Mercedes-Benz has revealed that despite being a full two years from being officially launched, the Mercedes-AMG hypercar is on the verge of being sold out.
This particular model is equipped with the same powertrain that is inside the brand’s very own Formula 1 model. This includes, of course, the turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engine. Mercedes, through Chairman Tobias Moers, gave the confirmation that the brand will be modifying the combustion engine so that it can be idle at lower revolutions but will remain to have pistons that can spin for at least 10,000 rpm.
Moers, in an interview with Autonews, said that with only around 200 to 300 units to be manufactured, the list of interested buyers is beginning to reach that number. If anything, he added, the Mercedes-AMG hypercar is truly an amazing vehicle as there is nothing like this on the market. Moers continued that this excellent hypercar is the best example of the heights engineering can reach as it has the capabilities and competencies of the AMG combined with what may be one of the world’s most efficient powertrains.
Should the AMG hypercar officially enter the market by 2018 though, there is the possibility that it is likely to face tough competition from several rivals like the AM-RB 001 from Aston Martin. This particular model was developed by both Red Bull and Aston Martin with a power-to-weight ratio almost equal to the AMG with the difference being that it utilizes a naturally-aspirated V12 engine working in tandem with an electric motor. Even then, both the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 and Mercedes-AMG Hypercar are proof that despite some analysts claiming that performance cars were on the way out, they are still going strong.
It was during the eve of the recently concluded 2016 Paris Auto Show that Mercedes-Benz confirmed that it was starting development of the AMG hypercar. This was done by none other than Thomas Weber, Daimler product development chief. Weber added that the company was more than excited to finally confirm that the AMG hypercar has entered the pipeline. It was also at this same event that Weber revealed that the new model would use the drivetrain technology inside Formula 1.
However, Weber did not state if the new AMG hypercar would have the same displacement as that of the engine inside the F1 racer considering that many restrictions implemented in motorsports are generally not applicable to road cars. Thus, a number of people are expecting that the final V6 engine inside the new AMG hypercar will possibly be larger and have an output of at least 1,000 hp.
With a carbon fiber monocoque frame similar to the F1 cars, the new model is the brand’s response to the growing list of hypercars like the AM-RB 001 from Aston Martin, the P1 from McLaren, and the 918 Spyder by Porsche.