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There Will Be a Maybach Successor and It Will Be a Benz

By Jens Meiners

1997 Mercedes-Benz Maybach concept

Mercedes will place a new S-class atop its range to replace Maybach, much like this Mercedes Maybach concept from 1997.

Mercedes-Benz is readying an ultra-luxury version of the new S-class that is being designed to take over at a slightly lower market position than the ill-begotten Maybach. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche told Automotive News that the vehicle would compete with vehicles in the $200,000–$250,000 range—rather than the 400-large-and-up bracket Maybach inhabited. He added that the technological and luxury content will top that of the 2014 S-class as currently offered in the marketplace.

The highest-priced S-class to reside outside this über-luxurious range-topping S-class will the the upcoming S65 AMG—which we hear will bow in Los Angeles this November—the AMG models, however, place high emphasis on extreme power and ostentatious sportiness. Benz’s challenger to the Bentley Flying Spur and the Rolls-Royce Ghost would have to display more restraint and a more-conservative style. The upcoming high-level S-class could have a slightly longer wheelbase than even the long-wheelbase model we get stateside, but it won’t come close to the now-discontinued Maybach 62.

Daimler’s decision means that the brand will abandon the segment occupied by both the Maybach 57 and the Maybach 62, which competed head-on with the Rolls-Royce Phantom and the Bentley Mulsanne. Born out of the inability to snatch up either Bentley or Rolls-Royce brands, Maybach never came close to achieving its projected market performance, and has been regarded as an unnecessary aberration for Daimler at best.



At the S-class launch in May, Mercedes chief designer Gorden Wagener told us that the new S-class is positioned “a half-segment above the outgoing model,” and that its “classic lines” would make it a credible successor of the Maybach. Our own sources tell us that one of the styling elements of the upcoming, top-level S-class will be traditionally styled, high-gloss, machined wheels. The new model is expected to arrive in 2015 as a 2016 model.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver

2015 Lexus GS F Spy Photos: The GS Gets F’d Up

By Alexander Stoklosa

2015 Lexus GS F (spy photo)

What It Is: A completely undisguised Lexus GS sedan prototype decked out in high-performance, F-style gear. Lexus’s high-performance F sub-brand is similar in concept to BMW’s M or Mercedes-Benz’s AMG, but has thus far only churned out the IS F sedan and the LFA supercar as full-fledged models, as well as a passel of F Sport–branded trim levels for the IS, GS, and LS. Currently, the GS sedan lineup consists on the GS350, GS350 F Sport, and GS450h hybrid. READ MORE ››

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Quick Spin: 2013 Mercedes A45 AMG 4Matic [w/video]

By Matt Davis

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United States customers desiring one of the new smaller AMG models from Mercedes-Benz will really enjoy their 2014 CLA45. It’s swift, authoritative, more alive in your hands than any other AMG model has ever been, and it’s the only compact practical AMG you’ll ever be able to get anyway.

Little ghost-like leaks keep on happening from some apparent “source” in Germany, telling young cub reporters from the US that the A-Class hatchback range is also coming to the land of hashbrowns. The way we read it, the A-Class, however, will never come to the States, folks, at least not in this decade, anyway.

More’s the pity, because, as we and all others noticed at the recent drive event in Germany, for both the A45 and the CLA45, it’s the hatch that truly pulls no punches on dynamism. The CLA has clearly been massaged to be just a touch to be more civil than the excitingly bratty A45.

Driving Notes

  • As we said in the recent First Drive for the CLA45, the A45 is a decidedly different concoction from the usual straight-line marauders of the AMG lineup. The chassis is dramatically more alive and communicative, and we really like it.
  • From now on, AMG is putting some form of 4Matic traction under every car. That means some compromises – good and not so – will happen. In this case, the hang-on all-wheel-drive unit creates a much more capable sporting drive versus a straight front-wheel-drive setup.
  • That said, some people who talk like they’ve driven the car will shower both the A45 and CLA45 with their prejudiced derision. They’ll proclaim – no matter what we say – that these are cheapo overpriced front-drive Euro econoboxes. It also means that there’ll be more of these great cars for those of us who dig ’em.
  • While we dashed around on roads and Autobahn, our track time for this event was relegated to AMG Performance chassis-prepped A45 AMG Edition 1 units, a limited-run setup for Europe that pimps the ride out to around €57,000 base price (roughly $75,000 due to exhilarating European taxation policies and an overvalued Euro). Ride along for a spot of this action, in the video below.
  • Realistically, an A45 would need to start at around $45k in the US. The fully tricked Edition 1 as at this track, however, would bring about $60k for starters. Enough to make American blog comments go ballistic.
  • The optional matte Mountain Grey Designo exterior paint and darkened multitudinous-spoked 19-inch AMG wheelset of our street-tester A45, go together like ham and eggs. This unit had everything on it apart from the Edition 1 trickery and overly excited aero bits, and we think it’s all the better for it.
  • The experts on hand at this drive event finally admitted that the ratings of the elasto-kinematics fore and aft of the suspension were, in fact, different for the A45 versus the CLA45. The handling that is possible with the hatch is pure …read more

