You read that right, the rumor floating around right now is that Mercedes-AMG is working on a new hypercar, and It’ll be powered by a four-cylinder engine. At this very moment, some Mercedes faithful might be trashing their 1:18 SLR models and framed posters, screaming there is no go or some other nonsense. Or they might think this rumor is complete heresy.
To be honest, I think this rumor is pretty questionable, but it’s also entertaining at the same time. Autobild, a German magazine, reported on it a little while back and GTSpirit also ran with it.
Supposedly, next year for the 50th anniversary of AMG, this new four-banger supercar will debut. While we’ve seen Volvo squeeze an amazing amount of power out of small, four-cylinder engines, Mercedes-AMG reportedly has found a way to extract 1,000 horsepower from one.
You’re allowed to laugh now, if you haven’t already.
This beast of a machine will have a carbon fiber monocoque and will tip the scale at under 3,000 pounds. Considering the engine won’t weigh that much, it seems like an attainable weight. How exactly Mercedes-AMG will perform the miracle of producing 1,000 horsepower with a four-cylinder engine, and no electric motors mated to it, is a complete mystery. Perhaps the Germans had an alien spacecraft crash land in their factory, and they learned some advanced technology from it?
Likely we’ll see a new hypercar next year to mark the Mercedes-AMG 50th anniversary, but I doubt it’ll have a four banger.