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  • Volkswagen steals AMG engine guru Friedrich Eichler responsible for the M156, M133, M157, and Pagani Huayra motor from Mercedes-Benz

    Volkswagen is playing some hardball. For those unfamiliar, the AMG motors you have loved in the past couple generations of AMG models have had the commonality of high performance engine engineer Friedrich Eichler involved in development. He has helped develop the M156 6.2 liter naturally aspirated AMG V8, the M157 5.5 liter twin turbo V8, the Pagani Huayra twin turbo V12, and most recently the amazing M133 354 horsepower M133 2.0 liter turbo four-cylinder with 26 psi of boost stock.

    Eichler will be moving to an engine development position inside Volkswagen which is unspecified. It could be with any of the brands in the portfolio. He was lured away from Mercedes by current VW engine boss Heinz-Jacob Neusser whom Eichler worked with previously at Porsche.

    Should be interesting to see how this affects both VW and AMG engine development.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Volkswagen steals AMG engine guru Friedrich Eichler responsible for the M156, M133, M157, and Pagani Huayra motor from Mercedes-Benz started by Sticky View original post
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    1. mpowerct's Avatar
      mpowerct -
      VAG is definitely on a mission to Win.... Smart move to say the least. This guy has created some awesome engines....
    1. Sticky's Avatar
      Sticky -
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by mpowerct Click here to enlarge
      VAG is definitely on a mission to Win.... Smart move to say the least. This guy has created some awesome engines....
      I agree, definitely a smart move.
    1. leo985i's Avatar
      leo985i -
      I hope this doesn't affect AMG engines too much. All the AMG engines this guy worked on are sick! It would suck if the newer AMG engines aren't as incredible.
    1. fastgti69's Avatar
      fastgti69 -
      VAG will always be on top.
    1. Sticky's Avatar
      Sticky -
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by fastgti69 Click here to enlarge
      VAG will always be on top.
      No doubt, I love VAG.
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      fastgti69 -
      LOL me too Click here to enlarge
    1. Flinchy's Avatar
      Flinchy -
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
      No doubt, I love VAG.
      I'm just happy to see the competition getting even more fierce (hopefully)

      I love parts of all the major manufacturers, but more than that i love seeing what they come out with to try and gain the 'best' crown.

      and i really enjoy just how nice the golf's are/are becoming, and extending that further up the model range would be exciting (passat being nice notwithstanding)
    1. m54b25's Avatar
      m54b25 -
      Well, if his salary doubled who wouldn't move =)
    1. zhijjawi10's Avatar
      zhijjawi10 -
      This is awesome. Wish he could tune my car lol.
    1. GG///M3's Avatar
      GG///M3 -
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by mpowerct Click here to enlarge
      VAG is definitely on a mission to Win.... Smart move to say the least. This guy has created some awesome engines....
      I trained him well.