Published on 11-16-2011 12:43 PM
It seems Nico Rosberg won't be leaving for Ferrari or anyone else any time soon. Mercedes GP Petronas announced a multi year contract extension beyond 2013. There were no details on how many years the deal is only that the contract was extended. Nico was already under contract for 2012 as was Michael Schumacher who may or may not retire as he keeps changing his mind. It is likely a safe bet that we will see both Rosberg and Schumacher race for Mercedes next year.
...Published on 11-15-2011 08:31 PM
The Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series is a just plain awesome vehicle. We love that Mercedes caters to performance enthusiasts and continually offers performance models that raise the bar unlike their rivals at BMW who seem to have lost their way. Too bad for BMW, Mercedes has us covered and this drool worthy video shows off just how badass of a ride the new C63 AMG Black Series is. Warning: Watching this will make you want one.
...Published on 11-15-2011 12:00 PM
The C63 AMG coupe and the CTS-V coupe are both beasts in a straight line. Insideline decided to find out which of the two is faster on the strip. The curb weight for the CTS-V is 4200 pounds versus the C63 AMG weighing in at a lighter 3,990. A 6 speed manual was the transmission chosen for the CTS-V while the C63 only has one transmission choice, a 7 speed automatic. The result? The CTS-V wins (barely) with a firstname.lastname@example.org against the C63's email@example.com. Considering the CTS-V has a motor with a supercharger and barely edges out the naturally aspirated C63 that says a lot about how good the M156 is.
...Published on 11-14-2011 12:51 PM
Well, the new ML63 AMG was supposed to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The internet is making debuts at auto shows almost obsolete as here we have all the details well in advance. No surprises here, the car features the M157 twin turbo V8 and puts out 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque with the performance package available as an option to boost these further. The performance package also raises the speed limiter in the ML to 174 miles per hour.
...Published on 11-13-2011 01:34 PM
The Mercedes GP team started the race with aggressive battle on their first lap. On the exit of the first corner, Nico ran wide which allowed Michael to pass him, but Nico never gave up and passed him after a brief wheel to wheel battle. After that Nico never looked back and finished the race 23 seconds ahead of his older team mate in sixth place. After being passed by Rosberg, Schumacher also fell to Force India's Sutil, but managed to pass him in the pits, to finish behind his teammate.
...Published on 11-12-2011 11:10 AM
Well, it is getting pretty boring posting qualifying reports with Vettel having the pole almost every time. This marks his 14th pole of the season tying the record for number of pole positions for one season set by Nigel Mansell. Nico Rosberg qualified in 7th followed immediately by Michael Schumacher in the 8th spot. Vettel will have a chance to break the record at the last race of the season in Brazil at the end of this month.
...Published on 11-11-2011 10:00 AM
The new ML63 AMG will be unveiled at the Los Angles International Auto Show taking place later this month. The AMG facebook page will likely be trickling out photos of the vehicle right up until its official debut. The ML63 will have the M157 twin turbo V8 motor with an optional performance package which increase horsepower and torque. More details to come in the days leading up to the reveal.
...Published on 11-09-2011 04:24 PM
Here is a rendering of what the Mercedes answer to the BMW X6, the MLC, may look like. If so, sign us up! The Daimler board approved the vehicle in a meeting earlier in the year. This will also be the new model built at the Tuscaloosa plant in the United States. The platform will be referred to internally as C166. Production starts in March of 2014 as reported by CAR and we look forward to the final product as well as an AMG version.
...Published on 11-08-2011 06:40 PM
First of all, a congratulation to Graham Rahal and Weistec for being featured in the December 2011 issue of European Car Magazine. Definitely a great accomplishment and of course great for exposure. Most of you are familiar with this beautiful CLK63 and we posted photos of it a little while back. Just a clean and well modded car with a Weistec Stage I supercharger system, Volk wheels, Evosport headers, and a full exhaust. Check out the full article below.
...Published on 11-07-2011 07:38 PM
The penultimate race of the 2011 Formula One World Championship takes place in Abu Dhabi. Round 18 will be hosted at the Yas Marina Circuit and is the seasonís only day-night race. The light are switched on from the start of the race to ensure a seemless transition from day light to darkness. The first F1 race in Abu Dhabi was held in 2009 as the last race on the calender. Jessen Button had already secured the world title with Brawn GP(now Mercedes GP), while Sebastian Vettel and Rubens Barichello were battling for second place. Sebastian Vettel would go on to win the race, while polesitter Lewis Hamilton retired on lap 18 with brake failure.
...Published on 11-07-2011 07:29 AM
Do you like nice wheels? Sure you do, we all do. What most people overlook though is the weight of their wheels and the impact this plays in their vehicles performance. Renntech has new forged lightweight (and limited edition) 19 inch monoblock wheels available that weigh just 19.5 pounds per wheel. That is very, very light. For those that want something larger and more bling Renntech also is offering 2 piece multi spoke forged wheels with a lip. The two piece wheels are available for just about every model and come in 19, 20, and 21 inch sizes. More details below, contact Renntech if interested.
