The Mercedes-AMG R50 might as well be an F1 car for the road.
With new developments on autonomous car tech dominating CES 2017, we were beginning to think the technology show would be short on surprise car reveals. While Mercedes-Benz is also hosting presentations on self-driving cars, GTSpirit managed to capture a fleeting new glimpse of the new extreme R50 hybrid hypercar currently in development by Mercedes-AMG. Previously, the only visual we had to go on was a teaser sketch of the car’s profile revealed at last year's Paris Motor Show.
This new rear shot of the R50’s aerodynamic body shown at the presentation gives us a few new details, with the message “creating benchmark driving pleasure.” Some of the most distinctive details include a large roof-mounted scoop, a Formula One-style central fin that dominates the length of the hypercar and two dominating NACA-ducts sitting above the air vents that feed cool air into the engine bay. Power for the Mercedes-AMG hypercar will be based on the manufacturer’s championship winning Formula One car, with a high-revving 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine paired with electric motors that will give you goosebumps.
Around 1,000 horsepower is being targeted, which would make the R50 a direct rival to the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 currently in development with Red Bull, which also might as well be an F1 car for the road. The R50 will debut at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show in September to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mercedes-AMG. According to GTSpirit, the hybrid hypercar will retail for around 2.4 million Euros in Europe and will be limited to around 200–300 models, although customer demand is already about to exceed this. Deliveries are expected to commence in 2018, which also happens to be the same time deliveries are due to start for the AM-RB 001.