Mercedes-Benz is developing an extended range of AMG Sport models to be positioned underneath its traditional line of AMG cars, Autocar can reveal.
Intended to challenge the various performance orientated models from the Audi Sport and BMW M Performance line-ups, the new AMG Sport models are set to receive exclusive exterior and interior styling touches and upgraded engines.
They'll also use uniquely calibrated chassis tuning and electronics, according to sources familiar with Mercedes-Benz’s plans.
As with the performance car strategies pursued by Audi and BMW, Mercedes-Benz plans to offer its upcoming AMG Sport models with a choice of either petrol or diesel engines, although not in every model.
Among the features differentiating them from the standard Mercedes-Benz models upon which they are base will be widened tracks similar to those used by full-blown AMG models.
“We have identified growing demand for our more overtly sporting models, both in petrol and diesel guises. We intend to extend our range with a new line of models developed in partnership with AMG,” an insider revealed to Autocar.
Among the first of Mercedes-Benz’s new AMG Sport models will be the upcoming C450 AMG Sport. Planned to make its public debut later this year, it runs a tuned version of the C400’s turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that produces a claimed 367bhp.
That's 34bhp more than the standard C400, but over 100bhp short of the upcoming C63 AMG, which runs a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 powerplant.