We have all already learned about the upcoming SLS E-Cell, and that Mercedes is planning on releasing a limited amount of the electric supercar in 2013. What we haven’t learned about are any possible variants on the upcoming gull0wing coupe.
Well, that was until now... De Telegraaf, a Dutch newspaper, has confirmed that Mercedes is currently investigating the possibility of an SLS E-Cell Roadster. The SLS E-Cell will work as the testing gauge for the potential roadster variant. If it does well, Mercedes-Benz will officially announce the Roadster, but if it falls on its face, Mercedes will take its lumps on the base SLS E-Cell and make no other mention of the Roadster variant.
This SLS Roadster is anticipated to feature the same drivetrain as the SLS E-Cell. This drivetrain includes four electric motors, one for each wheel, that pump out a grand total of 525 horsepower and 649 pound-feet of torque. This all translates out to a 4-second sprint to 60 mph in the fixed-head variant, which would likely equal out to a 4.1- to 4.2-second sprint in a slightly heavier roadster model.
The official announcement is still a little ways away, so we won’t know for sure when and if the roadster will see showrooms, but we do expect the SLS E-Cell to sell well, meaning the Roadster would be almost certain to follow as a late-2014 or early-2015 model.
We’ll keep you updated on this front.
UPDATE 08/02/2012: Check out our rendering of the Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell Roadster!
Now that Mercedes has officially unveiled the SLS AMG GT, the world is waiting to see the most powerful version in the line-up: the Black Series version. The SLS AMG GT Black is expected to be unveiled at the end of 2012, with sales beginning in early 2013. Until then, enjoy some cool shots of the sports car performing some hot laps around the Nurburgring.
The upcoming SLS AMG Black Series was officially confirmed to deliver at least 50 HP over the standard SLS AMG, possibly with revised 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine as the power source. That means a final output of 633 HP when compared to the 583 HP in the new GT Version. With the extra power, the Black Series will most likely go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds.
Not pleased with the standard 510 HP offered by the Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series, German tuner Domanig put together their own little power update that increases the output to an amazing 600 HP. This boost in power also increases the top speed from the standard 155 mph to an exhilarating 198 mph.
In order to obtain the extra power, the tuner installed an a-header, sport catalysts, and a modified engine control unit to the already impressive 6.3 liter V8 engine of the C63 AMG. The modifications were then moved to the exterior where the tuner added a new set of 20" Domanig High Quality Wheels painted in a very cool black gloss with polished outer edges and wrapped around Dunlop Sport Maxx GT 265/30 and 305/25 tires. The wheels are combined with a new KW 3 suspension system that lowers the car’s ride by 30 mm.
These changes, combined with the red exterior paint finish and that huge rear wing, make the C63 AMG Black Series a force to be reckoned with.
The program is still far from finished, but that isn’t stopping RennTech from whetting our appetites the least bit. The modifications are expected to be pretty extensive, complete with a host of upgrades that include a tweaked ECU and the addition of a full carbon fiber air box, stainless steel long tube headers, 200 cell sport cats, an Akrapovic Evolution exhaust system, and a new rear diffuser.
The video will also show you exactly how the modifications translate in the dyno. Hit play and you’re ears will immediately be filled with a roaring noise that only gets more and more exhilarating as the seconds pass.
Expect more details about the company’s program for the C63 AMG Black Series soon enough. For now, we can dive into the video and appreciate powerful tuning at its finest.
Now that we have seen the updated version of the amazing Mercedes SLS AMG, people are switching their focus to new versions of the car. We’ve already heard about the E-Cell version, but the model that is making heads spin is the Diesel SLS AMG.
Wait, what?! A diesel-powered SLS AMG? Well, not really. Polish website, Moto.pl, says Mercedes will be unveiling a diesel powered version of the SLS AMG in the future. This new version will be called the AMG SLS CDI and will be powered by a six-cylinder diesel engine with triple turbochargers. It is said to deliver about 400 HP. Jalopnik, on the other hand, says a diesel-powered SLS AMG will never happen. Both websites neglect to mention any viable sources, so both pieces of information need to be taken with a grain of salt.
Okay, so what’s really going on here? Europe is in high demand for diesel-powered sports car and, back in 2008, it was rumored that AMG was working on a diesel powered high-performance model. That being said, earlier this year, Mercedes AMG announced that a diesel powered vehicle wouldn’t fit in their line-up and they have no intention in following their German automaker rivals. The question is: should we trust them? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.
Remember when we joked about Vorsteiner being uncharacteristically out of the spotlight for quite some time?
Ha! Apparently, the joke’s on us.
The aftermarket company has been on quite a roll recently, preparing one program after another for a number of vehicles encompassing a range of different brands. After unveiling works on a Porsche Cayenne, a BMW M3, and a Ferrari 458 Italia, Vorsteiner has turned their attention to the Mercedes C63 AMG.
