Mercedes-AMG Eyes New Standalone Model, May be Small Sports Car

Mercedes-AMG is eyeing another standalone model after introducing the AMG GT sports car and AMG GT Coupe four-door.

The boss of Mercedes-Benz’s performance sub-brand, Tobias Moers, ruled out a standalone AMG SUV in a recent interview with Autocar, but admitted the company is looking at a new AMG-specific model. It already has a high-performance sports car and sedan in the way of the AMG GT and AMG GT Coupe, so the next logical step would be a small sports car that can properly take the fight to cars like the Porsche Cayman and, less so, the Alfa Romeo 4C.

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The only small sports car in Mercedes’ wide-reaching product portfolio is the aging SLC, which has been around since 2011. Not only is the SLC rather old, it’s not a focused product. It’s always been marketed as a small, soft grand tourer that’s offered in AMG guise for any customers that desire more performance, rather than an out-and-out performance product. An AMG-specific sports car, by comparison, would be much more focused on driving enjoyment and speed than the SLC.

It should be noted that Mercedes-Benz hasn’t said an AMG-specific small sports car is on the way, it’s just the biggest gap in the brand’s otherwise airtight product portfolio. It will be interesting to see if does indeed fill this niche going forward – we think the segment-leading Cayman could use a bit of competition.

[Source: Autocar]

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