Mercedes-Benz reveals hardcore 2012 ML63 AMG

November 15th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It was back in 1999, that Mercedes-Benz revealed its first AMG-worked ML SUV – the ML55 AMG. During the following 12 years the performance SUV has sold over 24,000 units worldwide. Now the German brand is ready for the third generation of the series that will be called the 2012 ML63 AMG and will be officially revealed at this week’s 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Powering the family-friendly beast is Mercedes’ 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine that delivers 386kW of power and 700Nm of torque, representing an increase over the 375kW/630Nm output of its predecessor. If you need to do the school run even faster, there’s also an available AMG Performance Package boosts the V8 engine’s output to a crazed 410KW of power and 780Nm of torque.

With the “standard” package, acceleration from zero to 100 km/h takes just 4.7 seconds while top speed is quoted at 280 km/h. Estimated combined fuel is hardly frugal at 14.7l/100km.

Power is put to the tarmac through a permanent all-wheel drive system that operates at a ratio of 40:60 to the front and rear axle, and a standard AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7-speed automatic transmission featuring three driving modes – Controlled Efficiency (C) for improved fuel economy, Sport (S) and Manual (M). Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz reveals hardcore 2012 ML63 AMG” »

Mercedes-Benz drops covers on 2012 SLK 55 AMG

August 22nd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Mercedes has dropped the covers off its most powerful small hardtop roadster ever – the 2012 SLK 55 AMG. Due for a world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in mid-September photos and specification details have just been released.

In terms of styling the new model is distinguished by a reworked front aesthetic, new side skirts and LED daytime running lights. There’s also a larger set of alloy wheels finished in Black. In the cabin there’s leather surfaces everywhere and deeply bolstered sports seats.

Under the bonnet, power for the roadster comes from a new naturally-aspirated AMG 5.5-litre V8 engine. Power is rated at 310kW and there’s 540Nm of torque on tap. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 7-speed AMG Speedshift automatic transmission featuring three modes (sport, manual and efficiency). Additionally, the aluminum V8 engine also features the AMG Cylinder Management system that can shut off four-cylinders from 800 to 3,600 rpm to improve fuel efficiency. With the engine start/stop system engaged the SLK 55 AMG can apparently return economy of 8.5l/10okm. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz drops covers on 2012 SLK 55 AMG” »

Mercedes-Benz phasing out V12-powered roadsters

August 2nd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

There’s not much new news about the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class vehicles. That may be because the current model is almost eight years old or perhaps because it’s slowly and quietly being phased out.

The SL-Class received a facelift back in 2008 but has fallen off the radar for many since then and fuel economy could be a reason. To combat this Mercedes is discontinuing its twelve-cylinder versions of the SL. The SL600 was the first to go and now the SL65 AMG is getting the chop as well. But it remains unclear if the fixed-roof SL65 AMG Black Series will continue on. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz phasing out V12-powered roadsters” »

Mercedes-Benz unleashes C63 AMG Coupe Black Series

July 26th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Mercedes-Benz has revealed details of the most potent C-Class ever built, the new C63 AMG Coupe Black Series.

The hardcore version of Mercedes’ C63 AMG Coupe shares the models same naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 engine but with plenty of mods. There’s forged pistons, conrods and crankshaft a larger oil cooler and a new ECU.  The end result is 380kw of peak power, 22kW more than the C63 AMG with Performance Package and max torque of 620Nm. Acceleration from 0-100km/h is crossed off in 4.2 seconds.

Power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual clutch AMG Speedshift transmission. The gearbox has four modes and a gear change time of just 100 milliseconds.

Mercedes has equipped the C63 AMG Coupe with an adjustable AMG coil-over sports suspension and upgraded AMG brakes. Filling the guards are  titanium grey forged 19-inch light-alloy wheels. An available option is the AMG Track Package which includes sports tyres and active rear-axle transmission cooling, plus the AMG Aerodynamics package that includes a specially tuned front splitter and an adjustable carbon-fibre rear aerofoil. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz unleashes C63 AMG Coupe Black Series” »

Mercedes-Benz presents history of AMG in six minute video

May 6th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It was back in 1967 when AMG first formed and began boosting power on Mercedes-Benz vehicles and 44 years later the tuners products are as popular as ever. The two German companies have certainly formed a valuable partnership, and we expect even more progressive and desirable vehicles for years to come.

