For all of you that have a Mercedes CGI turbocharged engine in your late-model Mercedes – engine codes M270, M271EVO and M274 – Carlsson has announced that it now offers CB kits to help bump power by up to 28 percent.
The base CB kit is an adapter plug that goes between the vehicle wiring harnesses and the factory ECU. This little nugget of joy communicates with the various electronic systems within your Benz, assessing the driving situation and conditions, and making adjustments to optimize power.
There’s no need to worry about reliability when you install this kit, as it includes safety checks that help prevent damage that some other tuning kits may cause. First, the CB kit waits for the engine oil temperature to reach 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) before the performance boosts activate. Secondly, the CB kit closely monitors the limits of the CGI engine (oil temperature, coolant temperature, etc.) and drops the ECU to its normal performance if these limits are reached.
This kit’s improvements range from a 24-horsepower gain in the A 180 and B 180 to a 42-horsepower gain in the A 250 and B 250.
For those that want some extra power from the M271EVO engine lineup, the CBS kit is available too, which adds a larger and freer-flowing intercooler to the base CB kit. The power increases from the CBS kit range from 35 horsepower in the C 250, E 250 and SLK 250 to 45 horsepower in the C 180.
When you purchase this kit, Carlsson further shows its dedication to keeping your Benz running by taking over the manufacturer’s drivetrain warranty for two years or 100,000 km (62,137 miles).
Click past the jump to see the full specification sheet
When it comes to Canadian auto tuners, nobody holds as much esteem as SR Auto Group. But to consider them as the only noticeable aftermarket company north of the border is stretching it a little.
One in particular, Inspired Autosport, can also lay claim to being a popular tuning firm and to prove that, it recently collaborated with SR Auto Group to customize the new Mercdes C63 AMG.
Billed as "Project Eintsaz,” Inspired Autosport and SR Auto Group went to great lengths to give the German super coupe cosmetic, handling, and performance upgrades.
In the end, the project was aimed to add more ferocity to the already ferocious C63 AMG, one that’s ultimately capable of giving other sports and race cars a run for their money, whether that’s on the street or on a race track.
Click past the jump to read what Inspired Autosport and SR Auto Group did to the Mercedes C63 AMG
We don’t want to be mean, but the Mercedes models are missing something very important: their individualism. Basically, if you are not a real car addict it can be pretty difficult to differentiate the classes. Los Angeles-based tuner Misha Designs has found a solution to significantly improve the look of the C-Class to help set it apart.
Its body kit is inspired by the look of the most powerful and aggressive C-Class ever: the C63 AMG Black Series. The best part is that it can be applied to any model from 2008 to 2013.
The kit includes a new front bumper with three larger air intakes, a sportier hood, new front fenders, side skirts and rear fender flares. The rear was also updated with a new bumper, a trunk spoiler and a roof spoiler.
As a final element, Misha Designs also offers a set of 19-inch wheels in a 14-spoke design and painted in gloss black.
Click past the jump to read more about the new Mercedes C-Class by Misha Designs.
The 2013 C63 AMG Black Series Coupe is no doubt our favorite of the entire C-Class lineup. We find it just perfect from the factory and we most updates just ruin its factory beauty. However, the folks over ADV.1 Wheels have found a solution to improve its look even further, proving us wrong.
The tuner installed a set of wheels painted in no ordinary silver or gunmetal. Instead, it opted for a brushed-aluminum finish that uses a special red transparent tint that completely makes the car scream: "look at me!" The new wheels are sized 20-by-10 inches up front and 20-by-11 inches on the rear and come in a monoblock design.
And, since no package can be completed until some body updates are also offered, ADV.1 teamed with Mode Carbon and fiveninedesign. This partnership added to the car a new boot-lid spoiler and new side mirrors.
This caps off this minimalist upgrade that offers up just enough custom work to make the C63 AMG Black series look even better.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series.
If you want to buy a German mid-sized sedan, you have three choices: Audi A4, BMW 3 Series or Mercedes C-Class. Still, the C-Class has lost lots of ground in the past few years and it was about time for Mercedes to do something about it.
The next-generation Mercedes C-Class has been caught testing in many times, but until now we had no details on the engines to be featured in the new model. However, in a recent interview Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon revealed that the next C-Class will be offered with a series of firsts: the first diesel and hybrid powertrains, first time with an all-wheel-drive system will and the first time the next C-Class will have an engine built in the United States: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder developed in cooperation with Nissan.
Also, next to the current sedan and coupe variants, the next C-Class will also add a convertible and station wagon versions. All these changes were required to make the C-Class more competitive with the BMW 3 Series.
Mercedes will unveil the next-generation C-Class at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show; the coupe and convertible will arrive in 2015. The hybrid version will also arrive in 2015.
