Kez Casey | Aug 31, 2016

Reports filtering out of the recent Belgium Formula 1 Grand Prix suggest that Mercedes-AMG is preparing to join the hypercar fray with a new limited-production model set to be introduced next year.

The hypercar is planned to arrive in time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of AMG, and will reportedly be powered by a derivative of the turbo V6 that powers Mercedes' current Formula 1 car (pictured, top).

Mercedes-AMG Petronas W07
Mercedes-AMG Petronas W07

At just 1.6 litres the turbocharged V6 would be the smallest AMG engine in the company's history, but with power expected to top 745kW there’s no doubt as to the performance potential.

The powertrain unit won’t simply be a straight carry-over from the multiple-podium winning V6 seen in the Mercedes-AMG Petronas W07 race car, with Mercedes expected to carry out a range of modifications both to increase longevity for civilian use, and to ensure rival F1 teams aren’t given access to crucial data.

Electrification will also play a part in the hypercar’s performance package, with with a pair of front axle electric motors boosting performance to the tune of around 120kW, while helping to stabilise handling.

2013 Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
2013 Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo

Like the forthcoming Aston Martin Red Bull hypercar, aerodynamic efficiency is expected to lead the as-yet unnamed car’s styling direction, while high-tech materials will be utilised weight to keep weight to a targeted 1000kg.

All of that should lead to an expected top speed in excess of 350 km/h with 0-100 km/h acceleration of less than 2.5 seconds.

The privilege of owning a road-ready won’t come cheap however, with pricing estimated to be as high as A$6.5 million, and that’s provided you can even get your hands on one, with a strictly limited production schedule expected to ensure exclusivity.

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