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The Mercedes CL65 AMG — together with its younger brother, the CL63 AMG — is one of those vehicles that’s a little hard to classify. It’s too big to be a sports car, but it’s a little too small to be classified as a luxury car.

So...what is it?

The short answer: who cares, because whatever it may be, the CL65 AMG is a bad-ass ride. And in most cases, that’s fine by us.

German tuner Anderson Germany shares those sentiments and it’s taken its love for the CL65 AMG to a new level with a new program that it has christened the Special Grey Stone Edition.

The name of the program is appropriate for the CL65 AMG , considering that you won’t find a whole lot of flash in it. Instead, the luxury sports coupe has plenty of substance; the kind that you appreciate even more once you get inside one and drive it home.

Click past the jump to read about what Anderson Germany did to the Mercedes CL65 AMG that justified its Special Grey Stone designation

Google glass is still in its beta testing phase and you can only get one for testing purposes in special cases. In fact, yours truly has applied to receive one to see just how distracting it is while driving, but chances are I’ll never get my hands on one. On the surface, Google Glass looks like an awesome advancement in communication and entertainment, but when we dig a little deeper, some big issues arise.

We love automotive technology here at Topspeed, but at some point technology becomes distracting and Google Glass is right at that boundary. What makes matters worse is that several automakers are looking to integrate Google Glass into their navigation and infotainment system, with the latest being Mercedes-Benz . The problem becomes the fact that while this looks like an easier and safer way to transmit information to drivers, it actually poses some serious safety concerns.

First and foremost, Google Glass displays the information directly in front of one of your eyes, which is very distracting. Another downfall that is well documented is the fact that the prism that displays the information is reportedly "faint," making it tough to see the display in natural light — what we drive in the majority of the time. This could result in a user focusing too much on the screen and not the traffic in front of them, ending in a crash.

Additionally, sudden movements, like bumps on a road, can cause the device to slide down your nose, which causes the faintness of the screen to become worse until the user adjusts it. This could result in the user repeatedly adjusting it, leading to even more distractions.

Lastly, with so many drivers already breaking the cell phone- and video-use laws while driving, do we really need a screen sitting directly in front of the driver? Also, is having a navi screen directly in front of your eyes instead of in you peripheral vision really that much more convenient? The answer to both questions is a "no" in my opinion...

Sure, this is all up for debate and Google Glass is still in beta phase, so things may change when it rolls out in production form. However, unless Google makes some serious safety changes to the existing Glass, I think the NHTSA may want to take a close look at banning its use while driving nationwide, bypassing the state-by-state issues we have on cell phone use.

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It didn’t take too long for someone to decide that the new Mercedes S-Class can do much better than the standard version, did it? And who better to do such a tune than Mercedes specialist Brabus? The tuner announced a pretty cool upgrade kit for the S-Class today that increases the sedan’s output to as high as 720 horsepower.

The package can be applied to the S500 and S63 AMG versions, but we are pretty sure more goodies are in the works. For the S500 , Brabus offers the Brabus B50-520 PowerXtra CGI performance kit that adds an extra 65 horsepower. As a result, the S500 now delivers a total of 512 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque. With the extra power in tow, the S500 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 186 mph.

For the S63 AMG things get even better. Brabus offers a B63-650 PowerXtra CGI kit that adds another 145 horsepower and increases the total output up to 641 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque.

The most powerful version is the Brabus B63S. It gets two special Brabus turbos, a low-temperature water radiator for the intercooling system, a free-flow exhaust system with metal catalysts and 3-inch-thick downpipes. With all these upgrades, the B63S delivers a total of 720 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and a peak torque of 785 pound-feet available consistently between 1,750 and 5,000 rpm. For the B63S top speed is limited to 202 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes S-Class by Brabus.

German tuner Vath knows how to handle its business when dealing with Mercedes vehicles.

Put whatever Silver Arrow in its path and Vath will give it the kind of tuning program that Mercedes would no doubt be proud of.

For its latest work, Vath took the task of doing its business on the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake , a car that, despite its wagon configuration, packs a helluva mean punch.

But "mean" isn’t good enough for Vath; so, it did what it does best: give the car an awesome performance upgrade. In this case, the modifications involve adding bigger turbochargers to go with a new downpipe system, reducing exhaust gas counter pressure, a new rear silencer system, an ECU remap and a Vath air charge cooling system. With these upgrades installed, the German tuner was able to give the CLS 63 AMG a staggering 846 horsepower and 874 pound-feet of torque — that accounts for an increase of up to 321 horsepower and 358 pound-feet of torque. This is good enough to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 4 seconds with a top speed of 218 mph, whereas the stock model takes 4.4 seconds to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) and turns in a 155 mph top speed.

If you’re interested in that awesome program, you can avail of the complete package for just €46,172, which is about $61,000 based on current exchange rates.

There are also a multitude of aero components, including a new front spoiler (€1,416 / $1,868), a rear diffuser (€2,011 / $2,653) and new fins, all of which are made from carbon fiber. Moving inside, classic black carbon components have replaced the original parts (€3,927 / $5,181). The sport steering wheel also received a leather redesign (€1,297 / $1,711) that customers can opt to exchange for carbon or fine wood applications.

Moving to other aftermarket add-ons to the Mercedes, Vath upgraded the suspension (€1,166 / $1,538), added a big brake system that includes 405 mm (15.9-inch) brake disks with six-piston calipers on the front (€6,010 / $7,930), and installed a fuel cooler (€1,773 / $1,530), as well as an engine oil and and transmission oil cooler (€1,166 / $1,538).

