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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

You may not know a whole lot about Mara Hoffman, but the colorful and vibrant fashion designer sure does have quite a following.

Hoffman is considered one of the most prestigious swimwear designers in the world and her stature caught the attention of Mercedes-Benz , who proceeded to name her this season’s "Mercedes-Benz Presents" design.

As part of being named with the honor, Mercedes gave Hoffman a chance to showcase her fashion design skills, not on a two-piece bikini, but on an actual Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet .

Judging by the look of Hoffman’s creation, we have little doubt that she really put her personality into that drop-top E-Class with a one-of-a-kind print that will also debut as an exclusively designed fashion item and be sold at Alchemist fashion boutique in Miami.

If you want to take a closer look at Mara Hoffan’s bursting design on the E-Class Cabriolet, you can keep an eye out for it at numerous spots by South Beach in Miami.

Given the fact that South Beach is known for being one of the most hip and happening places in America, there’s no doubt that this one-off Mara Hoffan-designed E-Class Cabriolet will fit right in.

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

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In the latest episode of Drive, Matt Farah got behind the wheel of a Mercedes E63 AMG . This is not your run-of-the-mill E63 AMG , but rather it is tuned by Weistec Engineering and boast an output of 850 horsepower.

Weistec Engineering updated the E63 AMG with the addition of a new turbo system and a new exhaust system with freer-flowing down pipes. The tuner continued with remapping the ECU, adding new air filters and revising cooling system. There are also new, stronger CV axles that are responsible for transferring torque and power from the differential to the wheels in a vehicle with independent suspension.

What’s really cool is that the tuner considers it can easily upgrade the E63 AMG to deliver an astonishing 1,000 horsepower! We’re sure Matt will get a crack at that tune too, at some point.

Check out the video to see how the extra 300 ponies improved the E63 AMG’s performance figures.

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The new Mercedes A-Class is a pretty cool car, but there’s a pretty huge gap between the standard version and the A45 AMG , especially when it comes to its outward appearance. In order to improve the car’s look, two German tuners — Inden Design and Binz — joined forces and created a very cool A-Class. In fact, the tuners churned out two A-Class models: one painted gray and one red.

The first model comes painted in a dark grey and features a factory-made AMG-optical-package. This package adds a new front and rear bumper, plus new side skirts. There is also a flap made from carbon fiber that runs the entire width of the vehicle, plus a new rear diffuser also made in carbon fiber. The two tuners also modified the exhaust system and capped off the exhaust with new pipes from the C63 AMG Black Series .

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes A-Class by Inden and Binz.

We don’t know if it was coincidence between BMW and Mercedes , but clearly there has to be some kind of snickering going between the two camps.

On the same day BMW introduced the special edition M5 Nighthawk Edition in Japan, Mercedes did the same, albeit with the less powerful B-Class . Specifically, the car is called the B180 Northern Lights Black Edition and it’s the latest in a string of special edition Mercedes models to exclusively hit Japan.

Surely, you can remember the G550 Night Edition and the C63 AMG Performance Studio Edition from a few months back, right?

As if those two models weren’t enough, Mercedes’ spoiling of its Japanese customers continues with this B180, which comes with a pretty mesmerizing dark purple exterior paint to go with bi-xenon headlights, folding mirrors and LED daytime running lights.

Moving inside, the cabin features heated seats with their own memory function, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Easy-Vario-Plus capabilities, allowing for the front passenger seat and both rear seats to be folded, increasing the interior’s load capacity to 1,995 liters (70.45 cubic-feet).

Under the hood, this special edition carries the same 1,595 cc turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the base B180. This gives it 90 kW (120 horsepower) at 5,000 rpm and 200 Nm (148 pound-feet) of torque from 1,250 to 4,000 rpm.

Humble as the B-Class appears to be relative to the M5, the Northern Lights Black Edition is as attractive as they come and can be yours, assuming you live in Japan, for just ¥3.36 million, which is about $33,900 at the current exchange rates.

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

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Mercedes has just announced the addition of an even more powerful version to its C-Class lineup. Called C63 AMG "Edition 507" – the “507” is a clear indication of the engine’s output - the new model will use much of the same technology as the SLS AMG supercar. The new elements - including forged pistons, connecting rods and a lightweight crankshaft - will transform the new "Edition 507" into a more powerful, yet lighter sports model.

