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Old 01-06-2017, 08:52 AM   #1
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Mercedes-AMG hypercar revealed in preview image

Mercedes-AMG's hypercar will have 1000bhp and challenge the Aston Martin AM-RB 001

Mercedes-AMG's first hypercar has been previewed in a teaser image shown at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The image was accompanied by the strapline 'Creating benchmark driving pleasure', suggesting that the new model, which will develop around 1000bhp, will focus on driver enjoyment rather than lap times. Despite this, it will be by far the highest-performance Mercedes-AMG car yet built.

This first look at the car reveals a large roof scoop and louvre vents on the rear upper panel, confirming that it will be mid-engined. A wide stance is also evident, but no other details are visible.

Production of the hypercar will be limited to between 200 and 300 units, and a price of 3 million has been suggested. It has been confirmed that it will be powered by a Mercedes F1 hybrid-derived powertrain, but it's not known how or even if it will be changed for the road car. Like the F1 engines, the road car's unit wil be engineered at Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth, Northamptonshire.

The car is likely to use an all-carbonfibre construction, with an F1-style carbonfibre monocoque and F1-derived performance technology. The car's main rival, the forthcoming Aston Martin AM-RB 001, will also feature F1-derived tech and construction.

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