Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon armoured concept revealed

July 7th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

If you ever wanted to own a military-spec armoured vehicle the demise of Hummer would have come as a major blow. But don’t cry into your milk just yet because Mercedes has just introduced a new armoured truck concept to the international defence industry.  Named the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon Light Armoured Patrol Vehicle 6.X the concept was shown off for the first time last month in Paris.

Based on another armoured vehicle called the LAPV 5.4, the 6.X can carry larger and heavier cargo, while offering better protection and increased agility. While powertrain details are scarce it uses a diesel mill that allows the concept to hit 150 km/h even when carrying 1,300 kilograms of weight.

In terms of protection it uses as armour plate design, that lets repair teams quickly remove and replace damaged pieces.  Additional armour plates can also be installed if things get real sketchy. The armour also protects the vehicle from land mines with plates that can be added at the LAPV’s floor.

Other special features on the off-roader include variable air shock absorbers that can be adjusted on the fly to provide up to 450mm of clearance. Hydraulic brakes with ventilated discs were also added to make rough terrain easier to handle.

By working in with the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, Mercedes have fitted the LAPV out with a mobile command centre that uses a data recorder, communications system, and jamming system.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG in Mexico

May 21st, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG in Mexico

Mercedes-Benz unveils CLS Shooting Break concept (+video)

April 21st, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Mercedes has just unveiled its hotly anticipated new four-door coupe concept. The new Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break concept has just been revealed and offers a preview to the upcoming 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS, which will compete with the Audi A7, BMW 5-Series GT, and Porsche Panamera.

With a long bonnet, flared rear wheel arches, deep character lines across the car’s flanks, and a swooping roofline, the concept is nicely proportioned.

Motivation comes from a new direct-injection 3.5-litre V6 engine that produces 306 horsepower (225 kW) and up to 370 Nm (273 ft-lb) of torque.

Interesting features on the concept include headlights made from 71 LED lights that can give the driver five different settings depending on conditions. The car rides on one-off five-spoke 20-inch silver wheels, which conform well with the satin-finish allanite grey paint work.

Inside, the car is finished in cream and brown leather with the use of cream colouring making the concept feel large and comfortable. This is reinforced by a large glass roof that extends over most of the cabin. Behind the rear seats are special storage units designed to fit items like a laptop or tool kit.  A flat wooden floor adorns the loading area making sliding luggage into the vehicle easy.

The Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break concept will be heading into production over the next year, so too will the engine and the trick LED headlights.  The efficient engine, fitted with stop/start, should also be set for use in other vehicles.

Check out images and a video of the Shooting Break concept by clicking on the link below.

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Michael Schumacher in Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Commercial

April 19th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The advertisment for the new Mercedes SLS AMG, featuring MercedesGP driver Michael Schumacher.

Vath tunes Mercedes-Benz G55 to 680 horses

April 12th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The old faithful Mercedes-Benz G Class is a relatively rare beast here in NZ, especially in the top spec G55 AMG form. While the AMG-badged G Wagen is a serious machine, the tuning team at Väth have decided to up the ante on the hardcore Benz SUV to the tune of 680 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque. This marks output increases of 180 hp and 104 lb-ft over a factory-fresh G55, perfect for those moments when you have to haul it in your offroader.

The engine tuning involves tweaks like a new intake manifold, a revised outlet system, new coolers and Väth’s bespoke fuel cooler. Combined it aids in the healthy power increase, but it also allows the G55 to reach a top cruising speed of 265 kph. To manage the extra power, Väth has lowered the G55 and fitted sport shock absorbers and hardcore 15.4-inch sport brake discs.

Visual upgrades include LED daytime running lamps, Xenon foglights, a sport exhaust system out back and 22-inch light metal rims shod in 295/35 Yokohama ADV ST tyres. In the cabin, carbon fibre inserts have been added to the standard leather trim, and a new sport steering wheel features Alcantara upholstery.

All new Mercedes F800 Style Concept Car

April 7th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

All new Mercedes F800 Style Concept Car unveiled

Mercedes-Benz confirms production of C-Class Coupe

April 7th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Mercedes Benz has just announced that it will be producing a 2011 C-Class Coupe. The German luxury automaker will build the two-door C-Class at its massive Bremen plant, with production slated to begin in 2011. The addition of the new Coupe gives Mercedes Benz three different variants on its C-Class vehicle, with a convertible also highly likely. The Bremen plant is the cornerstone of Mercedes production and employs 12,600 workers, it also makes the C-Class sedan, wagon, GLK, two E-Class variants, the SL and SLK.

With the C-Class Coupe officially going to production, many are interested to see how Mercedes will differentiate the smaller Benz from the larger, more expensive E-Class Coupe (pictured). Especially because, the E-Class already uses the C-Class platform, and matches up almost exactly in terms of dimensions to the C-Class Saloon.

What’s most likely is that Mercedes will shorten the C-Class platform to make the C Coupe physically smaller than the E Coupe. But all should be revealed by the time the Paris Motor Show opens in September.

Click here to read a full road test of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe.

AMG working on supercharged compact sedan

March 25th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

News broke recently that AMG will be launching a high-performance version of the next-gen Mercedes-Benz B-Class late next year. Now reports are coming in that the tuning company will also launch a go-fast compact sedan.

The new compact sedan has already been nicknamed the ‘baby CLS’ and it’s expected to be based on the same platform as the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class. Its styling will be taken from the recently revealed F800 Style concept vehicle (pictured) but its AMG powertrain, will be unique to the car.

Designed to compete with the upcoming Audi RS3 and BMW 1-Series M, the new AMG sedan will apparently be powered by a new supercharged 3.2-litre V-6 engine. But it’s not as simple as an ordinary supercharger. The AMG will use an electrically operated pressure wave supercharger that could see engine output get as high as 400 horsepower.

The special supercharging system takes pressure waves from the exhaust gases and uses them to charge the intake air before sending it into the engine.

The platform underpinning the sedan in standard form will be front-wheel drive, but for the AMG version, an all-wheel drive system will be used.