AMG boss Volker Mornhinweg told Autocar that his division was developing a new “AMG Hammer”, but this time the Hammer would be a “Super Hammer” and will use a diesel engine. Well, the insanely torquey punch of a diesel engine would definitely help the car earn its “hammer” name.
The original AMG Hammer was a W124 Mercedes-Benz 300E powered by the 5.5 litre V8 from the 560SEC, modified to have twin cams and 32 valves. It produced a good 360 horsepower, and to create a Super Hammer you could pay more to get a 6.0 litre that produces 375 horses.
Mornhinweg also said the new diesel AMG car would be built on a smaller car instead of a large car like the CL-Class coupe or the S-Class. This sounds alot like the formula that Brabus has been using, shoving the Brabus twin turbo V12 into nearly all Merc models such as the Brabus Bullit.
If I am not mistaken, the most powerful automobile diesel engine by Mercedes-Benz is currently the 4.0 litre V8 CDI engine found in cars such as the S 420 CDI. It produces 320 horsepower and 730Nm of torque. AMG could tune this up to create a Merc-equivalent to the monstrous 6.0 litre V12 turbodiesel in the Audi Q7. That monster has 500 horses and 1,000Nm of torque and could make an appearance in the Audi R8 too.