2023 Mercedes-AMG ONE First Look Review: Mission Impossible

2023 Mercedes-AMG ONE First Look Review: Mission Impossible



Low, long, broad, and with complex active aerodynamic systems in place, the Mercedes-AMG ONE hypercar’s exterior shares a lot with the original show car and looks built for speed. The wheel arches are notably large and the rear end is extended, all emphasizing the mid-engine concept. Mercedes-AMG carefully designed elements like the air outlets in the front fenders and the colossal rear spoiler to keep the ONE glued to the ground at all times. The F1-style air intake above the roof and the vertical shark fin are other notable features, the latter improving lateral stability at high speeds. There are active louvers above the front wheel arches, as well as NACA air inlets.At the back, there is a large central exhaust outlet derived from Formula 1 cars and an enormous diffuser arrangement. The taillights have three diamond-shaped lighting elements that complement the graphic design of the AMG brand logo. Naturally, the car looks especially jaw-dropping when the doors open diagonally forwards and upwards.The active aerodynamic systems function differently depending on which drive program is selected between Highway, Track, and Race DRS (Drag Reduction System). In the Highway setting, the rear wing is retracted, while Track lowers the car, extends the wing fully, and boosts total downforce up to five times. For high speeds, Race DRS closes the louvers.The 10-spoke forged aluminum wheels with center lock are a new development. They measure 19 inches in front, 20 inches at the back, and have radial carbon-fiber partial covers. These wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R M01 tires developed specifically for this car. On the rear left side, there is the charging socket for the hybrid battery, while the fuel filler cap is on the opposite side.The Mercedes-AMG ONE’s colors aren’t known yet but the pictures here show off a silver car with blue detailing.