And it might be a self-drifting, mid-engined supercar.
AMG—Mercedes-Benz’s performance division—is known for taking pedestrian, front-engined cars and transforming them into incredible beasts. Top Gear asked AMG Boss Tobias Moers if there was room for a mid-engined rival for McLaren’s 650S or even the P1 in the works and the answer is surprising. Moers claimed that there was space above the AMG GT S in the Mercedes-Benz lineup for an even more powerful car. A Mercedes-AMG supercar would put AMG in a league of its own.
“There will be more members of the AMG family in the future,” stated Moers. “The hypercar is always a credible business case. From a technical perspective, from an engineering perspective, we could make something.” The performance division has grown rapidly in the last few years, which makes tackling the technical difficulties of a mid-engined supercar more plausible. “It’s always a task to step into something [a sector] you haven’t been in,” stated Moers. “A year ago we didn’t have the specialty to do that thing, but now we do.” If AMG were to engineer a hypercar, it would utilize turbochargers and even hybrid power once battery weight and costs are lowered. But the news doesn't stop there.
More interestingly, future AMGs will also benefit from Mercedes-Benz’s new autonomous driving technology, which debuted in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But AMG plans to go beyond a measly autopilot. Moers hinted at the autonomous technology’s ability to show drivers the ideal race line around a track or even go sideways. “The autonomous drifting car?” questioned Moers. “Sure. That’s easy to program." A self-drifting, mid-engined supercar from AMG is something that's worth waiting for.