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Japan has become the apple of Mercedes ’ eye recently with numerous special edition and anniversary models hitting Japanese dealers.

Now, it’s the turn of the Mercedes ML-Class . In celebrating the first anniversary of the Mercedes SUV in Japan, the German automaker decided to unveil a unique ML350 BlueTEC 4MATIC 1st Anniversary Edition. It’s an exclusive model for the Japanese market, which goes to show how much love and attention Mercedes has for that country.

Distinguishing the ML350 BlueTEC 4MATIC 1st Anniversary Edition from the rest of its brethren are a number of aesthetic and aerodynamic modifications. For starters, the 100-unit model is available in either an Obsidian Black or Diamond White Metallic finish. In addition, the SUV is equipped with an AMG Styling package that includes a bevy of new components, including modified bumpers, revised side skirts, and a set of 20-inch alloy wheels. Stainless-steel running boards and privacy glass were also added to the special edition model, justifying its label as a unique SUV for the fine folks of Japan.

Interior mods were kept at a minimum, although you can still enjoy the addition of AMG sports seats, an AMG steering wheel, special floor mats, stainless-steel pedals and a brushed aluminum trim.

Power still comes in the form of a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that produces 258 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque while mated to a 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission and a 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system.

The ML350 BlueTEC 4MATIC 1st Anniversary Edition will be limited to just 100 units with pricing set at ¥8.6 million, which is about $88,065 based on current exchange rates.

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

Mercedes-AMG GT

Our spy photographers have caught the Mercedes C190, which we all know as either the SLC-Class or the GT, testing plenty of times in the past, but this time they caught it in its best form, as it did laps around the Nurburgring .

These images revel very little in the way of new stuff, but we can clearly see that the mule phase is over and the real SLC (GT) is starting to take form. This is evident by the makeshift grille and air intakes in the front apron — these are all to see just how effective they are aerodynamically and for cooling. Of course, they will be refined in production, but these rough drafts at least help with positioning.

The details of the SLC (GT) are still pretty scarce, as we have relied solely on rumors to this point. The rumors are pointing toward this new supercar carrying a V-8 engine that produces anywhere from 485 to 600 horsepower, depending on the model selected, and there will likely be three models to choose from. The top-line model will, of course, be the Black Series.

Rumors also suggest that we will see the SLC Coupe (GT Coupe) arrive in late 2014.

Click past the jump to see more of the newest spy shots.

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The latest Mercedes-Benz ML Widebody design from German Special Customs dramatically increases the road presence of this midsize SUV. From looking well below the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 in the styling stakes — to flexing its guns and eating Cayenne Turbo s for breakfast.

The Mercedes-Benz ML is a relatively unloved member of the range, albeit representing one of the biggest growth segments in the premium car industry. Even the butch square skid plates of the ML63 AMG are a still bit too Jurassic Park 3 for some people.

The German Special Customs upgrade includes a full fender extension kit, revised racing bumpers with deep air vanes and ducts for cooling, and air suspension to lower or raise the ride height on the standard 22-inch wheels.

A new hood brings a massive air duct ahead of the engine block, both venting excess air pressure from the engine compartment and looking very cool up close. The deep scoop looks exotic, almost like the Ford GT in how deep the hood cut-out is.

The exterior modifications are matched inside with Alcantara and embossed leather everywhere you look, but the engine itself is left alone.

Is this cosmetic kit the dream package for ML owners seeking more style from their luxury soft-roader?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2013 German Special Customs Widebody kit for the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class SUV.

Mercedes GLA45 AMG

Last week, Mercedes released the GLA250 to its U.S. customers, but we still have yet to get an undisguised look at the upcoming GLA 45 AMG . Since Mercedes decided to leave us in the dark on the powerful crossover, our spy photographers decided to hang out at Nϋrburgring Nordschleife in an attempt to catch the crossover lapping the famed course.

Well, their diligence paid off, as they managed to catch the GLA 45 AMG doing a few hot laps around Nϋrburgring. The AMG variant will, of course, feature the same basic shape as the standard GLA250, but with plenty of aggressive styling additions to give the GLA-Class a sportier look.

Under its hood, we expect the GLA 45 AMG to carry a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 350 to 360 horsepower on tap. We also assume the that AMG variant of this sporty crossover will carry the same transmission as the GLA250 with standard 4MATI all-wheel drive.

We anticipate the GLA 45 AMG coming in around €50,000 ($66,795) in Europe, but we’re not too sure if it will make its way across the pond to U.S. showrooms.

Click past the jump to read more about the model that our spy photographers caught testing

You would think that a surge in tuning programs over the past month would be enough for an aftermarket company to slow down, relax, and enjoy the spoils of its new products.

But some companies, like Wheelsandmore, don’t believe in the concept of being idle. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t take them long enough to get back to work, as shown by its newest aftermarket project.

This one is for the Mercedes E63 AMG S-Model and it has since been fitted with the German tuner’s popular "Seven-11" program.

As is always the case when it comes to a Wheelsandmore program, the aftermarket company doesn’t like wasting time building programs for cars that only went on sale a few months ago. That’s the case with the E63 AMG S-Model, a vehicle Mercedes touted as a suitable replacement for its former AMG Performance Package.