But before AMG looks into the future, it wants us to understand its past so Mercedes-Benz has prepared a video that provides a brief visual history lesson. It’s a clever and well worked clip that sums up AMG’s full history in just six minutes, complete with rousing music.

Check out the video below. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz presents history of AMG in six minute video” »

Brabus unleashes 700hp SLS AMG on Geneva crowds

March 3rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It’s been a while since we’ve heard much from big horsepower mongers Brabus, but it’s now clear that the aftermarket tuner was saving something special for the Geneva Motor Show.

The latest outrageous creation from the German tuner is a new twin-turbocharged version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar that promises a mad output of 700 horsepower (520kW) and 847Nm of torque.

In addition to the frightening powerplant, the modified Merc also looks tougher with Brabus’ Widestar bodykit and a fully customised interior including some trick ambient lighting.

To achieve the massive dose of power, Brabus engineers developed a new twin-turbocharger system for the AMG’s 6.2-litre V-8, which includes high-performance exhaust manifolds, an oversized intercooling system and a dual-flow intake manifold with high-flow air filters. There’s also forged pistons and a remapped ECU with an electronic boost controller.

The end result is staggering performance and combined with the car’s seven-speed automatic transmission, the o-100kph sprint can be achieved in just 3.7 seconds with a top speed 340kph. Continue reading “Brabus unleashes 700hp SLS AMG on Geneva crowds” »

Pagani Zonda replaced by new Huayra – official photos

January 27th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It hasn’t been an easy launch for Pagani’s new Huayra supercar, a series of grainy leaked images spoiled the party and stole the radically designed vehicle’s thunder. Regardless, Pagani is spushing on and has officially released details and images on the brand new Zonda replacement.

So what’s it all about? Well, Horacio Pagano’s newest creation is named after the Andean god of wind, Aymara Huayra Tata. The Huayra a more rounded styling and isn’t quiteas raw as the Zonda, but the two models do share certain brand similarities. Like the Zonda the Huayra won’t appeal to all tastes but it was never designed to.

Entry into the supercar is through a pair of swooping gullwing doors which reveal a fully bespoke interior with some cool details like blue illumination and an exposed gear selector.

The Italian machine is built around an all-new carbon-titanium monocoque frame while the body parts are constructed from carbon fibre. Lightweight materials have been thoroughly used during construction, with the Huayra tipping the scales at just 1,350 kg.

Behind the passenger firewall sits a brand spankers 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine, built specially for Pagani by Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance division. The 12-cylinder monster produces more than 700 hp and a torque figure of over 1000 Nm. Exact performance numbers and times will be announced at a later date. Continue reading “Pagani Zonda replaced by new Huayra – official photos” »

It’s official – Mercedes Benz to build CLS Shooting Brake

November 9th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Mercedes-Benz has now officially confirmed rumours that its CLS Shooting Brake concept, is heading into production. First shown in China earlier this year, the shooting brake model with the sloping tail end will use the same platform as the second generation CLS sedan and will go to market in 2012.

The CLS Shooting Brake will be built at the Mercedes-Benz Plant Sindelfingen on the same production line as the CLS and the E-Class Sedan.

Very little info on the new model has been officially released but it’s safe to assume that the Shooting Brake model will more or less carry the same lineup of gasoline and diesel engines as the new CLS sedan. The CLS Shooting Brake range should also include a flagship AMG model powered by Mercedes’ new 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 pumping out at least 536-horsepower.

Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars made the big announcement and said, “The CLS still makes waves with its fascinating design and wows customers for our brand. With the new generation of the CLS we expand our pioneering role in this segment. We aim to extend this success story with the CLS Shooting Brake and complement our product portfolio with another appealing model. This car is based on the great tradition of a stylish, cultivated sportiness which has always characterised the great Mercedes Coupes, and it takes this unique legacy an exciting step further. At the same time it points the way towards the future design idiom of Mercedes-Benz.”

The production version of the CLS Shooting Brake will most likely make its world premiere at a major motorshow event either late next year or early 2012.

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