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.

Having a Mercedes SL63 AMG in your garage is already reason enough for your neighbors to feel supremely jealous of you. But what if you had a way to knock that ‘envy meter’ up a few more notches? Would you do it?

If you answered ‘yes’, then we have the perfect interior styling program for you. Courtesy of the folks from Vilner is this new styling program called the SL63 AMG Shadow Line.

Among the upgrades included in the Vilner Shadow Line program includes a steering wheel that’s been outfitted with thicker hand-stitched light gray perforated leather. The sports car’s doors were also given a red perforated leather treatment with an ornamental design on the door handles, which, incidentally can also be found on the car’s center armrest and at the back of the headrest. The seats were also dressed in the same black and red color scheme with a headrest dressed in leather with white stitching and accompanied by an embroidered ‘Shadow Line’ name on it.

The changes are minimal compared to what we’ve seen from Vilner in the past. But when it comes to interior styling, the company’s ‘Shadow Line’ package just might be the answer you’re looking for if you ever decide to give your SL63 AMG a classy and beautiful dress-up.

There’s no typo in the title, in case you’re wondering. And if looks can be deceiving, we won’t blame you if you think that this 1961 Mercedes 190SL is just a restored classic. But the truth is, it’s not. On the contrary, in fact.

This, dear folks, is the Mercedes-Bent 190SL.

The project, which was the brainchild of Hot Rods and Custom Stuff, began by taking a 1961 Mercedes 190SL and stripping it of its original parts with only the car’s body left standing. Then, Hot Rods and Custom Stuff widened and lengthened the 190SL’s body to accommodate all the new parts that were going to be put in, most notably the platform of a 2004 Mercedes SL600 .

After hours and hours of labor, the finished product is what was unveiled at SEMA 2010 – a car that seamlessly blended old school looks with new school performance features, a marriage that is both awesome to look at and even better to drive.

Details after the jump.

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Misha Designs has just unveiled its new widebody Mercedes-Benz SL , as if the normal one isn’t wide enough.

The new package includes a new front bumper and lower lip spoiler made from carbon fiber. These help to increase the opening in the front to allow more air flow. The fenders and the quarter panels are widened to merge with the wheel arches with air intakes behind the front wheels. This will give the Misha SL a Black Series-like look.

The new kit also uses a new bonnet with carbon fiber vents. There are side skirts that meet up with the fender flares and a rear bumper with carbon fiber gills on each side. There is also a carbon diffuser and a truck spoiler for aerodynamics.

Misha Design says that you can have this done to any post-2003 SL model, but it can provide an easy upgrade bolt on kit for the face lifted 2009 version. As if the new version wasn’t vulgar enough, this steps it up one more notch.

Earlier this evening Wheelsandmore brought us a tuned up Audi R8 V10 . Now they are bringing us another masterful vehicle with a killer engine. A standard Mercedes SL65 AMG is powered by an AMG 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine that develops 612 hp and 1000 NM of torque. Sounds pretty good, right? Apparently not. German tuner, Wheelsandmore, has managed to take this engine to a new level. By upgrading the electronic control unit and adding a new exhaust system, the tuner managed to obtain an impressive 697 HP and 1150 Nm.

The tuning package also includes a new set of 3-piece forged wheels model 6Sporz, sizing 10,0x20” at the front and 12,0x20 at the rear axle. A "LowMaXX" electronic lowering module has also been added bringing the ride up by about 45mm.

Much like the Audi from earlier, Wheelsandmore failed to mention how these changes would affect the performance numbers for the sports car. What they did confirm, however, is that the speed limiter has been removed. Regardless of what the numbers turn out to be, we doubt they will compare to the performance provided by the Mercedes SL65 AMG Black Series by MKB which produces 1000hp. That’s just simple math.

Press release after the jump.

When it comes to providing high end tuning kits for some Mercedes models, tuners like Prior Design and Inden Design are more than well known. However, at this November’s SEMA Show, Los Angeles-based tuner Misha Design will be coming prepared with their own wide body kit for the Mercedes SL55 AMG , and as far as we can tell, they will provide as much spark as any other tuner.

Only two sketches of the tuning package were revealed, but the tuner did confirm that the package will include black carbon fiber fins on the hood and the rear bumper, new air intakes, and forged wheels.

Apparently an SL55 AMG was chosen by the customer because of the numerous deals and low mileage SL55 AMGs that were available. A standard Mercedes SL 55 AMG is powered by a 5.5-liter V8 supercharged engine that delivers a total of 517 HP. That being said, Misha Design has announced that they pulled a few tricks out of their sleeves to toy with the engine. No performance numbers were announced as of yet, but as soon as we get the information - which will be in November when it is unveiled at the SEMA Show - we’ll pass it along!

