Dieter Zetsche and Lewis Hamilton presided over the debut of what was then referred to as the Mercedes-AMG Challenge One on the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Present. Again then, “the most well liked and coolest automobile” Mercedes-AMG had ever tried was going to be launched in 2019. Then the 11,000-rpm, 1.6-liter V6 engine and its dislike for low-speed city driving met more and more strict emissions rules, and it took the carmaker’s engineering would possibly 5 years to beat that hurdle and others. 5 years on, the delay supplied AMG the possibility to launch what’s now the Mercedes-AMG One on the fifty fifth anniversary of AMG’s first constructing, the inspiration stone for which was laid on June 1, 1967.
Not for the reason that McLaren F1 have we seen a street automobile work so arduous to stick to Components 1 rules, and actually, the AMG One (and the Aston Martin Valkyrie) go additional. A lot has modified for the reason that present automobile — Zetsche and Moers are not Mercedes execs, as an example — however not the important hardpoints. The basis is the E Efficiency powertrain, which is that 1.6-liter V6 boosted by two turbochargers. The 121-hp MGU-H turbo works off exhaust gasses however will get assist spinning in control with an electrical motor. The 161-hp MGU-Ok turbo is related to the crankshaft by way of a spur gear. There’s 1,049 system horsepower. AMG declined to peg a torque determine, saying, “Specification not doable as a result of complicated drive prepare.” AMG additionally declined to checklist an precise rev restrict; the engine’s been designed to spin to 11,000 rpm, however the engineers determined “for longer sturdiness and use of business tremendous plus petrol, [the engine] intentionally stays beneath the F1 rev restrict.” Engine output is marked as 566 horsepower at 9,000 rpm, so house owners will not be walled off far-off from the bodily limits.
Output runs by way of a brand new seven-speed guide transmission with shift rods and 4 carbon clutches as an alternative of the eight-speed guide within the Frankfurt present automobile. The totally locking differential is built-in into the gearbox.
Two extra motors every contribute 161 hp to drive the entrance wheels, offering fully-variable all-wheel drive and torque vectoring. Additionally they present the automobile a pure-electric vary of 11.2 miles because of an 8.4-kWh liquid-cooled lithium battery that mimics the unit from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Components 1 automobile, however with extra cells. This being a PHEV, the cost port is on the rear left of the automobile, reverse the gasoline filler cap for the 14.5-gallon tank.
Having access to the ICE energy means urgent the pink begin button between the entrance seats. That prompts the electrical motors instantly. The driving force should then look forward to the exhaust aftertreatment subsystem to succeed in working temperature. The subsystem consists of 4 steel catalytic converters, two ceramic catalytic converters, and two gasoline particulate filters, and it was the circuit that pushed engineers to their limits.
As soon as the engine’s given the okay to start combustion, and given sufficient street, the three,737-pound AMG One will get to 62 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds, 124 mph in seven seconds, 186 mph in 15.6 seconds. Most velocity is 219 mph.
There are six driving modes. Race Protected is the default on startup, utilizing the electrical motors and on-demand hybrid energy as soon as the ICE kicks in. EV mode does simply what one would anticipate. Particular person combines the motive force’s private preferences. Race retains the 1.6-liter working continually in order to maintain the battery charged. Race Plus, solely obtainable on the monitor, lowers the AMG One a bit of greater than an inch and tightens the adaptive suspension. A second track-only mode referred to as Strat 2 is equal to qualifying setup, optimizing the lively aero and firming up the suspension additional. That lively aero permits an additional three settings relying on mode, both Freeway, Observe, or Race DRS. ABS and a three-mode ESP come normal, for drivers who favor prudence when discovering the restrict.
As normal, the bundle sits on 10-spoke, 19-inch cast aluminum center-lock wheels in entrance, 20-inchers in again. They are often swapped for nine-spoke cast magnesium center-lock wheels. Each units are hidden behind carbon covers, and themselves conceal a carbon-ceramic braking system with six-piston fastened calipers in entrance, four-piston clamps in again. Rubber inventory is a quartet of specifically developed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2Rs.
Dimensions are 15.6 ft lengthy, 6.6 ft broad, and a hair over 4 ft tall. In the midst of all that may be a cockpit constructed for 2 folks and never rather more. The seats are constructed into the monocoque, their backs capable of recline at both 25 or 30 levels, and an electrically adjustable steering wheel and 11-position pedal field are used to discover a comfy place. Mod-cons like air con, energy home windows, and mini-USB ports are essentially the most occupants will get for luxurious. Baggage capability is restricted to the “prime quality stowage compartment” atop the middle tunnel.
The introduced manufacturing run of 275 items is bought out at $2.75 million per. The affected person house owners and the general public get the primary glimpse of the coupe pushed arduous at this month’s Goodwood Competition of Velocity. AMG’s newest can be winding its approach by way of the horde of BMW M vehicles celebrating M’s fiftieth anniversary. Buyer deliveries are anticipated to start someday after that, earlier than the yr is out.