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Mercedes unveils stunning all-electric Vision AMG concept – Robb Report

The Vision AMG concept car.

Mercedes-AMG is preparing to say goodbye to the internal combustion engine once and for all, and what will take its place is nothing but striking.

The German luxury brand used its investor summit Capital Markets Day at the Maybourne Riviera hotel above Monte Carlo to debut something big on Thursday night: the all-new Vision AMG. The streamlined concept, which Formula 1 racers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell helped unveil, offers a glimpse of what can be expected of the automaker’s high-performance sub-brand as it transitions entirely from gas engines later this decade.

To further reinforce Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to electrification, the Vision AMG four-door concept was developed to introduce the all-new AMG.EA electric platform that will power future performance models of the Affalterbach team. Complementing the burgeoning powertrain configuration are styling cues made workable by the absence of an internal combustion engine.

The all-electric Vision AMG concept car.

The all-electric Vision AMG concept.

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“It started as a blank sheet of paper; we started that architecture from scratch and it is very important architecture, because that is AMG’s electric future,” said Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of Mercedes-Benz. “For us as designers, proportion is everything. The problem with most electric cars is that you have six centimeters of battery, which raises the car and raises the center of gravity further. This was a great opportunity for really different proportions.”

The motorsport-inspired Vision AMG is characterized by its low-slung profile, long wheelbase and roof that tapers to an elongated, fastback rear, similar to that of the brand’s Vison EQXX concept car, which recently covered more than 620 miles on a load.

“The rear of the EQXX is optimized for efficiency, while the rear [on the Vision AMG] optimized for both efficiency and performance,” says Wagener, adding that he was inspired by the Le Mans race cars of the 1970s. “Being an electric car, we placed the hood super low, which means we visible mudguards. I’ve always liked that one, but with a combustion engine that was always difficult because the hood is already high; to expose the fenders you would have to make it even higher. These will now become a signature for not just AMG, but future Mercedes electric models in general.”

The Vision AMG concept car.The Vision AMG concept car.

The motorsport-inspired Vision AMG is characterized by its low-slung profile, long wheelbase and roof that tapers to an elongated, fastback-style rear.

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Other aesthetic highlights include six glowing faux tailpipes and the latest reinvention of the automaker’s signature Panamericana grille, a design element introduced in 1952 to automotive entrants at that year’s endurance competition in Mexico. However, this iteration has luminescent vertical bars against a solid fascia.

“We have brought that into the digital age [Panamericana Grille] to a car that no longer needs a radiator,” says Wagener. “We kept it flat, integrated into the body color and almost like a light signature.” Part of that new signature includes minimalist headlights in the shape of the three-pointed star logo. According to Wagener, “the whole front end makes it look more like a technical device than a supercar.”

Still, it’s a supercar. For this particular concept, the AMG.EA platform is touted as a state-of-the-art high-voltage battery mated to an equally advanced axial flux motor from Yasa, the EV engine specialist under the corporate umbrella of the Mercedes-Benz Group. As for the output, Wagener will only hint that the Vision AMG will have “insane horsepower”. To emphasize this point, the vehicle is fitted on the same F1 wheels used by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team, which also inspired the livery.

Lewis Hamilton (with George Russell behind it) ready to join the Vision AMG on the podium at the Maybourne Riviera hotel above Monte Carlo.Lewis Hamilton (with George Russell behind it) ready to join the Vision AMG on the podium at the Maybourne Riviera hotel above Monte Carlo.

Lewis Hamilton (with George Russell behind it) ready to join the Vision AMG on the podium at the Maybourne Riviera hotel above Monte Carlo.

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“I was really excited to see what this would be like,” Russell said at the premiere. “When can we drive it?” he asked as he looked around the crowd. “Who should we ask?”

However, some of the draft’s thunder may have been stolen about an hour later. That was when Mercedes revealed that a 1955 one-of-two 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé became the world’s most expensive car when it sold for $142.8 million on May 5. not forgetting anyone, but the Vision AMG was a sign that Mercedes’ future has the potential to be just as impressive as its past.

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