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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

Shanghai: Hongqi L9 offers retro-weird style for Chinese bigwigs

By Jonathon Ramsey

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Hongqi means “Red Flag,” and the sub-brand of Chinese automaker FAW was created in the 1950s to build cars for leaders of the nation known by its red flag. In those early days Hongqi designers took inspiration from what looks to be fifties Chevrolets; these days they’ve kept a little of the Chevrolet but look more the way of England. The L9 executive sedan about the length of a Rolls-Royce Phantom – on Mercedes S-Class-like wheels – and not much cheaper than the Rolls, to boot.

According to China Car Times this L9 is the civilian version of the bulletproof L9 sedan that carried then-chairman Hu Jin Tao through the capital during the 60th anniversary celebration of The People’s Republic. It’s a little shorter and gone are the bulletproof body and platform, but you’ll still get a 6.0-liter V12 with something like 400 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. FAW hasn’t released any info and listed prices vary greatly – anywhere from $800,000 to one million pounds ($1.5M US) – and it’s not even clear if people can buy it or if it’s merely meant to be for VIPs.

Not that it matters, because you’ll probably never see one outside the gallery of high-res images above.

Hongqi L9 offers retro-weird style for Chinese bigwigs originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 20 Apr 2013 20:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: Ferrari F50s duel in world's most improbable tug-of-war

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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If it wasn’t obscene enough to go off-roading in a Rolls-Royce Phantom or rally driving a Ferrari Enzo, the Tax The Rich crew has gotten its hands on a pair of ultra-rare Ferrari F50 models to perform a tug-of-war battle, which we usually see reserved for pickup trucks. Only 349 F50s were ever built, but this video pits two of them against each other by attaching a rope to the front ends, throwing the shifter into reverse and punching the throttle.

As we’ve come to expect from this video troupe, the action starts off with plenty of gravel-chucking, dirt-road drifting before the two cars finally meet head-to-head. Scroll down to watch the 520-hp V12s screaming in reverse as the tires smoke away.

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Video: Watch this Ferrari Enzo get thrown around on farm roads

By Jonathon Ramsey

Ferrari Enzo hooning it up in a rock pile yard - video screencap

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Tax the Rich, the YouTubers who seem to have sprung from some mischievous corner of the V for Vendetta universe, have somehow acquired a Ferrari Enzo for their latest trick. Last time we checked in with them, they were opposite-locking a Rolls-Royce Phantom at high speed all over a wet, muddy field. Perhaps knowing that if they repeated that with the Ferrari they’d end up with a dead stallion and a field full of carbon fiber parts, they kept the action to a mostly paved farm access road.

But still – using an Enzo for a tarmac rally stage is something we would not have though of, and there’s a fair bit of water and mud, too. As Joseph Campanella used to say way back when, “What will they think of next?” Check out the video below and prepare to gaze in equal measures of shock, wonder and horror.

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Watch this Ferrari Enzo get thrown around on farm roads originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ferrari Enzo Goes Nuts WRC Style: Video

By Malcolm Hogan


Probably one of the more unlikely candidates for off-roading and rallying is a Ferrari Enzo. Well, just so happens that the guys behind the popular Rolls Royce Phantom rally video are at it again – this time with a 650 horsepower Ferrari Enzo. Whether you call this person adventurous or ‘NuckinFuts’, you would be rather accurate in your ‘choice’ words. Enjoy the video below!

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Automotive Addicts

Rolls-Royce Phantom celebrates decade of decadence

By Zach Bowman

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Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe - dead-on view

Ten years ago, Rolls-Royce opened its Goodwood manufacturing facility and handed over the keys to the very first Phantom. Back then, parent company BMW was cranking out Phantom sedans at the blistering pace of one unit per day. By the end of 2003, that number had tripled, and today, the Goodwood plant builds a total of 20 Phantoms in sedan, coupe, drophead and extended-wheelbase models during a single day’s working hours. Originally, there were fewer than 400 workers on staff responsible for hand-building the big cruisers, but now the plant boasts over 1,400 craftsmen, with 100 of those positions added in 2012 alone.

Rolls-Royce boasts one of the lowest staff turnover rates of any brand in the industry, thanks in part to a successful apprenticeship and internship program, and the company notes 80 percent of its workers live within 15 miles of the facility. You can read the full press release on the 10th anniversary of both the Phantom and the Goodwood plant below.

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Rolls-Royce Phantom celebrates decade of decadence originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 04 Jan 2013 16:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Bentley Mulsanne

As the flagship of Bentley’s immaculately finished range, the Mulsanne is what it should be: a large, ultraluxury sedan with ample power and nearly endless accoutrement. Its heady excess is rivaled by few other cars, the only real alternative being the Rolls-Royce Phantom. Named for the famous Mulsanne Straight at the legendary Le Mans racing…
Source: FULL ARTICLE at The Car Connection