No Ferrari-Rivaling Hypercar for Mercedes-AMG
Mercedes-AMG has no plans to build a high-dollar hypercar that would rival models like the Porsche 918 or Farrari LaFerrari.
Tobias Moers, the division’s chairman said that even if they decided to embark on such a project they don’t have the engineering capacity do build vehicles like this, at least at the present time.
Currently Mercedes-AMG employs about 1,400 people, which is a far cry from the state of this division when Moers joined back in 1994. At that time they had just 120 individuals on the payroll.
Still, even though it’s grown by leaps and bounds over the last two decades AMG doesn’t have enough people on staff to design, develop and build a million-dollar machine with the chops to topple Ferrari. Maybe they will in the coming years but in the near-term this isn’t happening.
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In lieu of a world-beating hypercar, Moers said they’re focusing their resources and attention on continuing their steady grow. They’ve aimed to achieve sales increases by adding more and more AMG versions of existing Mercedes-Benz models.
And they’re well on their way. Updated versions of the SL63 and SL65 were revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week and more are in development.
Beyond this, Moers said they’re working on increasing the breadth of the AMG GT family. They’re also busy playing with the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which will supposedly be “the biggest step we’ve ever made from one generation E-Class to the next one regarding driving dynamics.”
So, even though Moers put the kibosh on the idea of an AMG-branded hypercar there’s still plenty of high-performance goodness to look forward to.
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