The Mercedes-AMG GT Concept revealed at the Geneva Motor Show uses a hybrid system to enhance performance.
The four-door coupé features a V8 petrol engine, a high-performance electric motor, and powerful yet light batteries.
The performance hybrid powertrain offers an impressive electric range and the opportunity to generate a system output of up to 600 kW – and the ability to accelerate from 0-62mph in under three seconds.
The show car is the second AMG model to bear the new designation “EQ Power+”, which all performance hybrids from Mercedes-AMG will be given in future. The performance hybrid system combines a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine with an additional powerful electric machine.
The fully variable AMG performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive is also supported by the electric motor. It drives the rear wheels directly and has the effect of an additional booster. Besides this, according to the principle of Torque Vectoring, every wheel can be allocated torque individually.
The energy storage unit is more powerful than conventional hybrid batteries, but at the same time more compact and lighter. The charging of the battery during the journey occurs on the one hand via brake recuperation, but on the other hand also with the aid of the combustion engine if the battery charge has dropped beneath a certain threshold value.
The operating strategy of the AMG GT Concept is derived from the hybrid powerpack of the MERCEDES PETRONAS AMG Formula 1 racing car. The battery is also charged whilst the vehicle is being driven so as always to have the full amount of electrical power available.
Three operating modes can be preselected via the electric drive unit: the AMG GT Concept either drives purely electrically or only with the combustion engine or it optimally combines both drive sources with one another as a hybrid.