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2016 Mercedes-Benz C-class Cabriolet Spy Photos: A Properly Badged C-class Droptop

By Jens Meiners

What It Is: The cabriolet version of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class. This droptop is expected to hit the market in 2015, a year after the new sedan, as a 2016 model. The new C will adopt Benz’s latest design language, which is characterized by flowing lines and not necessarily inspired by company history. For instance, the trunk is low, round, and sloping, similar to the characteristics of the new CLA sedan. And the exterior mirrors are positioned not in the front window triangle, where they’ve been on Benzes since the early 1970s, but rather on the door panel’s shoulder, similar to the most recent SL and SLK. Audi in particular has promoted the notion that this mirror position is sporty. READ MORE ››

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Opinion: Redefining luxury

By Paul Eisenstein

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What’s Happening To This Once-Exclusive Segment?

These days, luxury makers seem to have an adversity to white space.

What comes before “A”? That’s the problem Mercedes-Benz apparently has to cope with as it works up plans for an all-new premium minicar that’s currently being referred to as the X-Class.

It’s been three decades since the German maker first introduced – after much internal debate – the original “Baby Benz,” the line that became today’s C-Class. It’s more recently added downsized B- and A-Class lines, as well, the X- expected to be even smaller. And that’s on top of all the other new models that have rapidly fleshed out the Teutonic marque’s lineup, from the G to the GLK, not to mention CLS, CLA (above) and SLK.

It’s an alphanumeric soup, and Mercedes isn’t alone, as a quick perusal of the BMW and Audi lineups – never mind the expanding mix at Cadillac, Lincoln, Lexus and Jaguar – reveals. These days, luxury makers seem to have an adversity to white space. They’re struggling to fill in every possible gap in what is a luxury market that is both rapidly growing and quickly changing.

Paul A. Eisenstein is Publisher of TheDetroitBureau.com and a 30-year veteran of the automotive beat. His editorials bring his unique perspective and deep understanding of the auto world to Autoblog readers on a regular basis.

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Jaguar Prices 2014 F-type: Supercharged V-6 Model Starts at $69,895

By Kirk Seaman

2014 Jaguar F-type V8 S and V6 S roadsters

This summer, Jaguar will release its first true sports car in almost 50 years, the 2014 F-type—today, Jaguar revealed what it will charge to own a piece of this moment in its automotive history. The F-type will be offered in three different versions: all rear-wheel drive, all supercharged, and all sporting an eight-speed automatic transmission. And all of them share the same mission: to make Jaguar once again a relevant contender in the world of performance sports cars.

Initially, there will be three powertrains for the roadster (a coupe version and a manual transmission will follow soon):

V-6: $69,895; the “entry-level” F-type offers a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. Jaguar estimates it will do 0–60 in 5.1 seconds and top out at 161 mph. A sport suspension, 18-inch wheels, and a regular rear differential are all standard, as are steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. A Meridian 380-watt audio system with 10 speakers is standard as well.

V-6 S: $81,895; the V-6 S bumps the output of the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 to 380 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. Zero to 60 is achieved in 4.8 seconds, according to Jaguar, and top speed is limited at 171 mph. The V-6 S adds an active sports exhaust, adaptive sport suspension with 19-inch wheels, launch control, and a limited-slip differential as standard. Remote keyless entry with push-button start and special interior lighting also are standard.

V-8 S: $92,895; the top-level F-type supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 produces 495 horses and 460 lb-ft. This setup is good for 0–60 in 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph, by Jaguar’s estimates. Bigger brakes behind special 20-inch wheels as well as an electronic active differential and launch control are standard to improve performance. Dual-zone climate control, leather sport seats, and rear-parking sensors round out the standard creature comforts.

As far as pricing goes, the F-type is slotting in at the top of the segment regardless of powertrain. A 2013 BMW Z4 iDrive35i starts at $56,045, while a Mercedes-Benz SLK350 starts at $56,305; the Z4 offers a 300-hp inline six while the SLK offers a 302-hp V-6. The F-type also is more expensive than a Porsche Boxster S, which starts at $63,050 and offers a 315-hp flat-six. Move up the food chain to the 911 Carrera, however, and the F-type starts to look competitive. While the 911 makes 350 horsepower from its flat-six, pricing starts at $85,250, making the F-type look like a bargain.

Regardless, we’re still excited to have this latest addition to the sports-car segment. A replacement from Jaguar for the legendary E-type is long overdue, and we look forward to the opportunity to strap on our testing equipment to see how it stacks up in the real world against the competition.

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Geneva: Carlsson SLK 340 Judd is winged up for hill climb glory

By Seyth Miersma

Carlsson SLK 340 Judd live at Geneva Motor Show introduction - front three-quarter view

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Carlsson has been expertly tuning Mercedes-Benz products for more than 20 years now, but we can’t say as we remember the outfit turning out anything quite so racy as this SLK 340 Judd that it has brought along to the Geneva Motor Show this year.

This SLK is meant for competition, obviously, and Carlsson has already booked the car to race in several hill climb events in the E1 category. The purpose-built racer should have a fighting chance to do well in said races, with a shape vetted in wind tunnel testing for maximum downforce, the SLK uses a carbon-fiber bodyshell to help achieve a curb weight of just about 1,720 pounds.

The featherweight SLK‘s name comes from its 3.4-liter V8 engine, which churns out a wicked 610 horsepower to go with its 317 pound-feet of torque. A Hewland transmission with paddle shift operation manages all of the thrust.

In addition to the European hill climbs on the docket, Carlsson intends on dicing with the likes of Hyundai and Suzuki in this year’s Pikes Peak race. We look forward to seeing the SLK on that famous run, to be sure. Find a bit more information about the Carlsson SLK 340 Judd in the official press release below.

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Motorsports: Carlsson turns Mercedes-Benz SLK into 610-HP hill-climb clawer

By Jonathon Ramsey

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Carlsson’s race-tuned versions of the Mercedes-Benz SLK have been taking checkered flags for years, and we won’t be surprised if its SLK 340 hill climber fares any different. Developed by multiple German and Swiss hill climb champion Reto Meisel, the carbon-bodied SLK 340 with lightweight brakes and a closed underbody weighs 1,716 pounds. Propelling that tiny bit of weight is a 3.4-liter V8 from Judd with 610 horsepower, and it rolls on 18-inch wheels shod in Avon tires.

It will debut at the Geneva Motor Show before beginning its racing campaigns in the summer. This one won’t just tear up roads in Europe, though – Meisel says he plans on bringing it to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The press release below has more details.

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