    Source: FULL ARTICLE at Autoblog

Official: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic stuns with 577 hp, 3.9-second 0-60 run

By Seyth Miersma

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Mercedes-Benz has dropped the veil on the 2014 S63 AMG 4Matic super sedan, just a day after teasing the beastie in a video clip, and a few months ahead of the car’s official coming out party at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Keen readers will immediately take note of that “4Matic” designation suffixed to the S63’s proper name – indeed this ultra-fast S-Class will join the E63 AMG in welcoming all-wheel-drive performance to its already impressive resume (and for the very first time in many markets, though US-spec cars have had 4Matic for a little while now).

The 0-60 mph sprint is pegged at 3.9 seconds, and the top speed is electronically limited at 186 mph.

Of course, the combination of the AMG-tuned version of 4Matic, and the S63’s herculean, hand-built 5.5-liter V8 engine is likely to be fairly spectacular. The mill is said to put out some 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque ­- increased from the 536 hp and 590 lb-ft of the current model – thanks to direct injection, twin turbochargers, an air-to-water intercooler and loads more advanced engine technology. Impressively, Mercedes is also claiming greater fuel efficiency for the new S63, though there are no mile-per-gallon numbers yet available. We’d expect to see those sometime after the debut and before the car goes on sale in the US in November of this year.

The S63 has also shed some 220 pounds compared with its predecessor, by way of aluminum construction (body panels, roof and front end), light-alloy wheels, a lithium-ion battery and a “weight-optimized AMG high-performance two-piece brake system.” The weight savings will no doubt net superior handling for a sedan this large, but its immediate effect is on the impressive spec sheet; 0-60 mile per hour sprint time is pegged at 3.9 seconds, and the top speed is electronically limited at 186 mph. For reference, that’ll make the big Benz just a hair faster to 60 than a Porsche 911 Carrera S, and with a slightly better top end.

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Quick Spin: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive [w/video]

By Jonathon Ramsey

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Reading the stats for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive is like looking at the Prada storefront on Rodeo Drive – it is an extravagance tinged with Electrobeam gaudiness that’s so far from normal it makes the average viewer declare, “Interesting, but…” before trying to find the stargate back to Earth.

It’s a shame if the SLS AMG Electric Drive comes off as an otherworldly bauble for the moneyed – most of whom won’t appreciate it beyond the early-adopter and top-tenth-of-one-percenter status it confers – because it’s almost 2.5 tons of passionately engineered electric fun and optic-smashing vinyl wraps. To overlook it is to miss out on technology that is, we hope, headed for a more prosaic AMG soon. We drove this car on the same day as the SLS AMG Black Series, and there was so much to learn and enjoy that we almost regretted having to leave it to drive the Black Series. Almost.

