Music star will.i.am has partnered with Mercedes’ high-performance division to produce a bespoke two-door coupe
Mercedes-AMG is set to reveal a new sports car created in collaboration with will.i.am, a founding member of the Black Eyed Peas.
The firm says that the project will facilitate “inner city school engineering programs”, and the car will be revealed in full on 5 May.
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Mercedes has released a video and two images to tease the bespoke creation, which will be far more extravagant than any current AMG model. The car’s long-bonnet profile is reminiscent of the AMG GT, with a smooth, tapering roofline. The details are less conventional, however – the sports car-like concept looks to adopt the bluff front end design from the brand’s G-Class SUV.
Like that car, this one-off AMG has a flat front surface and a pair of round LED headlights. The clamshell bonnet has a central crease that splits in two over the roof, And there are more hard creases along the car’s flanks.
The doors are particularly striking, with a rear-hinged design similar to that of the Rolls-Royce Wraith. The wheels appear to be diamond-cut five spoke items, not dissimilar to AMG’s famous ‘monoblock’ rims, and there’s a pair of slim LED tail-lights at the rear.
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Given its two door sports car silhouette, the new model could share its platform with the Mercedes-AMG SL, which will also underpin the next generation of the AMG GT. Either way, the use of AMG’s ubiquitous 4.0-litre V8 is likely.
In the SL 63, the twin-turbocharged motor produces 577bhp, although AMG has just released a hybrid version of this powertrain in the GT 4-Door 63 S E-Performance, which produces a maximum of 831bhp and can run on electricity only for 7.5 miles.
We already know there’s a plug-in hybrid SL on the way, so the size and likely underpinnings of this new AMG concept means it has potential to package AMG’s petrol-electric powertrain.
We’ll find out in a few days time when the German brand and the music mogul reveal the car in full.
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