Published on 09-20-2011 10:31 PM
A class action suit is being brought against Mercedes / Daimler AG due to alleged defects in the M156 V8 motor. The suit states that these defects are due to premature wear. The premature wear taking place as a result of the material used in the camshafts. The camshafts used are made of cast nodular iron. The valve lifters used however are made of 9310 grade steel. In the official complaint it is stated that the combination of these metals as designed is contributing to premature wear of the M156 motors. This can be due to improper heat treating of the metals or improper offset. The main sticking point is that Mercedes and AMG have known about this since 2007 when service bulletin S-B 05.20/20b was released. We will keep you updated on the details as this goes forward.
...Published on 09-19-2011 08:52 PM
We already reported that an SLS Black Series was in the works. Nice to see the mainstream sites confirm it as Motortrend reports AMG confirmed the production and development of the car. “We absolutely have to do a Black Series” Tobias Moers, head of AMG vehicle development, stated to Motor Trend. What changes will the SLS Black Series bring? Well, expect more power and less weight hopefully. It will be at home on the track and likely have many of the same changes the C63 AMG Black Series will be seeing versus its standard counterpart.
...Published on 09-17-2011 08:16 AM
As reported, Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher unveilved the new Mercedes DTM car at the Frankfurt auto show. The car looks stunning and like a worthy rival to the recently revealed 2012 Audi A5 DTM car. The 2011 season is still winding down (with Audi taking the lead from Mercedes) but with BMW in the mix and the new cars for 2012 the next season is shaping up very, very nicely.
...Published on 09-17-2011 01:02 AM
Mercedes has put up a web special and site for the upcoming C63 Black Series Coupe. The site contains an overview of the car, styling, drivetrain, performance, specs, etc. Mercedes also confirms that the motor uses all forged internals from the SLS just as we reported. A very nice high resolution gallery (pictures posted below) as well as the official press release for the car are also on the site. Definitely worth checking out even if only to drool and dream about this car: http://www.mercedes-amg.com/#/c63blackseries
...Published on 09-16-2011 01:12 AM
This is a very nicely executed modification package from Carlsson for the new W218 Mercedes CLS. The styling is not overdone like others (Hamann anyone?) and sophisticated adding aggression without going overboard. They add a carbon fiber front lip, carbon fiber spoiler, and a new rear bumper with an integrated diffuser. Engine output is boosted to 649 horses which we do not doubt considering the gains on the M157 twin turbo tuners are getting. A Carlsson C-tronic suspension module which lowers the car rounds out the package.
...Published on 09-13-2011 08:19 AM
This is simply great to see. Renntech tuned an S63 AMG V8 with the performance package and managed to gain another 20 horsepower at the wheels and 40 pound-feet of torque on top of the performance package on an S63 AMG. The performance package is simply a factory tune offering from Mercedes adding more boost to the M157 V8. The stock motor has 1.0 bar or 14.5 psi of boost. The performance package ups the boost to 18.8 psi. This Renntech tune maintains just about the same maximum boost pressure so the gains seem to be coming from more boost down low as well as adjusting the timing. This is just the prototype tune that was sent to BenzBoost, expect pricing and final results soon.
...Published on 09-12-2011 08:34 AM
Hamann revealed their new Hawk SLS package at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Hamann has tuned the engine to 636 horsepower with the help of a revised intake, new exhaust, and a custom ECU tune. No dynograph or performance numbers to prove it of course as is customary with Hamann. In addition to the engine work we get a gaudy body kit typical of Hamann. New front spoiler, side skirts, wide fenders, hood, wing, and roof spoiler all compliment (or detract from) the SLS. 21 inch wheels round it out. We doubt this will be a popular package in the United States where one can get much more performance for far less money but this will likely be popular in the Middle East and Asia where name brands like Hamann seem to make their money.
...Published on 09-11-2011 09:56 PM
Vettel won Monza in dominate form and moved closer to securing his second driver's championship. Vettel is now ahead of Alonso by 112 points in the standing, just 13 points shy of securing the championship, which he could theortical win in the next race. The race start at Monza like every year did not disappoint, Alonso who started in 4th place stormed past the front 3 to take the lead before the first chicane, while Schumacher, starting 8th blitzed the pack and climbed to 4th place.
...Published on 09-10-2011 08:05 PM
Vettel after regaining his winning pace at Spa, clenched pole position from the Mclaren duo at Monza. Vettel took pole with 1:22:275 a half second faster than Hamilton, who had to abort his last lap after locking his front brakes. Button finished third, Alonso took forth just 0.1sec ahead of Webber. Massa finished sixth, ahead of Renault's Petrov, Schumacher, and Rosberg, who qualified on the medium tires. Bruno Senna will start 10th on the grid since he choose not to set a time in Q3.
...Published on 09-10-2011 08:40 AM
Round 13 and the last European race on this years calander is the Italian grand prix. After Mercedes GP scored the best result at Spa, they are looking to continue and score high at Monza. Monza is one of the most atmospheric circuits on the calendar, the 5.793 km circuit in the royal park at the heart of Monza features four long straights where top speeds can reach 340 kph. Monza is the fastest circuit of the year with an average lap speed of 255 kph; the season average is 211 kph. The Formula One Italian GP has been won from pole 18 times in 61 races, including seven times in the past ten years.
