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Mercedes-AMG Project One

HWM (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - By Kenny Yeo

If your bank ac­count ends with more ze­roes than you care to count, there’s a new ride wait­ing for you. The Mercedes-AMG Project One is the brand’s first en­try into the ul­tra-ex­clu­sive and rar­efied world of hy­per­cars and they haven’t held back.

Power will come mostly from a 1.6-liter V6 tur­bocharged en­gine. It sounds tiny, but this isn’t any or­di­nary en­gine. This is a mod­i­fied ver­sion of the ex­act same unit that is used to power Lewis Hamil­ton’s 2017 Mercedes-Benz F1 race car.

Mod­i­fi­ca­tions are nec­es­sary oth­er­wise the car won’t be road le­gal. Mostly, the idle and red­line rpms have been re­duced. But even so, the en­gine will still scream to 11,000rpm and will pro­duce around 750hp. Com­ple­ment­ing the en­gine are four elec­tric mo­tors. All in, the Project One will pro­duce around 1,020hp.

Per­for­mance is, as you would ex­pect, bal­lis­tic. The car is still un­der­go­ing test­ing, but Mercedes has said that top speed is be­yond 350km/h and that the Project One can sprint from 0 to 200km/h in un­der 6 sec­onds - faster than a Bu­gatti Ch­i­ron. Wow.

But the num­ber that dwarfs them all is the price. A cool €2.275 mil­lion. Hope­fully, they’ll throw in free COE for all that money.

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