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The super-luxury coupe market is heating up rapidly this year with the production debut of the Rolls-Royce Wraith fastback and the brand-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe concept .

Both are aiming for the meat of the market occupied by the Bentley Continental GT : a car so successful and profitable that it almost single-handedly relaunched the $100,000 to $150,000 market for two-door, four-seat dream coupes.

While the Conti GT V-8 S is now far more nimble but just as rapid as before, the styling of the Bentley is looking quite tired and unappealing for the sharpest and most fashion-forward shoppers.

In the ultra-chic world of luxury cars, yachts and homes on three continents - old styling and previous ownership of the Bentley means these buyers are ready to move forward.

New styles are poised to capture these Bentley refugees with the Wraith and S-Class Coupe , which is quite near production specification despite being officially tagged a concept.

These two swish shapes are both absolutely fresh designs that introduce advanced styling concepts for both the RR and Merc brands. If well received, the cues seen here will have a strong influence on the next-generation vehicle designs from these storied luxury marques.

As sedan-based two-door coupes, they both essentially start at the same place as the Bentley did when remodeling the VW Phaeton.

But which car is more beautiful, technically interesting, and the winner of this TopSpeed Design Showdown between the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe concept ?

Updated 10/24/2013: This article now features the latest photography from Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz

Click past the jump for a side-by-side battle of these two exotics from all angles.

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Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC

Various reports suggest that the current-generation Mercedes S63 AMG will be the last model powered by the company’s M157 5.5-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine.This engine was unveiled in 2010 to replacement the previous naturally aspirated M156 6.2-liter, V-8. According to AMG chief Tobias Moers, the relatively young 5.5-liter has reached its output limits, so it cannot exceed 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque without threatening reliability.

Of course, the engine will see use in the upcoming S63 AMG coupe and convertible variants, and in every other 63 AMG models in 2014, but you shouldn’t expect to see it in any next-gen AMG models, like the next generation E-Class set to arrive in 2016.

While there are no indication on what engine will replace the 5.5-liter, V-8 engine, AMG is currently developing a new 4.0-liter engine by essentially bonding two of its 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engines together. This new engine will see its first action in the AMG variant of the upcoming C-Class and the upcoming SLC .

There is the possibility of the 5.5-liter engine being replaced by a hybridized version this new 4.0-liter, V-8 engine, but this is pure speculation at this point.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes S63 AMG.

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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

Mercedes unveiled the current SLS supercar in January 2010, and after just four years of production, its production run will come to an end.

According to Mercedes Benz Passion, Mercedes will stop developing the current SLS in June 2014. The base coupe, roadster and GT versions will go out of production in February 2014, and from that point through its complete eliminate ion June, Mercedes will develop a special-edition SLS based on the current GT version.

The SLC — also known as project C190 series — will have the daunting task of filling the SLS’ huge shoes after its elimination. According to the first details we have on the SLC, it will be lighter and smaller than the current SLS, and will Mercedes plans to put it against the Porsche 911 .

The SLC will go into production in 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Mercedes SLS.

It seems that a lot of Mercedes ’ new models are getting the "Edition 1" treatment these days.

The German automaker already rolled out limited-run models of the A45 AMG , the S-Class, and the CLA-Class bearing that designation and now, the new GLA-Class is following suit.

The German automaker’s new compact crossover will carry a host of exclusive offerings that will be available only for 12 months beginning this November. Among the features include a choice of four color schemes — Cirrus White, Mountain Grey Metallic, Orient Brown Metallic and Designo Magno Mountingrau — bi-xenon headlights, aluminum inserts, brushed stainless-steel sport pedals, upgraded sets and a set of 19-inch, five-spoke AMG black alloy wheels. The exclusive offerings for the GLA-Class Edition 1 are relatively subdued, although we have no idea what the "Designo Magno Mountingrau" color scheme is going to look like, which should make for a nice and pleasant surprise when the models are released.

That being said, the GLA-Class Edition 1 accomplishes what it sets out to achieve: build a special run for this crossover that only those quick enough to pick up can have. For the treat of doing so, customers will have to tack on an extra &euro6,307, which is around $8,370 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read about the base GLA-Class.

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Carlsson’s stand at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show came with some pretty sweet programs for a number of Mercedes models. The one for the 2014 Mercedes S-Class , though, stood tall among all of them.

