down the all-wheel drive path while also offering new turbocharged engines such as the 2.0-liter turbo found in the A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG.
2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series
Tobias Moers had the following to say, “That’s part of the strategic discussion for the future, because downsizing is not a Mercedes-Benz or AMG thing, but it’s facing everybody in the automotive industry.
“Honestly, I love the natural aspirated engine — because in terms of throttle response and everything, it’s really an icon, more or less… But the thing is we [have] learned a lot about turbocharged engines and I think in terms of throttle response and directness, and response to driver’s wishes and everything, it’s [now] a good approach, actually.
“So what we gain [learn] out there [from existing turbo fours and V8], we will take into the next development of another engine for the future.
“I don’t have that fear from a turbocharged engine… The time is over for naturally aspirated engines. If you look for fuel-efficiency and power output and torque output and you have to combine all the targets, the result is clear what you have to do for the future,” he said.
[Via Car Sales]