AMG celebrates its 50th anniversary next year. Perfect timing for a mega-gift, an AMG hypercar. In mid-2017, Mercedes-AMG could finally launch its long-rumored fully-fledged supercar in the vein of the Aston Martin RB 001 and Bugatti Chiron.
Hyper sports cars and AMG goes like sugar and honey. Still, no further than last year AMG boss Tobias Moers rejected the prospect of a new mid-engined supercar. Meanwhile, the Mercedes-AMG sub-brand has been better established with its first own sports car (the GT) and a hypercar could come to honor the Great Jubilee.
Prognosis: The Mercedes-AMG hardcore hypercar arrives next year and will be inspired by the technology and design of LeMans LMP1 racers. All other technical details, as they are currently circulating, are pure speculation.
Mercedes-AMG super sports car with hybrid powertrain? Yes. Looking at the competition and the technology portfolio of Mercedes, a hybrid powertrain is most likely – and thus also the all-wheel drive, if one or two electric motors driving the front axle and a conventional engine, the rear axle. In particular, AMG boss Tobias Moers was a big fan of the Mercedes SLS Electric Drive with its wheel-selective all-wheel drive and the resulting opportunities for torque vectoring.
Wear as the Aston Martin and LaFerrari use V12 engines and the Chiron a mighty W16, the Mercedes-AMG super sports car could be powered by a re-tuned version of the company’s 4.0-liter V8. Its potential already reached 585 hp AMG GT R. Together with the electric motors it could offer as much as 800 or even 1,000 hp.
The Mercedes-AMG hypercar gets active aerodynamics with adjustable spoilers plus rear-wheel steering that AMG has already presented for the GT R.