Friday, December 14, 2007

Viper platform shares with AMG


GULLWING REVIVAL: That's no Viper, that's a Mercedes-Benz

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An artist's rendering of what the upcoming Mercedes-Benz flagship sports car may look like.
Daimler is reaching back to the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300SL from the 1950s and '60s for design cues--and gullwing doors--for a flagship sports car due in 2010.

Codenamed W197, the AMG-developed model will feature a tube frame and parts from the next-generation SL. Power is expected from a 620-hp V8. Pricing likely will approach $250,000, with 3000 to 5000 cars available per year, built at the Mercedes plant in Sindelfingen, Germany.

So far, only Viper-look-alike mules have been photographed, but this artist's rendering closely captures the likely styling of the final product.

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