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Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

A few days ago, our spy photographers caught the next-generation Mercedes GLK for the first time on German roads. Today, our spy photographers managed to catch it again, and this time they caught it up close, giving us a better look at the upcoming SUV .

The prototype looks to be a little more than halfway through its development, so it still has plenty of camouflage hiding its goodies. Even with the heavy camo, it’s clear that the new GLK will be a bit larger than the current generation, so it will likely have more space for passengers and luggage.

The GLK will be built on the same platform as the soon-to-be-revealed C-Class, and it will finally drop the awkwardly proportioned, boxy style, and adopt a more rounded and refined crossover shape. We can’t express how happy we are to see that old body style hitting the scrap heap, as it is simply goofy looking.

From the C-Class it will borrow the engine lineup, so Mercedes will offer it with gasoline and diesel engines, with the possibility of a hybrid version.

The new GLK is expected to be unveiled sometime in 2015.

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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG is finally out of its doldrums of quad-oval lights and messy body kits. The AMG Hammer is well and truly reborn with this latest generation of ultra-fast, luxurious and stylish new E63 models.

The E63 now wears the trendy sheetmetal to challenge even the sporty M6 and the Audi RS7 . Understated appeal has always been an AMG E-Class feature, but the new styling enhancements mean that the E63 is extremely serious, attention-grabbing and highly entertaining to enjoy up close.

Despite a subtle sedan shape, even blind people know that a very special car is approaching as the E63 AMG gurgles into earshot. This engine maintains much of the previous staccato machine-gun fire noise from the last cars’ naturally-aspirated engines.

In 2014, the E63 — for the first time — gains 4Matic all-wheel-drive as standard in the U.S. to go along with this beastly twin-boosted V-8, and a cabin whose luxury and comfort are contenders for world’s best.

Click past the jump for this exclusive TopSpeed Driven review of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model, including a few videos of the car in action as it slams through the gears on full throttle.

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Mercedes-Benz models are not necessarily our favorite luxury vehicles, though we do have a special place in our hearts for the 2014 CLA-Class . However, this SL GTR Concept car designed by Mark Hostler is a Mercedes is definitely up there on our all-time favorite Mercedes concepts list, though it is simply a design study.

Designed as a supercar inspired by Le Mans racers, this SL GTR supercar concept features a specially designed grille, a large rear spoiler that improves downforce at high speeds and a classic teardrop shape racecar canopy. The concept sits on five-spoke, magnesium wheels wrapped in racing tires to go along with a race suspension and carbon-ceramic brakes.

As this was a concept car inspired by Le Mans prototype, it offers racecar-inspired chassis technology. Under the hood, you can find a Nismo-designed, 5.5-liter, V-8 engine used that is best known for its use in the Nissan GT-R GT1 racer.

Of course, this is simply a design study that doesn’t actually exist in real life, so there are no performance numbers to rattle off. Regardless of it being real only in the digital sense, this is still a very impressive concept.

Click past the jump for a video of the Mercedes SL GTR Concept by Mark Hostler.

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The Mercedes SLK was announced in 1996, then put on sale in 1997. Up to this point, it has been through three different generation, and each generation the SLK borrowed styling elements from other Mercedes models, leaving it without its own identity. The first generation, for example looked like the SL , the second generation borrowed the nose of the SLR McLaren , and the third one features SLS -inspired headlights.

But even so, the SLK has proven itself to be a pretty cool roadster, and when the third generation launched on the market in 2011, Mercedes brought tons of innovative new features like panorama roof and Magic Sky Control.

The 2014 SLK is offered in two different versions: SLK250 and SLK350, with prices starting from $44,450. Sure, the SLK is a little pricey, but its standard features make it well worth the price.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes SLK.

We could be really gracious and compliment Japan for all the special-edition Mercedes models it’s been getting in the past few months. Or we could be really jealous at all the attention the German automaker is showing for that country. Either way, it’s certainly fun to be a Mercedes lover in Japan these days.

Less than a month after introducing the Mercedes GLA-Class Edition 1 in Japan, Mercedes Japan has announced yet another limited-run model, this time for the SLK-Class .

The exact name of the model is the Mercedes SLK 200 Radar Safety Edition, which takes its name from the apparent inclusion of the Radar Safety Package into the list of features that drop-top sports car comes with. If you’re not too familiar with that package, it apparently comes with Brake Assist Plus, Blind Spot Assist, PRE-SAFE Brake, and Lane Keeping Assist.

In addition to the technological goodies it has at its disposal, the SLK 200 Radar Safety Edition also comes with a standard AMG Sport package to go with a an interior that’s been dressed in Bengal Red Nappa leather, complemented by black trims throughout the cabin.

No performance numbers were given, so expect the same 1.8-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine of the standard SLK 200, one that develops 184 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. This is good enough to cover 0 to 60 mph in seven seconds with a top speed of 149 mph.

