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Mercedes SLS-Class

Mercedes SLS-Class

As we all expect, Mercedes has been hard at work testing out its upcoming SLS AMG Black Series , making sure its 600-plus-horsepower engine, upgraded suspension, and brakes are up to the task of daily use and high speeds. One place that every supercar needs to test at is the Nürburgring. Well, with the Nürburgring comes some of the most spectacular wrecks ever.

This time around, the SLS Black Series prototype got the short end of the `Ring’s stick, as it was smashed up in a wreck on the Dӧttinger Hӧhe section of the track – one of the fastest sections – and went up in flames. Fortunately, the engineers in the car were unharmed, proving that Mercedes put some serious work into the SLS’s safety devices and that the `Ring has some fast safety crews.

Before everyone gets up in arms about a Benz burning, don’t get too worried, as a wreck of this nature is bound to cause some flames and likely has nothing to do with the quality of the prototype. It is rather unfortunate to see such an expensive piece of experimental metal and carbon fiber go up in smoke, but we are willing to bet that Mercedes has a few more of these in the stable and the funds to build a new one, if needed.

What’s even cooler is that we actually got our hands on a few spy shots of the aftermath from this wreck. On top of the carnage, you also get a good look at this upcoming model with most of its camo… well, burned off…

Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series

The upcoming 2014 Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series has been caught testing several times, but these latest spy shots have finally provided us with an undisguised view of the vehicle’s front end. These images also show off the big fixed wing that has been placed at the back of this prototype.

The SLS Black Series will be distinguished by the usual elements seen on all Black Series models. These include a new front apron with larger air intakes, two openings in the bonnet for better engine cooling, a new AMG sports exhaust system, and of course, new AMG light-alloy wheels.

The SLS AMG Black Series will be powered by a 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that will deliver an extra 50 HP over the standard SLS AMG, meaning it will have a total of about 620 HP. With the extra power, the Black Series will most likely go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds.

Expect to see the debut of the new Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series sometime in 2013.

There’s one time each year when no grown man worries about walking around wearing or driving something pink and that is during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Even in the NFL, grown men are beating the hell out of each other rocking pink gloves, socks, or other random pink things.

Well, the equivalent of strapping in a pink mouthpiece in the automotive industry is tossing a coat of pink on your car. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, TopSpeed is checking out all of the pink cars we have seen in recent years and laying them out for you, top-10 style.

In this contest, we need to look into the dedication of the pink coloring (real or wrap), the overall car coolness factor, and, of course, its raw power. Fortunately for us, driving a pink supercar is nothing out of the ordinary, so we have tons of entrants to choose from. If we skipped one of your favorites, let us know in the comments section.

Click past the jump to start our top-10 countdown to the best pink car of 2012.


We knew it was coming, but we just had no clue if it would be nearly as good as we were hoping for. We are talking about the Mercedes-Benz SLS MG Coupe Electric Drive. As rumors swirled around this model, horsepower and torque numbers swelled to the point of sounding like borderline “White Whale” stories. Well, here we are at the beginning of the Paris Auto Show and Mercedes has wasted no time unveiling this all-new EV to the world.

To say that the SLS AMG is a bad-ass car in itself would be putting it lightly. The gasoline-powered model and its 563-horsepower, 479-pound-feet 6.2-liter V-8 engine is face-ripping awesomeness in a gullwing body. To think that the electric model could be as good as or even better than this little nugget of Benz beauty is near unfathomable, but looking at the basic outline of the car that Mercedes just revealed to us, it just may be a possibility.

UPDATE 10/01/2012: Mercedes has unveiled a cool promo video for their latest SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive - a supersports car equipped with Formula 1 high-tech. It produces no local emissions and represents electro-mobility in its most exclusive form. Enjoy!

UPDATE 02/25/13: A new promo video of the SLS AMG Electric Drive has been released. Check out the Tron-inspired theme of the ad; pretty cool, if you ask us!

Click past the jump to find out more about the Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive and to see if it is as sweet as its gasoline-powered sibling.

After upgrading the SLS AMG with a new name and better specs, Mercedes has also opted to replace its Safety Car version with the new Mercedes SLS AMG GT . The new SLS AMG GT Safety Car will be used during the 2012 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix on September 21st, 2nd, and 23rd.

The new Safety Car will be present with an aluminum spaceframe construction that helps keep its total weight down to just 3571 lbs. It will be powered by the same V8 engine found in the standard model, which delivers a total of 591 HP and is mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission with optimized shift times. Next to this impressive engine, the SLS AMG GT Safety Car also received a high-performance ceramic composite brake system and weight-reduced AMG 10-spoke forged light-alloy wheels painted in matte black with a high-sheen finish.