Driving Notes

  • It weighs 4,774 pounds, nearly 550 kilograms more than the 3,573-pound SLS AMG GT. The weight difference comes from the heft of the lithium-ion battery array, composed of 12 modules of 72 cells that weigh 1,208.1 pounds. The batteries change the weight balance of the coupe by one percent: the SLS AMG GT is balanced 54/46 front-to-rear, the Electric Drive is 53/47.
  • It’s an energetic beast: The 400-volt, liquid-cooled, 60-kilowatt-hour battery is rated at 552 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of immediate torque. According to Mercedes PR, that makes it “the most powerful AMG high-performance vehicle of all time.” The run from stationary to 60 miles per hour takes 3.9 seconds, top speed is limited to 155 miles per hour and range is pegged at 155 miles. For comparison’s sake, take the aforementioned SLS AMG GT with its 6.2-liter V8 blending up 583 hp and 479 lb-ft that gets from naught to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and will run out of acceleration at 197 mph. Also compare the Electric Drive to the philosophically similar Tesla Roadster (a two-seat electric sports car) that weighed 2,723 pounds, had a 53-kWh battery, 288 hp, 273 lb-ft of torque, a 245-mile range and performed the same sprint in the same time. But remember, we’re just putting these cars on a piece of paper together to see where they fall; the SLS AMG Electric Drive has zero interest in being a Tesla or its GT kin.
  • Those batteries juice four synchronous electric motors – a pair in front and another pair in back that sit astride the center line of the car, each pair flanking a single-speed, direct-drive transmission. In front, the setup necessitated a new multilink suspension with horizontal pushrod dampers replacing the aluminum double wishbones of the standard car.
  • The AMG Drive Unit knob takes its usual place and is inscribed with its usual markings: C for Controlled Efficiency, S for Sport and S+ for Sport plus. They alter the linear, straight-line driving characteristics

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Avid Motion Graphics 2.5 Delivers Enhanced Deployment Flexibility with New Configuration Options

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Avid Motion Graphics 2.5 Delivers Enhanced Deployment Flexibility with New Configuration Options

New dual-channel option and stand-alone playout engine enable broadcasters, sports teams, and media producers to more effectively create show-stopping brands

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Avid®(Nasdaq: AVID) today announced the release of Avid Motion Graphics™ 2.5 (AMG), the company’s next-generation on-air graphics production platform for broadcasters, sports teams, and media producers. A new dual-channel configuration option and stand-alone playout engine increase flexibility and speed graphic workflows to create stunning imagery and get work quicker to air.

Avid Motion Graphics has allowed us to engage fans and create excitement in ways that would have been impossible before,” said Craig Wilson, manager of Production and Creative Services, Corporate Marketing, St. Louis Cardinals. “The transition to AMG from the Avid Deko® solution has been a breeze. We can use our Deko graphics within the AMG environment, and easily link data from a variety of sources to any graphics parameter. With AMG, we’re extending the world-class St. Louis Cardinals brand that keeps our fans coming back time after time.”

AMG 2.5 features new configuration options that let customers get more high-quality graphics faster and more effectively to air, including:

  • Dual-channel configuration option — Increases playout capability, cost-effectiveness, and flexibility by adding a second GPU, I/O card, and more storage to support graphics playout for two channels.
  • AMG Engine — Stand-alone playout engine that allows customers to create a distributed system architecture, separating graphics creation from graphics playout. This provides cost-effective workflow options for larger operations.
  • Operations Console – Consolidates configuration of multiple AMG playout channels into a single centralized interface.
  • Dual-channel upgrade —Increases the playout capacity of an existing AMG system with minimal downtime, by providing a field-installable dual-channel upgrade.

“In today’s highly competitive, image-dominated media industry, stunning on-air graphics are critical to building winning brands,” said Dana Ruzicka, vice president of Segment and Product Marketing at Avid. “Content producers need the ability to more quickly and easily create visual imagery …read more

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Official: Infiniti hires Sebastian Vettel as Director of Performance

By Jonathon Ramsey

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Remember when, during the Grand Prix of the Americas weekend last November, we told you that Sebastian Vettel had worked with Infiniti on the new G Coupe and that there’d be more of that kind of involvement on the way? It’s been made official with the three-time Formula One World Champion being named Infiniti’s Director of Performance.

Although the announcement is fresh, Vettel’s time on the job isn’t, Infiniti saying that Vettel went to Japan, the Nürburgring and the Circuit de Catalunya to assist in the development of the Q50 sedan.

When we spoke to Andreas Sigl, the man in charge of Infiniti’s F1 collaboration with Red Bull, about the tie-up he had also said, “Like Mercedes has AMG and BMW has M – whether it’s called IPL or not – we want to have something in that space.” If the brand is still serious about that, Vettel’s chops could help them deliver the kind of performance they’d need as upstarts to challenge the ringleaders of that particular hi-po circus.

We might find out soon enough if Vettel’s s better at taking team orders from Infiniti than Red Bull. There’s a press release below with the officially sanctioned paragraphs outlining his new role.

