Mercedes SLS-Class

Mercedes SLS-Class

If you want to see a good video review, we suggest you look for one made by Chris Harris. We don’t know why, but we love how he tests cars.

His latest review features a very cool Mercedes SLS Black Series . The test was made at the Paul Ricard circuit, and, according to Harris, this is "a good car to watch and listen to, honest."

Many people accused Harris of reviewing too many AMG models in the past few weeks, but we can’t complain. We want more, no matter what he has to say about them!

The SLS AMG Black Series is powered by a 622-horsepower, V-8 engine and, because is about 154 pounds lighter than the standard SLS, it also delivers improved performance figures: it goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 195 mph.

Back in 2011 Senner Tuning announced an upgrade package for the Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe version. Today, the same package has been extended to the roadster version . Just like with the coupe , the roadster version receives an extra 35 horsepower under the hood and new wheels, combined with an upgraded suspension system.

Senner Tuning added a new exhaust system made in high-grade steel and a new set of high-performance air filters to help boost its output beyond the standard 571 horsepower and 650 Nm (479 pound-feet) of torque. The end result is an SLS Roadster that delivers a total of 606 horsepower and a peak torque of 508 pound-feet. AS standard, the SLS AMG hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 197 mph. This package likely drops its acceleration time down to around 3.7 seconds and it may allow the SLS AMG to tickle the 200-mph mark.

Senner also installed new wheels, sized 9-by-20 inches with 255/30R20 tires up front and 11.5-by-21 inches with 295/25R21 Hankook S1 Evo-tires for the rear. The wheels are painted in titanium gray and are combined with a special coil-over suspension system made by KW Automotive.

Oakley Design may not be headed to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but that doesn’t mean it can’t steal some of the headlines, especially when it has a new program for a supercar like the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster .

Called the SLS AMG 640-2 Carbon Edition, Oakley Design gives real meaning to the program’s name with plenty of carbon parts added to the exterior and interior of the SLS AMG Roadster. Other additions to the Mercedes supercar include new air intakes with integrated LED lights, a new bumper with what looks like fangs and a new exhaust system that looks oddly similar to the one equipped in the C63 AMG Black Series.

But the most important part of the 640-2 Carbon Edition is the increase in output Oakley Design managed to give to the SLS AMG Roadster. From the stock output of 571 horsepower and 473 pound-feet of torque, Oakley Design was able to push those numbers north to 640 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque.

While these modifications certainly point to the skills of Oakley Design as a premier aftermarket company, we have a feeling that it has more up its sleeve in terms of details about its 640-2 Carbon Edition program for the SLS AMG Roadster.

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

In 1955 Mercedes unveiled the 300 SC - a car that has stolen the heart of many auto enthusiasts – but it was limited only to 92 units. So you see, the chances of finding one in our days in good conditions is pretty rare.

While the 300 SC was no doubt an amazing car, we are wondering if buying a new Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster and then paying a tuner to make it look like the 300 SC is really worth it. Apparently, a customer in Europe thinks so, as he paid the guys over Gullwing America (GWA) to make this impressive transformation.

An SLS Roadster was chosen because its platform, running gear and interior features will require only slight changes, but to make the SLS look like the 300 SC, the tuner had to do lots of work. GWA changed the position of the pop-out rear spoiler, added LED lights to the headlamps, redesigned the grille and added an assertive emblem on the top.

The tuner also installed a set of wheels, sized 22-by-12 inches on the rear and 21-by-9.5 inches upfront, a new special exhaust system and adjustable-height suspension.

The Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster is one of the few supercars that can stand alone sans any aesthetic or aerodynamic modifications.

But if you told us that Mercedes tuner extraordinaire, MEC Design, was preparing said program, we wouldn’t have any problems with it.

Comprising of an aero package that includes a bevy of new aftermarket components, MEC Design’s new program for the SLS AMG Roadster is a certified barnburner. The replacement front bumper can be had with either a one or two-piece spoiler. More aggressive side skirts are also part of the package as well as a new trunk-lid spoiler, an optional set of LED daytime running lights, a new rear bumper that can be customized to fit either an Extreme, Formula, or GT3 diffuser section, and a set of 20-inch and 21-inch mecextreme3 alloy wheels that have been fitted and wrapped in 275/30ZR20 and 295/25ZR21.

