The Production-Spec Mercedes-AMG ONE Hypercar Feels So Five Years Ago

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The Mercedes-AMG ONE hypercar is finally ready, Toyota electrifies the Corolla Cross, Jaguar goes purple. All this and more on today’s issue of The Morning Dump.

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The Production-Spec Mercedes-AMG ONE Is Finally HereMercedes-Amg One 4

Photo credit: Mercedes-AMGIt took forever and a day, but the production model of the Mercedes-AMG ONE hypercar has finally been unveiled. Honestly, I have some thoughts about this plaything for billionaires, and they might be just a little bit cynical.

While electrification plays a big role in the Mercedes-AMG ONE, the crown jewel of the car is a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine with an electric motor sandwiched between the turbocharger’s turbine and compressor wheels. It’s largely adapted from Mercedes’ 2016 W07 Formula One car, and revs to 11,000 rpm — no surprise changes here from the concept.

So how the hell do you get an F1 engine to pass emissions standards? Lots and lots of emissions equipment. Let’s start with the four preheated metal catalytic converters; they take a combined 16 kW of power to preheat. While they’re getting warmed up, the ONE creeps alone on electric power alone. Once the engine kicks on and sends exhaust gases through the four metal cats, the gases then pass through two ceramic catalytic converters and two gasoline particulate filters. This malaise era-esque contraption seems to do the trick, although it seems wild for an engine making 574 horsepower and putting power down through a seven-speed automated manual transaxle.

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Photo credit: Mercedes-AMG

Combine the gasoline engine with a 120 kW (163 horsepower) electric motor on the crankshaft and two more 120 kW (163 horsepower) motors on the front axle, and you end up with a quoted combined 1,063 horsepower. If this all sounds like some hideously complex Rube Goldberg machine, you’re not entirely wrong. Mercedes-AMG claims that peak torque output isn’t even measurable and that the whole car has a DIN curb weight of 3,737 pounds (1695 kg). Ouch.

Hey, at least 1,063 horsepower gives this thing an impressive weight-to-power ratio of 3.515 pounds per horsepower. With all-wheel drive, the Mercedes-AMG ONE must feature proper hypercar acceleration, right? Well, kind of. AMG quotes a 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) time of seven seconds flat, exactly the same time McLaren quotes for its 765LT pumped-up mid-weight supercar. AMG also quotes a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of 2.9 seconds, which almost feels a bit slow given the ONE’s hardware. In fact, AMG’s new hypercar only seems to really get going beyond 124 mph, taking a quoted 15.6 seconds to reach 186 mph (300 km/h) from a dead stop. A few seconds slower than Koenigsegg quotes for the Regera hypercar, nine tenths of a second quicker than a near-decade-old McLaren P1. I guess the bar for progress doesn’t always move so quickly.

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Photo credit: Mercedes-AMG

Honestly, the Mercedes-AMG ONE sounds neat in concept, but I’m not so sure about the execution. It’s a car centered around an F1-derived engine, but Ferrari did that 27 years ago with the F50. Throw in the fact that we first saw it five years ago in prototype form, and it just doesn’t seem particularly groundbreaking. Maybe cornering is where the ONE’s real strength lies? Those front electric motors offer real torque vectoring, while specially-developed Michelin Cup 2R tires and pushrod suspension with adaptive dampers promise some serious stick.

[Editor’s Note: Personally, I kind of dig this. As an engineer, I badly want to look at the ONE up-close. I appreciate the car solely as a technical exercise, whether the performance numbers “decimate all” or not. But I see where Thomas is coming from, here. -DT]

Toyota Updates The Recently-Launched Corolla Cross

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid Xse Acidic Blast 001
Photo credit: Toyota

Right, now that I’ve been a bit cynical, time for some optimism. While we as enthusiasts love hot Toyotas like the GR Supra, GR Corolla, and GR86, it’s often RAV4 Hybrid and Corolla Cross sales that allow fun performance cars to be made. As such, Toyota’s announced some upgrades to the Corolla Cross today and they feel like a really big deal. Jason Torchinsky is at Toyota’s equivalent of Coachella and is beaming us the latest intel on this new subcompact crossover.

Let’s start with the big news – the U.S.-market Corolla Cross Hybrid. While the standard Corolla Cross makes do with a perfectly sufficient 169 horsepower, this new hybrid variant cranks things up to 194 horsepower, which Toyota says in a press release will pull the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time down to eight seconds flat. Shoutout to an electric motor on the rear axle for offering all-wheel-drive and making this very reasonable acceleration possible. Of course, if efficiency is more your mission, Toyota estimates that this small hybrid crossover will do 37 mpg combined. Not bad. The Corolla Cross Hybrid also gets revised styling. Some will say it’s ugly, some will say it’s good, I’m of the opinion that it just is. We’re talking about a front fascia that’s neither gorgeous nor offensive, what more could most people want?

