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Mercedes SL-Class

Mercedes SL-Class

  The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a series of automobiles with some of the most prestigious nameplates in the motor industry. The designation, which means "Sport Light" or in German, Sport Leicht, first appeared on the 1954 300SL 'Gullwing' so nicknamed because of its passenger doors which opened upwards.

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This year’s edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show has witnessed some exciting and electrifying launches by most established brands.

Being one of the most important markets for the automobile industry, most car manufacturers see it fitting to debut their new models, variants and lineups in L.A. Every auto show has its stunners and duds, and some automakers just pull out ridiculous stuff to make us giggle – whether that giggle is intended or not is up for debate.

Sadly, the L.A. Auto Show’s biggest event is already over – the press days on the 28th and 29th of November – so we have pretty much seen everything that there was to see. The show does continue through December 6th, but those are general public days where the people that may actually buy these rigs can come and get a better look at them.

The L.A. Auto Show does, essentially, close the book on the 2012 auto show season, as just a few minor shows remain, but don’t fret; the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and its headliner – the C7 Corvette – are just around the corner.

To help ease the transition between the ending of the 2012 L.A. Auto Show and the beginning of the NAIAS, we bring you the top-5 cars launched at the soon-to-close L.A. Auto Show.

If the name "Seven-11 " sounds familiar, it’s only because the guys over at Wheelsandmore had another tuning kit bearing the same name, but it was based on a Mercedes CLS63 AMG . The second package announced is even more impressive and it is based on the SL63 AMG .

Wheelsandmore’s new SL63 AMG Seven-11 is painted in "Armageddon-Matte-Gray" then combined with traditional Wheelsandmore race-stripes. There is also a new set of 20" 6Sporz forged wheels offered as standard, or an optional set of 20/21 inch staggered combination.

The most impressive modification done for the SL63 AMG can be found under the hood. The standard SL63 AMG delivers a total of 537 HP, but the guys at Wheelsandmore added new sport catalysts, a flap-controlled exhaust system, an optimized air induction, and remapped software to the twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 engine. As a result, the V8 engine now delivers an impressive 700 HP and 811 lbs-ft of torque.

The Mercedes was also equipped with a newly developed LowMaXX electronic lowering module which automatically switches off at 43 mph in order to provide comfort and safety reserves.

The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing is a rare enough car, as there were only 3,258 examples ever built. Of those, only 1,400 were coupes. So, when you start talking about special edition models, you are getting into some of the rarest cars in the world.

When the SL300 was busy kicking ass at venues like the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and 24 Hours of Le Mans , it was not the standard road-going model that you saw. In fact, the car you saw boasted a completely different body. All of the road-going cars, prior to the car’s retirement from racing boasted a steel body and the racing models featured a lighter allot body.

After the 300SL’s retirement from racing, the alloy body became a 5,000 Deutsche Marks option on the already pricey base 300SL. Because of this massive markup, only 29 models were ever built and sold to the general public, thus making it one of the rarest Mercedes-Benz’s available today.

To read more about the 300SL Alloy Gullwing, click past the jump.

Mercedes Benz SL-Class

Mercedes USA has announced a voluntary recall for 432 units of the 2013 SL-Class roadsters due to an air-conditioner refrigerant line that can tear in a severe frontal crash. The vehicles affected were built from from December 19th, 2011 through May 31st, 2012 and are use the R1234yf refrigerant.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, if the refrigerant escapes from the hose, the gas mixture could be released into the engine compartment and cause a fire.

"Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, conducted product testing of a vehicle not sold in the U.S., but equipped with the same refrigerant. According to Mercedes-Benz, the testing was designed to replicate worst-case conditions expected in a severe frontal crash that would cause a rupture of the air-conditioner refrigerant line. A rupture of a refrigerant line will result in a gaseous mixture of refrigerant being released into the engine compartment. The testing determined that the escaping R1234yf refrigerant may ignite under specific conditions. The resulting fire could spread to additional combustible materials."

Mercedes announced that if someone is driving an affected model, they should address their local dealer who will replace the R1234yf refrigerant with a new, R134a refrigerant.

When a tuner decides to put together a package for the Mercedes SL-Class - and many of them have - they have to ensure that the work done on the sports car is heads and shoulders above everyone else. They can achieve this through an extravagant exterior paint finish, a revamped interior, or a massive engine upgrade, among other things. German tuner, fostla.de, is taking the route of covering the SL 55 AMG with a bright and eye-catching paint finish and some extra ponies to boot.

For starters, the SL 55 AMG was put through the exterior ringer with a metallic matte yellow PWF foil that makes the sports car shine. The yellow base is complimented by new wheels that were first powder coated in gloss black and then foiled in the yellow body color. These wheels measure 10.5x20 inch at the front axle and 12.5x20 inch at the rear axle, and have been fitted with appropriate tires (265/30-20 and 325/25-20). There is also a lowering kit which brings the car closer to the ground and offers a sportier overall look to the vehicle.

Getting under that metallic matte yellow hood, there is the Mercedes’ V8 engine that has received software optimization to achieve a power boost of 548 HP from the standard 500 HP. Facilitating this boost is the new exhaust system with black glossy powder coated exhaust tips.

This flashy foil and boosted output comes in at a price of 30,000 euro, or about $39,000 at the current exchange rates.

