Mercedes is getting ready to officially unveil the AMG GT four-door concept at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show this week. The initial teaser images peg the car as a gorgeous show-stopper, but what lurks under the hood?
Mercedes-AMG releases a short teaser video that shows a brief “EQ Power” badge on the car’s side camera. EQ is a new term in Mercedes-Benz lexicon that stands for electric (EV) vehicles. The AMG division appears to have expanded the term to “EQ Power”. This is just a guess at this point, but this label could point to a high-performance gasoline/electric hybrid system that AMG is looking to employ for ever greater road performance. The concept does appear to have a single/center exhaust pipe (see closeup below).
This is an exciting revelation indeed. In any case, it’s electrifying! Pun is intended.
AMG has stood for high performance Mercedes-Benz vehicles for the last 50 years. AMG was an independent group of engineers at first, then it was brought in-house within Mercedes-Benz, and now it is its own Mercedes-AMG brand and division. Building electrified performance vehicles for the street is something new for this team, but one cannot ignore the highly successful Mercedes Formula 1 racing program. The latest F1 cars employ a gas/electric power system. Why can’t something similar be used in road-going AMG cars?
We will find out more details within the next couple of days!