When the Mercedes-AMG GT arrived, many people thought it would sit as the brand’s halo car for years to come. According to a new report from Autoblog, this is not true, as Mercedes is reportedly working on a new halo car packing four additional cylinders.
While it is a bit of a surprise to hear this, it kind of makes sense. The entire time Mercedes was developing the AMG GT, it called it the “Baby SLS.” In hindsight, this is a clear indication that the GT was never meant to be the brand’s permanent halo car, and that a replacement for the actual SLS was inevitable.
Unlike the SLS, however, rumors indicate that this upcoming halo car will carry a mighty V-12 engine – this is contrary to Autoblog’s claim that the SLS actually had a V-12, but that’s not the point. While some of you may be taken aback thinking how this 12-cylinder engine can possibly fit in today’s world of tightening emissions, but Mercedes has a way around this. It will supposedly mate this engine to an electric motor that will help increase fuel economy and reduce emissions.
The report indicates that this will be a new 12-cylinder engine, so you can scratch the thought of this being a modified version of the brand’s biturbo 6.0-liter V-12. However, given that engine produces an impressive 523 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque, I would expect the hybrid 12-cylinder in this halo car to be around 600 ponies and 650 pound-feet.
While this report sounds awesome on the surface, I am not 100 percent confident in its accuracy. The source is also questionable, as Autoblog cites only a “Mercedes-AMG product planner in Austria.” Then there is the whole SLS with a V-12 claim that lessens the legitimacy of the whole thing.
Either way, it is an awesome thought, and I will keep an eye out for more solid evidence that this model is actually in the works.