Mercedes G-Class

Mercedes G-Class

Part of what makes the “Die Hard” franchise so enduring is the way Bruce Willis somehow manages to skirt death in the nuttiest ways possible. We can’t tell you how many times this dude should’ve died in any of the first four movies, but somehow, he always lives to see another day.

For the fifth movie of the franchise, called "A Good Day to Die Hard", director John Moore decided to put his Michael Bay hat to good use by destroying a staggering total of cars. "There were 132 (cars) that could never be used again," he told USA Today.

"Another 518 required a lot of work. And damn right there were some good cars there. ... That’s the fun of it."

Moore goes on to say that all 132 destroyed cars - one of which was a Lamborghini - were used in just one scene, a mind-blowing sequence that ended up costing production $11 million. Incredibly, that $11 million doesn’t even include the slew of Mercedes G-Class SUVs that were donated to the film by the German automaker. And yes, those vehicles were wrecked too, as you can see in the video above.

But that’s not even the most unbelievable part because somehow, someway, John McClane lived through all that carnage, too.

We’re still waiting for the movie where McClane finally lives up to the franchise’s title and ’die hard’.

Source: USA Today
Mercedes E63 AMG

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.

Source: AutoExpress

Now that we have officially seen the new Mercedes G65 AMG and G63 AMG models, the German tuner A.R.T. decided to update their look a little bit. The biggest changes were made under the hood, but the exterior and the interior also receive pretty significant updates. First deliveries will be made in January 2013 and prices will be announced at a later date.

In the powertrain department, the tuner reprogrammed the ECU and installed high-flow catalytic converters and additional cooling systems for engine, fuel circuit and transmission. Along with these updates, the A.R.T. also installed a new stainless-steel sport exhaust system with three end pipes per side. As a result, the output for the G65 has been increased from 612 ponies to 749 horsepower and for the G63, it went from 544 horsepower to 681 horses.

The exterior updates are also pretty amazing and include a new front bumper with integrated front spoiler and more air intakes, a new aero hood in bicolor design and featuring no less than 19 air intakes, and a new bumper with double retro-reflector units. The car is offered on a set of 22-inch monoART1 wheels.

On the inside, the Benz now features a wide range of leather and Alcantara, crowned by carbon and noble woods.

At the upcoming Essen Motor Show , Brabus will unveil a tuning package based on the latest Mercedes G63 AMG . We have to admit, we never imagined a G-Class could look this good, especially when wearing that black coat of paint.

The most awesome part of the tuning kit sits beneath the hood. Here, the standard 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine received an additional intercooler and some ECU updates that boosted it from its already monstrous 544 horsepower to an incredible 620 ponies. Along with the extra ponies came a few extra pounds of twist, as its torque jumped from 560 to 590 pound-feet. We can’t tell exactly how the extra 76 horsepower will improve the SUV’s performance numbers, but we’ll surely learn more during its debut in Essen.

To add a little extra style to the package, Brabus placed the G63 AMG atop a set of 23-inch wheels painted in black and covered the calipers with a layer of yellow paint

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Thanks to our German friends at, we now have some information on the 2015 Mercedes Benz GLG-Class. In fact, it is enough information to create our own rendering of what the the Mini-G will look like.

The Mercedes GLG-Class will be roughly based on the newly announced A-Class and will look like a shrunken version of the utilitarian, yet luxurious, G-Class.

The GLG-Class will be Mercedes’ answer to the small-SUV market, which is dominated by models like the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 . Though Mercedes isn’t planning on marketing this as a true off-road vehicle, it will certainly do the job of crossing pot-holes and small ditches. It’s also for the people that like the boxy, go-anywhere design of the G-Class, but may not be able to afford it.

The Mercedes GLG is one of 10 models that Mercedes plans to unveil before 2020. With the GLG-Class’ release, the number of SUVs in Merc’s lineup will increase to six, including the unannounced GLA crossover in 2013.

To know more about the Mini-G click past the jump.

Mercedes G-Class

We were just getting used to the idea that Mercedes was preparing a crossover based on their new A-Class platform and we are already learning that there in fact be two different crossovers based on the new A-Class family. The first crossover will be called the GLA and the second one will be the GLG. The GLG will actually be a baby version of the current G-Class and an off-road version of the GLA.

