There's been a lot of speculation about the future of V12 engines, but AMG CEO Ola Källenius has confirmed the powerplant will stick around for at least five or six years.

There's been a lot of speculation about the future of V12 engines, but AMG CEO Ola Källenius has confirmed the powerplant will stick around for at least five or six years.

Speaking to Edmunds, Källenius said the company's recent upgrades to the V12 engine have ensured it will be "absolutely safe for years to come." However, he seemed to suggest it could become increasingly difficult to justify the engine in the future.

Despite previous denials about hybrid variants, Källenius confirmed they are inevitable due to increasingly stringent fuel economy and emission standards. As he explained, "Hybrid is going to be in the future of even sports cars." However, he said the company isn't in a rush to offer a hybrid because there a still a lot of improvements that can be made to conventional AMG engines. In the end, Källenius said "We will do the hybrid when the market is ready for it and in markets due to their regulations."

While the executive acknowledged that AMG hybrids are coming, he flatly dismissed diesel variants. Källenius contends that diesel engines will never be able to deliver AMG's trademark sound and aggressiveness.

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