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Mercedes-AMG To Launch SLR Succeeding Supercar?

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On: Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 7:03AM | By: Carl Malek

Mercedes-AMG To Launch SLR Succeeding Supercar?

The saga of Mercedes-AMG's upcoming supercar entry has been long and murky with various reports claiming that the project is currently in a state of limbo with its future uncertain. However, if a new report is to believed, it appears that Mercedes-AMG has given the car the green light for production and development signaling a very strong future for the currently unnamed model.

According to the report, from the German magazine Auto Bild, the new model will feature exterior styling that will not only be a clear interpretation of the company's current design language, it will push the boundaries of it further by incorporating several aerodynamic cues that aim to make the new model slicker through the air than its last supercar entry, the Mercedes SLR. It is expected to be somewhat bigger than the current generation AMG GT, which was designed to primarily target rivals such as the Porsche 911 and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. However, this increased size does not mean an equally substantial increase in weight since the new model will incorporate large amounts of carbon fiber, aluminum, and other lightweight materials into its structure in a serious attempt at keeping the curb weight in check.

Performance hardware is currently unknown, but Auto Bild claims that the car will be powered by a mid-mounted gasoline/electric hybrid power train expected to consist of a supercharged V8 engine and two electric motors that would be mounted over the front axles. This is a radical change from the SLR which used a front-mounted V8 engine to provide its muscle. This engine sounded great and certainly delivered high amounts of fun, but it was not that efficient, and the transmission technology was adequate at best. The new model aims to resolve the efficiency issue, while also providing more power with the three motors, sending over 1,000 to all four wheels through the automatic transmission. The car would also be capable of running on electric power alone, though, like many current offerings, expect the range to be short with the mode best suited for city driving.

If the rumors and this new report are proven to be accurate, look for the new supercar to go on sale sometime in 2018 with the new model featuring a base MSRP starting at well over €1 million. Look for production to be a limited affair with initial estimates pegging the number somewhere between 500 and 750 units. This low production figure, as well as its high price and potent performance, means that the new model would be in the same elite club as the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and the Porsche 918 Spyder.


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