Packed with a bevy of aesthetic, aerodynamic and performance modifications, Carlsson’s reputation as a Mercedes-tuner extraordinaire was on full display with what it did to the automaker’s resident luxury sedan. One look at the S-Class’ profile, and you can immediately tell some of the differences, including the new front bumper with larger air intakes and an "RS" front lip spoiler. The side skirts have also been revised, while a new rear valance and a new sports exhaust system make their presences felt around back, giving the S-Class a more pronounced and aggressive stance that belies its luxury character.

Moving to the interior, the usual leather and wood refinements are offered, including what we can only imagine to be pretty expensive — if not a little over the top — sheepskin floor mats. A new fridge was also added, as well as humidor, a WIFI-hotspot, a rear seat entertainment system and a REVOX sound system. With all these interior upgrades, it would be pretty cool to be a passenger in this car, yeah?

The biggest source of Carlsson’s pride, though, lies in the engine. Thanks to a comprehensive power upgrade, the S-Class’ 4.7-liter V-8 engine can now produce 610 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque, a staggering improvement from the standard 456 horsepower and 517 pound-feet numbers in its standard configuration. If you have the S63 AMG, which carries 536 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque in its standard format, your power bump spikes all the way up 780 horsepower and 774 pound-feet of torque.

Carlsson didn’t release performance figures, but we imagine the S-Class can hit 60 mph in the high-three-second range to go with a top speed of about 180 mph. For the S63 AMG, it should hit 60 in just under three seconds with a top speed just north of 200 mph.

Click past the jump to read about the standard Mercedes S-Class

Mercedes tuner Carlsson is living large at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show with a handful of new programs for a number of new Mercedes models.

One new program belongs to the company’s resident hot hatch , the A-Class .

Like most of the projects Carlsson does, the A-Class received a steady diet of aerodynamic and performance upgrades. For the exterior, the German tuner fitted the hot hatch with a new front spoiler, a new grille that bears the company’s badge, redesigned side skirts and a new rear apron with an integrated air diffuser.

A new exhaust system was also installed, which comes with four polished tailpipes and a silencer. There’s also a fully adjustable coil-over suspension kit that can be had as an added option. Finally, the A-Class receives a choice of new wheels, ranging from 18 to 20 inches.

Moving to the interior upgrades, the A-Class’ cabin can be designed with a variety of customization programs that feature no shortage of leather upholstery options, as well as floor mats, alloy footrests, pedals, door-lock pins and illuminated door sill panels.

Under its hood, the A-Class receives power upgrades, beginning with the A 200, which now has 187 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque on tap — up from 156 horsepower and 184 pound-feet. The higher trim A 250 also sees a spike in output to the tune of 253 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque — up from 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet. Performance numbers weren’t given but we estimate a 0-to-60 mph time of around 7.5 seconds with the Carlsson-tuned A 200 and 6 seconds with a Carlsson-tuned A 250.

Click past the jump to read about the standard Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The Mercedes CLA-Class has only been on the market less than a year, and it’s already gathering steam as one of the German brand’s most popular models.

That’s what happens when you have an affordable model that takes advantage of the esteemed history that Mercedes-Benz has in the industry. So with the CLA-Class gaining in popularity, the natural approach from aftermarket companies is to present programs that will only make the model more popular.

At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show , Mercedes tuner extraordinaire Carlsson presented its first program for the CLA-Class. The usual tuning digs that Carlsson has been known to do are all present in Mercedes’ new four-door compact coupé at the IAA.

Exterior upgrades from Carlsson included a front spoiler that can be fitted with CLA models sporting the AMG sport package, an electro-polished stainless-steel grille insert can also be added as an option, contoured side sills and a new rear apron. The latter, in particular, has cutouts that were put there for the four polished tips of the tuner’s sports exhaust silencer, which functions in reducing backpressure, thus providing more horsepower for the four-door compact coupe.

A set of wheels are also offered in various sizes — 18-, 19- and 20-inch — and two wheel designs — the 1/10 and the 1/16 RS — both of which also come with special edition versions. Rounding out the mods to keep the CLA on the road are sport springs that lower the four-door coupe’s ride hight by 35 mm (1.38 inches).

