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Imagine If Mercedes Made The CLK GTR Today

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Rendering morphs the homologation special together with the upcoming AMG One.

Mercedes is hard at work developing a new mid-engined hypercar. But as impressive as it will surely be, it won't be the German automaker's first. So what, our historic-minded selves might wonder, if the legendary CLK GTR were morphed together with the upcoming AMG One?

As it turns out, we're not alone in pondering what such an old-meets-new creation might look like. The ever-creative automotive artist Rain Prisk apparently thought along the same lines. This rendering is what he came up with, and we think it looks pretty darn cool.

Mercedes developed the CLK GTR two decades ago primarily as a racing car for GT1 competition, but made a handful in road-going spec to satisfy homologation requirements. The resulting road car was as extreme a performance machine as anything it had ever produced. It packed a 6.9-liter naturally aspirated V12 (even larger than the racing version's) in the middle of its carbon and aluminum monocoque, sending over 600 horsepower to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox. And the performance was positively blistering for its time: 0-62 mph was quoted in 3.8 seconds, with a top speed of 214 mph.

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Only 20 coupes were made, followed by another six roadsters, and five more Super Sport versions with the 7.3-liter V12 from the SL73 AMG and Pagani Zonda.

Their desirability was only further cemented by the success of the racing version, which seized both the drivers' and team's championships in the FIA GT series two years running. No wonder they've been trading hands for millions: RM Sotheby's, for example, sold a coupe last summer in Monterey for over $4.5 million. And we don't doubt the new AMG One will prove every bit as desirable.

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