New Image Reveals Part Of The Mercedes-AMG Hypercar’s Design
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Mercedes-AMG has been relatively coy on details pertaining to its much talked about hypercar project. In fact, apart from AMG boss Tobias Moers confirming the project and a relatively indistinct teaser photo, not much is known about this mysterious model. We know it’s going to be a hypercar and we know that it’s going to be powered by a similar drivetrain that was used by Mercedes’ championship-winning Formula One team. But beyond these bits and pieces of information, the hypercar remains a mystery.
Fortunately, Mercedes-AMG was kind enough to shed new light on the car in the form of a new teaser image that was shown at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show and caught by our friends over at GT Spirit.
The teaser actually doesn’t amount to much (again), but it does contain a lot more information about the car compared to the broad-stroked sketch that Mercedes-AMG first showed at the 2016 Paris Motor Show last October. The biggest takeaway from this new teaser image is the cross-section shape of the hypercar. Turns out, Mercedes-AMG is preparing the car to look less like an “traditional” hypercar and more like an actual racer. Now that might not end up being the case in the end, but this teaser image does show some obvious racing elements.
The shape of the roof, for instance, suggests that the car is either going to have a closed cockpit or that it’s designed the car to feature gullwing doors. Maybe both styling cues will appear in the car. That’s a possibility too, albeit one that I’m not prepared to jump into at the moment. Another design element worth mentioning are the two large NACA ducts that were put there to feed cool air into the engine bay, which we already know will house an actual Formula One engine. And in case anybody’s wondering what that vertical bar is in the middle, that’s actually the Le Mans-style central fin that we first saw in the original teaser sketch of the car back in Paris. Last but certainly not least are the massive rear haunches that suggests that the hypercar will be sitting really close to the ground it hits the road in 2018.
Even with the teaser – and it is a better one compared to the first teaser – revealing some significant styling cues of the Mercedes-AMG hypercar, it’s going to be difficult to specifically pinpoint which of these designs will make their way into the final product. Ultimately though, the worth of this teaser image shouldn’t be based on what it’s showing us. It’s worth is grounded on the simple reminder from Mercedes-AMG that its hypercar is coming, and it’s arriving sooner than later.
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There’s a lot more to the Mercedes-AMG hypercar than what we know
Even with this new teaser image of the Mercedes-AMG hypercar revealing what it does about the exotic, there are still a lot of more information about the car that we don’t know about. That’s one of the reasons why the hypercar itself is still pretty exciting; it still has a cloud of mystery behind it that only Mercedes-AMG can reveal in due time.
So what exactly do we know about it other than the information that’s already been mentioned? Well, there’s the expectation that Mercedes-AMG only has plans to build somewhere between 200 to 300 units of the hypercar. Like the car’s that it’s going to compete against – the 918 Spyder, McLaren P1, and Ferrari LaFerrari – the Mercedes-AMG exotic will be in short supply as the automaker seeks to keep its exclusivity high.
We also know that unlike our first expectations of the car costing in excess of $1 million, it might actually end up fetching a price tag that’s double our initial number for it. A little over $2 million, excluding taxes, is a number that’s been thrown around and if Mercedes-AMG gets its way, the hypercar it’s developing could end up costing as much, maybe even more.
Ultimately, Mercedes-AMG will be the only one who can answer a lot of our questions about the car. Not that it’s supposed to be because clearly, it can disperse nuggets of details and information about the car at it’s own convenience. But it is comforting to know that the company hasn’t forgotten about us. This new teaser image may not end up revealing anything of consequence about the hypercar, but the fact that we’re talking about it means we’re looking to know more and more details about it. Hopefully, this teaser image is the start of getting more of that information.
Read our full review on the Mercedes-AMG hypercar here.
Source: GT Spirit