German tuner TC Concepts is back with another program. Yeah, as if their work on the Ferrari 458 Italia last month wasn’t enough, here they are presenting one, called "Titan Solution," for one of Germany’s finest: the pre-facelifted Mercedes SL65 AMG.

Already packing a walloping 6.0-liter V12 biturbo V12 engine, TC Concepts managed to increase the output of the German roadster thanks to using an upgraded engine electronic system with metal catalysts and modified air filters. The result is an output increase from 612 horsepower to 670 horsepower.

Pretty impressive, right?

From there the SL65 AMG was treated to a re-hooded fender, new left front bumper side skirts, AMG LED tail lights and new xenon headlights, and a new rear spoiler and diffuser. The last two, in particular, received a clear coat carbon fiber finish. Finally, the German tuner fitted the SL65 AMG with a new set of 19" and 20" AMG Black Series wheels.

In early 2012, Brabus unveiled a very cool tuning package for the SL500 and now, the tuner has decided it was time to focus on the entire SL-Class line-up. Their new, versatile package includes noteworthy exterior updates, along with a power increase.

The exterior package includes a custom-tailored front fascia, add-on components for the side sills and rear fascia, a new rear spoiler, and side air vents for the front fenders. Customers will have the possibility to choose from a wide variety of wheels in four different designs and with diameters of 18, 19, and 20 inches. These new wheels will be combined with custom-tailored suspension components, available in different versions depending on the SL model. An electric module can also lower the car’s ride by about 25 mm.

As for the engine upgrades, the most important one is being offered for the 4.7 liter V8 engine. This update includes a 520 PowerXtra CGI power kit and a stainless-steel sport exhaust system with four chrome-plated tailpipes which will increase the engine’s output to an impressive 520 HP (up from the standard 435 HP). The tuner is also offering a Vmax unit which will allow an increase in the top speed to 155, 172, 186 mph.

When you say Graf Weckerle you automatically images some very cool, yet individual and exclusive tuning packages. And of course that this latest one, offered for the Mercedes SL500 is no exception. The package features a maritime inspiration through both the exterior and interior of the car, while the interior features pure 750 white gold elements.

For the exterior the most important changes are of course the wheels This time the tuner opted for a new set of 20" Collection Sport forged performance wheels made out of a special rotation-forged titanium-aluminum alloy. The wheels are featuring a very cool aluminum effect combined with a special white coating on the disc and a Graf Weckerle brand logo on the center cap. This new set of wheels has been combined with a very cool Graf Weckerle navy blue exterior paint.

The interior continues with the same maritime theme thanks to its Graf Weckerle navy blue leather contrasting with white stitching and piping. But the most amazing features are the Graf Weckerle brand emblems integrated into the original seat design and made of pure 750 white gold.

No changes have been made under the hood at this point, but the tuner announced that an optimized and remapped ECU in combination with a stainless steel sports exhaust system is currently being developed.

The guys over MEC Design already used us with some very impressive tuning packages for most of the recently announced Mercedes models. And of course that the new 2013 Mercedes SL550 could have been no exception. Their package is currently updating just the look of the car, but the German tuner has promised that an engine update will follow shortly.

Launched back in April, the new generation Mercedes SL-Class has made quite a sensation. But MEC Design managed to make it look even more impressive. For this the tuners has added AMG-inspired front and rear bumpers, plus a new four-tailpipe exhaust system. This one can be ordered in two different sound types: "Daytona" and "Earthquake," depending of course on the customer’s wishes.

The last piece of the tuning package is an electric lowering module which can be used to reduce the car’s height by up to 55mm). A new set of 20-inch "MecxtremeI" wheels with a satin finish completes the picture.

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ADV.1 wheels never cease to amaze us. We’re firm believers that if you own an exotic supercar or sports car and want to drastically improve the overall appearance of your machine while also cutting down on some unsprung weight, then ADV.1 should be your first port of call. Case in point, this incredible 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series recently overhauled by the firm.

When Mercedes unveiled the SL65 AMG Black Series a few years ago, they priced all 200 available models at an insane $320,000. Not surprisingly, the cars were immediately scooped up and the SL65 AMG Black Series has since become a rare and exotic species. Now, ADV.1 Wheels somehow found themselves with one of these babies and they set out and did what they know best.

Featuring a drop-dead gorgeous matte blue paint job, with the addition of some discreet LEDs in the front grilles, this particular SL65 AMG Black Series is arguably the most impressive unit we’ve seen to date. We came to that conclusion even before casting our eyes down to the incredible 10-spoke alloy wheels fitted to this rear-wheeled drive monster.

Sitting on three piece forged aluminum ADV5.0 Track Spec wheels measuring 20x9.5” at the front and 20x12” at the rear, these works of art produced by ADV.1 help to cap off this beautiful piece of German craftsmanship.

As a reminder, the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series first debuted way back in 2009 with an uprated 6.0-liter V12 AMG engine pumping out in excess of 650 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. This additional power and torque was found thanks to the 12 percent increase in the size of the two turbochargers, changes to the engine’s intakes, turbo wastegates, and the intercooler also being improved for greater efficiency.

Consequently, the SL65 AMG Black can launch to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 198 mph.

Source: ADV.1

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