Audi has the E-tron and BMW has just announced their new i line-up, but what about Mercedes? British magazine, CAR, suggests that Mercedes is considering a new E Superlight saloon for the 2015 model year. This new model will bethe same size as the CLS and will have the S-Class’ price, but will combine design elements from concepts like the F800 and the F125.
The new E Superlight sedan will be based on the platform of the next generation E-Class and will feature short rear pantograph panels that swing out and back. It will come with a stiff and strong carbon fiber structure that will help it reduce its weight considerably - down by about 350 kg/772 lbs, thanks in large part to the carbon fiber’s 1300 kg/2,866 lbs weight - as well as its cost and complexity.
Mercedes will opt for a load-based confectioning scheme that will allow the suspension and the drivetrain to be integrated into the monocoque. The car’s hybrid system will combine a 150 HP fuel-cell which drives the rear wheels in sync with a 50 HP electric motor.
The Mercedes E Superlight will go on sale as a limited edition in 2015, but by 2017, Mercedes hopes to sell about 20,000 units.
With the 2012 Detroit Auto Show getting closer, more and more automakers are announcing their line-up for the show. Now Mercedes has announced two new E-Class Hybrid models, the first being the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid, available as a Saloon and Estate, and the second the E400 Hybrid. Both models will go on sale later in 2012.
The E300 BlueTEC Hybrid combines a 204 HP four-cylinder engine with an electric motor producing 27 HP and 184 lb-ft of torque. The system makes the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid the most economical luxury-class vehicle in the world: it delivers a fuel economy of 55.9 mpg.
The E400 Hybrid combines a 306 HP V6-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor producing 27 HP and 184 lb-ft of torque. The consumption figures based on the American CAFE standard are: City 24 mpg, Highway 31 mpg, Combined 27 mpg.
"With these two E-Class models we are now continuing our comprehensive hybrid offensive. The modular technology opens up a quick way for us to complement other model series with hybrid models", explains Professor Dr. Thomas Weber, Daimler Board Member for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
The Mercedes E-Class L certainly doesn’t lack in luxury. But when you look at it, you have to admit that it still needs a little sprucing up to really deliver home the point that it’s a luxury limousine that shouldn’t be messed with.
The boys at Prior Design pretty much think the same way, so they did something that we couldn’t do from the comforts of our couch: they actually developed an aerodynamic kit to give the E-Class L a little more attitude.
Among the modifications Prior Design gave to the E-Class L include a new front bumper, a pair of new side skirts, a new rear bumper, a new set of 20" alloy wheels, and a new suspension set-up that improves the luxury saloon’s handling and characteristics.
Meanwhile, performance numbers were left untouched, which is a little disappointing. Then again, the E-Class L still has a plethora of power train options you can choose from, highlighted by a 4.7-liter V8 engine that produces just a shade under 400 horsepower.
British magazine, EVO, has gone out and pitted a few more competitors against each other to determine which is the better ride. Starting with the very cool BMW M5, EVO gathered up its competitors - the Porsche Panamera S, Mercedes E63 AMG, and Jaguar XFR - for a little one on three action.
Let’s break it down with some numbers. The M5’s 560 HP went up against the 550 HP from the Panamera, the 525 HP from the E63 AMG, and the 510 HP from the XF-R. Basically, the test served up 2,145 HP of phenomenal power, but which sports car landed on top of the heap?
Before watching the video, try to take a stab at who crossed the finish-line first. You may be surprised. We’ll give you a one hint: the Panamera turned out to be the laziest from them all.
If reports are indeed accurate, then we might be living in a future that includes a lightweight Mercedes E-Class.
The news was first reported by German car magazine, Auto Bild, saying that Mercedes is in the process of building a new variant of the E-Class that will carry a sturdy yet lightweight structure comprising mostly of carbon fiber.
The use of carbon fiber on this lightweight E-Class will cut down the car’s weight by around 350 kg/772 lbs, thanks in large part to the carbon fiber’s 1300 kg/2,866 lbs weight.
On top of its drastic weight savings, the new E-Class will also carry a new styling language that will be strongly influenced by the new CLS-Class and on top of that, the expected use of carbon fiber on the mid-size luxury car will open the doors - literally speaking - to the possibility of the new car losing its B-pillars, or better yet, carrying gullwing doors.
As far as the engine of the car, Mercedes is looking at using either a hybrid or a hydrogen-fuel cell powertrain as it attempts to lower its fuel economy and emission levels across the board.
Noted Mercedes tuner, Brabus, may be famous for all their high-powered tuning programs, but their penchant for power doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have eco-friendly bones in their bodies.
