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The Mercedes-AMG ONE is stupendously fast, eye-wateringly expensive, and it has sold out before it officially goes on sale.
Eight Australians have invested up to $5 million for the new Mercedes-AMG ONE, a car derived from Formula One racing.
The hypercar (that’s what you have to call a vehicle that hits 100km/h in 2.9 seconds) uses a hybrid powertrain adapted from the F1 race car.
In this guise, the 1.6-litre V6 petrol engine develops 422kW and is combined with a 120kW “MGU-K” electric motor mounted directly on the crankcase, along with a 90kW “MGU-K motor affixed to the turbo.
That power is sent to the rear wheels, while a pair of 120kW electric motors powering the car’s front wheels.
They draw charge from an 8.1kWh lithium-ion battery. Select the electric-only mode from the six-drive setting and the car is said to be able to drive silently for 18km.