All new Mercedes F800 Style Concept Car unveiled
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.
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.
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.
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According to the German press, Daimler is working hard on the 2011 Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake which will be produced in Sindelfingen, Germany. The Shooting Brake will be based on the next generation CLS four-door coupe which will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show next year. It will have a larger cargo area and will enter the same market segment as the Audi A7 and the BMW 5 Series GT.
The exterior design of the 2011 Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake should have a likeness to the Mercedes ConceptFascination unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.
As far as the engine options go, the 2011 Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake will offer the exact same units as the coupe version of the CLS. An AMG version is also expected.
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