Somewhat surprisingly, Brabus is tapping into their inner affinity towards the environment with the introduction of the new BRABUS Technology Project HYBRID. The vehicle hybrid program is based on the Mercedes E 220 CDI, but instead of its usual powertrain, this particular car has been fitted with four electric motors. There’s one motor on each wheel and each carries 50 kW (67 horsepower) apiece in Eco mode and up to 80 kW (107 horsepower) each in Sport Mode. The four electric motors are then joined by a 56 kWh lithium-ion battery that further increases the car’s total output to 320 kW (435 horsepower) and - prepare yourself - 2,360 lb/ft of torque. Whoa.
The numbers translate to performance figures that include a 0-62 mph sprint time of 6.9 seconds, an ECO-mode top speed of 118 mph and a Sport-mode top speed of 137 mph. As a hybrid, careful attention has to be paid on the car’s driving range and the BRABUS Technology Project HYBRID returns a very impressive 217 miles on the dot with the battery taking 90 minutes to recharge at a 380 V three phase grid and up to five hours through a normal 220 V AC outlet.
How would you like to own a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet that can smoke even the most powerful of exotics in the world? It sounds like we’re reaching considering that the car doesn’t really belong in the same exotic landscape as those devil-may-care machines. But once you see what German tuning company, Brabus, has cooked up, you’re going to have to pick your jaws up off the floor. Don’t feel too bad, though, because we just picked ours up too.
This is the Brabus 800 E V12 Cabriolet and it really does defy all kinds of reasonable explanation. It’s based on the E-Class Cabriolet and it’s got enough power to shame even some of the most powerful supercars on the planet. Of course, all that is owed to the 800-horsepower engine under its hood, which really is beyond comprehension when you think about it. It’s an E-Class, people! Make no mistake; the E-Class has some serious juice in it, but 800 horsepower?
We’re starting to be at a loss for words so it’s probably best to find out more about it after the jump. Full story
Mercedes is prepping for the onslaught of customers readying their wallets for the 2012 Mercedes E63 AMG with some AMG Performance Studio styling. After all, no one wants to see the same E63 AMG passing by over and over again, especially if you happen to be riding in one as well.
As part of the new "AMG Performance 2015" model strategy, the E63 AMG will now come equipped with an AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine that delivers an output of 525 HP to 557 HP and a peak torque of 516 lbs-ft. The car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and will be capable of a top speed of 155 mph. This is all fine and dandy, but customization issues are always a plus, and Mercedes is readying the attack AMG Performance Studio options such as a performance suspension, a ceramic high-performance composite braking system, an exterior Carbon package, and an AMG Driver’s package that will include the removal of the speed limiter.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Mercedes E63 AMG with AMG Performance Studio. Full story
One thing we ought to know about world records is that at some point in time, somebody’s going to beat them. It may not happen for a while, but sooner or later, there’s going to be someone - or something - that will eclipse it.
Currently, the record for the world’s longest drift sits on the mantle of Vaughn Gittin Jr’s study. The drift champion set the record back in December 18, 2008 with a run of 1,914.15 m (6,280.01 ft) at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas. It’s said that Gittin Jr. could have done longer had the threads on his tires not gotten completely eviscerated.
Fast forward to today and word has it that Mercedes-Benz is planning on besting Gittin Jr.’s record. The man for the job is Mercedes demonstration driver, Mauro Calo, who not only wants to break the record the same way Gittin Jr. did when he broke the previous record of 4,137 feet, but wants to reach 10,000 feet, which is a little under two miles long.
While the task seems to be far easier said than done, Calo is confident that the record will be his after his attempt at Surrey, England while using either a Mercedes C63 or E63 AMG. Calo’s attempt will be made exceptionally more difficult considering that he plans to attempt it on a perimeter track that’s barely ’as wide as a car length’.
No timetable has been set on when this attempt will take place, but seeing as news of it is going around, we won’t be surprised if it takes place before the year ends.
Whatever the case may be, we’ll be sure to give updates when the day for the record-setting attempt draws near.
German tuning company, Prior Design, has gone to great lengths with their program for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe. For their latest work, the German aftermarket company has produced a complete package of upgrades for the E-Class Coupe, one that improves the luxury sports car’s overall profile, as well as its performance capabilities.
Among the aerodynamic goodies given to the E-Class Coupe by Prior Design include new bumpers on both ends of the car, revised side skirts, a new rear diffuser, a lowered suspension by about 35 mm, and a set of 20" wheels available in such colors as matte black, gloss black, gold, or silver. As an added option, Prior Design is also offering a roof spoiler for the car.
As far as the performance upgrades, both the E350 Coupe and the E550 Coupe were given ECU remaps, as well as new sport exhaust systems. These changes improved the car’s numbers by 74 horsepower, jumping the E350’s 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine from 268 horsepower to 343 horsepower and the E550’s 5.5-liter DOHC V8 engine from 382 horsepower to 457 horsepower.
Prior Design’s whole gamut of improvements on the E-Class Coupe fits to exactly what we want to see from a tuning company: not too audacious, but enough to give it a fresh and more powerful look.