Mercedes C-Class

Mercedes C-Class

The Mercedes C-Class Coupe is one of the models with the fewest tuning packages. Thankfully Mansory picked up on that fact and have come out with a new tuning package that will upgrade both the exterior and interior of the luxury coupe.

The Mansory package starts off with a cool body kit that includes a new front grille, more pronounced front and rear wheels, new side skirts, and a new rear apron. All of these elements, along with the car’s engine bonnet, will be made out of carbon fiber. Any customers wanting more can benefit from Mansory’s additional features, including a new front bumper lip, vented bonnet, exterior mirror caps, and a new rear spoiler offered in a variety of options.

Just like the exterior, the interior is characterized by the use of carbon fiber. Mansory added a new sports steering wheel and new door sills, both made from the lightweight material.

If you didn’t had the chance to buy one of the 25 Carlsson C25 units, the tuner is now offering you another alternative: the CB 20S. The new package is based on the C-Class Coupe and is significantly cheaper when compared to the C25: prices will start from 34,900 Euro ($43,800), plus 4,986 euro ($6,200) for a customizable leather / Alcantara interior from the Carlsson Signature Line. The new package will be available from September 1st.

The exterior package includes a new front grille with a polished stainless steel grille, a new front spoiler lip made in carbon fiber and a new rear diffuser in conjunction with the Carlsson four-pipe sports exhaust system. The car sits on a new set of 19" alloy wheels combined with Carlsson sport springs.

The CB 20S is based on the entry-level C180 Coupe powered by 1,6 liter four-cylinder engine with an output increased to 201 HP (up from 156 HP). As a result the model will go from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 144 mph.

Earlier this year, Wheelsandmore unveiled their new program for the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe , dubbing it as the "5.7" . Recently, the German tuner followed that up with their latest piece of work, only this time, it’s for the CLS63 AMG .

Called the Seven-11, the new program comes with a ridiculous engine upgrade that features the company’s new Stage III kit to go with a new air intake, a custom exhaust system with sound-controlling valves, a new sports catalyst system, and a re-mapped ECU. All these modifications have turned the luxury sedan’s output from the standard 557 horsepower and 589 lb/ft of torque to an impressive 700 horsepower and 811 lb/ft of torque.

In order to accommodate and handle the increased output, Wheelsandmore also worked on improving the car’s suspension set-up, thanks to a new lowering module that lowers the car’s ride height by 30 mm.

Finally, the car also received some aesthetic upgrades, beginning with an "Armaggedon Matte Gray" finish from Cover EFX to go with the tuner’s unmistakable black racing stripe and a new set of 20" three-piece 6Sporz² forged wheels, combined to create a visually stimulating look that belies the monster lying under its hood.

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Mercedes C-Class

Mercedes has been testing the future C-Class all year, and now they have finally made it over to the Nurburgring for some hot laps around the famous ’Ring. The luxury sedan is still donning some massive camouflage to hide any new design aspects found on the car, but rumors have also been making their rounds that the future C-Class will take its inspiration from the F800 Concept car . This could mean that the angles of the vehicle will be just slightly elongated with a bit more sharpness to the angles, as well as a more marked front grille. Basically, it may be an edgier, sportier version of the current C-Class , which should be a change not many will complain about. As for power, the 2014 Mercedes C-Class may be looking at both a petrol and diesel engine lineup, as well as a new hybrid version.

When the new Mercedes C-Class makes its debut in 2014, it will be looking to take on vehicles like the Audi A4 and the BMW 3-Series .

The old term “They sure don’t build ’em like they used to” should always be followed up with a “Good,” because modern cars perform better in crash tests than any of the land yachts of the 1970s. Yeah, these cars may be smaller and lighter than those of yesteryear, but advancements in crumple zones and energy transfer over the decades has made them into very protective shells that crumple into piles of tin for the sake of protecting their passengers.

Unfortunately, all of this technology is not without its flaws, which the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is now pointing out. The IIHS has developed a new test to mimic the cause of nearly a quarter of all front-end collision deaths, which is called the “small overlap” test. This is when only a small portion of the front bumper impacts another vehicle or an object.

You may be surprised to hear about who’s failing this important new test. Among those tested to receive the IIHS’ worst rating, “Poor,” was the Mercedes Benz C-Class , Lexus IS and ES , and the Audi A4 . Receiving a score of “Marginal,” which is just above poor, is the Acura TSX , BMW 3-Series , Lincoln MKZ , and Volkswagen CC .

Click past the jump for the rest of the results, as well as an obnoxious statement by one top automaker in regards to the testing process.

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.

Noted Mercedes tuner RennTech has some sick plans for the Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series and they’re giving us a sneak peek of what they’ve got cooking for the German sports coupe.

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.

Forza Motorsports players will have the possibility to further enrich their garages with 10 more cars thanks to the addition of a new Meguiar’s DLC car pack. The new pack is priced at 560 Microsoft Points.

The Meguiar’s DLC car pack will offer a mix of classic elegance and modern power, and combines cars from nearly the entire spectrum of the automotive history going from 1940 to 2012. Players will enjoy some of the most prominent ALMS race cars in recent history, some classic untouchable convertibles, several pre-war coupes, supercars, and more.

Here are the 10 new cars brought to you courtesy of the new Meguiar’s DLC car pack: Chevrolet Corvette Racing ZR1 ; 1959 BMW 507; 1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe; 2011 Aston Martin Cygnet ; 1997 Maserati Ghibli Cup; 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series ; 1987 RUF CTR Yellowbird; 1992 Toyota Celica GT-Four RC ST185; 1963 Volkswagen Beetle ; and 1958 MG MGA Twin-Cam.

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.

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