On January 29, 1886, Karl Benz received an official patent for his "automobile fueled by gas." Now, 125 years later, Mercedes is celebrating that event with the unveiling of the F125 - a concept car that previews the next generation S-Class and CL-Class.
The F125 concept is powered by four electric motors that take their power from a hydrogen fuel cell stack. The four electric motors deliver a total output of 231 HP and will sprint the concept from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 136 mph - quite impressive performance numbers for a car in this class.
Even more impressive is the fact that the concept has an autonomy of 620 miles. It also comes equipped with a chargeable lithium-ion battery that will help the F125 to run only on electricity for a total length of 31 miles.
UPDATE 10/24/11: Mercedes has released the first presentation video of the F125 Concept detailing how the car’s concept form came into fruition, as well as how the car’s characteristics will help in determining the automaker’s future auto line-up. It’s a good watch that’s definitely worth your time!
The Mercedes CL63 AMG already offers plenty of what customers look for in a sports car: aggressive design, powerful engine, and a Mercedes "Silver Arrows" logo. But if enough just isn’t enough for you, then German tuning firm, Vath, is offering a new performance package for the CL63 AMG that will leave smiles on your faces and holes in your pockets.
Before getting into the performance upgrade, Vath added a few exterior and interior modifications. There’s a carbon fiber body kit that includes a radiator cover, a rear diffuser, and a boot lid spoiler. The car also gets a new set of 20" lightweight alloy wheels wrapped in 255/35 ZR20 tires at the front and 255/35 ZR20 tires at the back. As for the interior, Vath is offering a number of options, including plenty of leather and trim choices.
Then there’s the performance package. Using their new V63S tuning kit and software upgrade plus an ECU remap, Vath was able to take the CL63 AMG’s 5.5-liter twin turbo V8 engine and bump up the output from 536 horsepower and 590 lb/ft of torque all the way up to a staggering 630 horsepower and 686 lb/ft of torque. These numbers translate to a faster 0-62 mph time of just 4.3 seconds and an increased top speed of 187 mph, up from the standard model’s electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
German tuner, Brabus, has been tuning Mercedes models for quite awhile, so getting a slew of performance kits to slap onto different versions of the luxury brand is neither surprising nor unexpected. Their new PowerXtra CGI kits can be applied to the S550, the CL550, the S 63, and the CL 63 . Depending on the model, this new package can increase the total output for the Mercedes up to between 490 HP and 620 HP. The top speed has also been pumped up to an impressive 200 mph.
For the S550 and CL550, the new performance kit increases the V8’s output from a total of 435 HP to an impressive 490 HP and the peak torque gets raised to 575 lb-ft. The S63 and CL63 models will receive the same kit, but will also get a water-to-air intercooler powered by an electric auxiliary pump. This will increase the total output to 620 HP and the peak torque to 737 lb-ft. As a result, the sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in 4.3 seconds, while top speed has been increased to 200 mph.
The kit also includes a special sport exhaust system with exhaust flap that will control the sounds of your engine. Aerodynamics will get boosted with a new front spoiler, carbon-fiber moldings for the gills in the sides of the front bumper, aluminum sport fenders, a carbon-fiber diffuser with integrated reflector, and a carbon-fiber rear spoiler.
Speedriven has been building some of the highest performing engines on the market for some time no and has released details on their newest project. Starting with a base CL600, this tuning team takes it from a tame luxury coupe and changes it into the most powerful CL on the market.
This firm is not about making your Mercedes the most ridiculous or unique looking car on the road, but rather focuses their attention exclusively under the hood. These are already some of the best looking luxury coupes on the market and there is no need for oversized chrome rims or carbon fiber aero-pieces to make it look fast – Speedriven would much rather make it perform to its highest potential.
The package is available for all models 2003+ that feature the Mercedes V12. This includes the ultra-exclusive Maybach models. If you want Speedriven to turn your car into the ultimate Mercedes without adding the usual array of aftermarket exterior pieces then it’s going to cost $16,250. This price is not actually that ridiculous considering that companies like Brabus and Renntech charge much higher rates and don’t usually equal the same performance figures.
