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Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren nameplate could be revived in 2018

September 7, 2016

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was one of the most iconic cars launched by Daimler last decade. It was replaced by the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG which has been succeeded now by the Mercedes-AMG GT. The Mercedes-AMG GT is smaller and less powerful than the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and so, there is a void that was left behind. Technically speaking, it’s the hypercar space which saw introduction of some very impressive models like the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder in the recent years.

The SLR McLaren could make a comeback in 2018 as a hybrid like the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari LaFerrari and the soon to arrive Bugatti Chiron (Bugatti Veyron successor), as per a report from AutoBild. In case of a front-engine layout, the hybrid system’s combustion engine would be a supercharged V6 unit, the report suggests. The hybrid system should produce 650 PS (641 hp) in total. Annual production would be limited to 3,000 units, with each one costing about €250,000-300,000.

In case the engineers decide to give a mid-engine layout, the hybrid system’s combustion engine would be a supercharged V8 engine. There would be two 125 kW electric motors on the front axle. The hybrid system would produce around 1050 PS (1035 hp) to be sent to all four wheels. In this case, the annual production would be under 750 units and the price would be over €1 million.

[Source: Auto Bild]

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