Have you ever thought Mercedes-Benz would be so much cooler if only it offered a car to compete with the Porsche 911?
Of course you have. We all have. Because if there’s one thing that would make planet Earth a better place to live, it’s more competition for the 911. Why? Well…I don’t know. And if I think about it too long I might change my mind.
The fact is, the Porsche 911 remains one of the best, if not the very best, sports cars ever produced. Companies with the means and wherewithal to create a competitor should do so. That eliminates most carmakers right away, because very few have the history or capability to build perfection. And going after the 911 requires a perfection even Lexus has yet to achieve. (Though a quick spin in the LFA might change my mind.)
Mercedes-Benz, though, could have a genuine shot.
According to Autocar, which spoke with the chairman of the board of management at Mercedes-Benz AMG, MB would be smart to expand the AMG brand after the success of the SLS AMG coupe and roadster. The rumor mill has foretold of a Mercedes-Benz machine capable of giving the 911 a run for its money around the world’s race tracks.
The Autocar interview didn’t confirm that rumor by any means, but it did say no decision has been made. Which, in the words of Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber, translates to, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance!”
If we do get a MB-badged 911-killer, expect something lightweight with exceptional handling and, obviously, plenty of performance. Autocar speculates:
Power is likely to come from an all-new 500bhp twin-turbocharged 5.4-litre V8, which will sit in the front-mid position and drive the rear wheels. That should mean Porsche 911 Carrera S-rivaling performance of 0-62mph in 4.5sec and a top speed of 180mph. Coupé and roadster variants are also expected to be built.
What do you think: Can, or should, Mercedes-Benz build a worthy competitor to the Porsche 911?