Mercedes-AMG preparing Cayman competitor?

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Words: Nile Bijoux
16 Apr 2018

A third standalone AMG model is being considered, and a new report is suggesting it could be an alternative to the Porsche Cayman.

The news comes from Autocar UK, who spoke to AMG boss Tobias Moers after the unveiling of the GT 4-Door Coupe. Moers confirmed that the third AMG-branded model is in the works but stopped short of saying what it would be, exactly. Instead, he ruled out what the company is going to steer clear of.

“There was a clear space in the market for the four-door GT,” he told the publication, “but we already have many excellent AMG SUV derivatives and it makes no sense to steal from them just so we can make our own car.”

If we assume AMG is taking direct aim at Porsche’s lineup, we can see the GT Coupe and GT 4-Door squaring off against the 911 and Panamera. Thus, a Cayman from Affalterbach makes sense.

The GT 4-Door Coupe is possibly getting a hybrid variant next decade, pairing an electric powertrain to the biturbo 4.0-litre V8 to produce a rumoured 600kW. This soundly trounces the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, which ‘only’ produces 500kW.

Letting our imaginations run wild for a second, could Mercedes-AMG potentially use the same hybrid system in a mid-engined car? It would require some engineering ingenuity but it would certainly be worth it.

Whatever the third AMG model ends up as it will be as fast as it is luxurious. It’ll probably sound pretty awesome too.


NZ Autocar

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