Mercedes-Benz is keeping a close eye on the performance of Porsche electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, revealed Ola Kallenius, CEO of Daimler. Some of the new electrified sports models are intended as direct competitors to those produced by the other brand in Stuttgart.
Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius has confirmed that Mercedes-Benz is looking to beat Porsche in terms of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle performance.
The German brand is increasingly focusing on electric vehicles, having already launched the EQC SUV and announced the start of series production of the EQS, EQE sedan and EQE SUV models.
In a recent interview with the German monthly Manager Magazin, Kallenius left some clues about the brand's future line of electrified models.
"We have a very broad product portfolio, including very attractive sports cars and sports cars which will also be electric." The CEO of Daimler revealed that Mercedes-Benz is following Porsche and its high-performance plug-in hybrid models with interest.
New Mercedes-AMG GT 73
One of the new plug-in hybrid models developed by the German automaker is the new AMG GT 73 PHEV which is intended to be a direct competitor to the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.
The new Mercedes-AMG GT 73 PHEV is expected to receive a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, as with other AMG models, but will be combined with an electric motor on the rear axle to deliver up to 800 hp.
The plug-in hybrid system will not only increase the performance of the luxury sedan, but will also be able to offer (limited) autonomy in electric mode.
Another plug-in hybrid model developed by Mercedes-AMG is the Hypercar One, with features derived from Formula 1, as well as a 1.6-liter V6 turbo engine, mated to four electric motors.
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