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Mercedes AMG: No Hypercar or Hybrid

While many brands are opting for the electric motor route to increase output, AMG plans to stick with pure gasoline engines and lightweight components.

With the debut of two new hybrid hypercars, the McLaren P1 and the LaFerrari, at Geneva just over a week ago along with the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder, you’d think that most competing brands would be quite anxious to begin melding powerful gasoline engines and electric motors to create new hypercars of their own. For Mercedes performance division AMG, that’s simply not the case. In a new report coming from CarAdvice, AMG has confirmed there will be a successor to the SLS AMG Gullwing and Roadster.

However, it has no plans to build a hypercar with or without a hybrid powertrain. AMG Director of Vehicle Development Tobias Moers stated to the Australian publication that "no hypercar (will come) from AMG. Not at all." The reason being is that the hypercar business is fragile and that the AMG brand simply doesn’t do well with potential hypercar buyers. "We have the same situation we had 10 years ago when the SLR came up...hypercars are a segment that is okay for Ferrari....it is a different brand that AMG. We have to be honest," Moers added.

Instead, AMG plans to focus on the good old internal combustion engine and the advancement of lightweight construction materials in order to meet its performance goals. Evidence of this can already be seen with the SLS AMG Black Series, which is more powerful and lighter than the base SLS AMG. The SLS AMG successor, however, is still a few years out.

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