...Published on 09-10-2011 02:03 AM
Mercedes will be switching to the C-coupe for DTM racing next year. They were running a 4-door C-class this year. This is hot on the heels of BMW showing off their coupe that they will be running and the news that Audi will be switching to the S5 coupe from the current 4-door A4. Nico Rosber and Michael Schumacher will be unveiling the car together at the Frankfurt Auto Show. BenzBoost will be in attendance and will attempt to get as many details and pictures as possible.
...Published on 09-07-2011 09:41 PM
Seems every major German brand is for some reason intent on introducing more lower priced and entry level models. Not surprising considering the current state of the worldwide economy and how Mercedes wants to surpass both Audi and BMW for the number 1 sales position. We are a bit disappointed Mercedes is choosing to go the front wheel drive route with this car. Why not brand it a Smart? BMW is able to get away with FWD with Mini and Mercedes may be taking the brand a bit too far downscale with this car. Expect the SLA to have a turbocharged 4 cylinder and a DCT transmission available. No word on when it will be available.
...Published on 09-05-2011 06:50 AM
Brabus released images of their program for the facelifted 4matic (all wheel drive) W216 CL550. Obviously, body pieces are a part of it with a new front bumper, side skirts, trunk spoiler, and rear diffuser. The engine gets some work as well with a new exhaust and tune pushing it to 520 horsepower. The Brabus wheels complete the look and are very nice. The only downside is that annoying little red reflector in the middle of the rear bumper which just looks tacky.
...Published on 09-03-2011 09:25 AM
First, a warning, this video is graphic. Why are we showing you this? Because it is important to remind people even if you do not see anything in your mirrors there may be a motorcycle next to you and it is important to physically turn your head and look before changing lanes. The driver here did not signal before changing lanes although that likely would not have mattered. This is a very, very sad story and an unfortunate one. For whatever reason, several stories involving wrecks and fatalities have originated from Russia as of late. Watch the video if you wish, up to you.
...Published on 09-03-2011 06:42 AM
Brabus has released some official pictures of their B25 S body kit for the new C207 E-class coupe prior to its official debut in Frankfurt. This is more than just a bodykit as it is a complete package inside and out as Brabus often does including engine enhancement. Brabus did not release any details on the motor changes so all we have to go on are these pictures which show modifications to the front bumper, front fenders, rear diffuser, exhaust, suspension, and interior.
...Published on 09-02-2011 07:38 PM
This is a bit of an interesting development. Many of you will know Kleemann as a European company who developed and still develops superchargers for Mercedes platforms. Weistec would almost seem to be their competition making this joint venture somewhat surprising although Kleemann has no M156 application. Due to that, it would seem fitting for both parties to work together as Kleemann can use their network to sell the Weistec product and Weistec will be able to reach a wider audience. Essentially, a win-win for both, check out the press release below.
...Published on 09-01-2011 05:42 PM
Insideline has tested the new SLK350 with the M276 3.5 liter direct injected and naturally aspirated V6. The motor is rated at 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The car ran a respectable 13.8@101 in the 1/4 mile although we expected a little more out of this new motor. The previous generation SLK350 with just 268 horsepower was tested by Car and Driver at 13.8@103 making the performance numbers for the new car and new motor a little disappointing. The new car is about 150 pounds heavier but the new motor should have easily offset that.
...Published on 08-30-2011 06:03 AM
This is a very interesting bit of news for motorsport fans and a bit of a sad one for Mercedes DTM fans. As you all know, BMW will be racing in DTM next year. Many wondered how they would do in their first season back after an absence of two decades. Well, they certainly will be poised to do well by taking the current leader in the DTM driver standings from Mercedes. This move strengthens BMW and hurts Mercedes shifting the balance of power already for the 2012 season.
...Published on 08-29-2011 05:52 AM
This story is kind of odd for a couple reasons. First of all, the idea of a high performance G-Wagon designed for paved roads goes against the intended purpose of the vehicle. Secondly, why is the M156 the motor that will be chosen when Mercedes is phasing it out on their own replacing it with the twin turbo M157 5.5 liter V8? Beats us, but Mercedes may be planning to send both the motor and the G-Wagon off in style. The vehicle pictured below may also be a G65 AMG with a V12 twin turbo. We will all just have to sit and wait to find out what Mercedes has up their sleeve at Frankfurt.
...Published on 08-28-2011 07:41 PM
The Belgium GP has always thrilled everyone and this years race solidifies that notion. From Senna's crash at the beginning to Schumacher starting last and finishing 5th. Mercedes GP started strong with Rosberg moving from 5th place to overtake Vettel and take 1st place at the end of Spa's straight away and last place Schumacher finished the first lap in 15th place. Like every race though, Mercedes GP began to lose it's overall race pace to Redbull and Mclaren and saw Rosberg fall to 5th place. With 3 laps left, Michael Schumacher with soft tires and DRS stormed past Rosberg on the harder compound on the straight away to claim 5th place.