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Also on tap are new sportier S, SE, and XSE trims. They all get sport-tuned suspension, while SE and XSE trims get available two-tone paint including a nifty shade of hangover piss gold paired with a black roof. Honestly, nobody really cares about sportiness in a hybrid subcompact crossover, but everyone seems to care about connectivity. Surprise, all 2023 Corolla Cross models get Toyota’s latest infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto. A welcome addition considering how low-res the infotainment system is in the 2022 Corolla Cross. Expect pricing to drop later this year, closer to when the 2023 Corolla Cross starts rolling out of Toyota and Mazda’s joint plant in Alabama.

The BMW X1 Gets A Lot Less Dorky

2023 BMW X1 xDrive 28i
Photo credit: BMW

The first BMW X1 was kind of good. Take the basic concept behind the 3-Series wagon, jack it up a little bit, then chuck in the potent N55 three-liter turbocharged inline-six. The second-generation X1 was a bit of a mixed bag. BMW switched it to the front-wheel-drive platform underpinning the Mini Countryman, rounded off the edges, and made a lease special that was rather anonymous aside from the badge. With the new third-generation X1, BMW seems to be getting the hang of this front-wheel-drive thing.

Look, I’m not going to go all “burn the witch” on front-wheel-drive BMWs. Truth be told, nobody buying an entry-level premium crossover really cares about a rear-wheel-drive platform, but some distinctive design would be nice. Well, the fussy surfacing of the old model is gone, replaced with sharp styling and a relatively reasonably-sized pair of kidney grilles. The leading edge of the hood sits prouder, the silhouette is squared-off, and yet the drag coefficient is a pretty decent 0.27. Job well done.

2023 BMW X1 xDrive 28i Interior
Photo credit: BMW

On the inside, iDrive 8 takes center stage with a massive curved display. It’s not quite the same screen setup we’ve seen in the BMW i4, but I’m kind of glad it’s different. The passenger-facing edge features some neat angular sculpting that meshes well with the X1’s design. The available wireless charger also seems to be well-located in the center console, it keeps a phone vertical and clasps it into place, a pretty nice touch for passengers who want to monitor state of charge.

There’s good news under the skin too. All-wheel-drive is now standard equipment, and the eight-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox has been ditched in favor of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This gearbox enables the left paddle shifter on M Sport models to do something really neat – hold it for at least a full second and the powertrain goes into sport mode and a low gear for maximum response. Power and torque are also up, this new X1 cranks out a solid 241 horsepower and a very stout 295 lb.-ft. of torque. BMW quotes a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of just 6.1 seconds in the X1’s press release which actually sounds pretty quick.

Another thing I like the sound of is the new X1’s pricing. Including a $995 freight charge, it’s set to go on sale in America from $39,595. That’s honestly not terrible, especially when factoring in standard all-wheel-drive. You get a lot for $39,595 as well, from navigation to LED headlights to a power tailgate. Expect the 2023 BMW X1 to go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2022 and immediately be found in condominium parking garages across the nation.

Jaguar Goes All Purple

Jaguar F-Pace Edition 1988
Photo credit: Jaguar

Alright, I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for purple cars, I’m a sucker for gold wheels and trim, and I’m a sucker for massively characterful engines. To celebrate Jaguar’s 1988 24 Hours of LeMans win, the marque’s SVO customization arm has funneled the aforementioned trifecta into an F-Pace SUV to create something ridiculously cool.

Called the F-Pace SVR Edition 1988, this supercharged super-SUV looks and goes the absolute business. The paint is called Midnight Amethyst Gloss and it looks positively pitch black until the sun hits it, at which point it bursts into life. Sweet. Also sweet are the light gold wheels and the return of massive amounts of gold trim on a luxury car. While the gold-plated-everything package your dentist had on their Lexus in the ‘90s isn’t to everyone’s taste, Jaguar’s kept things subtle and matte, while carrying that trim through to the interior. Lovely. Of course, show is nothing without go, and the F-Pace SVR is an angry Howitzer shell of a crossover. Its supercharged five-liter V8 pumps out 550 horsepower and will let everyone in a two-mile radius know you’ve arrived. It’s potent enough to rocket this crossover SUV to 60 mph (96 km/h) in a Jaguar-claimed 3.8 seconds, pretty swift stuff. What a fabulous engine, I’ll be genuinely sad to see it go.