More details on the Mercedes CL600 by Speedriven after the jump.
What do you think Mercedes engineers are doing when they are bored? No, they do not design a new model. Instead they are playing with Twitter controlled cars. Wait, what? Yes, you read it right.
Two guys with lots of spare time apparently conducted the first driving tests for a Tweet Race Prototype based on a Mercedes CL. But what is this car more exactly? Apparently is a car engineered to be controlled only by Twitter commands, no driver at all. And the first tests they did were pretty successful. The two guys were able to "drive" the car into a parking lot, and even park it next to a Mercedes SLS AMG->Mercedes CL. A little bit closer its true, but there was no driver behind the wheel, so... Anyway we know lots of people who can’t do even that!
Amongst all the hype about hybrids and electric vehicles, here’s a refreshing look at Mercedes’ all new V8 engines – yes please! Hybrids and EV’s are driving us crazy. They dominate the news, world conferences, and pretty much everything in between. Apart from them being deeply unexciting and bland, they are stupidly weak in the area of performance. Thank God for Mercedes Benz! The Germans have released specs of two brand new V8 engines and guess what? Not an electric motor in sight!
US journalists will soon be taking their first drives through New York’s Hudson Valley region in all-new direct injection biturbo V8-engined CL model. The new-from-the-ground-up 4.6-liter V8 engine has a 20 percent smaller displacement than its predecessor, but generates 429 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque - 12 percent more horsepower and 32 percent more torque than the engine it replaces - yet fuel economy is improved by about 10%. This new engine is available in the restyled 2011 CL550 4MATIC.
The second engine making its debut is the hand-assembled high-performance 5.5-liter AMG V8 engine, featuring the use of stop/start technology as well as twin turbochargers and direct injection. This new engine produces 536 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque while at the same time achieving an estimated 20 percent improvement in fuel economy. Mated to the award-winning 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT transmission, this new engine is available in the 2011 CL63 AMG coupe and S63 AMG sedan. For even more performance the optionally available AMG Performance Package increases engine power to 563 hp and 664 lb-ft. for torque; top speed also increases to 186 mph. Thank you, Mercedes, for saving us from another boring engine discussion!
After the official debut of the 2011 Mercedes CL-Class Facelift, the first images of its AMG version have surfaced on the internet. Like with the standard version, the CL63 and CL65 AMG also receive aesthetic changes, but they also get a new engine.
The CL63 AMG is powered by a new 5.5 liter twin turbo V8 engine that delivers a total of 544 hp and 800 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the CL65 AMG gets a 6.0 V12 biturbo engine with power increased to 630 hp, while peak torque remains unchanged at 1000 Nm.
The Mercedes CL 63 AMG comes equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels and square exhaust pipes, while the CL 65 AMG has 20-inch alloy wheels and oval exhaust pipes.
And just as a little refresher, the 2011 Mercedes CL-Class line-up includes: an entry-level CL550 4Matic powered by a 4.6 liter V8 direct-injected engine that delivers 429 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a seven speed automatic transmission and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. The top version, CL600 gets a twin-turbo 5.5 liter V12 engine with a total output of 510 HP and 612 lb-ft of torque. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Both vehicles are limited to 155 mph.
Updated 09/23/2010: Mercedes has unveiled new images of their new CL65 AMG. It has also been revealed that the CL65 AMG will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4,2 seconds and will be capable to hit a top speed limited to 186 mph. Official debut will be made at the Paris Auto Show.
The 2011 facelift version of the Mercedes CL-Class will make its world debut this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Yes, we did say the CL-Class and not the S-Class Coupe as was rumored. The new CL-Class comes with an improved exterior and interior, but the biggest changes are found under the hood.
