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27
Nov

Mercedes confirms first AMG Sport models for Detroit

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Mercedes AMG Sport teaser

If you’re looking for a sportier Mercedes-Benz but can’t quite make the leap to a full-on AMG model, we’ve got some good news for you: the German automaker is about to expand its performance portfolio with a more accessible AMG Sport range.

Set to bridge the gap between a standard Mercedes fitted with an AMG Sports package and a complete AMG performance variant, models in the the new AMG Sport line will feature upgraded engines, suspensions and brakes. They’ll even have “all-wheel drive as standard in selected markets” (almost certain to include ours).

Affalterbach has confirmed that the first two AMG Sport models will debut at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January. Though it’s not saying which models will hit the stage, the teaser image above suggests that one of them will be the new MLC crossover coupe (or whatever it’ll be called under the new nomenclature), while the other is almost certain to be the new C450 AMG Sport sedan.

The launch of the AMG Sport line is part of the brand’s effort to double its 2013 sales figures by 2017 to top over 40,000 units per year globally. With the AMG Sport line joining the standard AMG and AMG S models, the sub-brand is considerably expanding its product portfolio to cater to more customers and budgets, and will give Mercedes a vehicle range to challenge Audi S models and the BMW M Performance range.

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Mercedes confirms first AMG Sport models for Detroit originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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25
Nov

Mercedes surprised Hamilton with this steering wheel message

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Congratulations, Lewis!

Lewis Hamilton had much to celebrate at the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this past weekend. Not only did he win the race in commanding form (the 33rd in his career to make him the fifth most successful in Formula One history), but he also scored enough points (double on the season finale this year) to outpace his teammate and chief rival to win the world championship. Having already been crowned champion in 2008, that makes him one of only sixteen drivers to have won multiple world titles.

It’s a point his team at Mercedes didn’t want him to miss, so on the cool-down lap at the end of the race, his pit crew radioed him the message “default 44″ – an instruction that triggered this image to appear on the display in the middle of his steering wheel. Apparently Lewis, with plenty else on his mind (like getting his car back to the parc ferm

25
Nov

Mercedes raises the roof on new CLA Shooting Brake [UPDATE]

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Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake

UPDATE: As we feared, the CLA Shooting Brake is not currently slated for US availability. The text below has been adjusted accordingly.

Of all the variants in Mercedes’ smallest line, only one doesn’t have a liftgate, and that’s the CLA-Class. But don’t worry, the German automaker is out to fix that too with the reveal of the new CLA Shooting Brake you see here.

Based on the same platform that underpins the CLA four-door coupe, the A-Class hatchback, B-Class minivan and GLA crossover, the new Shooting Brake applies a similar formula we’ve already seen on the bigger CLS Shooting Brake but in a much smaller form – which is to say, it’s a wagon, but a shapely one. The revised roofline means more headroom in the back seat and significantly more cargo capacity than the four-door’s trunk.

Mercedes will offer the CLA with a variety of engine choices, including a 2.1-liter turbodiesel with either 136 or 177 horsepower, a 1.6-liter four with 122, 156 or 211 horsepower. That last model will even be available with 4Matic all-wheel drive for those not enamored by the idea of a front-drive Benz, but the top of the range, of course, is the CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake that carries the same 2.0-liter turbo four – all 360 horsepower of it – as the four-door CLA45 as well as the A45 and GLA45. Driving once again to all four wheels, Daimler says it’ll reach 62 in 4.7 seconds (even quicker than the crossover) and top out at the usual 155 miles per hour.

Of course those options only apply to markets where the new Shooting Brake will be offered. And unfortunately, Mercedes-Benz USA confirmed to Autoblog that (like the CLS wagon) the CLA Shooting Brake won’t be making the transatlantic voyage to US showrooms (where the E-Class is the only low-slung Benz wagon on offer). That leaves the four-door CLA and the GLA crossover still holding down the pint-sized fort for Mercedes.

Continue reading Mercedes raises the roof on new CLA Shooting Brake [UPDATE]

Mercedes raises the roof on new CLA Shooting Brake [UPDATE] originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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25
Nov

Maybach Pullman, S550 4Matic coming next

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Mercedes-Maybach S600

Mercedes-Benz officially revived the Maybach name as a sub-brand with the reveal of the luxed-up S600 at the LA Auto Show last week, but that’s only the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to the German automaker’s new plans for its uber-prestige marque.

