@ 5,750 rpm
Y'know, there are so many bright-eyed, optimistic young car
companies out there, but sadly most are doomed to failure. In
fact check out the 'Top
Ten Supercars that never made it' and you'll get an idea
of the sorts of vehicles which didn't make the cut... I have
a strong suspicion the HMC Hidalgo may be about to join the
The HMC (Helvetic Motor Company) Hidalgo is based on a Mercedes-Benz
SLK 55 AMG, and that's good, very good. What's not so good
is the fact that they then replace the Benz's sleek bodywork
with a retro-ish body that looks more like something you might
find on a budget kit car than a car costing $410,000 (£257,000)!
That's an extraordinary amount of money for a car like this.
It borders on the absurd. For that kind of cash you could have
five SLK 55 AMG's, or a Ferrari
458 Italia AND a Porsche
911 GT3! On top of that, you'd still have enough money to
throw a decent party, and celebrate the fact you didn't spend
your hard-earned cash on an overpriced SLK.
If you're still seriously interested in paying a ridiculous
sum of money for a rebodied SLK, then here are the facts as
The drivetrain remains the same as the SLK 55's. So that means
a 5.5 litre V8 pumping out 360 horsepower, and 376 lb-ft (510
Nm) of torque
@ 4,000 rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheels though Mercedes'
seven-speed 7G-Tronic transmission.
To give credit where it's due, some of the team behind the Hidalgo
are ex-F1 technicians. So hopefully the engineering will be
top notch - but for the kind of money they're asking it should
HMC only plan on making six cars a year.
Similar and related vehicles:
Mercedes SLK AMG 55
(website in Dutch)