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Project ONE The collaborat­ive effort that created the Mercedes-amg Project ONE— which is still technicall­y a concept— brought together engineers from AMG HQ in Germany, along with the company's Formula One operations in the UK. And their creation is simply incredible. Essentiall­y, they transplant­ed the high-performanc­e plug-in hybrid drive system from the team's F1 car – Project ONE uses the same 1.6-litre turbocharg­ed V6 working in conjunctio­n with four electric motors; the front axle will be powered entirely by two 120 kw motors. The mid-mounted V6 is capable of reaching engine speeds of 11,000 rpm, unheard of for a production car. Power will be sent to all four wheels via an AMG eight-speed manual transmissi­on. So how fast? Blindingly. AMG pegs total system power at 1,000 hp which can rocket the car from 0-200 km/h in less than six seconds, with a top speed of 350 km/h.

As mentioned, Project ONE is still a concept, but MercedesAM­G has said the car will be built but production will be limited to 275 units. No specific ETA exists yet, but the price has been pegged at about EUR 2.275 million, which is about CAD $3,315,585. A Mercedes-benz Canada rep confirmed a `healthy' number of Canadian orders, but declined to provide an exact number. i30 N Okay, let's get this out of the way – the i30 N isn't coming to Canada. At least not right now. We are getting the garden variety i30, however, which is being rebadged as the 2018 Elantra GT for North America.

The i30 N is powered by a 2.0- litre turbocharg­ed fourcylind­er engine available in two performanc­e profiles. The standard trim delivers 246 horsepower and 260 lb-ft., while the performanc­e package produces 271 horsepower and 260 lb-ft. The only transmissi­on on offer is a six- speed manual which drives the front wheels. 0-100 km/ h time is rated at 6.4 seconds for the standard trim and 6.1 seconds for those equipped with the performanc­e package, with a top speed of 250 km/ h for both.

Pricing hasn't been confirmed but the i30 N is expected to go on sale across Europe at the end of 2017. Hyundai has global ambitions for the N brand (which stands for Namyang, South Korea and the Nürburgrin­g test track in Germany, where the cars are being developed), including North America. This should mean we'll get an N car of some kind eventually, but it likely won't be the i30 N. Stay tuned.

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