Mercedes-AMG Preparing Baby Sports Car To Battle The Porsche Cayman

Donna Miller
July 13, 2018

Intriguingly, Autocar also claims the car's styling will have "clear links" to the upcoming Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar, so it could look quite radical.

The new sports auto project comes to fruition, it will be the fifth dedicated AMG model of Mercedes. AMG is keen to play up its motorsports efforts, and the proposed sports auto could help expose the brand to a new demographic.

"It's a rapidly growing business segment and it is high exposure for the brand", an inside source told Autocar. "It would be additional business for AMG, not targeted at existing customers but new ones".

The report said that AMG is considering about putting a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine in the still unnamed vehicle. This would mean the new model would have a front-mid-mounted engine, which makes sense from a cost perspective.

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Autocar's source said: "Project One (below) represents the start of a new era for Mercedes-AMG, not only in terms of the electrified driveline but also the placement of it behind the cabin". Just how it will affect future models remains to be seen. There will also reportedly be a convertible version that competes with the 718 Boxster.

Autocar reports that Mercedes-AMG is working on a small sports auto that will slot under the GT that would replace the SLC.

Slotting below the current GT sports vehicle, the new sportster could even have a mid-rear engine layout, according to the British publication, and would like share its four-cylinder turbo engines with the upcoming A45 and A35 AMG models.

As a recap, the 718 Cayman's base engine is a 2.0-liter inline-four with 300 bhp.

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