Mercedes-AMG Readying Porsche Cayman Rival

Mercedes-AMG is preparing a new sports car model that will slot below the existing GT.

According to a recent report, Mercedes-AMG is working on a rival to the Porsche 718 Cayman, with a possible mid-rear engine layout and styling inspired by the Project One hypercar. The new model would serve as an indirect successor to the SLC, as a two-seater coupe and convertible luxury sports car.

Autocar says the Cayman rival is currently in a conceptual stage, but has been presented to Mercedes-Benz’s board of management. If the project does get green lit, it would eventually slot below the GT.

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The sports car is being proposed with two standard power outputs, likely borrowing from the upcoming A35 and A45 models with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The new offering is rumored to share certain elements with the next-generation SL, which AMG is helping engineer.

Another possibility is that the new AMG sports car could share components with the latest-generation Mercedes compact models with the potential of mild-hybrid setups.

This would be the fifth dedicated AMG model in the company’s lineup, joining the SLS, GT, GT Four-Door, and the upcoming Project One hypercar.

[Source: Autocar]

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