It’s been quite a busy week for us gear heads. We saw the big release of the Mclaren MP4-12C and now Mercedes has released the official photos for its recreation of the super car legend set to make its debut in 2011. Now that we see these official photos, the first thing that comes to mind is…yeah, pretty much what I thought. Don’t get me wrong, I think its one great looking sequel to the legendary Gullwing of the 50’s but it hasn’t been a mystery so far as to what it would look like, but of course, it is always nice to see this car in greater detail. Anyway enough ranting, on to the numbers shall we?
As you walk toward the reborn legend, your heart fluttering as you see it, excited just thinking about the drive. You lift the hood and see that front mid mounted, naturally aspirated 6.2L V8. Your mind begins to race and you begin to imagine the power that this super car is capable of harvesting. Your thoughts reward you when you feel all 563 horse powers rocketing the car into high speeds with the help of the 480lb-ft of torque. Helping to properly transfer that power to the rear wheels is a 7 speed twin clutch trans axle dubbed; the AMG Speed Shift DCT. Awesome power and a new transmission won’t be the only factors at work to help accomplish the speed and adrenaline you’re looking for. It will also be using it’s lightweight aluminum space-frame structure to its advantage, keeping it’s weight at a lean 3600lb.
I’m sure by now I don’t need to tell you that getting one of the German Automaker’s prized possessions won’t be cheap. I can’t tell you exactly how ‘uncheap’ it will be but just get ready for a $160,000-$240,000 loss from your bank account.
My Thoughts? It really sounds fantastic. The looks may not be for everyone but I am personally a big fan. I strongly believe that when you bringing an old legend back to life, especially one as famous as this one, you have to make sure that there are strong remnants of the past in its rebirth. Totally remodeling it, is a big no no as far as I see it. What Mercedes did here is, they essentially brought this epic car from the 50’s into the 21’st century and it is marvelous. The body is just captivating and keeps its heritage close, the interior is simple with a touch of elegance, signifying it’s true super car class and the performance is sure to impress.
And of course, a video. Enjoy!