New Standalone Mercedes-AMG Sports Car in the Works

Doris Richards
July 12, 2018

If the latest rumor is to be believed, there will soon be a third sports auto developed entirely by Mercedes-AMG: a Porsche 718 Cayman rival. It is said to be favoured over a dedicated AMG SUV because of its potential to build on the firm's motorsport heritage, which extends back to 1967, and the formative days of the company that came under the controlling interest of Mercedes-Benz in 1999.

It could also be available in two bodystyles: a fixed-roof coupe that will compete with the Cayman and an open-top roadster to battle the 718 Boxster, while the pricing will be competitive against Porsche's rival auto. Then, a few months ago, the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe was revealed.

According to Autocar, the new sports vehicle is still in the early stages of development but that Tobias Moers, head of AMG, has been hinting about it since earlier this year.

The compact sports car's styling would be inspired by the Project One hypercar, according to Autocar's inside sources.

The report said that AMG is considering about putting a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine in the still unnamed vehicle. However, even though Mercedes-AMG has a long history of front-mid-engined performance models, insiders aren't ruling out a mid-rear- engined layout for the new auto. A hybrid version with even more horsepower is also under consideration.

Slotting below the current GT sports auto, the new sportster could even have a mid-rear engine layout, according to the British publication, and would like share its four-cylinder turbo engines with the upcoming A45 and A35 AMG models.

As a recap, the 718 Cayman's base engine is a 2.0-liter inline-four with 300 bhp.

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