Mercedes-AMG mulls baby sports vehicle to take on Porsche 718

Joanna Estrada
July 13, 2018

A mid-engine layout is now in the discussion, but AMG also hasn't ruled out a more conventional front-engine layout. One gets a fixed-roof coupe design and the other is an open-top roadster. The upcoming auto will have a mid-engine setup and many of its styling elements will be derived from the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar.

A new sports auto was first hinted at by AMG chairman Tobias Moers in an interview with Autocar earlier this year.

"It's a rapidly growing business segment and it is high exposure for the brand", an inside source told Autocar.

By now you know that whenever details emerge about a new auto, you also need a grain of salt.

Following in the footsteps of recent AMG models, the compact sports auto would use a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine. This would mean the new model would have a front-mid-mounted engine, which makes sense from a cost perspective. Just how it will affect future models remains to be seen. A hybrid version with even more horsepower is also under consideration. Mercedes has not quoted 2017 sales figures for the SLC, although German dealers suggest that deliveries have all but dried up and that a decision has already been made not to replace today's seven-year-old R172 model.

Officials at AMG are yet to confirm that such a vehicle is in the works, but Autocar, citing an anonymous source at Mercedes, reports that the auto is in the planning stage. According to Autocar, Mercedes-AMG's new model could utilize the company's updated 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline unit delivering up to 400 hp, which will also power the upcoming A35 and A45 models.

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