It’s Time To Weep For The Sold Out Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar
Are those sniffles we’re hearing? Do you need some tissue to wipe those tears away? It’s unfortunate, but we do understand how you’re feeling in this particular case. Sure, it was probably a pipe dream from the very beginning, but all those hopes and dreams of owning a Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar will remain in the state of longing. Sadly, it’s not going to happen anymore – not here in the U.S. at least – now that Mercedes-AMG has closed down applications for the hypercar.
News of Mercedes-AMG’s decision to stop compiling a list of prospective U.S. customers was on the rumor mill for quite some time, but one of the hypercar’s project managers, Melissa Witek, essentially confirmed the rumors at the New York Auto Show. This effectively shut the door on prospective customers who have yet to make their reservations for the multi-million dollar machine. Worse, a customer isn’t guaranteed a car even if he or she managed to squeeze into making a reservation for the car. The Project One’s limited volume means that only a handful of these customers will be lucky enough to buy one of the 275 units that Mercedes-AMG will be building. Considering that 275 is the total number of units of the Project One hypercar, expect America’s allocation to be significantly lower than that, possibly around 50 or so units, or maybe even less.
That makes the Project One hypercar all the more desirable, which largely explains why a lot of people are going stir-crazy over it, even at the cost of paying $2.4 million for the yet-to-be-officially-named performance machine. It’s a lot of money for a car that will end up costing at least two times that of the first trinity of hypercars. What’s that? The Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder, of course. If the car lives up to the hype Mercedes-AMG is building up on it, then expect more people to start reaching for the tissues if they don’t end up getting their hands on one.
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Should be worth the price tag if it ends up being as good as people expect it to be
No matter what language you speak, the language of money is universal, and in every conceivable language, $2.4 million is a steep price to pay for a car, even if it’s one that promises insane amounts of power and performance and all the state-of-the-art technology you can handle. Here’s the thing though. The hypercar’s price tag isn’t entirely shocking, especially when you consider that some of its peers are priced in the same vicinity. The Aston Martin Valkyrie, for instance, will cost close to $3 million, making it more expensive than the Project One. Even the Bugatti Chiron, which technically doesn’t qualify as a direct competitor, will sell for around $2.7 million.
The going rate for these cars already in that stratosphere, so anybody who has a legitimate interest in buying one should already be cognisant of the fact that they’re going to have to shell out a lot of money.
The good news is that due to its exclusivity, cars like the Project One should be immune to depreciation for a certain point of time. You can even look at its hypercar predecessors as an example to see how those machines have appreciated in value depending on their condition. Some McLaren P1s, for example, are being sold for $2 million, a lot more than the $1.2 million price that McLaren initially asked for them.
If Mercedes-AMG builds the Project One hypercar the way it intends to, that $2.4 million price tag could turn up to be a bargain in the next few years. And even if it doesn’t, the car’s specs alone should already be worth the price of admission. Remember, Mercedes-AMG is promising a car that’s going to run on a 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6 engine and a handful of electric motors that will combine to generate as much as 1,000 horsepower while also featuring a laundry list of advanced aerodynamic features.
Read our full review on the upcoming Mercedes-AMG hypercar here.
Source: Road and Track