...Published on 11-06-2011 11:41 PM
Fifth Gear videos are a lot of fun to watch and this one is no exception. Tiff really likes the C63 and states it is much, much more fun to drive. You can tell as he drifts it just about everywhere he goes on the track saying it provides more driver satisfaction. The C63 hits a higher top speed on the track by 4 MPH but is beat around the track by 1.7 seconds by the Audi RS5. The track is damp and this is mentioned in the video which is a real disadvantage to the high powered and RWD C63. British reviews become pretty much pointless when they compare an all wheel drive car to a RWD car on a wet track. In the dry, we would expect this to be much closer with the edge likely going to the C63.
...Published on 11-06-2011 06:06 AM
It is no secret the M157 is going to be a popular platform to tune, especially the non performance package cars. This CLS63 did not include the performance package and therefore has much more room to play with. Gains are about 75-80 horsepower at the wheels and 80-90 torque at the wheels on what we believe is 93 pump gas. We realize the graph is incredibly small and difficult to read and have requested a larger graph from OE Tuning. This post will be updated once we receive it.
...Published on 11-05-2011 04:29 PM
BenzBoost stopped by the Vossen booth at SEMA to check out their lineup as well as chat with their representatives. Vossen was not familiar with BenzBoost (that's ok, we get that a lot) but showing them pictures of @motorkas ' E55 with their wheels as well as @Benz-O-Rama 's SL with their rims jogged their memory. Their booth was great looking (with some great looking women) but it was tough to get enough room for good photos. We got shots of their new wheel lineup (VVSC4, 5, and 7) as well as a gorgeous new CLS63 AMG. Vossen wheels seem to be getting very, very popular and for good reasons. They have great looking and well priced options.
...Published on 11-04-2011 06:49 AM
This was in the opinion of BenzBoost the best Mercedes at the 2011 SEMA show. The only problem was trying to photograph it as the Mustang Dyno it was on really got in the way. It seemed the Mustang dyno was more on display than the car which makes sense as it seemed the booth space belonged to Mustang Dynamometer. The car itself was gorgeous and the fender work looked spectacular in person. Not overdone, but very aggressive and it came out clean.
...Published on 11-04-2011 01:41 AM
Well, SEMA 2011 is over with for us. We have tons of photos and will be splitting our BMW, Audi, Porsche, and Mercedes coverage up along with some bonus coverage. The show overall was great and seemed busier than last year. The photo equipment from last year is much improved but some photos are dark due to mistakes choosing the correct settings on the camera and flash. We promise to improve, enjoy the photos and commentary.
...Published on 11-02-2011 02:49 AM
Weistec has released their fixed seat brackets for W209 CLK's. There are BenzBoost members already running these brackets and it is likely they will be popular with CLK63 AMG Black Series owners. The brackets are laser cut and machine formed and will fit the Recaro seats offered in Europe for the Black Series as well as most Sparco DTM style seats. A great upgrade for track junkies with CLK's.
...Published on 11-01-2011 01:55 AM
This news seems to be kind of out of left field and we do not think it should be taken all that seriously. This carbon fiber E-class is supposed to be 770 pounds lighter than the regular E-coupe. That would be quite the hefty weight reduction and it would come at exactly what price point? Auto Bild claims these carbon fiber based E-class cars will come in 2015 with the B-pillar removed as well due to increased rigidity. Sounds like science fiction to us as the current E will likely still be for sale in 2015 and such a radical weight reduction with carbon fiber on this particular model has not been announced by Mercedes Benz and would dramatically increase production costs. Don't read too much into the rumor.
...Published on 10-30-2011 11:47 AM
Mercedes GP finished strong in the Inaugrual Indian Grand Prix. Michael Schumacher who started 11th on the grid finished in fifth place ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg. Schumacher at the start of the race was able to jump three to 8th by the end of the first lap and maintained a constant pace behind Rosberg. Before the second round of pitstops, Schumacher began to eat away at Rosberg's lead and brought the gap down to 1.5sec. While Nico pitted, Michael kept putting in his best lap times and after his stop, he emerged infront of Nico by 1.2 secs and maintained that gap to the end of the race.
...Published on 10-29-2011 07:22 PM
Rosberg and Schumacher qualified in seventh and 12th places respectively today during qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi. For Rosberg he completed one run in each of the sessions to save tires for the race. He will have one set of primes and two sets of the soft option tires. Schumacher on the other hand had a difficult qualifying session, he had to switch to a set of super softs to make Q2 on his last lap. In Q2, he suffered from tyre vibrations and missed out on Q3 by 0.018s