Now that AMG is no longer focused on chasing big horsepower numbers, efficiency could quickly become the new performance benchmark for the Affalterbach-based tuner. Audi has laid the groundwork for the acceptance of diesel powertrains in performance circles with its stunning V-10 and V-12 TDI powertrains, but now Mercedes-Benz tuner AMG is considering adding diesel models to its arsenal.

Over the past couple of years, rumors have been circulating that AMG may launch a Bluetec turbodiesel SUV but since then nothing really has eventuated on that front. Those rumors came about following comments from AMG exec Volker Mornhinweg hinting that AMG has the opportunity for both hybrids and diesels in the near future.

In 2013 AMG will launch an all-electric SLS, but before that we could see a diesel model sprung forth from the Affalterbach-based tuner.

Speaking with What Car?, AMG product manager Oliver Wiech said: “We are taking an open view and looking at lots of options, but if you look at our announcement on the electric SLS, you can see what is in the future.”

When quizzed about a diesel model, Wiech ruled nothing out.

[What Car?]