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New York: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG takes a bite out of the Big Apple

By Zach Bowman

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

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Let’s get the necessaries out of the way. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG has debuted at the 2013 New York Auto Show, and it brought a 355 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder to the party. With 332 pound-feet of torque, Mercedes-Benz says the engine is the “most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder production engine” with a power density of 178 hp per liter.

All that muscle gets pushed to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. As a result, the 2014 CLA45 AMG can click off a 4.5-second 0-60 miles per hour run on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. Giddyup.

And that’s to say nothing of just how terminally sexy this machine is. While the base car is attractive enough, seeing a properly aggressive AMG front fascia, massive wheels and a proper ride height has done nothing but improve on the sedan’s aesthetics.

AMG swapped the stock suspension for stiffer bits, including more rigid bearings and stiffer steering knuckles up front and an all-new four-link rear axle design. Interested? Mercedes says the CA45 AMG will be on sale this spring for $47,450.

Check out the full press release below for more information, and stay tuned for live shots from the show floor.

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Chris Harris Drives The SLS AMG Black Series: Video

By Kurt Ernst

Chris Harris drives the SLS AMG Black Series, sideways

Chris Harris drives the SLS AMG Black Series, sideways

If you asked us to categorize the new SLS AMG Black Series, we’d have a hard time fitting the car into a single segment. Its on-track behavior clearly makes it a sports car, yet its long wheelbase and refined mannerisms (even in Black Series trim) don’t exclude it from the Grand Touring category. With the electro-nannies turned off, however, it shreds tires and wags its tail with the best of the muscle car class.

To build the SLS AMG Black Series, Mercedes-Benz (and AMG) begin with an already-fast SLS AMG GT. The car gets a bump in output to 631 horsepower (impressive from a naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V-8), a wider track, a stiffer suspension, stickier tires and aerodynamics specifically designed to reduce lift at speed. Next comes the crash diet, which shaves 70 kilograms (154 pounds) off the standard SLS AMG, via the use of things like a titanium exhaust, a carbon fiber driveshaft, a lithium-ion battery and a carbon fiber hood.

Chris Harris is clearly smitten with the 230,000 pound (about $350,000) hoon-mobile, calling it “flipping excellent” on the track. And therein lies the problem: since only 350 will be built, with each selling for an astronomical price, few will ever turn a wheel in anger on the world’s premier tracks. In fact, our guess is that the vast majority will be purchased for investment purposes, secreted away in a climate-controlled garage to avoid depreciation.

Based on Harris’ antics behind the wheel, there’s something criminal about that. What’s the point in engineering and building a car that’s so rewarding to drive, when the vast majority of owners will never drive the car as its engineers intended?

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Report: Mercedes rules out hybrid supercar, promises SLS successor

By John Neff

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The recent Geneva Motor Show was a festival of hypercars, with the presence of not one, but three over-the-top debuts: the Lamborghini Veneno, McLaren P1 and Ferrari LeFerrari. The latter two have hitched their carbon fiber bumpers to the electrification bandwagon by using hybrid-electric powertrains not entirely unlike the propulsion systems we’ve come to know in cars like the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt. Does that mean the flow of electrons up the four-wheeled food chain will eventually consume our hallowed supercars? Not if AMG has anything to say about it.

AMG Director of Vehicle Development Tobias Moers recently confirmed that not only will there be a successor to the Mercedes-Benz performance division’s SLS AMG, he notes that its internal combustion engine will most definitely not be sharing living quarters with an electric drivetrain. Instead, AMG plans to focus on further pushing the power and efficiency envelope of the internal combustion engine and advancing the use of lightweight materials to achieve their goals. The first example of this effort can be seen in the new SLS AMG Black Series that incorporates many weight-saving techniques to shed some 154 pounds from the SLS AMG GT (above), which itself is lighter than the standard SLS AMG.

Furthermore, Moers remarks that his company is happy to leave the hypercar segment to companies like Ferrari and McLaren. He admits that, “Ferrari in the hyper-car segment is still a different brand than AMG. We have to be honest…” So rather than taking the SLS further upmarket to do battle with bulls and stallions, Moers hinted that the next-generation SLS may be joined by another performance model that fits neatly between itself and the C63 AMG.

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Report: Next Mercedes-Benz GLK to get AMG variant? Not likely…

By Zach Bowman

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK

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If you think Mercedes-Benz will slap an AMG badge on anything with wheels, think again. Word has it the German manufacturer will not offer buyers a performance version of the GLK, with Tobias Moers, director of AMG vehicle development, saying that he doesn’t see a market for the car. That’s not to say the picture won’t change in the near future, however. According to CarAdvice.com, AMG is keeping a close eye on the arrival of the Porsche Macan.

