Mercedes-AMG May Consider a Hybrid Hypercar
You might want to take the following with a pinch of salt, but according to a recent report it seems that Mercedes-AMG may be thinking about a new halo model that uses a hybrid powerplant. The information comes from Motor Trend, who recently had a chat with AMG CEO Tobias Moers about the carmaker’s future plans. Speculated from some of Moers’ answers, Motor Trend got the notion that a Porsche 918-like rival from Affalterbach may be joining the AMG lineup as a top of the range model in the upcoming years.
Set to feature a 650- to 700-horsepower variant of the 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 found in the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT and C63, the hybrid hypercar would also get two electric motors not unlike those found in the SLS AMG Electric Drive in order to make the car all-wheel drive and bring its total output to around 1,000 horsepower. Unfortunately, pretty much all of the aforementioned details are mostly speculated from a single line in the interview with Tobias Moers, who said that "we want to be seen by the public on the same level as the other sports car maker in Germany," when asked if AMG thinks about making a rival for the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1 or the Ferrari LaFerrari.
With the Mercedes-AMG GT not even on the market yet and a number of more powerful variants of the model set to arrive in 2016 and 2017, a hybrid hypercar to act as the AMG halo model would be at least four or five years away, thus rendering a rivalry with the aforementioned trio simply futile, especially since they are already sold out.
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Why it matters
Since Tobias Moers already stated that a direct successor for the SLS AMG or even the SLR McLaren is yet to have been green-lighted, the possibility of a hybrid hypercar in the style of the 918 Spyder, P1 or LaFerrari is highly unlikely to become reality any time soon. Sure, the speculation above may make some sense when viewed from certain angles, but keep in mind that the GT isn’t even on the market yet, not to mention that it will soon be accompanied by a Porsche 911 GT3-like model and a Black Series version.
Diverting most of the recent piles of money earned selling four-cylinder AMGs into creating a limited-edition hybrid hypercar with not much technical connections with the rest of the lineup would be suicide from a financial point of view. Then again, AMG did learn a lot about in-wheel electric motors when developing the SLS AMG Electric Drive, so a hybrid model to sport some technical bits from the SLS AMG/GT wouldn’t be out of the question.