Only 100 models of the SLK 200 Radar Safety Edition will be released, with each model priced at JPY6.33 million. When converted, that’s $64,800.

Click past the jump to read about the Mercedes SLK-Class

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Mercedes added the GLK-Class to its lineup back in 2008, and in just a few months it became one of the best-sold crossovers on the market. Still, the GLK has one little problem; because of its compact dimensions, it does not offer enough space for passengers and luggage.

With this is mind, Mercedes has started to develop the next GLK and our spy photographers managed to catch it testing today on German roads. As you can see, the next-gen GLK is still in its early stages of development because of the heavy camouflage, but even so, it’s pretty clear that the model will drop the current boxy style and will adopt a more rounded appearance.

The 2015 GLK will be based on the soon-to-be-released 2015 C-Class ’s platform, so we expect it to share the range of engines with the sedan too. This will give customers a wide range of gasoline and diesel engines, with a hybrid version also being a possibility.

Expect the new GLK to arrive a few months after the C-Class, likely sometime in late 2014 or early 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes GLK.

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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

When Mercedes puts the brakes on the production of the SLS AMG in June 2014, its place will be taken by the new SLC , also known as the AMG GT or C190. However, the new AMG GT is not a true successor for the current SLS AMG.

According to former AMG CEO Ola Källenius, the SLS AMG will eventually receive a successor, but this won’t happen anytime soon. This is mostly because a car as unique as the SLS simple cannot be seceded by just any car.

Källenius said that the SLS AMG enjoyed huge success and requires its own "chapter in the automotive history." No matter when the successor arrives, it will be a true flagship supercar .

Until the day the SLS’ successor arrives, Mercedes will develop "another true AMG in an interesting sports car segment" — aka the C190 project that will arrive on the market in 2015.

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

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In the short time that it’s been around, the new Mercedes A-Class has turned into one of Mercedes ’ more popular models, so much so that a number of racing teams have begun the process of developing race cars based on the compact hatchback .

One of these teams is Ciceley Racing and for the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, it’s going to field a heavily tuned A-Class that was designed and developed to be a true race car.

The exterior of the A-Class received a load of modifications, both in aesthetic and aerodynamic form. The predominantly blue color of the body is treated to a wide range of decals from sponsors and partners alike. Likewise, a slew of new components were added to the car to make it more performance ready when the BTCC season kicks off.

A new carbon-fiber front lip spoiler is clearly visible, as is a ventilated hood that allows for faster cooling of the engine and extended side skirts to keep the race car as close to the ground as it can be, even at high speeds. The rear wing at the back also helps in improving downforce, while the presence of a new rear diffuser and a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system should give the A-Class smoother performance credentials.

Ciceley Racing’s Mercedes A-Class BTCC Race Car is scheduled to begin competition in March of next year in time for the opening of the 2014 BTCC season. Always good to know that racing teams are preparing this early for next year’s models; that’s a sign of a competitive team willing to put the time and effort to field a competitive car.

As expected, Ciceley Racing didn’t release any of the A-Class racer’s performance specs.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz A-Class that this racer is based on.

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Mercedes is preparing to end production of the SLS and replace it with the smaller SLC, but tuners are still paying lots of attention to the famous supercar . Danish tuner, Kleeman, is one to show its interest in the SLS by coming up with a pretty cool tuning kit.

The kit offered by Kleemann focuses on maximum power, and the tuner transformed the SLS into the beast we’ve always wanted to see. A base SLS is powered by a 6.2-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 engine that delivers a total of 583 horsepower — not bad for a Mercedes, but not the best for a supercar.

Kleemann decided it can do better, and came up with an in-house-developed supercharger made from aluminum. This blower increases the base output to an amazing 770 horsepower and 623 pound-feet of torque. With the extra power in tow, the SLS now sprints from 0 to 60 mph in in just 3.3 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in only 9.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 221 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes SLS AMG by Kleemann.

The B-Class compact was launched in 2005, when Mercedes-Benz decided it needs a bigger A-Class in Europe. The B-Class received most of its underpinning and engines from its little brother, but more powerful unit were added to compensate the extra weight. Marketed as a compact sports tourer, the B-Class is essentially a slightly larger hatchback available in a five-door configuration. The first-generation model was built until 2011 with a bevy of gasoline and diesel engines. The hatchback was redesigned for the 2012 model year and gained an all-electric iteration two years later. Dubbed Electric Drive , the EV is the sole B-Class sold in the United States. As we’re moving onto the 2015 model year, the B-Class gets further updates by means of an anticipated mid-cycle refresh.

The facelifts comes with minor styling updates, all-around LED lighting, new equipment and a revised interior. The compact continues to offer a wide selection of drivetrains, including two gasoline units, two diesels, an electric motor and a natural gas version. Read on to check out the full details.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class.


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