Suffice to say, Vorsteiner didn’t disappoint - again. The C63 AMG Coupe - a beautiful car, by the way - was treated to an aggressive aerodynamic body kit whose components are all made out of carbon fiber. Most noticeable on the program is that there appears to be traces of a Black Series feel to it, particularly the carbon fiber add-on front spoiler, the completely re-made radiator grille, the fender louver covers, the sneakily subtle carbon fiber side skirt panels, a carbon fiber boot lid replacement with an integrated spoiler wing, housings on the LED lights, the vented rear diffuser, and a new integrated spoiler.
Vorsteiner also has a choice of either titanium or stainless steel performance exhaust systems that customers can have installed, as well as a wide variety of either 19" or 20" forged alloy wheels that, again, can be picked by the customer. Of course, the interior gets its fair share of digs too, in the form of embroidered floor and trunk mats.
Despite being one of the most visible tuners in the world, Vorsteiner has made a habit of spoiling us with their programs. Not that we’re complaining because we enjoy pretty much everything they build these days.
UPDATE 08/21/12: Vorsteiner has dropped new photos of its C63 AMG program, which you can check out in the gallery below!
Station wagons will never be as sexy as coupes, but that doesn’t mean that the former can’t carry an extra slice of attitude. This is especially true since we’re talking about a car like the Mercedes C63 AMG Estate and a tuner like Wimmer RS.
The German sports wagon was given an impressive program by the German tuner, highlighted by a mighty impressive performance modification that you wouldn’t normally get on a sports wagon. In tuning the C63 AMG Estate, Wimmer made some modifications on the car’s cylinder heads and the throttle body. On top of that, Wimmer also added a pair of new sport cam shafts, optimized the air filter and intake manifolds, tweaked the stainless steel exhaust system with HJS high-flow sport catalysts, and reprogrammed the ECU unit. With all these improvements in tow, the German tuner managed to increase the C63 AMG Wagon’s output from 457 horsepower all the way to 615 horsepower.
While the highlight of the package is undoubtedly the engine program, it’s also worth pointing out that Wimmer dressed up the C63 AMG Estate in their standard outlandish garb, which in this case they’re calling an "Electric Yellow" wrap. Rounding out the program, of course, are a new set of 19" BBS CH Black Edition alloy wheels, H&R spacers, and a new KW Clubsport coilover suspension kit.
Mercedes is upping the ante against its German counterparts by bringing out the new generation S-Class, but the real competition may just lie in their new AMG version of it. We’ve just recently caught the S-Class AMG testing and, even though the styling doesn’t look to be on par with the competition just yet, we’ve put together a rendering in hopes that the final product will do it justice.
The next Mercedes S-Class AMG will be distinguished by a more aggressive look thanks to bigger air intakes, marked side sills, and a new rear bumper with a covered up diffuser. As a mark of the AMG class, the next S-Class AMG will receive quad exhaust pipes, a new set of wheels, and a sportier interior.
Under the hood, Mercedes will place a new AMG twin turbo 5.5 liter V8 engine that will deliver somewhere between 536 HP and 550 HP. We are hoping that an AMG Performance package will increase this output up to 580 HP.
The new Mercedes S-Class AMG will be unveiled in early 2013 with sales to begin shortly thereafter.
With all the recent hype surrounding the brand new Aston Martin Vanquish, one could be excused for completely forgetting about its predecessor, the DBS, which is still going strong. This fact is exemplified in the latest EVO magazine track test conducted by television presenter, Tiff Needell.
Despite the fact that the DBS Volante will be superseded by a convertible version of the new Vanquish in a couple of years, pitting the present day DBS Volante against the much-newer Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Roadster is still a prevalent test.
Not only do both of these cars slot into similar price brackets and appeal to similar buyers, but both produce similar outputs with the DBS Volante cranking out 510HP and 420 lb-ft of torque from its impressive, yet rather-out-dated, 5.9-liter V12 engine.
Featuring a vastly different 6.2-liter V8 engine, the SLS AMG Roadster produces a little more than the DBS, with peak horsepower reaching 563HP while an impressive torque figure of 479 lb-ft is also achieved.
With both cars’ tackling the Bedford Autodrome in similarly horrible conditions, it certainly makes for an enjoyable video, so check it out!
Hennessey has just released an engine upgrade package specifically for the Mercedes AMG 5.5 liter biturbo V8 engine that will that will take your vehicle from hot to nuclear with just a few additions. The package is called the HPE700 and it increases the engine’s output from the standard 550 HP to an impressive 700 HP - hence the name.
As of right now, this engine powers the CLS63, E63, S63, G63, GL63, ML63, and SL63 AMG. In order to obtain this impressive upgrade, the tuner performed an HPE air induction system modification, HPE engine management calibration, and Dyno tuning. The update will get a 3 Year / 36,000 mile limited warranty. After all these updates, the V8 engine delivers a total of 700 HP at 5200 rpm and a peak torque 800 lbs-ft at 3,800 rpm.
Next to these engine updates, the tuner is also offering carbon fiber trim accessories and a new set of wheels combined with updated suspensions.