September 11, 2017. This is when Mercedes-AMG unveiled its Project One with F1 engine in conceptual form, before what was supposed to be the start of deliveries at the end of 2018. It was mid-2020 and these 275 people have the chance to claim one yet have not received their hypercars racing four-digit horses. They will still have to wait, because the first expeditions will start in 2021.
What caused the delay? You can imagine that it is quite difficult to adapt an original 1.6-liter V6 engine to a road car, compliance with emission regulations being one of the biggest obstacles than AMG had to overcome. Then there are the technologies carried by the F1 car of 2017, in particular the electric motor for recovery and deployment of kinetic energy (MGU-K) and the electric coil turbocharger (MGU-H).
Okay, but what does that have to do with this AMG GT Black Series? Well, the boys and girls of Affalterbach have developed a special version of their sixth BS model exclusively for the future owners of the hypercar. German magazine Mercedes-Fans reports that this decision was made to mitigate the blow caused by the multiple delays that affected the launch of the hypercar.
Although the price for the regular AMG GT Black series has yet to be revealed, it is estimated that the P One Edition costs an additional € 50,000 or around $ 57,300 at current exchange rates. It is inspired by the Mercedes AMG F1 W10 EQ Power + racing car used in the F1 2019 season, with a two-tone livery with teal accents inside and outside in a nod to sponsor Petronas F1 team title.
€ 50,000 is a hefty premium to pay, but that shouldn’t be a big deal for AMG One customers, as the hypercar has a starting price of 2.27 million euros. Given that there will be a maximum of 275 cars, some will see this P One Edition only as an investment, because the value of the car could increase over time, provided that it is a queen of the garage.
We will have to wait for a full version of Mercedes-AMG, but for now, these awfully cropped images will have to suffice.