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      Published on 01-29-2012 10:23 PM
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      The SLS GT3 is an excellent GT class race car. The vehicle has started the year off very well sweeping the podium at the 24 Hours of Dubai. In this official video from Mercedes and AMG they show what goes into preparing a SLS GT3 chassis for racing from adding the motor, to the suspension, lights, etc. We doubt the guys who have this job prepping a $400,000+ GT3 SLS for competitive racing complain about it. This video is Part I and we are eagerly anticipating Part II. ...
      Published on 01-27-2012 07:40 AM
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      We know Mercedes has been testing the B25 AMG and A25 AMG. The CLC spotted testing here will share the drivetrains of the A and C class cars and feature similar front wheel drive and all wheel drive options. It is likely to follow then that Mercedes will do an AMG variant of this vehicle as well likely with all wheel drive and a 340 horsepower 2.0 liter turbochaged direct injected four cylinder. The base CLC will have a 1.8 liter turbo four cylinder, expect it next year. ...
      Published on 01-26-2012 04:40 AM
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      The B-Class is coming to the USA as we reported Mercedes plans to boost sales with a B-Class plug in hybrid. The hybrid does not interest us but this AMG version certainly does. The B25 AMG will likely share the powertrain of the upcoming A25 AMG. That means a turbocharged direct injection 2.0 liter four cylinder putting out about 340 horses. Will we get the B25 AMG in the USA? We would not shed any tears if the hybrid had to be cancelled to bring us the AMG version instead. ...
      Published on 01-24-2012 06:42 AM
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      Hybrid versus diesel. We tend to stand on the side of diesel when these two are brought up and we wish there were more diesel options from German manufacturers in the USA. One would expect a turbo diesel motor making a bunch of torque to have no problem with a hybrid. Well, that was not the case here. Insideline tested the two different approaches against once another which made for a very interesting comparison. ...
      Published on 01-23-2012 04:51 PM
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      Mercedes has set the lofty goal of raising sales by 20%. How are they going to get that increase? Well, in a variety of ways but they intend for plug-in hybrids to be a part of it. The plug-in hybrid B-Class variant will be a USA only car. With BMW barely outselling Mercedes 247,907 to 245,192 in the USA Mercedes seems to want to push to the top by offering more efficient and entry level models. Should enthusiasts start to panic? Not while Mercedes is still able to deliver awesome Black Series cars to us. ...
      Published on 01-22-2012 07:06 AM
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      AMS, known very well for their Nissan GTR work, intends to get into the Mercedes tuning scene with the new twin turbo M157 powerplant. They recently picked up a 2012 E63 AMG that was not equipped with the performance package. They got a baseline for the car on a dynojet dyno and it put down 463 wheel horsepower. This is 20 wheel horsepower less than the baseline Renntech got for their CLS 63 AMG. One possible explanation is that the Renntech dyno is in STD and the AMS dyno is in SAE. Regardless, we look forward to more dyno runs to help put these numbers into context.

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      Published on 01-22-2012 01:42 AM
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      What we have here is a wrecked W221 S65 AMG from Russia (surprise, surprise). The owner apparently took some passengers out to show them what the car could do even though road conditions were wet and icy. The driver lost control when going through an intersection at about 130 miles per hour flying into a metal fence belonging to a Lada dealership. Amazingly, the driver and passengers were able to all walk away under their own power. ...
      Published on 01-19-2012 09:08 PM
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      The A25 AMG is clearly on the way as seen here. The model testing comes very quickly on the heels of its production being announced and that the A-Class would be coming to the USA. As stated in the previous report, the car will get a 340 horsepower 2.0 liter direct injected turbo 4 cylinder. It will compete with the Volkswagen Golf R and Audi S3. With no 1 Series in the USA it would seem Mercedes will have an advantage over BMW in this segment. ...
      Published on 01-18-2012 05:52 PM
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      This is good news. Mercedes is embracing diesel motors in the USA and intends to expand their lineup due to strong diesel demand and sales in 2011. The GLK will likely get the 2.2 Mercedes 4 cylinder diesel motor that puts out 167 horsepower and and 295 pound-feet of torque. This would make for the sixth diesel in the Mercedes lineup (the ML, GL, R, S, and E all have diesel options) and competitors like BMW with the X3 do not have an answer for it at the moment. We just wish they would give it the 6 cylinder diesel but we are just happy Mercedes is expanding the diesel offering. ...
      Published on 01-18-2012 01:27 AM
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      The Renntech Stage 2 tune made an impressive debut on the drag strip propelling the first CLS63 AMG into the 10's as well as the first M157 5.5 liter twin turbo V8. That was done with a run of 10.98@129.4. Renntech has managed to improve on this by almost one full tenth with a run of 10.90@128.96. The 60 foot in this latest run is 1.703 versus the previous 1.797 which explains the better ET as well as the slight drop in trap speed. Congratulations on the new overall M157 record! ...
      Published on 01-16-2012 11:51 PM
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      Congratulations to Team Abu Dhabi Black Falcon for winning the 24 Hours of Dubai. The Heico Motorsports SLS GT3's finished in 2nd and 3rd place. That means Mercedes SLS GT3 cars swept the podium at the first major endurance race of the season. This marks the first victory for the SLS GT3 race car in a 24 hour race. There were a total of 4 SLS GT3's in the race, the last of which finished in 7th place meaning all four cars were in the top 10, impressive. ...
      Published on 01-15-2012 07:00 AM
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      The Weistec Engineering offering for the SLS AMG is not just limited to their supercharger. Wesitec expanded their naturally aspirated tune offering with an M159 V8 tune. The tune adds 27 horsepower at the wheels as well as 36 wheel torque on 91 octane pump gas. The top speed limiter is removed along with a change in the throttle mapping for sharper response. The tune retails for $1900, specs and dyno sheet below. ...
      Published on 01-14-2012 11:45 PM
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      Well this is definitely interesting, an S-Class convertible? With the demise of Maybach Mercedes intends to fill the gap with several S-class variants. Dr. Uwe Ernstberger (next gen S-class project leader) stated the following in a recent interview, "We want to broaden the range of the S-Class and we'll have additional variants of that car. The next generation gets a lot of technical features that allow it to improve in extreme ways, so in a way, we need to broaden the range to accommodate that. We can go in more directions with it." ...
      Published on 01-13-2012 11:01 PM
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      Veilside is a Japanese tuner that builds some extravagant body kits. Their "Fortune" kits in particular tend to make a bold statement. The word fortune being accurate as this kit is going to cost exactly that. 3,000,000 yen is roughly $39,000 at current exchange rates. That is a lot of dough for what will essentially be another R230 body kit inspired by the SL65 Black Series. This kit will be limited to 300 units which we think they will be hard pressed to sell anywhere near that number. We look forward to seeing the final product unveiled at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon but will not hesitate to mention there are much more affordable options out there to get this same look. ...
      Published on 01-13-2012 05:32 AM
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      This is great news especially considering that the A-Class is coming to the USA. The A25 AMG will be sporting 340 horsepower from a new 2.0 liter direct injected turbo 4 cylinder. This same motor will likely power AMG variants of the upcoming CLC25 AMG as well as GLC25 AMG. It will make for a great entry level AMG tuning platform and with 340 horsepower will offer strong competition to its rivals namely the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3. ...

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