Mercedes has expanded its C-Class lineup with the addition of a new "Edition C" package that requires an additional €1,785 ($2,400 at the current exchange rates), or €1,011 ($1,300) if you opt for a C-Class Avantgarde. This upgrade can be applied to all sedan, coupe and station wagon variants.
On the exterior, the new Edition C adds an exclusive grille with high-gloss black louvers and chrome trim flanked by darkened headlamps; AMG-styled front apron, side sill panels and rear apron; and, of course, "Edition C" badge on the wing. There is also an exhaust system with chromed tailpipe trims, 170inch five-spoke alloy wheels in a high-gloss black on the sedan and estate models.
For the interior, the model adds sports seats in black ARTICO manmade leather and DINAMICA microfiber with two-tone (blue/alpaca grey) contrast stitching and dark-aluminum trim. Also added in is a three-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel covered in Nappa leather with alpaca grey contrast stitching, a DINAMICA-microfiber-trimmed door center panels with alpaca grey contrast stitching and a gearshift knob featuring the same alpaca contrast stitching.
As standard, the Edition C includes an 11.4-inch multifunction color display that includes ATTENTION ASSIST to make sure your attention is always focused on the road ahead.
Hit the jump to read more about the Mercedes C-Class.
This winter, we have brought you tons of spy shots showing upcoming models testing in cold weather. Today, Mercedes took out two of its upcoming models out for a little play in the snow. The first is the next generation C-Class, which continues to drop of its camouflage.
The next C-Class will take its design inspiration from the F800 Concept Car, which was shown two years ago at the Geneva Motor Show, with a more marked front grille. Still, you should expect more of an evolution than a revolution, because according to Mercedes, its customers will still need to be able to recognize the model.
The new C-Class will be offered with updated version of the current petrol and diesel engines. A hybrid version will be offered for the first time.
The new generation Mercedes C-Class will be unveiled in early 2014. The sedan version will be followed by a station wagon version, a coupe and a convertible.
The model introduced last June was painted in a matte black color with red accents on the wheels to go with a two-tone, red and black interior and a saucy performance upgrade.
As for the new C63 AMG Limited Edition, Japanese customers will be treated to a car with a white body model with red accents on the mirrors. A boot-lid spoiler has also been added, as are new brake calipers and its own two-tone red and black leather interior modifications that, incidentally, is different from the interior treatment received by its predecessor.
Equally important for the white C63 AMG Limited Edition is the power upgrade. Thanks to an engine tune from Merc, the output of the luxury sports coupe was increased from 451 horsepower to 480 horsepower. Not too shabby, if we do say so ourselves.
For all of the similarities between the two, the C63 AMG Limited Edition will also be sold on a limited basis. Only 15 coupe models are available with an extra 20 models for the sedan version.
It’s been a while since we last heard any news on the next generation C-Class, but we think the wait was really worth. As you can see, the latest prototypes caught testing have started dropping lots of the camouflage, revealing that the next C-Class will, in fact, be a smaller version of the new S-Class. If you take a closer look at these spy shots, you will notice that the rear end is really similar to the S-Class.
The new C-Class will take its design inspiration from the F800 Concept Car shown two years ago at the Geneva Motor Show, with a more marked front grille. You shouldn’t expect the new C-Class to offer significant upgrades, because Mercedes will need its customers to be able to recognize the model. Still, Mercedes will make it more dynamic and sportier to give both the Audi A4 and the BMW 3-Series a serious competitor.
The new C-Class will be offered with various petrol and diesel engines, as well as a hybrid version – a first for the C-Class.
The new-generation C-Class sedan is expected to be unveiled in early 2014. It will be followed by a station wagon version, a coupe and a convertible. The new C-Class will be built in Mercedes’ Alabama plant alongside the GL- and M-Class.
According to British magazine AutoExpress, the Germans over at Mercedes are preparing to further expand its lineup with the addition of some more four-wheel-drive AMG models with the first one being based on the next-generation AMG version of the C-Class. The announcement was made by AMG’s senior powertrain engineering manager, Dr Jorg Gindele, who also confirmed that there is already a prototype version testing at AMG’s headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany.
He also confirmed that a Black Series variant of the current E63 AMG could also be offered, but only during its last years on the market. However, in order for this to become a reality, AMG will need to backtrack on its decision "to only produce two-door Black Series models."
Later this year, at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, we will see the first concept version for the company’s new GLA SUV. The GLA lineup will also include a four-wheel-drive GLA 45 AMG version, developed especially for the U.S. market.
And now a bad news: apparently the electric version of the SLS supercar will be the only model of this kind, because it is too heavy and its technology can’t be applied to any other model in the lineup.