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Report: Mercedes-Benz SLC to arrive mid-2015

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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Although we’re still not entirely sure what Mercedes is planning to call its new sub-SLS coupe, more potential information about the car is starting to come to light. After Mercedes released official “spy shots” (shown above) back in June, Auto Express is saying that we might have to wait until 2015 to see this production version on the road.

Potential names for the car include SLC and the return of the SLR name, but regardless of what it will be called, this car is aimed squarely at the Porsche 911. Previously, we heard the new Mercedes could start under $100,000, but this report says that the new coupe will carry a base price of around $122,000, while a Black Series model could go for around $180,000 (both prices converted from British pounds). In any case, seems it’ll be a few more years before we actually know for sure.

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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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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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First Drive: 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series [w/video]

By Jonathon Ramsey

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

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Now Even Sharper Than The Razor’s Edge

There have been five Black Series models since the Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG Black Series introduced itself to European audiences in 2006. Following that, the Black Series club has hosted appearances by the 2008 CLK63 AMG Black Series, the 2009 SL65 AMG Black Series and last year’s 2013 C63 AMG Black Series. The sixth member of the group is one we would have thought already was a Black Series car in its standard guise. Right out of the box, the SLS AMG is loud, frenetic, cozy, boisterous and frightfully easy to oversteer. How much more Black did it need to get?

Quite a bit so, apparently. The SLS AMG Black Series has lost weight, gained power and been refitted with upgrades and aero bits from front to rear. If you liked the way it looked before, you’ll probably be an even bigger fan of this one. If you thought it looked ungainly, well, this one should stay even further away from pageants. Regardless of where you come down this is the best SLS AMG variant we’ve driven.

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Launch Timing for Mercedes-Benz 2013 Calendar-Year Debuts: New Diesels, Black Series, S-class, More

By Alexander Stoklosa

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-class

Mercedes-Benz is unleashing quite a few new models and fresh variants of a few existing vehicles in 2013, and we now have specific on-sale dates for all of them. (Hit the links for full info on each model.)

Working chronologically, expect to see the 2013 GL63 AMG next month, followed in May by the refreshed 2014 E-class (E350 sedan, E350 wagon, E400 hybrid, and E550 4MATIC.) The diesel-powered 2013 GLK250 BlueTec also is due in May.

The hyper-wicked 2014 SLS AMG Black Series will go on sale in July, along with the E250 diesel sedan and the reworked 2014 E-class coupe and convertible. The 2014 E63 AMG 4MATIC sedan and wagon and 2013 ML250 BlueTec arrive in August.

Finally, you can mark down the new 2014 CLA-class and redesigned S-class for September, and the 355-hp CLA45 AMG for November—just in time for holiday gift-giving.

For fans of Benz’s Smart division and/or electric propulsion, the 2013 Fortwo Electric Drive EV launches in April.

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BMW’s M Division Pondering Higher-Performance Variants To Compete with AMG’s Black Series

By Darryl


BMW’s M GmbH high-performance division may be considering higher-performance variants as an answer to AMG’s Black Series and even Audi’s RS-line vehicles. This news comes out of the rumor mill churning from BMW spokesman Matt Russell stating that the company will not rule out high-performance, ultra-exclusive derivatives, such as the M3 CSL, M3 GTS or the M3 CRT. Just like these vehicles marketed in the past, the high-performance variations should be in limited numbers making them exclusive and highly sought-after models. Only this time they should be readily available in the U.S.

Russell also added that “we are not announcing any kind of sub-line or sub-segment, other than M Performance automobiles.” The M Performance Line, which was already launched in Europe last year, will be slotted below the M models but have significant M – engineered upgrades. You can think of a high-performance variant of the M models to one-up standard M models with added power, different chassis dynamics and visual but functional improvements. The lineup should make its way to US shores to compete with Benz’s Black Series models hopefully after the introduction of the next M3/M4. Let’s keep our fingers crossed on this one!

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BMW’s M Division Considering Higher-Performance Variants to Combat AMG’s Black Series

By Jens Meiners

BMW’s M GmbH high-performance division is considering further low-production derivatives positioned above the its current lineup. Short of a confirmation, BMW spokesman Matt Russell said that the company would “not rule out high-performance, ultra-exclusive derivatives, such as the M3 CSL, which BMW produced more than 1200 units, or the more recent M3 GTS or the M3 CRT, which sold in 140 and 65 units, respectively.

