AMG boss Tobias Moers told Autocar: “My personal thinking is that we are now at a level where we could support another dedicated AMG model.”
Moers provided no further clue as to the kind of car it might be, but Mercedes is known to be keen to plug the gap in its line-up vacated by the SLS range, whose prices rose to £230,000 for the Black Series model, double that currently charged for the most expensive GT variant.
However, according to Moers, “the car would be totally different to the GT”. Indeed, rather than a traditionally configured, old-school front-engined supercar like the SLS and GT, Mercedes is believed to be considering a cutting-edge, mid-engined hybrid designed to offer a bridge between its established road car product and its now hugely successful F1 operation.
“We have the most energy-dense hybrid pack in existence,” said one insider. “It would make a great deal of sense to harness that technology for the road.” If the car gets the green light, expect it to depend as much on electrical power and extreme lightweight construction techniques for its performance as an internal combustion engine.
That said, it is extremely unlikely the car will follow the lead of the SLS Electric Drive and bin petrol power altogether. For reasons of range, sound and providing the link to F1, a small-capacity V6 is likely to be the preferred primary power source.
Despite brimming with technology, the new AMG is not expected to be a limited edition hypercar like the McLaren P1, LaFerrari or Porsche 918. Moers has in the past acknowledged that the Mercedes-AMG brand is not yet ready to compete at the million-pound price mark.