Looking Forward: What The Future of Mercedes Holds
When it comes to high-performance and luxury vehicles, automakers are always adding new features and more advanced parts to stay one step ahead of the competition. Mercedes-Benz is no different, and as one of the oldest car companies in the world they know better than most how important constant innovation can be.
Hybrid technology is good for more than just saving on your annual fuel costs. Electric motors have the advantage of offering instant torque and horsepower, something you don’t get from internal-combustion engines because they need to reach a certain RPM before they can give you the most power possible. That makes hybrid engines great for quick acceleration, and so Mercedes is planning on adding EQ Power+ (its name for the company’s plug-in hybrid technology) to every high-performance AMG® model the company offers, starting with the AMG® GT.
Performance plug-in hybrids offer efficiency, power, control, and acceleration, but Mercedes-Benz is also looking farther ahead to a time when road vehicles stop using gasoline and diesel entirely. While most electric cars only offer limited range and power, Mercedes has already proven that high-performance is possible with the SLS AMG® Electric Drive, a supercar that got 740 horsepower out of four electric engines. Now the company has created a concept car for their new Electric Intelligence brand, and the vehicle offers up to 402 horsepower out of two electric motors and a range of 300 miles on a single charge.
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6
The idea of a pure electric supercar didn’t end with the SLS. Instead, the company has now created the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept car, an 18-foot-long coupe with gull-wing doors and four motors that deliver 738 horsepower for up to 200 miles. The high-tech interior features completely electric displays on the dashboard and the window, and the form-fitting seats look like someone scooped them out of the car. Still, Mercedes hasn’t forgotten the roots of luxury, because the interior still features high-quality leather and real wood trim.
AMG® GT R
Mercedes-Benz is doing more than just integrating electric technology into its high-performance vehicles. It’s also advancing the science of performance in other ways, like with the all-new 2018 AMG® GT R supercar. This vehicle runs on a handcrafted 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 engine that offers 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, and it can go from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds. New features on the GT R include extra carbon-fiber parts, a nine-mode Traction Control system, a powerful new cooling system, and a new grille inspired by the AMG® GT3 race car.
Strict emissions standards might have killed the first generation of gas-guzzling muscle cars, but the current trend of hybrids and electric cars has opened up all kinds of new possibilities for companies like Mercedes-Benz. Thanks to the performance possibilities of electric motors, the new computer-controlled engine technologies, and the new materials like extra-tough carbon fiber and aluminum, dropping gasoline power may be the best thing that’s going to happen to high-performance vehicles.