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Mercedes-AMG One has been con­firmed as the of­fi­cial name of the new su­per­car be­ing de­vel­oped un­der the code name Project One.

The German car maker says the name stands for the high­est au­to­mo­tive am­bi­tion: to bring undi­luted For­mula One tech­nol­ogy to the road. It also sig­ni­fies the One as the pin­na­cle of the Mercedes and AMG port­fo­lios and the first of a new gen­er­a­tion of elec­tri­fied AMG sports cars. The hy­brid tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oped for the One is likely to fil­ter across to more Mercedes-AMG cars.

The One first broke cover as a con­cept car at last year’s Frank­furt auto show, and the all-wheel drive car com­bines a rear mid-mounted F1-de­rived 1.6l V6 turbo en­gine, which revs to an as­tound­ing 11,000rpm, and four elec­tric mo­tors for a to­tal out­put of 745kW.

It’s ca­pa­ble of 0-200km/h in un­der six sec­onds, says Mercedes-AMG, with a top speed in ex­cess of 350km/h.

A light­weight car­bon-fi­bre mono­coque chas­sis rides on ad­justable pushrod sus­pen­sion, and the car has ac­tive aero­dy­nam­ics in the form of a two-stage ex­tend­able rear wing for max­i­mum down­force.

The Ones are ex­pected to reach show­rooms early in 2019. make up about a quar­ter of Porsche sales by 2025.

Porsche has also pulled sales of its plug-in hy­brid Panam­era sedan and Cayenne SUV, in re­sponse to new emis­sions reg­u­la­tions, known as the World­wide har­monised Light ve­hi­cles Test Pro­ce­dure (WLTP), that have gone into ef­fect in the Euro­pean Union. Un­der WLTP, plug-in hy­brids are tested dif­fer­ently than un­der the pre­vi­ous Euro­pean Driv­ing Cy­cle (NEDC) reg­u­la­tions, and as a re­sult the ef­fect of the fully charged bat­tery has been re­duced. That, in turn, has pushed the cru­cial CO2 emis­sions fig­ure above a level where ul­tralow-emis­sion cars gained tax ben­e­fits. Plug-in hy­brid ver­sions ac­counted for 69% of Panam­era sales in west­ern Europe in the first half of the year. ex­pected to go on sale in 2022, will be moved along by an elec­tric mo­tor.

The elec­tric R8 is likely to take in­spi­ra­tion from the all new PB18 e-tron con­cept launched ear­lier in 2018. It will be fast, with ex­pec­ta­tions of a near 290km/h top speed and a 0100km/h sprint in about two sec­onds, but the charis­matic wail of the V10 will be gone. Ital­ian de­sign house Za­gato cel­e­brates its cen­te­nary next year. For 58 of those hun­dred years, As­ton Martin and Za­gato have en­joyed a creative part­ner­ship, in­clud­ing sports cars like the first DB4 GT Za­gato to the lat­est Van­quish Za­gato Shoot­ing Brake.

To com­mem­o­rate this land­mark year, As­ton Martin and Za­gato are con­tin­u­ing their part­ner­ship with the DBZ Cen­te­nary Col­lec­tion. With a build run lim­ited to just 19 pairs, this duo com­prises a new, track-only DB4 GT Za­gato Con­tin­u­a­tion and a new, roadle­gal DBS GT Za­gato.

Built to race against the might of Fer­rari in the 1960s, the DB4 GT Za­gato was a thor­ough­bred ma­chine and just 19 were built. The 2019 DB4 GT Za­gato Con­tin­u­a­tions will be true to the orig­i­nals, with thin-gauge alu­minium body pan­els over a light­weight tubu­lar frame.

To im­prove the ac­cu­racy and con­sis­tency of the pan­els, the con­tin­u­a­tion car’s body­work uses state-of-the-art dig­i­tal scan­ning tech­nol­ogy, be­fore be­ing hand-fin­ished. Be­neath the bon­net sits a ver­sion of the straight-six cylin­der en­gine with two spark plugs per cylin­der, trans­mit­ting its 283kW to the rear wheels through a four­speed man­ual trans­mis­sion and lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial.

The se­cond half of the DBZ Cen­te­nary Col­lec­tion is the DBS GT Za­gato, which takes As­ton Martin’s most po­tent se­ries pro­duc­tion car — the new DBS Su­per­leg­gera — as the start­ing point for As­ton Martin and Za­gato’s lat­est and most ex­clu­sive of­fer­ing.

It’s pow­ered by a twin-turbo 5.3l V8 en­gine with out­puts of 533kW and 900Nm, and the ex­te­rior will fea­ture a fresh in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the iconic dou­ble-bub­ble roof, to­gether with a strik­ing front grille and a dra­mat­i­cally trun­cated tail for an un­mis­tak­able pres­ence.

The cars in the DBZ Cen­tury Col­lec­tion will be priced at £6m (R112m) apiece. First de­liv­er­ies to cus­tomers will com­mence in the fourth quar­ter of 2019 for the DB4 GT Za­gato Con­tin­u­a­tion and the fourth quar­ter of 2020 for the DBS GT Za­gato.

The For­mula One-in­spired Mercedes-AMG One (pic­tured with Mercedes F1 driver Valt­teri Bot­tas) will be ca­pa­ble of 0-200km/h in un­der six sec­onds.

The 2019 DB4 GT Za­gato Con­tin­u­a­tions will be au­then­tic recre­ations of the cars from the 1960s.

A teaser draw­ing of up­com­ing DBS GT Za­gato, based on the new DBS Su­per­leg­gera.

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