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by Matt Brogan

Mercedes-Benz AMG has officially unveiled its new 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 engine in a move that essentially spells the end for large displacement engines at the German tuning division.

The engine, a key part of Mercedes-Benz’ “AMG Performance 2015” strategy, will feature in most of AMG’s lineup from early next year, making its debut in the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG.

In S63 AMG specification the new engine will deliver 419kW of power and 899Nm of torque, while at the same time offering an impressive combined cycle fuel economy figures of just 10.5L/100km and a 0-100km/h time of 4.3 seconds.

The top speed of the new S63 AMG is 300km/h when equipped with the AMG Performance package.

The new 5.5-litre V8 features a number of firsts for the AMG including direct-injection, spray-guided combustion, piezo-electric injectors and automatic start/stop technology.

The engine is mated exclusively to a seven-speed automatic transmission.




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