Motor Trend reports that Mercedes is planning two additional Maybach variants to launch in the near future, both of them also based on the S-Class. First up, we’re told to expect the even longer Pullman limousine to launch, complete with Maybach treatment, at the Geneva Motor Show next March – although this model won’t necessarily be offered in America. Whether it will or not, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman will be even bigger, more luxurious and more expensive than the one just unveiled.

What is being planned for US customers, however, is an Maybach S550 4Matic. Mating the 4.7-liter twin-turbo V8 to all-wheel drive would be a boon for wintery upscale markets, and is reportedly a more feasible option than trying to pair the V12 to the 4Matic system.

As for other model lines, we’ve heard rumors of a Maybach GL-Class utility in the pipeline, but have yet to receive any such confirmation. Car confirms, however, that we shouldn’t expect to see AMG versions of Maybach models. The two are being cultivated as separate pillars atop the Mercedes range – one focused on performance, the other on luxury – and never the twain shall meet. The previous model line did breed a sportier Maybach 57 S, however, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar treatment applied to one of the new models should Daimler find there’s demand.

In related news, MT also reports that a new S-Class Cabriolet is coming around the corner, and that the G550 is preparing to drop its aging 5.5-liter V8 in favor of the GL’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6.

Maybach Pullman, S550 4Matic coming next originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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24
Nov

Race Recap: Abu Dhabi GP is reversals, luck, leanness and last dances

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Graphic for the 2014 Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix.

We weren’t sure if Alter Ego Nico Rosberg, the one who flew into Brazil and showed Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Lewis Hamilton that he knew also knew how to grab an entire race weekend by the scruff of the neck, arrived in Abu Dhabi. In both Friday practice sessions Hamilton showed Rosberg the way.

Then on Saturday, Alter Ego Rosberg took over, taking the last Free Practice session and then pole position by a whopping four-tenths of a second over Hamilton. Thanks to the gimmicky and soon-to-be-obliterated spectre of double points, if Rosberg won the race and Hamilton finished lower than second, the World Championship would remain in German hands.

Behind Hamilton came the Williams duo, again, with Valtteri Bottas ahead of Felipe Massa. Daniil Kvyat did swell to put his Toro Rosso in fifth, Jenson Button was just as swell getting his McLaren into sixth. Kimi R

24
Nov

Mercedes-AMG planning more hardcore A45 hot hatch

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Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG

The launch of the A45 AMG marked Mercedes-Benz’s first real assault on the premium hot hatch segment. And with 355 horsepower from a 2.0-liter turbo four, it is indeed hot. But the latest word has it that Mercedes-AMG is planning an even hotter version.

Speaking with Auto Express at the LA Auto Show last week, AMG boss Tobias Moers indicated that his department was toying with the idea of a more hardcore version of the A45. In what Moers referred to as a “street fighter,” the A45’s engine would be tuned to produce even more power, the cabin stripped out and the rolling stock, brakes and aero upgraded for more serious performance.

Think of it, then, as something of a Black Series approach, only it’s not expected to carry that name, which has historically been reserved specifically for two-door models. Given AMG’s current list of priorities and limited manpower, though, Moers suggests it will be several years – likely towards the end of the model’s life cycle – before it may prepare such a model, following a similar formula to the Mini JCW GP and Renaultsport M

23
Nov

Mercedes AMG GT3 racecar due in 2016

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The 2016 Mercedes AMG GT S, front three-quarter view.

Our life with the Mercedes-AMG GT has only just begun, and a full life it looks like it will be. The latest in preposterous two-doors from AMG is launching in GT and GT S flavors, but a few more branches of the family tree are already planned: a racing entry for the FIA GT3 championship is scheduled to appear in 2016, giving the current SLS AMG GT3 another year to gobble up victories before it takes a drive across the Styx.

More exciting for those who only suit up on Sunday for church, whispers are that a we’ll also get a streetable version of the race car – not called “GT3″ because that alphanumeric is owned by Porsche, but definitely aimed at its Stuttgart rival. AMG boss Tobias Moers told Autocar the objective for that car is “more power, less weight, better aerodynamics and different suspension but the targets should be the power to weight ratio, drivability, lap time and tremendous feel.” Those targets will be aided by a carbon fiber weight-loss regime of up to 220 pounds and more power – perhaps 550 horsepower – from the currently “very understressed” engine.

Supposing that still isn’t enough for you, then the Black Series version should curl your toes, if you can wait until 2018 for it.

