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Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series Coupe

The collaboration between Daimler and Aston Martin hasn’t come to fruition yet, at least as far as tangible products are concerned. All that is still a couple of years from now, which is a pretty long time from now.

What we do know for the time being is that the two brands are teaming up to build, among other things, a new wave of V-8 engines that will combine the two most important things for vehicles these days: performance and fuel efficiency. Aston wants a piece of that AMG magic and why wouldn’t it, right?

But as far as showing the world that Aston Martin will be "AMG-fied," Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche is putting the kaboosh on rumors that future Aston Martin models will be carrying the AMG badge. Apparently, at least according to Zetsche, it won’t.

The Daimler boss man wants to keep the partnership as subtle as possibly, and any trace of visible AMG participation on those future Aston bad-boys isn’t in line with all that subtle thinking. He believes that customers will ultimately link the two and won’t need to be reminded that those V-8s under future Astons were co-developed by AMG. The connection will be organically figured out.

That’s all well and good, but here’s something we don’t understand, though. Why not do it anyway, Mr. Zetsche? It’s not like Mercedes and Aston are trying to keep the collaboration a secret. Wouldn’t it also be beneficial from a novelty stand point — even if it’s just in the beginning — to see all those Aston Martins with AMG logos on them?

One possible reason the two brands are trying to keep the partnership on the down-low is because they’re still competitors in some key luxury markets. That may be true, but that hasn’t stopped sister companies like Audi and Porsche from being competitors too, even if both brands fall under the same Volkswagen umbrella.

Ultimately, it’s not our decision, and Zetsche has every right to decide on these things for his company. But it still would’ve been cool to see an AMG-badged Aston Martin.

Click past the jump to read about an Aston Martin that could have its own AMG V-8 engine in the future, the still-to-come Aston Martin Lagonda SUV.

Source: Autocar UK
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It was no surprise to see an AMG version of the recently launched Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class , especially after Mercedes unveiled the GLA 45 AMG concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

In fact, Mercedes’ decision to also offer an AMG version for the new GLA-Class is genius, considering that we will soon see a production version of the Audi RS Q3 Concept .

Before today, we caught the GLA45 AMG testing in various stages of dress, and today we finally get to see the official images and learned the basic details on the newest AMG. Of course, the GLA45 AMG offers no real surprises, as it offers nearly all of the usual AMG design elements and the same four-cylinder engine as the CLA 45 AMG .

Updated 01/07/2014: The new Mercedes GLA45 AMG will make its official debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and will be put on sale in the fall of 2014. With just a few days before its official debut, Mercedes decided to release the initial details on the compact SUV.

Updated 02/07/2014: Mercedes unveiled the first commercial for its new GLA 45 AMG crossover. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes GLA45 AMG.

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One may mistake it for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive , but it’s not. This rather ostentatious SLS AMG has been modded by the folks at the AMG Performance Studio.

For an additional cost, owners can send their cars over for a complete makeover and here is one such example of an SLS AMG tastefully modified to customer preference with bright fluorescent exterior and black accents. Most of the aerodynamic upgrades you see here are standard equipment on the Black Series.

The AMG wheels have been finished in a gloss black with fluorescent accents. The brake calipers, however have been left Solarbeam Yellow which is bit odd.

Underneath the paint, all the bits and pieces are from the standard SLS AMG Black, along with that glorious 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that puts out 622 horsepower and 468 pound-feet of torque. With this monster V-8, 60 mph comes up in just 3.5 seconds and the top speed is set at 198 mph.

Anyway, Mercedes-Benz has not revealed the name of the person who ordered this flashy car, but we expect to hear more from them about the very first SLS AMG Black Series to get the spa treatment from its very own Performance studio.

Click past the jump to read more about this modified Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

Source: Mercedes-AMG

The Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG is the definition of a car whose looks don’t do justice to its performance capabilities. On the surface, the hatch looks nothing out of the ordinary, a predicament it finds itself in because it belongs to Merc’s entry-level A-Class segment.

But pop open the hood and that’s where all the magic happens. This bad-boy is AMG -certified insane, and even then, there’s still something about a hatch that already packs 360 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque that makes us think it has room for more ponies. That’s where mcchip-dkr comes into the picture.

The German tuner has a shiner on its hands for the A45 AMG, featuring comprehensive upgrade kits for the sports hatch’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine. The most basic one, if you can even call it that, involves optimizing the car’s software unit, increasing the output to an impressive 400 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy enough, you can jump straight to the stage 2 kit, which, in addition to the software mods, also comes with new sports catalysts, resulting in another 20-pony increase to 420 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque.

You’d think that mcchip-dkr would be happy with that, right?

Not quite, because there’s also a stage 3 kit that includes turbocharger upgrades, software improvements, and those new sports catalysts. With all that equipment in tow, the A45 AMG will be blasting off to the tune of 450 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque, insane numbers that could potentially net the sports hatch a 0-to-60 mph time of less than four seconds to go with a top speed of around 170 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the mcchip-dkr’s program for the Mercedes A45 AMG

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After a pretty cool tuning kit prepared for the BMW M5 , Vorsteiner turned its attention to another German luxury car, this time a Mercedes CLS63 AMG . As with pretty much all the other kits prepared by the tuner, the only updates offered for the CLS are limited to the exterior look.