Interior upgrades are left to the customer’s tastes, and include a choice of high-quality leather and Alcantara from in different colors, courtesy of Carlsson’s in-house "saddler." Other key interior options include new floor mats, alloy door-lock pins, illuminated sill plates and an alloy foot-pedal and footrest set.

For the performance program, Carlsson installed its new C-Tronic CB Plug & Drive module, connecting to the ECU through an adapter plug included in the kit. When installed, the kit drives up the output of the CLA200 to 187 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The CLA250 also saw its output now hit 253 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, while the top level CLA45 AMG nets a new output of 450 horsepower, up from its standard 360-horsepower output.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Mercedes CLA-Class

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Mercedes will expand its S-Class lineup in 2015 with the addition of the new S500 Plug-in Hybrid version. The model made its world debut today at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , and will be put on sale in the U.S. market in late 2014. This is the third hybrid model in the S-Class global lineup, next to the S400 Hybrid and the S300 BlueTEC Hybrid.

With the addition of this new plug-in variant, Mercedes is quickly becoming a leader in hybrid luxury cars, and the S-Class in particular, is chock-full of these fuel-sipping models.

The model offers four driving modes: Hybrid, E-Mode (electric only), E-Save (less electric, more gasoline) and Charge (charges battery while driving). They all can be selected at the simple push of a button. Unlike the other two S-Class hybrid models, the new S500 is the first one to use a recuperative braking system (RBS) that converts the energy created while braking or coasting and stores it for future use.

Click past the jump to read more about the S500 Plug-In Hybrid

You can always count on Mansory to have more than just one aftermarket program offering whenever a major auto show rolls around.

It’s no different this time at Frankfurt , as the Swiss tuner has some pretty impressive programs on the show floor, one of which includes this completely customized Mercedes CLS 63 AMG .

While not as, shall we say, grandiose, as the other projects it has at Frankfurt, the luxury sports sedan still receives the benefit of being worked on by Mansory, which is regarded as one of the best in the business.

Aesthetic, aerodynamic and performance upgrades are being offered, beginning with the use of autoclave-prepreg carbon fiber on a variety of components on the body. The hood of the CLS 63 AMG is especially new, providing both a visual and aerodynamic improvement to the overall profile of the car. New side-sill sets and cladding allows the sedan to gain some width — around 50 mm on the front axle and 80 mm on the rear.

Speaking of the back, Mansory installed a new diffuser under the equally new rear apron, allowing for a harmonious working relationship with the rear spoiler to increase the sports coupe’s down-thrust.

Rounding out the mod list for the exterior is a new set of 20-inch ultralight forged wheels

The usual interior digs are offered for this program, including aluminum pedals and footrests, a redesigned sports steering wheel, carbon-fiber components on the dash and console, and of course, full-leather upholstery.

As always, Mansory went to town working on the CLS 63 AMG’s 5.5-liter V-8 engine. In this instance, the modifications involved setting up a newly programmed control unit and adding a new sports air filter for increased oxygen supply to the engine. All told, the CLS 63 AMG is now capable of pumping out 631 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque — a boost of 81 horsepower and 132 pound-feet over the stock model. We estimate these improvements to give the CLS 63 AMG a 0-to-60 mph sprint time of 3.6 seconds with a top speed in the neighborhood of 190 mph.

Click past the jump to read about the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG

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The current-generation Mercedes E-Class was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and since then, the model hasn’t had many changes. That will all change in 2013 when Mercedes brings out the first facelift for the E-Class . The model is set to be making its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, but the first official details have been already dropped.

Mercedes announced that all the changes made to the E-Class will represent more than just a mid-life revision and will add to the luxury sedan "an elegant, refined and yet sporty look." On the exterior the most obvious change includes the replacements of the old headlamps with new, one-piece assembly with LED DRL. As a first for the E-Class, Mercedes has decided to offer different front updates for the Luxury and Sport versions, while the interior has been subtly revised and harmonized with the expressive exterior.

On the U.S. market customers will have to choose between a V6 and a V8 petrol engine, while the old E350 diesel has been replaced by a new E250.

Updated 12/14/2012: Mercedes has unveiled two new video for its new E-Class facelift models. In these trailer videos, you will get to see the E350 in action. They new videos are the first two after the jump. Enjoy!

Updated 09/11/2013: Mercedes has unveiled all of the pricing details and the fuel economy of the much-anticipated E250 BlueTEC.


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