AMG plans to launch a diesel model “within three years,” Volker Mornhinweg, the boss of Mercedes’ tuning division, has announced.
Mornhinweg described the potential high-performance diesel as an updated version of the legendary AMG Hammer - a petrol-engined W124 E-class. “This car will be the Super Hammer,” said Mornhinweg.
The new diesel AMG won’t be a large coupe or saloon like the CL or S-class, because the AMG boss has already said that he prefers the idea of a smaller, lighter and more efficient car.
That’s likely to mean a C-class diesel, such as the C320, is in line for the AMG treatment.
The idea of diesel AMGs will inevitably spread to other Mercedes models. The new E-class is more than likely to be available as an AMG diesel.
This new high-performance model won’t be the first diesel-engined Benz to wear an AMG badge. That was the C30 AMG, back in 2002, which was based on a Sport Coupé.