Rumored roadster version of Mercedes-AMG Project One is not coming

Article by Christian A., on September 12, 2018

It has been a year since Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Mercedes-AMG Project One at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. So far, there has been no or little update from the German premium carmaker. Nonetheless, Mercedes is expected to unveil the production-ready version as well as the final moniker of the Project One next month at the upcoming 2018 Paris Motor Show.

During the year after the Project One was revealed, there has been rumors that Mercedes is also intending to create two more versions of the hypercar. One of these would be an open-top roadster version and the other would a track-only variant that can’t be legally driven on the road. According to TheSupercarBlog.com, Mercedes was planning to build between five to 10 units of the Project One roadster, as well as between 25 to 50 examples of the track-only version.

Of course, Mercedes really had to look into whether developing two more versions of the AMG Project would bring a good case. These two versions – the Project One roadster and track-only model – were evaluated, but evaluations weren’t so positive for them. TheSupercarBlog.com reported that roadster and track-only versions of the Project One were sent to the trash bin in August.

The shelving of the Project One roadster and track-only versions would be a big blow to those who wanted to grab an example of the hypercar. The between 30 and 60 additional units of the Project One would be a great relief to those who failed to the shortlist of customers for the hypercar. Demand for the Project One was so high it was practically sold out even before Mercedes has commenced its production.

Mercedes capped the production run of the fixed roofed Project One at just 275 examples and has already invited customers to spec their cars before the hypercar enters production. Only 55 examples of the Mercedes-AMG Project One were allotted for customers in the United States. The Project One has a starting price of around $2.5 million, and that doesn’t include any additional features and tidbits customers wanted to be installed in their new hypercar.

Dubbed by Mercedes as an ultimate driving machine, the AMG Project One is powered by a high-performance plug-in hybrid drive powertrain adopted directly from Formula 1, specifically from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 car. This powertrain includes a turbocharged engine and four electric motors. The rear wheels receive more than more than 500 kW (680 PS) of output from a 1.6-liter V6 hybrid gasoline engine -- with direct injection and turbocharger – while the front wheels are turned by two electric motors that deliver 240 kW (326 PS). Thus, the total power output of the Project One is at 740 kW (1,006 PS).

Mercedes-AMG claims that the Project One could sprint from nil to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.6 seconds and accelerate from standstill to 200 km/h (62 mph) in 5.6 seconds. Top speed of over 350 km/h (217 mph) is estimated. The AMG Project One is likely to feature a “Qualification” mode that transforms it temporarily into a track-focused machine.

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