If you happen to be rich and absolutely frothing at the taint for this colorway, you might want to act quickly. Jaguar’s only making 394 of these special F-Pace SVRs, one for each lap completed by the LeMans-winning XJR-9 LM. Pricing is set at $111,150 which honestly doesn’t seem that bad. Since the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 doesn’t seem to be available right now, what else in this segment offers V8 thrust?

The Flush

Whelp, time to drop the lid on this edition of The Morning Dump. It’s the middle of the week, so why not play a game? This special Jag’s got me thinking. Let’s say that you can now order any new car in any current or historic color from any manufacturer. Oh, and you just hit the Powerball so cost isn’t an issue. What car would you order and what color would you spec it in? I think I’d end up with a Nissan Z in Lamborghini’s Verde Ermes green.

Lead photo credit: Mercedes-AMG

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35 Responses

  1. First thing I’m buying with Powerball money is land, because I’m gonna need space. New vehicles, well, the green two door base Bronco manual is first, a Maverick XL AWD/4K tow in Area 51, then a F-250 XLT single cab 7.3L FX-4 with tow package in red and white two tone (basically a modern version of a 70s “High Boy”).

    Hey, if we’re dreaming, might as well pick something from several automakers:

    Toyota: that orange GR86 that’s been circling the autowebs this morning.

    Honda: Civic Si manual in that blue they offered in the late 90s, sorry I’m too lazy to look up the actual name but I believe it was electric blue.

    GM: GMC Sierra 1500 I-6 diesel 4×4 crew cab in that burnt orange they offered in the 2000s. Or the Sunset Gold my ’74 C10 is.

    Jaguar/Land Rover: F-Type in British racing green. Or a two door Defender, same.

    Stellantis: Chrysler 300C in black. Or a Challenger in dark emerald green. 8 cyls.

    Subaru: manual CrossTrek (or Impreza) in that orange they have (had?). Orange is good. Especially on quirky and/or ugly vehicles.

    VW: Jetta manual (GLI?) in 1990s VW green with 1990s VW tan+black interior.

    Nissan: Z with a manual in that blue they’re already offering. First Nissan that isn’t a pickup that I desire in a long time.

    Guess I like more new cars than I thought. ???? lol

    1. Geeze I thought they enabled emogies. Also, I’d have chosen a BMW 2 coupe in brilliant blue, but I don’t think you can get 3 pedals anymore. And without that, I’d just rather have something else.

  2. “As such, Toyota’s announced some upgrades to the Corolla Cross today and they feel like a really big deal.”
    Are they nuking their infotorture system that doesn’t even work reliably on it’s own, much less with Android Auto from orbit and replacing it with literally anything else? Did they go back on their “we’re disabling local RF remote start unless you pay us a subscription fee” bullshit? No? Then it’s not a big deal.

    Let’s say that you can now order any new car in any current or historic color from any manufacturer. Oh, and you just hit the Powerball so cost isn’t an issue. What car would you order and what color would you spec it in?
    I won the Powerball? Fuck that. I’m getting three.
    – Porsche 911 GTS in Chrysler Gunmetal Blue Pearlcoat (PC6) tri-coat with deep gray leather interior, black stitching
    – Porsche Cayman GT4 in Chrysler Nitro Yellow Green (RF2,) the color that gets a noise citation while parked, black interior with body-color stitching
    – Jeep Grand Wagoneer with the 6.4 in PPG 4639 (AKA Jeep Emerald Green) base, one low-density coat PPG PRL95 (bright white pearl,) one medium-density coat PPG PRL94 (blue green pearl,) buffalo vintage tan leather for high touch except seating, natural veg tan leather for seat inserts, chestnut skirting for bolsters and backs, tupelo wood trim, satin aluminum hardware.

  3. Gimme a 63 Continental convertible in either BRG or a deep navy blue. I mean a blue so deep you could swim laps on the trunk lid. Which, considering the size of that lid, might actually be possible. Yeah, with a the chrome polished, skip the green, blue all day.

  4. Do I have to apply this to a new car? Because I’d love to have my Evo VIII in Mazda’s Soul Red. Still would keep the gold Advans on it because subtlety went out the window on that car from the get go.

  5. Another 4,000 lb “race car”. That Mercedes is way too fat for my liking. That extra mass is a major liability when cornering and braking on an incline. It might perform excellently on the relatively flat Nurburgring, but when regularly encountering 15-25% gradients on a narrow, curvy mountain road, that extra mass is going to get the driver killed if he tries to operate the vehicle in a spirited manner.

