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.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 racer revealed

March 24th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

AMG has been producing racing versions of Mercedes-Benz cars and high performance street machines for more than 40 years. That tradition has just continued with the unveiling of a GT3 spec version of the new SLS gullwing coupe in Mexico. Sales are expected to begin later this year and AMG hopes to have the homologation process completed in time for the 2011 racing season.

The GT3 SLS is set to use the same 6.3-litre V8 as the road car, but the FIA will ultimately determine its final output for racing. Aerodynamic enhancements see big changes to the standard bodywork. The front end features a deep carbon fibre splitter and a massive rear wing out back. The bonnet has a large cooling vent and there are air intakes for brake cooling in the side skirts. Other race-spec features include a flat underbody, rear diffuser, central-locking wheels and a fuel filler pipe in the C-pillar.

Privateer teams will most likely be able to purchase the new SLS AMG GT3 race car from early next year. Expect pricing to be similar to that of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car, which begins at around the $500,000 USD mark.

Click the link below to see more images of th SLS AMG GT3 race car.

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Ultimate Play Date – Testing Five Exotic Supercars

February 18th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Testing Five Exotic Supercars

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

December 22nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

A convertible with a direct control steering