The first details suggest that the next GLG will feature a taller, more upright stance and design elements inspired by the G-Class . The model will be offered in a front-wheel drive configuration, but a 4Matic version is also being rumored. The engine line-up will be identical to the one used in the A-Class and will range from a base 1.6-liter with 122 HP up to a 211 HP 2.0 liter engine. An AMG version will also be offered. It will deliver about 350 HP and will be offered with stronger brakes, a seven-speed automatic gearbox, quicker steering, and a re-engineered front axle.

The new Mercedes GLG will be unveiled sometime in mid 2015 and will be just one of the ten all-new models planned by 2020.

Source: CAR

When Chinese car dealer Zhongsheng Group Holdings Ltd bought a 70% stake in Carlsson , we figured that it would only be a matter of time before we saw China-exclusive programs coming out of the German tuning firm. After all, part of the reason why Zhongsheng bought Carlsson was to give German automakers a little more flair in the Chinese market, which has been inundated with these models to the point that they’ve become a little too mainstream. Now, we have the very first program to be born out of that promise: the Mercedes CGL45 Royal Last Edition.

Based on Carlsson’s CGL45 program for the GL-Class , the 45 Royal Last Edition is an exclusive tuning program reserved only for the Chinese market. The CGL45 kit, which was already detailed in these pages, contains a bevy of components made out of high-quality PUR-Rim plastic. These components include wider wheel arches and a new chrome radiator grille with mesh inserts. There’s also an impressive lighting set-up that features a couple of double light units and LED daytime running lights on the front spoiler.

Under the hood of the German SUV, Carlsson gave the CGL45 Royal Last Edition’s 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine a comprehensive engine tuning, increasing the SUV’s output from the standard 265 horsepower and 457 lb/ft of torque figures all the way up to 310 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque. Meanwhile, the top-of-the-line 5.5-liter V8 model gets a new output of 435 horsepower and 442 lb/ft of torque.

The history of the Mercedes G-Class began back in 1979 and thirty four years later, a new generation will be arriving for the 2013 model year. With such a long history backing up this heavy duty utility vehicle, Mercedes has released an informative video in which they explain the history of the G-Class in just 3 minutes.

The G-class was first developed as a military vehicle, but since then, it has become one of the most iconic Mercedes models of all time. The 2013 model will be offered in two standard models - the G 350 BlueTEC and the G500 - and two AMG models - the G63 AMG and the G65 AMG. Check out the video to see the difference between these new models and the original.

In this video, Volker Leutz, Mercedes-Benz Designer, and Michael Bock, the Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic, also discuss the challenges faced when updating the G-Class. Namely, continuously improving the vehicle while remaining true to the original idea.

Hennessey has just released an engine upgrade package specifically for the Mercedes AMG 5.5 liter biturbo V8 engine that will that will take your vehicle from hot to nuclear with just a few additions. The package is called the HPE700 and it increases the engine’s output from the standard 550 HP to an impressive 700 HP - hence the name.

As of right now, this engine powers the CLS63 , E63 , S63 , G63 , GL63 , ML63 , and SL63 AMG . In order to obtain this impressive upgrade, the tuner performed an HPE air induction system modification, HPE engine management calibration, and Dyno tuning. The update will get a 3 Year / 36,000 mile limited warranty. After all these updates, the V8 engine delivers a total of 700 HP at 5200 rpm and a peak torque 800 lbs-ft at 3,800 rpm.

Next to these engine updates, the tuner is also offering carbon fiber trim accessories and a new set of wheels combined with updated suspensions.

Anyone that has owned an SUV or pickup truck has been here before. You are searching for a space and you think “I could just push that car outta my way and park there.” Then your conscience takes over and reminds you of your insurance premiums, so you just keep looking.

Well, Mercedes has decided to show us that the G63 AMG – AKA the most bad-ass SUV ever made – can fit just about anywhere, literally. The above video is, of course, a Mercedes commercial getting ready for the launch of this much anticipated 544-horsepower super SUV. When the boss man rolls up in his G63 AMG to find a pallet of pipes and a trailer-based office in the way, he politely pushes them out of the way with his 560 pound-feet of torque to make his own space.

It’s a pretty funny commercial, for Mercedes, but the irony is great. First off, the stigma that comes along with owning a Mercedes certainly fits the “me first” attitude of the driver. Secondly, who in their right mind would push, pull or tow ANYTHING with a $129,000 SUV? I sure as hell wouldn’t.

Either way, check out the video and have a few chuckles on us. Hopefully, Mercedes decides to take a slightly more comedic approach with its not-so-Mercedes-like SUV. Most Mercedes commercials are a little, um, “stuffy” for our taste.

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