    Hard pass. I’d consider it if it lost 1,500 lbs.

    The Corolla Cross is ugly and bland, so of course it’s going to sell well in the U.S. Those relatively well-off Americans that can actually afford to buy new vehicles seem to want the modern equivalent of a 19th-century covered wagon, which is what marketing departments around the world have spent billions of dollars and decades convincing them that’s what they want, which has been reinforced with a lack of a social safety net that makes everyone subconsciously consider things such as “can I live out of this?” when buying a vehicle.

    Another hard pass. Give me a Corolla sedan or liftback without an oversized ugly grill, with instead a full emphasis on drag reduction. Forget styling. Forget marketing. Aim for the mid 0.1X Cd area, like GM achieved with the Precept, or even a bit lower. I want a damned streamliner sized and shaped to fit a family and enough trunk space for groceries and such. Change the layout to all wheel drive, and use the Corolla GR engine, standard. Cut down on frontal area, size, mass, and features. Bare minimum safety to pass regs, no more is needed. Give me roll-up windows, a manual transmission, no heated/leather seats, a nice and bare interior with minimal crap, light-weight bucket seats, normal sized wheels(like 14″), and maybe result a 5-seater that weighs around 2,500 lbs. That’s the ticket to a 60+ mpg HWY / 35+ mpg CTY sedan that does 0-60 mph in around 4 seconds. They could even sell a hybrid version as the next Prius and approach 100 mpg on the highway, because it would have close to half the Prius’ aero drag. And if Toyota decided to stop dragging its feet and finally go electric, they’d have the most efficient platform ever made to maximize range.

    As for a money being no object new car with my choice of paint? I can’t think of a new vehicle that actually interests me much that is obtainable in the U.S. Perhaps a Lotus Elise CUP250 in dark British Racing Green, but I can’t get one in the U.S. I’d totally make an aero kit for it to get drag comparable to the 2002 Opel Eco Speedster concept, then strip the engine/transmission/fuel tank/radiator and put the lightest weight Tesla Model S plaid motor and half of a Model 3 battery pack in it, keeping the weight close to stock. The aero would be needed to approach 250 miles range, and even a mere 200 electric horsepower is such a vehicle would be more than enough.

    1. I forgot to mention, I would consider a Gordon Murray T.50 as well, also in Dark British Racing Green, with a Canary Yellow racing stripe down the center. But it isn’t a compatible chassis for electric conversion due to all of the integrated subsystems pertaining to its internal combustion powerplant. And will likely never be available in the U.S. either.

      I’d love the T.50 even more if it were designed from the ground up to be a turbodiesel or an EV. But as it is, it’s still a great choice, if money is no object. And I understand why Murray made it with an ICE powerplant anyhow.

      Ginetta G40 looks like it would be relatively easy to make a fast and efficient EV out of it, but I don’t think I could buy that in the U.S. either.

  6. 37 mpg combined is about what I get out of my 6-speed Honda Fit if I cave in to temptation and get into the fun part of the VTEC power band at every onramp. If I drive for economy (not hypermiling, just not borderline-hooning) low 40s are within reach.
    For a hybrid with similar usable space like the Corolla Cross, in an era where Big Oil seems to have realized they can put the screws to us all they like (20 cents/gal just today!) and people will blame the President and not them, it’s not good enough. Most people think “hybrid” they think 45 mpg and up, unless it’s a big seven-seater or something with real towing capacity. It sounds as though the Cross hybrid only just makes up for its’ oh-so-trendy AWD/raised ride height and gets back to where the base Corolla is.

    The AMG ONE’s fuel economy is irrelevant to those with the means to buy it, of course, but as much as a technical tour de force as it may be it does beg the question of why not either go full IC or full EV?

  7. Holy cow. I think the corolla cross actually is kind of good looking (in an anonymous way), which is a stark change from the new frontiers of simultaneously ugly and boring I have associated with Toyota for at least a couple of decades. It’s even a fairly attractive riff on the classic grimy champagne color I always associate with the brand. Granted corolla cross is a bad name for that car, even if it is more-or-less descriptive.

    As for powerball cars, my inner twelve-year-old has never quite settled on whether Lotus or Jaguar is ultimately cooler, but either way it’s gotta be BRG.

  8. Gawd, that Toyota Cross has an ugly snout. Everything ahead of the windshield looks grafted from a different, and larger, car. Like an anthropomorphic dog Pluto who’s a meth addict (I’ve got the image in my mind, but can’t find it… probably from someplace like The Realist).

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