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Once upon a time, the crate engines of choice for independent sportscar-makers came from Detroit. But just as the German manufacturers have raised the mantle of the muscle car with such super-sedans as the Mercedes E63 AMG, Audi RS6 and BMW M5, so to have the Germans become the new source for niche automakers. But don't take our word for it: just look to examples like the Mercedes-powered Pagani Zonda, BMW-driven Wiesmann GT, not to mention the Veritas RSIII and the Audi-engined Gumpert Apollo.

The latest to join their ranks? Joss Developments Limited, creators of the eponymous Australian supercar. According to reports from Down Under, Joss has inked a deal with Mercedes-Benz to supply AMG power to the mid-engined exotic. Local off-road specialist Albins will be providing the transaxle. The news of the Mercedes contract apparently replaces the in-house 6.8-liter V8 that was originally part of the plans, and follows reports that Mercedes itself was considering plans to enter the Australian V8 Supercars touring car series.

[Source: CarAdvice]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      looks like the nissan supercar from the late 90s(forgot what model, but it's also blue )
      • 4 Years Ago
      I actually like that...its a pretty simple yet nice looking design. Let's face it Gumpert apollo looks like a spaceship
      • 4 Years Ago
      i like the wheel choice. looks like the original racing hart type-c 3pc. (which i know its not, just sayin). maybe fikse wheels. or even the original hre's before everyone went flat-lip crazy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The design looks like it was built for aerodynamics, but it will no doubt be built in a shed and joss will be bankrupt within a few years.

      I dont understand why they think they can do better than ferrari.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Coquette?
        • 4 Years Ago
        YESSS! i knew i'd seen it somewhere before!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So, if you've got access to motors from BMW's M division, Merc's AMG team, and the stuff that Audi puts in their RS models, what does it say about Nobel when they choose an engine from a Volvo XC90?