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

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We have caught the next-generation C-Class many of times, but today our friend Toldi managed to catch it on video.

The prototype caught testing is still camouflaged, but it is no surprise that the new C-Class will combine design elements seen on the F800 Concept Car displayed in Geneva three years ago with elements revealed by the recently launched S-Class and E-Class models.

The interior will also be revised with higher-quality materials and new features. Under the hood, we will definitely see gasoline and diesel engines, but rumors are also circulating that the new C-Class will come with a hybrid powertrain too.

Expect to see the new generation C-Class sedan to be unveiled in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . A station wagon version will arrive six months later, and we expect coupe and convertible versions to arrive at the end of 2014.

Click past the jump for three more video.

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Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman

Back in 2011, Daimler announced that it would cease Maybach production due to the very poor sales, and the last Maybach left the factory in December 2012. Shortly after Benz dropped Maybach, Mercedes announced it would replace the entire brand with an extended-wheelbase version of the new-generation S-Class called the Pullman .

Today our spy photographers caught an awfully long S-Class out testing. Though many people think this may be just an extra-long version of the new S-Class, our detective work has all but confirmed that this is the same Pullman prototype that we caught earlier, simply further along in the design process.

The super-long body sits atop an extended S-Class wheelbase and it features a new side profile and a new C-Pillar. The Pullman will offer significantly more room on the inside, plus there are rumors floating around that the Pullman will offer a 2+2+2 configuration.

Under the hood, we expect the next S600 Pullman to get a twin-turbocharged V-12 engine that will deliver about 600 horsepower.

Expect to see the new Pullman sometime at the end of 2013.

If you’ve been itching to get a piece of the Mercedes CLA-Class , we may have just found a way for you to get one without having to spend a dime on it.

The German automaker is launching a new contest through Instagram, pitting some of the most-followed "iGers" against each other for a chance to go home with a brand new CLA-Class.

Interested yet?

But before we get into how you can win the car, a background on the contest is in order. Mercedes has tapped five of Instagram’s best photographers to spend five days each driving the CLA. Whoever gets the most likes will be the one to keep the car.

Here’s where you get into the picture: you have a chance to become the sixth driver. All you have to do is submit you’re Instagram handle with the five drivers selecting the winner based on your account. As far as the criteria needed to be chosen, you must have with you some of the characteristics that best captures the spirit of the CLA. Remember, you must have a public feed or accept Mercedes’ follow request to be eligible for the competition.

Should you be selected, you and a co-pilot will take a three-day road trip, beginning on September 5, 2013 and you’ll have to document whatever you do during this road trip on the @MBUSA Instagram feed where you get a chance to win a three-year lease on Mercedes’ newest model.

Again, we ask: interested yet?

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

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If you ask us, the best BMW model ever built is the M3 E30. Mercedes has yet to match the perfect balance that Bimmer pulled off with the M3 E30, even the C63 AMG falls short. But the newly launched A45 AMG certainly gives our latest BMW favorite, the M135i, a run for its money. And who better to put the two head to head than Chris Harris?

So, what does Chris Harris think about two of the latest German models: the BMW M135i and the new Mercedes A45 AMG ? In the latest episode of Drive he put the two sports hatchback through every test he could muster up and tried to find out which one is the best. He tried them on the road, the track, compared the lap times and the standing start acceleration times in an attempt to see which one is better: Stuttgart or Munich?

As usual, Harris brings us a nice mixture or crazy driving, limit pushing, sarcasm and intelligence to his comparison to make it all the more interesting. Check out the video to see what Chris thinks of the two German hot hatches.

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Mercedes is preparing to replace the current SLS sports car with the new SLC sports car . While there were rumors suggesting there wouldn’t be a roadster version for the upcoming SLC, chances are that Mercedes will opt for the same options available on the SLS: coupe, roadster and Black Series.

The SLC Roadster will be nearly identical to the coupe version, except of course the convertible top in place of the fixed roof. Both the coupe and the roadster versions will be built on the same aluminum-intensive engineering layout as the SLS, but with a different exterior look. Both models will drop the famous gullwing doors and will adopt conventional, forward-swinging ones.

Under the hood, the roadster version will get the same engines as the coupe: a base V-8 with about 485 horsepower, an S model with the V-8 tweaked to about 550 horsepower and a Black Series with the eight-cylinder pushed to about 585 horsepower.

The roadster version is expected to arrive a few months after the coupe and will be priced at about $150k.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes SLC Roadster.

A Formula One racecar belonging to arguably the greatest F1 driver in history is apparently such a collector’s item that people will deep pockets are willing to pay a moon’s price for it.

That much was made very clear at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed after Juan Manuel Fangio’s 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 sold for a staggering $29.6 million, making it the most expensive car to be sold at a public auction, the most expensive F1 race car ever and, as a cherry on top of the proverbial sundae, the most expensive Mercedes in history.

Lots of "expensive" there, huh?

The racecar, which was sold at a Bonhams auction late last week, is the same one Fangio used to win his second Formula One title in what became an illustrious and now legendary career. It’s noted for being the racecar that introduced a bevy of new technologies into F1, including the use of a fuel-injected engine, an all-independent suspension from Mercedes, a multi-tubular ’spaceframe’ lightweight chassis design, all-round inboard-mounted brakes, and the ’straight-8’ engine ’laydown’ configuration that reduces the car’s overall height.

Suffice to say, this Mercedes racecar is that rare gem in automotive history that commands a price depending on how deep the pockets of the bidders are.

And apparently, "deep" meant to the tune of $29.6 million.

Click past the jump to read about Juan Manuel Fangio

Source: Bonhams

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