2016 Paris Motor Show: Mercedes trolls rest of motoring world
In the photos posted on the company’s Instagram site, the German car maker has partially revealed what initially appears to be the rear and front grille of what resembles a new high-performance SUV, with the words “A little big something is about to be revealed – soon.”
Quite a few were taken in by the prank, including several high profile UK motoring websites, who speculated, “Mercedes-AMG is preparing an electric surprise for the 2016 Paris motor show”. The story has since been deleted after Mercedes-AMG released a further set of images. The eagerly anticipated ‘electric surprise’ turned out to be this:
If Noddy was to drive a Mercedes, this is no doubt what it would look like. These follow up pictures show a toy for the child who prefers to drive ‘higher end’ vehicles. The mini Merc comes with everything, even a set of working LED lights.
And who said Germans have no sense of humour?
The mini AMG, yet to be officially named, will share a stand at Paris with two full-size drop-top versions of the AMG GT Coupe.
The GT and GT C Roadster both feature retractable soft-tops. The GT Roadster’s twin-turbo V8 engine is capable of 0-100km/h in 4.0-seconds, while the GT C, which has a power increase of 60kW over the standard 350kW edition, can do the same sprint in 3.7-seconds.