To be completely honest with you, the CLS 63 AMG really doesn’t need any updates, as it comes fully loaded from the factory, including a 5.5-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. With the optional AMG Performance Pack, the power jumps to 550 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.

The updates that Vorsteiner made to the exterior are limited to just three elements that give the CLS63 AMG a sportier look and to further improve the aerodynamic features of the four-door coupe .

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes CLS63 AMG by Vorsteiner.

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If you are looking for a cheap, front-wheel-drive hot hatchback, then this isn’t the one for you. It is a Mercedes Benz A Class, and it’s got a masterfully crafted AMG engine under that custom hood. Welcome to the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG .

This one has been wrapped in yellow gloss and a RevoZport kit, which includes the aero vanes on the front bumper, splitter, a rear spoiler, rear diffuser, and much more. The yellow color does drum up thoughts of the SLS AMG Black Series supercar, which Shmee150 rightly points out. It actually does go well with the A45, especially with the contrasting black theme.

The hood is one-piece, carbon-fiber unit and so are the wing mirrors. The roof of this A45 has also been blacked-out, as are the windows. Even the grille with the three-pointed star standing proud has been neatly incorporated into the theme. The wheels, which are in matte black, are from Brabus and the calipers are coated in solid red.

Then we come to the interior. The A45 AMG has one of the finest interiors in its segment. The influence of the SLS AMG supercar can be found here, as well. There is leather, Alcantara and red stitching. The dials are lined with brushed steel and so are the triple air-con vents. Altogether, a superb job, we must say.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes A45 AMG

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Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series

"Lairy" is defined as cunning or conceited; ostentatiously attractive or flashy; or aggressive or rowdy. Is this how you would define the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Edition ? Well, this is exactly how the fellas over at TopGear feel about it...

According to TopGear magazine, the last iteration of the SLS AMG GT Black Series is more manageable than its predecessors and Jeremy Clarkson loved it for its power and tire life. However, for the rest of the world, it’s an inconvenience. And this put the ’Black Series’ in the top position as TopGear’s "Lairy Car of the Year."

It is lairy, but in a good way, they say. It lets you have all the fun and still assists you if you get slightly overboard. “It looks like it wants to bite your leg off, but actually it bear hugs you and covers your back like a best mate. It is lairy but not scary.” We’re willing to bet that those convoluted, yet genius, words came from Clarkson’s own mouth.

Tom Ford (@tomwookieford) quoted Tobias Moers, Chairman of Mercedes AMG GmbH, as responding to the award with "Thanks - that’s pretty much what we were aiming for with the car." Ah, a tongue0in-cheek response to a even more tongue-in-cheek award — isn’t the world of automotive journalism such a wonderful world!

Anyway, so there you have it. TopGear’s "2013 Lairy Car of the Year" is the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series.

Click past the jump to read more about the SLS AMG Black Series

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AMG was originally founded in 1967 as a manufacturer of racing engines. Originally, the company was an independent engineering firm, but in 1990, DaimlerChrysler took a controlling interest, followed by a full takeover in 2005.

Initially AMG started with designing and testing racing engines, and later on it moved to building custom road cars based upon standard Mercedes cars, which remains its main focus today.

AMG models are defined by a more aggressive exterior look, more powerful engines and upgraded performance figures. The current models are generally offered with a 5.5 liter, V-8 twin-turbo engine - the models wearing a "63" in their nomenclature and a 6.0 liter, V-12 BiTurbo engine in the model with "65" in their names. Most recently, however, AMG has added a 2.0-liter, inline-four cylinder engine to its arsenal for compact Mercedes models, and they typically don the "45" nomenclature.

Check out the video to learn a few more things on the AMG history,

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When Mercedes unveiled the SLS Black Series , which so happens to be the most powerful SLS AMG ever, everyone wanted to know how fast the car was around the Nurburgring. Still, Mercedes decided to make us wait a few months until they will finally revealed a video showing the it lapping the famous track.

According to AMG , the driver was an AMG engineer who did a fine job navigating the windy track. AMG and Mercedes are remaining mum on the lap time, but if take a look at the video and time it yourself, you will get a time of a little under 7:30. By comparison, a standard SLS AMG lapped the ring in 7:40.

The SLS Black Series is powered by an improved version of the 6.3-liter, V-8 engine that now delivers a total of 622 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and a peak torque of 468 pound-feet at 5,500 rpm. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 196 mph.

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Along with the mighty SLS Final Edition , Mercedes is also displaying a bad-ass GLA concept car at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show . Dubbed the GLA 45 AMG Concept car, this sweet compact crossover previews a new high-performance SUV coming from Germany.

The concept is powered by the same AMG 2.0-liter turbocharged engine found in some of its closest relatives, like CLA 45 AMG or A45 AMG . This petite powerhouse puts 360 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque into an AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system via an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT seven-speed sports transmission. This combination teams up to deliver a stellar 0-to-60 mph sprint time of under 5 seconds and a thrifty 33 mpg.

Lest you believe that Mercedes would stop at the engine, it also installed the staple AMG body kit to help give the crossover some aesthetic credentials to go along with its peppy four-pot. This kit includes an AMG front apron with a large front splitter, and large air intakes, a "twin-blade" radiator grille in silver chrome, side sill panels with high-gloss black inserts, and around back, a set of black roof rails and a large rooftop spoiler.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes GLA 45 AMG Concept.


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