The exterior gets a new grille, bi-xenon headlights with LED technology, LED fog lamps, revised fenders and hood, and new exhaust pipes. On the interior the biggest change is the addition of a new wood trim. The new CL-Class will also be offered with all the latest technologies including: Active Blind Spot Assist, Attention Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Night View Assist Plus, and Active Body Control.
The model line-up starts with an entry-level CL550 4Matic powered by a 4.6 liter V8 direct-injected engine that delivers 429 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a seven speed automatic transmission and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. The top version, CL600 gets a twin-turbo 5.5 liter V12 engine with a total output of 510 HP and 612 lb-ft of torque. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Both vehicles are limited to 155 mph.
The AMG versions include the CL63 AMG that is powered by a new twin turbo, direct injection V8 engine with a total output of 536 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque and the CL65 AMG gets a V12 engine that delivers 621 HP and 738 lb-ft of torque.
A minor facelift as far as we can tell, but we guess it is still considered one. The biggest selling point would have to be the added technologies and not the slightly adjusted facial expression.
Sales will begin in the USA this fall.
UPDATE 07/08/2010: Mercedes has released the first commercial for the new 2011 CL-Class facelift version. Check it out after the jump!
Update 09/07/2010: Mercedes has unveiled today new images of the new CL-Class. Check the gallery to see 35 new high res images.
For this particular tuning project, the tuner started with the engine, as they all should. Adding some software optimization, sports air filters, a sports exhaust system (plasma coated), racing catalysts, and larger pulleys, the high performance coupe’s engine now delivers a total of 670 HP (up from the standard 621 HP).
The exterior look of the Mercedes is upgraded with a full carbon exterior packet in jet black. This package includes an external mirror, window frames, a front grill, door handles, hatchback panel, ventilator frames on the engine bonnet, and a beautiful black matte paint job. The whole package is finished by 22 inch rims in black/gloss with carbon edging in jet black.
The interior gets leather finishing, a complete HiFi system, and an interior finish in carbon leather/dark brown leather/dark brown Alcantara.
Once again we see a fine tuning kit from Anderson Germany. Great job, guys!
Welcome to MY2011 and welcome to the brand new facelifted versions of the Mercedes CL63 AMG and CL65 AMG. This year, Mercedes has opted to leave the exterior of their luxury coupe alone for the most part and focus their attention on the engines of these two vehicles. Nothing shouts perfection like an increase in horsepower and Mercedes wants to make this perfectly clear with these two models by using direct gasoline injection, twin turbochargers, air/water cooling, and controlled efficiency stop/start function.
Starting with the CL63AMG, Mercedes has thrown out the use of the naturally aspirated 6.2L AMG V8 engine and opted instead for a 5.5L biturbo engine mated to an AMG speedshift MCT 7-speed sports transmission with Sport, Comfort, and Manual modes. This exchange has allowed for an 18hp and 125lb-ft of torque increase for the 2011 model. This little kitten now purrs with 563hp and 664lb-ft of torque. Want to make it go even faster? Opt for the AMG Performance package and the Mercedes turns into a tiger with 563hp and 664lb-ft of torque. The standard model makes the 0-60mph sprint in 4.4secs and has a top speed electronically limited to 155mph while the AMG Performance package shaves 0.1secs off of the 0-60mph sprint and increases top speed to 186mph. Even though the 2011 Mercedes CL63 AMG has had an incredible boost in power, Mercedes has managed to decrease fuel consumption by 27% and CO2 emissions by 30.
The 2011 Mercedes CL65 AMG carries over the same 6.0L twin turbo V12 engine as last year for its range topper, but Mercedes has managed to push out an extra 17hp to the car’s performance. Now the CL65 AMG is capable of producing 621hp at 4800RPM and 738lb-ft of torque at 2000-4000RPM. The engine is mated to an AMG speedshift 5-spped transmission with Sport, Comfort, and Manual modes. This combination allows the CL65 AMG to make the 0-60mph sprint in 4.2secs and leaves it with an electronically limited top speed of 186mph.
Hit the jump for the rest of the story plus the official press release.