The recent Geneva Motor Show was a festival of hypercars, with the presence of not one, but three over-the-top debuts: the Lamborghini Veneno, McLaren P1 and Ferrari LeFerrari. The latter two have hitched their carbon fiber bumpers to the electrification bandwagon by using hybrid-electric powertrains not entirely unlike the propulsion systems we've come to know in cars like the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt. Does that mean the flow of electrons up the four-wheeled food chain will eventually consume our hallowed supercars? Not if AMG has anything to say about it.

AMG Director of Vehicle Development Tobias Moers recently confirmed that not only will there be a successor to the Mercedes-Benz performance division's SLS AMG, he notes that its internal combustion engine will most definitely not be sharing living quarters with an electric drivetrain. Instead, AMG plans to focus on further pushing the power and efficiency envelope of the internal combustion engine and advancing the use of lightweight materials to achieve their goals. The first example of this effort can be seen in the new SLS AMG Black Series that incorporates many weight-saving techniques to shed some 154 pounds from the SLS AMG GT (above), which itself is lighter than the standard SLS AMG.

Furthermore, Moers remarks that his company is happy to leave the hypercar segment to companies like Ferrari and McLaren. He admits that, "Ferrari in the hyper-car segment is still a different brand than AMG. We have to be honest..." So rather than taking the SLS further upmarket to do battle with bulls and stallions, Moers hinted that the next-generation SLS may be joined by another performance model that fits neatly between itself and the C63 AMG.


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      MAX
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Mercedes Viper!
        The Other Bob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MAX
        You think a bunch of people in Auburn Hills, Mich will design the next one?
      Jake
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Instead, AMG plans to focus on further pushing the power and efficiency envelope of the internal combustion engine and advancing the use of lightweight materials to achieve their goals." Yes please! Very happy to hear that, especially the latter part.
      Auto
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should revive the CLK GTR, that was a supercar Mercedes truly made its name and a car to remember....the SLR was pretty cool as well but the SLS with its Gullwing doors has got to go. I wish at least the black series didn't have gllwing doors.
        PatrickH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Auto
        Why the hate for the gullwing doors? They're awesome.
        wooootles
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Auto
        When I think of CLK-GTR, I can only picture it.... in the air
          wooootles
          • 1 Year Ago
          @wooootles
          @Auto, you're a bigger idiot for 1.) using your" instead of "you're", 2.)"more rarer" 3.) and the car that flipped was in the LeMans version, the very car that the road CLK-GTR was based on. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQbgSe9S54I Educate yourself.
      CadiVetteFerrari
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like hearing that AMG is willingly putting themselves in their own place. They admit that they cannot hang with the big boys at the very, very top of the hill. I like that.
        PatrickH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CadiVetteFerrari
        More like they have no interest in selling their performance cars for over $500k. And in my opinion supercars that cost 7 figures are more or less irrelevant anyway.
      Andy Grey
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's FUGLY!
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      More power to AMG! Leave this hybrid crap for the Prius crowd. Just more stuff to break!
      PatrickH
      • 1 Year Ago
      LIKE X 1000 Leave the hybrid crap to the rest, just continue to make high hp V8s with glorious exhaust notes!
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