The rumors were true, Mercedes-AMG wants to get back into the hypercar game with a new model set to use F1-derived hybrid technology.
The announcement was made just a few minutes ago during the Mercedes-Benz Media Night preview where the company with the three-pointed star logo also showed a sketch to serve as a teaser and build up the hype. Details are scarce at the moment of writing, but we do know for sure the new AMG beast will adopt a hybrid powertrain derived from the firm’s hugely successful Formula 1 program.
The company through the voice of head of research and development, Thomas Weber, has made the promise "there will be no compromises in terms of the emotion appeal of this car." At the same time, the hypercar "will definitely show how we will take our performance brand into the future with extremely efficient and intelligent drive train technology."
According to the latest gossip, the hypercar will actually use the same turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engine from the W07 F1 car. In the road-going model, the engine is going to adopt a biturbo arrangement and will allegedly develop a massive 900 horsepower (671 kilowatts). A pair of electric motors, which are expected to be mounted at the front wheels, will generate an extra 160 hp (119 kW).
Mercedes-AMG’s engineers are targeting an ultra-low curb weight of just 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) and are working on a very aerodynamic body to further boost performance. Speaking of which, the hypercar is expected to reach 62 mph (100 kph) in less than two and a half seconds before topping out at 220 mph (354 kph).
Based on the attached teaser sketch, the high-performance two-seater will have a curvaceous body with a prominent roof scoop and quite possibly gullwing doors as one would expect from a flagship AMG product, one that’s estimated to cost more than $4 million.
Hopefully, we will have more details about the hottest AMG product in recent years tomorrow during the first press day of the Paris Motor Show where Mercedes will also unveil a brand new electric concept.
Set to go up against the Aston Martin Red Bull hypercar, the hybridized machine from Affalterbach might be revealed as early as next year taking into account AMG will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017.