It sounds too good to be true.
It was only a few weeks ago that we received the news that Mercedes-AMG wasn’t interested in creating a hypercar to go against the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder. While that news was disheartening, it made sense. However, the news also stated that a McLaren 650S and Ferrari 488 fighter was around the corner. According to a recent report from German magazine Auto Bild, Mercedes-Benz is planning a successor to the SLR McLaren. If the automaker were considering a new SLR, it wouldn’t have to be a hypercar to be great.
According to Auto Bild’s sources, Mercedes-AMG is pretty far along in the process with engineers debating on whether the car should have its engine in the front or in the middle. If the vehicle were to be front-engined, the report indicates that the vehicle will have a supercharged V6 to power the rear wheels with assistance from an electric motor to propel the front wheels. Rumor has it that the car will make roughly 650 horsepower and have a run of approximately 3,000 models per year with a price tag of at least $260,000. The other option is a mid-engined beast that sounds like a proper hypercar fighter to us, but we don’t want to get our hopes up.
The mid-engined supercar would feature a supercharged V8 and have a rumored output of more than 1,000 hp. The car would have two electric motors sending power to the front wheels and a price tag of over one million euros.The mid-engined Merc would have an extremely limited run of less than 750 units. Both options will be released in a coupe model and spawn a roadster, a Black Series and a GT3 variant. The previous SLR sat in the grey area between the two models with its 5.4-liter supercharged V8 producing 617 hp and costing $450,000. While a mid-engined supercar with more than 1,000 hp sounds incredible to us, the first option with a supercharged V6 in the front of the vehicle sounds more plausible.