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We have always said, never hire an automaker to keep a secret, because they can’t. They can’t even keep their new cars from being seen by photographers. This time, Mercedes-Benz has let its, what we think is the new 2012 SL 63 AMG out into the public.

From the start, it’s fairly easy to tell that this is all AMG. The long hood, AMG wheels, cross-drilled brakes, and folding metal roof give it away. The front of the car takes some design elements from the SLS , with a more upright front fascia. The interior will likely have a redesigned steering wheel, SLS-like center console, and a much improved computer system.

Powering this beast will be a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 with 536 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Need more torque to shred those tires into dust, AMG will offer the AMG Performance Package that will bump up the torque rating to 664 pound-feet.

UPDATE 12/15/2011: Check out our rendering of the future SL AMG!

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What is a high-end sports car? Are they Italian performance machines like the Ferrari 458 and the Lamborghini Gallardo , or are they more sensible vehicles like the BMW M5 and theMercedes-Benz SL63 AMG ? We think they’re the latter.

For this top ten, we are going to set the price cap at $120,000, if you can call that a cap. That should eliminate most of the extreme vehicles, but keep the basic Porsches and so on within the limits.

What kinds of things are we looking for with high-end sports cars? Obviously, they need to be fast with agile handling and excellent driving dynamics. The car needs to look stunning with a functional yet stylish interior. It would also be great if it could stand the test of time, so reliability is also a factor.

Let’s review the previous winners of our sports car test. The Volkswagen GTI took the top spot in the entry-level test due to its excellent performance, build quality, and versatility. There were numerous winners of the mid-level test , as we had multiple categories. We chose the Audi S4, the BMW M3, and the Ford Mustang GT500 as the top cars in their classes.

Hit the jump to see the list.

An800hp Mercedes SL65 AMG by Brabus ? That’s old school. Check out the new Mercedes SL65 AMG Black Series that develops a total of 1000hp. Yeah, that’s more like it. Tuning firm, MKB, has manged to get this type of power out of the Mercedes after an enormous engine conversion that added 345hp to the already speedy SL65 AMG.

The engine conversion included new air intakes, turbo charger systems, cooling systems, and, of course, an ECU upgrade. The result? A sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 8.9 seconds, and from 0 to 186 mph in 21.5 seconds. Top speed has not been measured yet, but we imagine it will be significantly higher than the 198mph top speed provided by the standard Mercedes SL65 AMG. The total cost for the engine tuning is 116,800 euro.

"Our main goal with the new engine MKB P 1000 isn’t a new one. We simply want to give back the top speed performance to this SL with its high downforce-aerosetting. It should be v-max capable just like our other top speed efficient cars. And for this we need more than 800 engine horsepower," points out MKB CEO Panagiotis Avramidis.

The tuning package also includes a decent exterior design and refinement in the interior. The full package takes about three months to complete.

Press release after the jump.

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Get ready to spend some cash because Inden Design is ready to take it. They’ve developed a tuning package for the Mercedes SL63 AMG that will leave your wallets empty, but your Mercedes stacked. Their kit includes a new body kit and interior and technical changes.

The body kit starts off with a front spoiler bumper, fenders with ventilation openings, a complete hood with air intakes, sidesmolder-learn, a tailspoiler, and rear widening. This “base” body kit will cost the consumer € 19,900. Not a bad starting point, but it starts to get a little out of hand from there. If the consumer wants to add a hood, they’ll need to add € 3,500. A tail diffuser in carbon and a front flap of PE will add € 800 and € 999, respectively. Unfortunately, it doesn’t end there for the money the consumer will have to spend. Assembly of the package will run € 8,000 and adding a lacquer finish inclusive putty work will be € 7,500.

Hit the jump for some more calculations and the press release.

The German tuner Wheelsandmore has unveiled a new tuning package for the Mercedes C63 AMG and the SL63 AMG that has taken them over two years to complete. Both models, in their standard versions, are powered by a 6.3 liter V8 engine, but Wheelsandmore has increased the output for both models.

For the sedan the power has been boosted to deliver up to 570 hp and 690 Nm of torque while the roadster delivers a total of 600 hp and 710 Nm of torque. Unfortunately, the tuner did not reveal any details on how these new numbers would improve the cars’ performances, but we expect the 0 to 60 mph sprint time to go way under 4 seconds.

The 6.3L engines received software updates and a complete stainless steel exhaust system. The exhaust system includes 4in1 manifolds, catalytic replacement tubes and rear sport mufflers with valve flaps, which are able to be controlled with a remote control.

Next to the engine improvements, both models come with new 20-inch wheels. The C-Class models receive ultralight forged wheel models “6Sporz” and “TS-1” and the SL 63 models carry the same 3-piece forged models with maximum sizes.

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