As if all of this wasn’t enough to get the fans’ attention, Mercedes has also allowed the Mercedes SLS AMG GT Safety Car to stand out with a number of LED lights and a specially developed rear silencer that provides an even more sensational V8 soundtrack.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell

At first, it may look like these spy shots feature a regular SLS AMG supercar, but with a closer look, we can see that this is actually one of the first prototypes for the production version of the Mercedes AMG SLS E-Cell . Proof of this is in the absence of an exhaust system and our spy photographers’ notes of the model not making one sound during testing.

This means that the future AMG E-Cell previewed with the first concept version back in 2010 will be finding its way into production very soon, providing Mercedes with a strong competitor for the Audi R8 E-tron .

The Mercedes SLS AG E-Cell Concept was powered by four electric motors - one on each axle. The four electric motors delivered an impressive 526 HP and 649 lb-ft of torque, while the vehicle’s redline went up at a screaming 12,000 rpm. On a full charge, the concept version was good for 90 miles, but the production version promises even more with a range of 120 miles.

If everything goes as planned, the new SLS AMG E-Cell will arrive on the market in 2013.

In its standard version (not the new GT one), the SLS 63 AMG delivers a total of 571 HP. This amount of power is good, but where Mercedes feared to go in terms of pushing the power, German tuner, mcchip-dkr, dove headfirst into it. Their new tuning package is called the MC700, which clearly hints at the vehicle’s upgraded power level.

The new MC700 compressor kit is available in two upgrade levels. The first one includes a mechanically driven compressor and a performance-enhancing high-end exhaust system developed in cooperation with Capristo Exhaust Systems. These additions get the 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine’s power level up to an impressive 680 HP and 567 lb-ft of torque. The extra 109 HP will set customers back 69,900 Euros (about $88,150 at the current exchange rates).

The second upgrade level will only be available for the export versions and include additional sports catalyzers and friskier stage 4 software. If a customer is willing to pay 78,999 Euros (about $99,600 at the current rates), then they will be privy to a total of 706 HP and 584 lbs-ft.

Two years after they built a program for the Mercedes SLS AMG , German tuner Domanig has come out with another program, only this time, it’s for the SLS AMG Roadster.

While there isn’t any aesthetic modifications done on the car, the German tuner did have a couple of things in store for the SLS Roadster. The first is the wheels, which Domanig takes pride in. For this particular program, the German tuner fitted the SLS Roadster with a new set of 20" SOM03 wheels in the front and wrapped it in 275/30ZR20 Michelin Super Sport tires. Over at the back, the choice was 21" DOM06 wheels rapped in 305/25/ZR21 Michelin Super Sport tires.

Moving on to the car’s suspension, Domanig added a new KW suspension system that not only lowers the car’s ride height by 30mm, but also makes it work in tandem with the supercar’s standard Ride Control system.

Finally, Domanig made some engine tweaking to the SLS Roadster 6.3-liter V8 engine and ramped up its output from the standard 571 horsepower to past 600 ponies. 620 horsepower, to be accurate.

Overall, the program is bereft of the style of other tuners, but as far as unbridled power is concerned, it gave quite a bit of an added punch.

You know we love hot cars because we write about them all day every day. Well, when we catch hot women driving hot cars, that just makes our trek toward the weekend all the more fun. Mr. Smee150 has blessed both our eyes and ears with a plethora of rather well-built women whipping some just as well put together cars.

This all takes place in Monaco, AKA the land where even a janitor drives a new Audi, in July. The array of cars include a Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster , Ferrari 599 GTO , Ferrari California , Bentley Continental GT , Gemballa Porsche 911 , Maserati Grancabrio , Bentley Azure , Mansory Stallone Ferrari 599 GTB (my personal favorite), and an Aston Martin DBS Volante .

What a list that is. I just wish we could find out who each woman driving each car is and how exactly she got her hands on it. We’d also like to find out which ones are single and would like a strapping young American lad... For, umm, my friend...Yeah! My friend wants to know.

Enjoy!

Although the two vehicles in this video are different - one’s a coupe while the other is a roadster - the Lamborghini Aventador and the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster can still be considered two of the most amazing supercars currently on the market. Hennessey Performance obviously feels this statement is accurate since they decided to pit the two cars against each other on a spicy 1/4 mile dragstrip race.

You’ll have to watch the video to see who wins the race, but we’ll give you some details to help you out. The Aventador is powered by a 6.5-liter V12 engine that delivers a total of 700 HP and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. The SLS AMG Roadster, on the other hand, is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine with 563 HP and can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds.


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