Mercedes AMG GT3 racecar due in 2016 originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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20
Nov

2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 PHEV offers the best of both worlds it’s ready to conquer

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2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 PHEV

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class just keeps growing – both in terms of dimensions and in terms of variants. Nevermind the S-Class Coupe for a moment and focus only on the sedan: in North America alone, you can get the big Benz in S550, S600, S63 and S65 spec, and at the Los Angeles Auto Show this year, Daimler has rolled out the new Maybach version as well. But if it’s a more environmentally friendly way to woosh around town in serene luxury that you’re after, you’ll want to look at the new S550 Plug-In Hybrid.

Joining Daimler’s growing range of battery-powered models alongside the E400 Hybrid, B-Class Electric Drive and Smart ED (the latter soon to be replaced by an all-new version), the S550 PHEV is the German automaker’s first plug-in hybrid. It was first announced over a year ago and made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, but now the US-spec car is making its North American debut in LA.

Promising “the performance of a V8 and the fuel consumption of a compact model,” the S550 PHEV pairs a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 to an 80-kW electric motor, the S550 PHEV packs a combined 436 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque to reach 62 in just 5.2 seconds, top out at 130 miles per hour or drive up to 20 miles on electric mode alone. On the European combined cycle, it’ll return an impressive 84 miles per gallon, all the while never skimping on the luxury.

Scope it out in our gallery of photos from the show floor in LA and delve into the details in the press release below.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 PHEV offers the best of both worlds it’s ready to conquer originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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20
Nov

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG S 4Matic stands out in the LA crowd

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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG

Way back in June, Mercedes-Benz issued a light refresh of its svelte CLS-Class, adding one very notable new feature – MultiBeam LED headlamps. This new technology allows a camera to constantly adjust the output of the lamps, essentially letting driver to enjoy the power of full-beam headlights without blinding oncoming traffic. We aren’t getting it here in the US, because reasons, but that hasn’t stopped Mercedes-Benz from releasing an update to the CLS sans the cool headlights.

That’s what we have here, with the 2016 CLS63 AMG, which is making its North American debut at the 2014 LA Auto Show. While it might be missing the MultiBeam system, it has what counts under the hood, with a 5.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V8. That thumper of an engine produces 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, allowing the CLS63 to hit 60 in just 3.6 seconds.

Check out our full batch of the updated CLS63 AMG at the top of the page, and then head below for Mercedes’ press release.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG S 4Matic stands out in the LA crowd originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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20
Nov

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is a silver arrow aimed at Bentley [w/video]

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2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600

The Mercedes-Maybach S600 is a car made for a town like Los Angeles, which so thoroughly enjoys excess. We’re not only discussing the new car’s wildly opulent interior, which is arguably the nicest ever fitted to a car with a Silver Arrow on its nose, but its mechanicals. Mercedes-Benz’s engineers have had as much of a field day with the greasy bits of the Maybach S600 as the designers did with the cabin.

Under hood sits a 523-horsepower, 612-pound-foot, twin-turbocharged, 6.0-liter V12 that can sling the upmarket S600 to 60 miles per hour in five seconds and on to a limited top speed of 155 miles per hour. While those figures aren’t immensely impressive, what they are, to borrow a phrase from Rolls-Royce, is “sufficient.” Regardless, with peak torque coming in at just 1,900 rpm, we’ve little doubt any of the chauffeurs driving the Maybach will be complaining.

There’s not much information available in Mercedes’ sprawling press release on the suspension technology in its flagship S-Class, but expect some iteration of the brand’s stellar Magic Body Control to deliver a truly sublime ride and handling experience.

Beyond that, though, the Maybach S600 should be exceedingly quiet, as its development benefitted from a new aeroacoustics which Mercedes claims makes it the quietest sedan on the planet. Noise-insulating seats, “intelligent air ducting,” and even the wheel linings are feature specific items aimed at reducing unpleasant noises from the road.

The Maybach S600 would be impressive for its mechanicals alone, but it’s the overall package that has us itching to drive this ultra-luxurious stunner. Until we can present you with what will probably be some extremely positive driving impressions, though, you’ll have to settle for our live images from the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Take a look at those, and then give a second look at Mercedes’ massive press release on the king of the S-Class range.

Continue reading 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is a silver arrow aimed at Bentley [w/video]

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is a silver arrow aimed at Bentley [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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