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Mercedes-AMG builds 'Best Sports Engine'

23 June 2010

The AMG 6.3 litre V8 engine took away two top accolades as part of the coveted International Engine of the Year Awards 2010, the high-rpm naturally aspirated engine developing up to 386 kW (525 hp) comfortably took top spot in the Best Performance Engine and Above 4 litres categories. This is the second year running that the eight-cylinder engine from AMG has beaten off the competition.

Bearing the internal designation M 156, the AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine with its displacement of 6208 cubic centimetres produces between 457 hp and 525 hp, develops up to 630 Nm of torque and features in various AMG models, including the C 63 AMG, the E 63 AMG and the SL 63 AMG. The basis for the agile power delivery is the consistent technology transfer from motorsport, which has been an inseparable part of the company philosophy at Mercedes-AMG for over four decades.

The great potential of the award-winning AMG V8 is also reflected in its character-packed, powerful evolution: the engine – dubbed the M 159 – for the SLS AMG super sports car is based on the M 156; in the gullwing the AMG high-revving naturally aspirated engine develops 571 hp and delivers maximum torque of 650 Nm. Another outstanding vehicle is the C 63 AMG with Performance Package Plus and maximum output of 487 hp.

The overhauled features inside the engine are responsible for the increase in output: the forged pistons adopted from the SLS AMG together with new connecting rods and a lightweight crankshaft make the engine three kilograms lighter. The reduced inertia enhances the agility of the eight-cylinder unit, which offers even more exhilarating responsiveness.

‘Engine of the Year Award’ was won by Volkswagen. Entered in the competition this year was Volkswagen’s new 1.4-litre TSI engine and it won not only in the 1 to 1.4-litre category, but also took the overall award as ‘International Engine of the Year’. 

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