These cars will continue to be standalone products, and there are no plans to launch an ultra-high-performance sub-brand, such as AMG’s Black Series line. “We are not announcing any kind of sub-line or sub-segment, other than M Performance automobiles,” said Russell. The M Performance line, which has been introduced in Europe last year, is positioned below the standard M models and features BMWs with significant performance upgrades engineered by M GmbH. Such a lineup eventually will come to the U.S. market as well.

The hubbub surrounding BMW beginning work on rivals to Benz’s AMG Black Series models stems from tweets courtesy of Automobile‘s Marc Noordeloos. Noordeloos tweeted that during an interview with BMW M execs at this year’s Detroit auto show, he was told to expect one or two special cars arriving stateside in the coming year, and the implication was that those cars would rival the Black Series offerings.

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Official: Mercedes-Benz ups ante with 2014 C63 AMG Edition 507

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2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507

Buyers wanting a little more power from a standard Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG now have the all-new Edition 507 to lust after. As its name suggests, this new model features a more powerful 507-horsepower AMG V8, and it also gets plenty of performance and styling upgrades as well. Unlike the Black Series, the 2014 C63 AMG Edition 507 will be offered in both sedan and coupe body styles when it goes on sale this summer; based on the images, it appears that European customers will also be able to enjoy the Edition 507 in extra-tasty wagon flavor.

Mercedes-Benz squeezed more power from the C63’s sublime 6.2-liter V8 with many of the same ideas used in the SLS AMG including forged pistons, new connecting rods and lighter crankshaft, which also help to drop more than six pounds from the engine’s overall weight. Along with the new internal components, the Edition 507 also gets a remapped engine controller helping the mill put out the 507 hp and 450 pound-feet of torque (the standard C63 AMG is rated at 451 hp and 443 lb-ft). This new model also comes standard with upgraded brakes consisting of 14.2-inch, two-piece front rotors to go with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers, all painted red.

Adding to the visual aspect of the C63 AMG, the Edition 507 gets stylish five-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels (available in a high-sheen titanium gray or matte black), a vented hood carried over from the Black Series, AMG stripes on the rocker panels and gloss black accents on the grille, rear spoiler and mirrors. Inside, the exclusive package also adds a sport steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara, red accents in the gauge cluster and lots of high-gloss piano black accents throughout the cabin. An “Edition 507” badge is mounted on the passenger side of the instrument panel, and finishes off the unique interior.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 will make its debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show, but until then, check out the gallery of images along with the official press release posted below. The price for the car has not been announced, but it will include a a voucher for the owner to attend the AMG Driving Academy.

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Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Photo Drops Ahead of Motown Debut [2013 Detroit Auto Show]

By Erik Johnson

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Sedan

Who’s up for a little pre-partying? The entire revamped-for-2014 Mercedes-Benz E-class lineup will debut next week at the 2013 Detroit auto show, but the company has gone ahead and released a group photo of the brood.

Mercedes has already disseminated official photos and info covering the new sedan and wagon, as well as the coupe and convertible, so the car that interests us the most is the 2014 E63 AMG, which has heretofore only been seen sporting camouflage. We have, however, already experienced a prototype and received a full rundown on what’s to come, including a bump to 550 hp and the fitment of standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive. You can also watch our own Csaba Csere detail the prototype E63 on our YouTube channel.

The E63′s gaping front intakes and blacked-out details are befitting of a performance variant, but the make over keeps the model looking as restrained as ever, especially when you consider the wicked-looking Black Series sleds coming from Affalterbach. Don’t expect performance to hold much in reserve, however, as we predict the all-wheel-drive version (RWD models still will be available in Europe) will hit 60 mph in a scant 3.3 seconds.

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-class Lineup

With this photo’s release, just one E-class variant remains under wraps, the E63 AMG wagon. (We have a pretty good handle on what to expect from that one, though: pure, undiluted awesomesauce.) The E will share the Motown stage with the production version of the new compact CLA-class sedan. Look for full details on that one—as well as more on the E63—in the coming days.

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