The 1,000-HP Mercedes Hypercar Is Here, Real, Spectacular

The Autobahn will never be the same

By Evan Bleier

 
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12 September 2017

When it comes to supercar rumors, we prefer ‘em the same way we like our steak: hot, fresh and real, real juicy.

That’s why it’s such a thrill that the rumor about Mercedes-AMG having a 1,000-HP hypercar on the way — one of the juiciest in recent memory — has turned out be to true.

Appearing in the carbon-fiber-flesh for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Mercedes-AMG Project One is a high-performance hybrid that’s inspired by cars that race on Formula One tracks, yet is (somehow) cleared for and capable of street-legal driving.

Able to do 0-124 MPH in less than six seconds and top out at more than 218 MPH, the Project One has a 1.6-liter V6 engine under the hood, a direct-injection number that happens to have an electric motor built into its turbocharger and another e-motor attached to its crankshaft. As a cherry on top, there's 160-HP e-motors fixed to each of the front wheels.

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"This vehicle will make all the performance cars at Mercedes and AMG look small,” Mercedes chairman Dieter Zetsche said at the car’s unveiling. “In 40 years I have never witnessed as much hype at Mercedes as there was with this car. This car gives an outlook for the future of AMG. Our task is not just to reinvent the automobile but to redefine mobility."

Already spoken for by a number of applicants who plunked down six-figure deposits, the $2.5 million car will be limited to a run of just 275 models and should be hitting the Autobahn in 2019.

And that's no rumor. 

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