Is Mercedes-AMG Developing A Porsche 918 Spyder Supercar Rival?

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Likely yes, but it's admitting nothing at the moment.

The new Mercedes-AMG GT is a direct response to the Porsche 911 and its overall domination of the premium sports car market. Basically, Mercedes has, for some time, been wanting to build a signature sports car of its own on par with the 911. The old SLS AMG was wonderful but lacked the agility of the 911. But does Mercedes-AMG have even loftier goals now that the GT is being so well received? In other words, is it looking to take things a notch higher, say into the Porsche 918 Spyder territory? Um, yes.

Speaking with AMG CEO Tobias Moers at Detroit last week, Motor Trend claims the executive strongly hinted that an AMG gas-electric supercar is very much in the cards. Remember, AMG's stated goal is to "make race car technology street-legal," so something like a mid-engined AMG model is also possible, although parent brand Mercedes-Benz has clearly stated before it doesn't do mid-engined cars. This is where AMG comes in. Tobias, in no direct words but one must read between the lines here, implied to MT that he'd like for there to be a new supercar featuring a mid-mounted, twin-turbo V8 capable of 650-700 horsepower that'll be paired to at least two electric motors, one at each of the front wheels.

Oh yeah, it could even feature gullwing doors. Again, this is all speculation at this point but AMG undoubtedly has the engineering and technological know-how to pull this off. It just needs to be approved by the Daimler board first.

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