The new C63 AMG "Edition 507" will also be distinguished by design elements seen on models like the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series . These extra styling elements combined with the anticipated power hike definitely get our attention.

So, if you happen to be one of those crazy people that think the 451-horsepower C63 AMG is just a little too timid for you, the "Edition 507" just might be the car for you. Or maybe you would prefer a fighter jet; better yet, a rocket ship… Yeah, that may satisfy your itch for speed!

UPDATE 07/04/2013: Mercedes has released pricing details for the new C63 AMG "507 Edition" for the U.S. and German markets. More details after the jump.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes C63 AMG "Edition 507".

Alpha Performance is mostly known for building some pretty sick programs for the Nissan GT-R . We’ve certainly seen a fair share of them in the past, but now it looks like the noted Godzilla tuner has turned its attention towards Mercedes vehicles.

The project involves some sizable work done by Alpha Performance on Mercedes’ noted 5.5-liter BiTurbo (M157) engine. Incidentally, one such model carrying this powertrain is the Mercedes E63 AMG , a car that packs serious power in its own right.

But apparently, that wasn’t enough for Alpha Performance, who then decided to give the E63 AMG the kind of power upgrade normally reserved for the fastest and most powerful supercars in the world.

To accomplish this, Alpha Performance went by the business of giving the car’s engine a complete overhaul, beginning with the replacement of the Garrett ball bearing center cartridge. From there, the tuner also tweaked with the set up of the Alpha-spec billet compressor wheel, thanks to the addition of latest design software and machining processes, ensuring that output is improved while keeping the overall efficiency of the car.

With these upgrades in tow, the E63 AMG can produce a staggering 850 horsepower and 900-plus pound-feet of torque, almost twice as much as what the standard engine is capable of and good enough to allow it to 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds and 60-130 mph in just 6.58 seconds. By comparison, the mighty Ferrari Enzo’s 60-130-time is at seven seconds flat.

But the best part about the Alpha 9 BiTurbo program is that it’s not limited to just E63 AMG. According Alpha Performance, you can avail of the same tuning kit for any 2012 and onwards Mercedes AMG model.

Click past the jump to read about the Mercedes E63 AMG

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The current Mercedes SLS lineup is quickly filling up with a Coupe , a Roadster , a GT3 version , and, sometime in the near future, an E-Cell version. However, Mercedes isn’t done yet. As promised yesterday the fifth model in the line-up has been officially announced today: the SLS AMG Black Series.

The new SLS Black Series has borrowed some of the styling cues seen first on the GT3 version and of course combines them with some of the usual Black Series design elements. But first Mercedes worked on reducing the car’s total weight: they added lots of carbon fiber elements, a new titanium-made exhaust system, new wheels and some lightweight sports seats. As a result the new Black Series is about 154 pounds lighter than the current model.

When you add an improved engine under the hood: a 622-horsepowerV-8 engine, you will easily notice that the car’s performance numbers have also improved: the 0-to-60 mph sprint time drops 0.2 seconds and top speed is now 195 mph.

Updated 07/03/2013: Mercedes revealed today prices for the 2014 SLS Black Series. Click past the jump to find put how much you’ll have to pay to drive this exclusive supercar.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series.

German tuner Brabus is taking a different approach with its latest special-edition program for Mercedes : it’s taking it to the east, specifically in China.

Meet the Brabus 60 S Dragon Edition, which is a super-modified Mercedes S 600 that pays homage to the largest auto market in the world. Not all that surprising to see Brabus take this step, considering that a lot of aftermarket companies are taking their talents and high-priced upgrades to China .

So now it’s Brabus’ turn to hit China and to its credit, it served up quite a treat for its customers in the east, decking Mercedes’ flagship luxury sedan with a host of unique upgrades, including a massive engine boost and plenty of golden dragon emblems.

Nothing validates a car being called Dragon Edition more than having a huge emblem of the mythical creature prominently displayed in the front grille of the car.

Click past the jump to read more about the Brabus 60 S Dragon Edition


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