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An AMG-developed Porsche 911 rival is expected to get the go-ahead thanks to strong SLS sales

An AMG-developed Porsche 911 rival is expected to get the go-ahead as a result of the sales success of the Mercedes SLS coupé and roadster. Mercedes sources have long indicated that they would like to establish the AMG brand among the supercar elite, but only if there was a sound business case for doing so — something profits from the SLS have helped to prove is possible.

“AMG is a financial company and runs with targets, just like every other company,” said AMG boss Ola Kallenius when asked about the possibility of extending the range of cars developed by Mercedes’ performance brand. “These products can’t just be built for fun. We need a reasonable return to new fund projects.

“But the SLS has a return, as well as succeeding by building a brand and being fascinating technologically. Could we grow the family? Probably, yes, but that is not a decision we’ve made at this stage,” he said.

“What is clear is that we have entered a segment with an overwhelming reaction from customers and fans — and many of them are entirely new customers to AMG — so it would certainly be the right strategy to grow the AMG brand.”

The mooted new £80,000 two-seater is expected to form the entry-level point for what would become a much wider stand-alone AMG range, and could be on sale as soon as late 2013.

Power is likely to come from an all-new 500bhp twin-turbocharged 5.4-litre V8, which will sit in the front-mid position and drive the rear wheels. That should mean Porsche 911 Carrera S-rivalling performance of 0-62mph in 4.5sec and a top speed of 180mph. Coupé and roadster variants are also expected to be built.

Jim Holder

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matsoc 7 February 2012

Re: Merc to give 911 rival green light

The SLS is an impressive car and something built with the same effort would probably be a serious sport car.

But time is needed to establish in a new part of the market. The SLS sold well but I found its depreciation too high compared to the one of a 458. In real world the Ferrari is more affordable, their price with extra is close in Italy why on the used market there is already a €40k gap! And it's only going to get worse with time!

Fidji 7 February 2012

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Lesia44 wrote:
I've driven the CL65AMG and the SLK55AMG. Both very decent cars and in another life I might go for either (though probably the 55). But the reality is that they're just Mercs that have been pimped beyond what's really good for them

I think that's the case for older AMGs like the ones you drove. The newer ones tend to have the chassis to match the power, but I'm not calling them Lotus'!

Mario B 7 February 2012

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TBC wrote:
Mercedes decision to move into this market is hardly a surprising one, how the car looks, sounds and feels will determine if it is a success; ultimately the dynamic qualities of the last 10% of the performance envelope will only interest motoring journalists and teenagers, as opposed to those who will actually pay for one.
One could argue that the last 10% of the dynamic qualities, as reported by the specialist press, might well decide a number of purchases though I would guess that Forum readers might not want to associate themselves with such!