The LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 are currently pushing the boundaries of performance when it comes to hybrid supercars. But now it appears that Mercedes-AMG might be ready to compete with them.
Mercedes-AMG just replaced its SLS supercar with the more accessible GT (no gullwing doors here), but that leaves some room for a true follow up to the hardcore SLS, not to mention the monstrous McLaren-Mercedes SLR. The GT, costs just about half of what the SLS went for, and is nowhere near prices of the ultra-rare SLR, so it would appear there’s a customer niche to be filled.
There’s lots of speculation as to how AMG might introduce its new top-of-the-line model.
There will obviously be upmarket versions of the GT, probably a Black Series model. There have even been rumors that the brand might actually bring back another run of special SLS models, but that seems a little far-fetched, having just killed the line, not to mention how bad it would displease current SLS owners who thought they had snagged the last of an exclusive line.
Autoblog reports that AMG could do a standalone hypercar, which would be powered by a twin-turbocharged V-12 teamed with a plug-in hybrid system.
This seems the most likely given it’s Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren rivals currently having entries in the market. If Mercedes did do such a car, it would have to deliver somewhere near 1000 horsepower, along with producing the same respectable fuel economy as its rivals.
Mercedes has never been one to sit by and let other brands enjoy a market share that they don’t have a foot print in. They’re experts at reaching up or down when they need to, so odds are good we’ll see the newest Mercedes hypercar yet.