A prototype of the long-awaited 2021 Mercedes-AMG One has been snapped during recent testing at a secret location.
The Mercedes-AMG One has been a long time coming and was first unveiled in September 2017 with the promise that the first customer deliveries would commence in 2019. However, a series of issues have pushed back the launch of the hybrid hypercar with it now not expected to land in the garages of customers until next year.
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This particular prototype is still covered in black and white camouflage but given that we’ve already seen the car presented in concept form and Mercedes-AMG itself has shared images of test cars doing the rounds, we already have a good idea of what the finished car will look like.
One noteworthy aspect of this prototype is that the adjustable rear wing is in its lowered position and considering the banked circuit the car was testing on, it’s quite possible that AMG engineers were testing out the car’s abilities at high speeds.
Driving the AMG One will be a Formula 1-derived powertrain that includes a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine and no less than four electric motors. The finished car is expected to pump out 986 hp and should be able to hit 124 mph (200 km/h) in less than six seconds while continuing through to a top speed exceeding 217 mph (350 km/h). It will have an all-electric range of 15.5 miles (25 km) although we suspect owners will rarely drive this beast on electric power alone.
Mercedes first revealed that the AMG One would be delayed back in September 2018 due to challenges getting the F1 engine to idle at 1,200 rpm, as opposed to the 5,000 rpm that the engine idles at in a Mercedes F1 car.