Mercedes-AMG have confirmed that they are working on a new AMG hybrid hypercar which is expected to be revealed in 2017.
Powered by the same 1.6-litre turbo engine used in the Mercedes-AMG Formula One car driven by Lewis Hamilton, the new Mercedes-AMG hybrid vehicle will earn true hypercar status.
Although the F1-powered road car isn’t expected to be presented to the public until next year, Mercedes-AMG did release a teaser image during the announcement at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The image, which doesn’t reveal much about what the car will look like, was placed in the background during the premier of the new Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster and Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé models on the eve of the show.
The new hypercar, which will also feature four-wheel drive, will be collaboratively manufactured between AMG in Affalterbach, Germany, and the team in Brixworth, Northampton who build the high-performance powertrains for the Mercedes-AMG Formula One cars.
About this exciting new project, Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development said: “Under the lead of Mercedes-AMG, our performance companies will join forces and create the most efficient and, at the same time, most dynamic and most spectacular AMG of all time – some might even call it a hypercar. It will show how we will take our performance brand into the future with extremely efficient and intelligent drivetrain technology.”
The next couple of years will be an exciting time for hypercar production. The announcement of the new AMG hypercar comes shortly after Aston Martin revealed they would be joining forces with Red Bull Racing to produce their own hypercar, codenamed the AM-RB 001. Both cars are slotted for a 2018 release.
Mercedes-AMG sold almost 70,000 cars in 2015, more than doubling its sales in the space of just two years which reflects their ever expanding product line-up. However, this new hypercar may just be the most spectacular of them all.
The hypercar will be built to mark the 50th anniversary of AMG, but very limited numbers are expected to be made.
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