“Maybe there will be a change in the market when the Porsche [Macan] comes up,” Moers said, “but right now, no.”

The real hitch in the giddy-up seems to be cost. Moers says developing the machine into something worthy of an AMG would represent “a huge investment.” We can’t exactly argue with that. Fortunately, AMG buyers have plenty of Mercedes-Benz models to choose from.

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Official: Mercedes releases 6×6 G63 AMG specs and pics [w/video]

By Zach Bowman

Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 6x6 catching air in the desert

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Mercedes-Benz has finally dropped full details on its insane G63 AMG 6×6. The machine puts 544 horsepower to all six wheels thanks to a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8. A seven-speed gearbox shuttles power to the ground via three sets of portal axles, which helps give this machine a full 15.75 inches of ground clearance. By comparison, the standard G63 AMG sits with just 8.27 inches of ground clearance. The extra lift allows this 6×6 to ford nearly 40 inches of water and run massive 37-inch tires. All told, there are five differential locks on this thing, all controlled by a special “locking logic” that provides the best traction possible for any given situation.

The controls offer up three stages of locking, which we can only assume range from JKLOL to OMGWTF. Right now, AMG says this monstrosity is only a show vehicle, but we imagine it wouldn’t take much to convince the team to whip up one of your very own. Check out our full gallery and the press release below for all the nitty gritty. While you’re down there, you can also check out the video on the machine one more time.

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Spy Shots: Next Mercedes-Benz C-Class spotted in the snow

By Steven J. Ewing

2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan spy shots

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The entry-level Mercedes-Benz C-Class has long felt like nothing more than, well, just that. Aside from the potent and delicious C63 AMG models, there hasn’t been much to set the C-Class apart in the entry-level luxury/sport segment, leading to the model being regarded by many as “The Cheap Mercedes.” No, it’s certainly not a bad car, but for our money, it hasn’t stood up particularly well to competitors like the BMW 3 Series or Audi A4.

So with the handsome new CLA-Class coming to round off the entry-level end for Mercedes-Benz, big plans are in store for the C-Class. We can see some evidence of that in this latest set of spy shots from our friends at CarPix. According to earlier reports, the new C-Class will be “far more dramatic” in the visuals department, and while the sedan’s sculpting is still covered by camo, the much sleeker headlamp design we see here is, at the very least, a good start. The car’s overall size is expected to grow a bit to further distance itself from the CLA, though thanks to lightweight materials, curb weight isn’t expected to increase.

Just like the current model, the new C-Class is expected to use four- and six-cylinder engines, both gas- and diesel-fed, and overall power output for the global engine range should span from 120-ish on the low end to as much as 330. These new engines are expected to be mounted lower and farther rearward than before, offering better balance for both rear- and 4Matic all-wheel drive configurations. And as for that AMG? Rumors suggest a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 will fall underhood.

Expect the next C-Class to debut either later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show, or more likely, at next March’s Geneva Motor Show.

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Geneva: Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG is Affalterbach's first big leap into the little pond

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The recent history of AMG is turning out amped-up versions of Mercedes-Benz offerings that would hardly ever be mistaken for their sedate counterparts. Sure, you’d need to pay attention to pick a G-Class from the G63 AMG, but dual side-pipes are a quick giveaway. The Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG is not only a new era in Affalterbach’s attention on smaller cars, it is probably also the most subtle transformation we can think of in the line-up.

Low and chunky enough in standard guise to make a sporting impression, the aesthetic makeover is confined to black trim around the lower rim of the hatch, black wheels with red brake calipers and a single, rectangular exhaust tip on either side of the diffuser. It’s easier to make a positive ID inside, where the flat-bottomed steering wheel, red seatbelts and red-rimmed details say, “You know what I am…”

If the car is running, though, it won’t take but a second. The 2.0-liter turbo spitting 360 horsepower and 332 pound-feet will grumble through a sport exhaust at idle, and bellow through the same on it’s way to a 0-60 time of less than 4.5 seconds. And if you need something that looks a little harder – and you want those quad pipes – then the A45 AMG Edition 1 is the treasure you seek. There’s a press release below for all the info you’ll need until the hot hatch goes on sale in Germany later this year, and photos for the rest of us while we wait to find out if we’ll get a chance to buy it.

