AMG CEO Tobias Moers has confirmed that large displacement engines are on their way out.

AMG CEO Tobias Moers has confirmed that large displacement engines are on their way out.

Speaking to Motoring, Moers said the switch to smaller turbocharged engines is "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." He went on to say "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."

While a V8 based on the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the A45 and CLA45 AMG could theoretically produce more than 693 HP (510 kW), Moers said power increases are going to slow down but could be helped by an electric motor.

The executive also hinted the C63 AMG successor would be "ok" with 485-500 HP (356-367 kW) because there's no need for a 600 HP (441 kW) C-Class.

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