Oh, and speaking of the spoilers and the diffuser, you can tell MEC Design to use clear-coated carbon fiber to further shoot up the exclusivity and look of the sexy SLS AMG Roadster.

Inside, the modifications are right in line with what you’ve come to expect from MEC Design. The usual digs of leather, Alcantara, and carbon fiber dominate the interior remodeling, particularly on the steering wheel, the console, sill plates and the seats.

Wheelsandmore offers numerous updates for the Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe , but until now, no updates have been offered for the roadster versions. We said “until now” because today the tuner has announced a brand-new upgrade kit for the SLS Roadster . Customers can choose between two different stage upgrades, with the most powerful one delivering up to 704 horsepower.

In stage II the tuner will install a new exhaust system with sport catalysts and a flap-controlled exhaust. These updates, combined with a software remapping and special sport air filters, will increase the engine’s output up from the standard 563 horsepower up to 635 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

In stage III, Wheelsandmore opted to supercharge the V-8 engine. The end result is a stout 704 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. These updates will significantly improve the car’s performance numbers, as it will then sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds and its top speed has been increased to 330 km/h (205 mph).

Along with the engine upgrades, Wheelsandmore is also offering a set of 6Sporz forged wheels, ultra-lightweight aluminum coilover suspension system and LCS coilover suspension with a lift-up function that can raise the car’s ride by 40 millimeters (1.5 inches).

Out of the limelight of the Detroit Auto Show comes a new program from noted aftermarket tuner mcchip-dkr.

We already saw the initial stages of the MC700 program for the Mercedes SLS AMG late last year, but now, there are plenty of modifications to go around, highlighted by a two-stage program on the car’s 571-horsepower, 6.3-liter V-8 engine.

Stage 1, as was detailed previously, includes the operation of a mechanically driven compressor to go with the installation of a pure compressor supercharger kit, the optimization of ECU software, and the addition of a Capristo exhaust system. This resulted in the improvement of the supercar’s output to 680 horsepower and 568 pounds per feet of torque.

If that isn’t enough to tickle your fancy, the brawnier Stage Two option comes with a more aggressive ECU remap to go with a new sports catalyst, further spiking the output to a spicy 708 horsepower and 585 pounds per feet of torque.

For the Stage One program, you’ll have to shell out €69,900 ($93,400), while the Stage Two kit will set you back an additional €9,099 ($12,100), rounding it out to €78,999, or about $105,500.

In addition to the comprehensive engine upgrade, this new program also boasts a matte-grey body wrap courtesy of CoverEFX at a price of €5,999 ($8,000), as well as a new KW sports suspension kit with an HLS 4 system, a technology that for €12,999 ($17,300), can adjust the car’s front and rear axles back to factory height at just a click of a button.

German aftermarket specialist Vilner won’t waste your time with any performance upgrades. That’s not their style.

Instead, they specialize in the kind of modification that makes the interior of a standard Mercedes SLS AMG look pauper-ish by comparison. That’s not directed at the fine folks of Mercedes , who we believe do an outstanding job with styling choices.

It’s just that Vilner specializes on this kind of thing, so much so that anytime they work on an interior of a car, you expect nothing short of spectacular.

On this particular program, that’s exactly what they did, and the result is bloody impressive. There’s a whole lot that went to this program so instead of just rambling on about it, just hop on past the jump and find out what Vilner did to this particular Mercedes SLS AMG.

Here are a couple of hints: leather and Alcantara.

On paper, a Mercedes SLS AMG and Ferrari 458 Italia look pretty mechanically identical. The German sports car is powered by a 6.3-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 570 horsepower, and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 197 mph. Its Italian competitor, on the other hand, gets a 4.5-liter V-8 engine that delivers the same 570 horsepower, but it is a little bit faster — 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph.

These numbers seem pretty close, but when you put them face to face on a race track you’ll find out that they are not so identical. The test drive in the above video shows you just how unfair the competition between these supercars really is. You might be surprised just how much more effectively one uses its power over the other.

So, which one is faster? You’ll have to check out the video to find out.

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