Born in Los Angeles in 1975, William Adams — higher recognized by his stage title of will.i.am — is well-known for his Grammy Award-winning music, work in tech, and philanthropy, although far fewer are conscious of the Boyle Heights native’s ardour for vehicles — a love he’s just lately demonstrated by way of the debut of a one-off idea automobile he created in collaboration with Mercedes-AMG.
Revealed in Miami throughout Formula 1 Grand Prix USA weekend, this one-of-one automobile relies on Mercedes’ current AMG GT 4-Door Coupé although has been closely reworked inside and outside. Dubbed the “WILL.I.AMG,” this one-off idea retains the donor’s 116.2-inch wheelbase, nonetheless, it has been reworked right into a two-door saloon configuration with rear-hinged suicide doorways. Now outfitted with a split-speedster-style glass roof, a one-off grille design, and a boxy entrance finish with round headlights, the WILL.I.AMG takes apparent and ample inspiration from current Mercedes designs — specifically the G-Class Wagens and the long-lasting SLS Gullwing.
In place of Mercedes’ signature Three-Pointed Star roundels, will.i.am has modified the long-lasting brand and designed a cartoon bear emblem across the star motif that’s been christened “BEAR WITNESS.” Other minor components embody a stretched hood with exhaust shops, entrance consumption scoops crammed in with AMG-branded pannels, bespoke WILL.I.AMG door sills, a customized decklid spoiler, and a bespoke set of vintage-inspired five-arm wheels. One factor will.i.am opted to not modify was the AMG donor automobile’s powertrain, which means the GT Coupé’s turbocharged, hybrid-assisted, beltless 3.0-liter inline-six and its output of 362hp go unchanged.
Alongside the automobile, will.i.am and Mercedes have additionally partnered on a limited-edition BEAR WITNESS attire and equipment capsule assortment that’s accessible now, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the i.am/Angel Foundation.