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Confirmed: Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG coming to the New York Auto Show

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Mercedes-Benz showed off the CLA45 AMG at a private event on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show, but was determined not to let it be photographed. We can talk about it, though – after all, a teaser image was released to promote the new Sony game Drive Club. The CLA45 AMG will use the same powertrain as the A45 AMG, which means a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 360 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. And that means a small four-door coupe sedan with the highest horsepower-per-liter in the segment. It will shift through the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, should also run out of speed at 155 miles per hour and have that three-stage stability control system.

As with its hatch sibling, the CLA is already so aggressive on the outside – and the parent company so anxious not to demolish the sedan’s 0.22 coefficient of drag – that not much has been done to the cranked-up CLA. Even the rather thin tires on the standard only get a little less thin on the hotter variant. Inside will be the telltale AMG signs, with lots of red detailing and that flat-bottomed wheel among the giveaways. We’ll know more later this month when the wraps come off at the New York International Auto Show.

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Brabus 800 Roadster: Because the 621-hp Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Is for Wussies [2013 Geneva Auto Show]

By Jens Meiners

Brabus 800 roadster

When imagining a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12, 621 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Mercedes-Benz AMG thinks so, too, and that’s what the SL65 AMG roadster delivers. Bodo Buschmann thinks otherwise. His tuning house, Brabus, has taken AMG’s most powerful roadster and upgraded it to 788 horsepower, or 800 PS (Germany’s measurement for horsepower), hence the “800″ designation. Maximum torque is limited to 811 lb-ft—that’s limited from the engine’s max torque, which is 1047 lb-ft—in order to protect the seven-speed automatic transmission that carries over from the SL65. To achieve this power and torque output, Brabus has upgraded the turbocharging system; the car’s quartet of intercoolers require a large and very prominent scoop in the hood, which is done in carbon fiber.

The extra power means superior performance: While the SL65 is governed at 155 mph, a figure that can be raised to 186, the Brabus 800 tops out at a 217—a remarkable number, particularly considering it’s governed. The length of time that passes when moving from a standstill to 62 mph is shortened from the stock version’s 3.9 seconds down to 3.7. An aerodynamics package helps to keep the roadster glued to the road even at brisk, 200-plus-mph velocities.



There’s more we like: The Brabus 800 sits an inch lower than the SL65 on which it’s based, it is available with a 40-percent-locking differential, and it comes with a plainly audible exhaust system featuring active sound management controlled by a button mounted on the steering wheel. Its 20-inch aluminum wheels look beautiful on the 255/30 front and 305/25 rear tires. We are less convinced about the merits of the Brabus 800′s interior, with its “honeycomb” patterns and headrest embroidery. But pompous interior upgrades can always be deleted. We’ll take the rest.


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Vehicles Under $50k That Hold Their Value The Worst

Affluent status-seekers pay quite the premium to get into exclusive luxury cars—like the $119,975 Jaguar XJL Supersport or $216,205 Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG. You’d think that the image and prestige of such models would be sought-after on the used-car market, too. But the moment these models are driven away from the dealership, their values go… …read more
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Motorsports: Erebus Motorsport Mercedes E-Class V8 Supercar completes the field [w/videos]

By Jonathon Ramsey

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Ford, Holden and Nissan introduced their V8 Supercar challengers a while back. Erebus Motorport, whose racing program got the green light not even 120 days ago, has finally shown off the Mercedes-Benz E-Class racer that will complete this year’s field of entries. The first AMG race car ever to be built outside of Germany, it’s an Australian-built tube-frame chassis specced to the series’ Car of Tomorrow rules, fitted with body panels that channel the E63 AMG.

Supported by AMG Customer Motorsport, the 5.0-liter engine is provided by HWA in Germany, the racing arm of AMG. Regulations dictate that it have roughly 650 horsepower, a redline between 7,000 and 7,500 rpm and a torque curve that matches the parity baseline set for all cars.

Lee Holdsworth, Tim Slade and Maro Engel will drive the three team cars, each with different sponsors. Their first showing will be at the Clipsal 500 on March 3 in Adelaide, here in the US we’ll get to see them in May at the Circuit of the Americas. Check out the videos below of the Erebus car starting up at its launch, and footage of all of this year’s cars doing pre-season testing on track together.

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