News Mercedes may take on the Porsche Cayman with a new sports car

21:06  11 july  2018
21:06  11 july  2018 Source:   motortrend.com

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Back in 2014, Mercedes took aim at the Porsche 911 and introduced the Mercedes-AMG GT (shown above). Then, a few months ago, the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe was revealed. If the latest rumor is to be believed, there will soon be a third sports car developed entirely by Mercedes-AMG: a Porsche 718 Cayman rival.

Autocar reports that Mercedes-AMG is working on a small sports car that will slot under the GT that would replace the SLC. But instead of sticking with a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, the new car may go mid-engine and draw styling cues from the Project One hypercar. There will also reportedly be a convertible version that competes with the 718 Boxster.

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The Porsche Cayman is ranked #5 in Luxury Sports Cars by U.S. News & World Report. Should I Buy a New or Used Porsche Cayman ? - Edmunds. "The 911 is a marvelous driver's car , but the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman just might be the better, purer and more engaging choice.

After all, that car has spawned a handful of different models including the most recent GT 4-door Coupe. Now, it looks like Mercedes may have the Porsche Cayman in its sights, and it’ll take it on with a stand-alone small sports car .

According to Autocar, the new sports car is still in the early stages of development but that Tobias Moers, head of AMG, has been hinting about it since earlier this year. When asked about the project, an unnamed manager at Mercedes told Autocar, "A lot of thought has gone into how Mercedes-AMG can better leverage its success in motorsport, particularly Formula 1 and endurance racing. One idea is a sports car that is relatively attainable financially and ideally suited to track day running. But it is just an idea and not a committed project right now."

The potential motorsports ties also supposedly make this Cayman rival more likely than an AMG-developed SUV. According to Autocar's source, the goal would be to build a more affordable GT4 race car to take on the Porsche Cayman GT4, but the company also needs to see a business case for the road car.

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Lexus recently debuted their newest sports car , the 2018 LC. It is available in two models: the 471-horsepower Another alternative to the Porsche 911 is the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman . In our rankings of luxury sports cars , the Mercedes -Benz SL holds a spot about midway down the list.

"It's a rapidly growing business segment and it is high exposure for the brand," claimed the source. "From a marketing perspective, it makes great sense, but you also need to ensure that it is financially viable in sufficient volumes and at a price to make it attractive to car buyers on a global basis. It would be additional business for AMG, not targeted at existing customers but new ones."

Report: Porsche to Introduce Cayenne Coupe .
Rakish SUV would compete with Audi Q8, BMW X6, Mercedes GLE CoupeUnlike the 911 and Cayman, which are actual coupes, the Porsche Cayenne coupe adopts the loose definition put forth by the other Germans: a four-door SUV with a rakish hatch. Up front and underneath, the coupe would be nearly identical to its Cayenne counterpart, save for a unique front bumper design. But past the rear doors, the roof would taper off in dramatic fashion, adding a touch of sportiness (and reducing cargo space in the process). The Cayenne coupe would complete its transformation out back with a taillight design reminiscent of the Panamera.

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