On it’s own, the E63 AMG S-Model isn’t even a few months old yet but it already has quite the credentials to its name, highlighted by that 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that lies under its hood. In standard set-up, that’s enough to hit an impressive 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, numbers, it seems, Wheelsandmore isn’t all that impressed by, hence the decision to fit the "Seven-11" program.

Click past the jump to read about what Wheelsandmore did to the 2014 Mercedes E63 AMG S-Model

When you have a car that’s already considered the most powerful sedan in the world, it seems that some people would think that any additional performance upgrade is just overkill.

But don’t tell that to GAD-Motors because it has a habit of doing just that. And no, we don’t belong in that group who believes that more power equates to less appeal. In fact, we skew more toward the opposite train of thought.

The Mercedes C63 AMG -based Brabus Bullit already packs a whopping 720 horsepower under its hood. That’s a lot, by any stretch of the imagination.

But in all its awesomeness, GAD-Motors wants more out of the Bullit and like the enterprising aftermarket company that it is, the tuner went and did just that, fitting the Bullit with an assortment of performance modifications, including upgrades to the turbochargers and intercoolers to go with a new custom air box and new injectors. The result, believe it or not, is a C-Class that packs a whopping 894 horsepower and 1,047 pound-feet of torque.

Considering that the Bullit was capable of hitting 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 225 mph, the GAD-Motors-tuned Bullit is even faster with a 0-to-186 mph time of just 23.5 seconds, compared to 23.8 seconds for the "standard" Bullit.

Now that’s how you add power on top of power.

Click past the jump to read about the Brabus Bullit

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Mercedes is expanding its new E-Class lineup with the addition of a new E 200 Natural Gas Drive version that can run on both gasoline and affordable, environmentally friendly natural gas. This new version will deliver 20 percent less CO2 emissions and will cut fuel costs in half.

The new E 200 NGD will be put on sale in December 2013 at a starting price of €47,808 — about $63,700 at the current exchange rates.

The new E 200 NGD is powered by a new four-cylinder gasoline engine with spray-guided direct injection that delivers a total of 156 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque from 1,250 rpm. The model can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 10.4 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 136 mph. The E 200 NGD is also equipped with an ECO start/stop system that helps to further reduce fuel consumption.

The E 200 NGD is equipped with three cylinders — one behind the rear backrest and two under the floor of the trunk — that together can hold 121.5 liters of natural gas and ensure a driving range of 1,600 km (994 miles).

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Mercedes E-Class.

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Carlsson has already started to work on its lineup for the upcoming 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . Typically, we are used to seeing Carlsson updating some of the most high-performance sports cars out there, but this time around it decided to turn its attention on something a little smaller and more economical: the Mercedes B-Class .

Carlsson updated both the exterior and the interior look of the car, and made some fairly healthy improvements under the hood. On the base-level B180 , Carlsson punched its output up from 122 to 146 horsepower. Next in line for a power boost is the B200, which goes from 156 to 187 horsepower. Finally, the B250 jumps from 211 to 253 horsepower. These power boosts are performed via a simple ECU remapping, which releases horsepower that Mercedes chose to leave out of the factory models.

The extra power was combined with an updated suspension with lowering springs, which dropped the car’s ride by 35 mm (1.37 inches). This not only lowered the center of gravity and improved its handling, but it also gave this compact Benz a sportier look.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes B-Class by Carlsson.

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In the latest episode of Drive, Chris Harris tested two of the most amazing sports station wagons out there: the Audi RS6 Avant and the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake . Both cars deliver an impressive amount of luxury, are quite powerful and are very (very) expensive. Upon first look, these two wagons appear to be identical, but when it comes down to on-road behavior, Chris finds them to be quite different. Check out the video to see what Harris thinks on the two models!

The RS6 Avant is far and away one of our favorite wagons ever to grace the pavement. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter TFSI V-8 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, which afford it a 0-to-60 mph sprint of just 3.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (174 mph with the Dynamic Package and 189 mph with the Dynamic Package plus).

The CLS 63 AMG, on the other hand, is a model that we are still unsure of. It’s styling is a little over the top and it is powered by less powerful 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 557 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of twist. This nets the Mercedes wagon a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 4.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).

Given these two cars are so close to one another on paper, one may assume that they are nearly identical on the track. Well, you will find out, just as Harris did, that things become significantly skewed in one wagon ’s favor when you put the rubber to the road. See the video to find out which model runs away with the competition.

Some of you might be a little cynical when it comes to magic and rightfully so because we’d all like to believe in a world where physics will have a serious say on how the world works.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate a good trick when we see one.

British magician, Dynamo, is one of the most well-known street magicians in the world today. He’s capable of doing all sorts of tricks, ranging from the card variety all the way to levitating beside Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.

His latest trick, though, is closer to home because it involves a Mercedes SL65 AMG and one of our favorite F1 drivers in recent years, David Coulthard .

We’re not going to waste any details divulging the inner workings of Dynamo’s trick because that wouldn’t do justice to actually watching the video and being the judges for yourselves.

That being said, it is a pretty cool trick and something that we highly advise nobody starts doing now or anytime soon.

Click past the jump to watch the video of Dynamo’s trick with David Coulthard and the Mercedes SL65 AMG


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