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The latest Mercedes SLS model reviewed by Chris Harris was the Black Series version. Today, however, he went from the most powerful supercar developed by Mercedes to its first electric one: the Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive . The test was performed at the Circuit Paul Ricard and, as usual, he offers a pretty amazing test drive and some cool insight on the electric supercar.

The SLS AMG Electric Drive is powered by four electric motors – one at each wheel. This system delivers a total of 740 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. This amount of power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds, making it only 0.2 seconds slower than its gasoline bother and 0.5 seconds faster than the Tesla Model S .

Be patient and watch the full 20-minutes video. We can assure you it’s totally worth the time spent.

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The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is very different from the norm for Mercedes. Instead of the big V-8s featured across the network, this little car hums along silently on batteries driving its front wheels. It will be the first all-electric vehicle from Mercedes-Benz, and the first of any B-Class to cross the pond. This matches the latest company strategy to fatten the range of models from all sides.

Most of the systems that charge and run the little B-Class will be shared with its bright-yellow sibling: the upcoming SLS AMG Coupe E-Cell . Both systems are part of a deep tech partnership between Mercedes parent company Daimler and Tesla. Fruit from this sharing agreement has been limited to date, and arguably, some of the most sour fruit on the branch via the Smart ED . That car ran Tesla Roadster parts, but downsized. The resulting “car” was appallingly slow. Tesla didn’t seem to be sharing the good, M5-beating stuff yet.

This is set to change when the B-Class Electric Drive hits U.S. showrooms in January 2014. The model will arrive in dealers first before a limited roll-out in Europe.

As Mercedes’ first viable EV, the B-Class Electric is a complete package that excels in its mission of effortless city efficiency plus Mercedes-levels safety, durability, luxury and ownership experience.

Click past the jump for the full review.

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Mercedes GLA45 AMG

This is the second time that Mercedes has taken its baby performance SUV out for a testing session. Instead of hitting the cold weather with the GLA 45 AMG , like the first time we caught it, Mercedes took it for an extreme test at Nürburgring in Germany.

The next GLA 45 AMG will be based on the same platform as the new-generation A-Class and will be offered with the same engine as the CLA 45 AMG and A 45 AMG : a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 360 horsepower and a peak torque of 331 pound-feet.

Unlike the standard GLA-Class , the AMG version will feature a more aggressive look with dual exhaust pipes, bigger wheels and cross-drilled brakes – pretty standard stuff for the AMG lineup.

The standard GLA-Class is expected to be unveiled in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, with the AMG version to follow few months after.

German aftermarket company, Vath, is no stranger to building some of the most desirable Mercedes programs in the market. The company has a portfolio of these models, including programs for the A-Class , the C63 AMG and the SLS AMG , among others.

Not one to be content with just fitting useless components on the SL63 AMG , Vath opted to use parts that would improve the sports car’s aerodynamic capabilities, beginning with a carbon front spoiler, a new rear diffuser with fins and a large underbody, and a rear lip that was also made from high-class carbon. Rounding out the exterior mods is a set of 20-inch, three-part forged rims with titanium-colored spokes to go with a high-performance brake system that features a 390 mm (15.35-inch) brake discs at the front axle with six-piston brake calipers, as well as Castrol SRF racing brake fluid and brake line kit.

The interior of the SL63 AMG was treated to a fancy carbon-black finish, all of which was exclusively handmade in Germany. Among the components finished in carbon black include the middle console, the front ashtray cover and two-part door stripes. From there, Vath gave the SL63 AMG’s sport steering wheel a leather treatment, while also replacing the speedometer with one that goes all the way up to 224 mph and adding aluminum pedals.

Under the hood of the SL63 AMG, Vath worked with a reprogrammed 5.5-liter V-8 Biturbo engine that shot the output of the sports car up to 780 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, a staggering increase from the standard model’s 537-horsepower and 590 pound-feet figures.

Click past the jump to read about the Mercedes SL63 AMG

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Mercedes has expanded its C-Class lineup with the addition of a new "Edition C" package that requires an additional €1,785 ($2,400 at the current exchange rates), or €1,011 ($1,300) if you opt for a C-Class Avantgarde. This upgrade can be applied to all sedan, coupe and station wagon variants.

On the exterior, the new Edition C adds an exclusive grille with high-gloss black louvers and chrome trim flanked by darkened headlamps; AMG-styled front apron, side sill panels and rear apron; and, of course, "Edition C" badge on the wing. There is also an exhaust system with chromed tailpipe trims, 170inch five-spoke alloy wheels in a high-gloss black on the sedan and estate models.

For the interior, the model adds sports seats in black ARTICO manmade leather and DINAMICA microfiber with two-tone (blue/alpaca grey) contrast stitching and dark-aluminum trim. Also added in is a three-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel covered in Nappa leather with alpaca grey contrast stitching, a DINAMICA-microfiber-trimmed door center panels with alpaca grey contrast stitching and a gearshift knob featuring the same alpaca contrast stitching.

As standard, the Edition C includes an 11.4-inch multifunction color display that includes ATTENTION ASSIST to make sure your attention is always focused on the road ahead.

Hit the jump to read more about the Mercedes C-Class.

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In the same time with the standard E-Class variants: sedan, coupe and convertible, Mercedes will also be unveiling the most powerful version of the lineup: the E63 AMG. As the previous spy shots have revealed, the new E63 AMG is the first model to feature the new AMG design language and it also received an improved version of its AMG 5.5-liter V8 bi-turbo engine.

As usual, the new E63 AMG will be offered in both sedan and station wagon variants and all models will be offered with permanent all-wheel drive is standard. As a first for the E-Class AMG lineup, Mercedes will be offering a S-Model version that is both more powerful and faster than the standard version.

Official debut will be made next week at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, with sales on the U.S. market to being in the summer of 2013.

Updated 03/27/2013: Mercedes has unveiled at the 2013 New York International Auto Show the 2014 E63 AMG S 4MATIC Wagon and all of its performance credentials. We are still awaiting details on the S version of the sedan. Check out the performance of the E63 AMG S 4MATIC after the jump.

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The Mercedes CLA has been officially unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and, as the spy shots revealed, the next logical step was a more powerful, AMG version. The model made its debut today at the 2013 New York Auto Show and will be put on sale in September.

When compared to the standard CLA-Class, the new AMG version will add a more aggressive design language, with elements we have already seen on models like the CLS 63 AMG. These specific elements include an AMG "twin blade" radiator grille, an AMG front apron, large cooling air intakes and for the rear an AMG apron and of course the two chrome-plated twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system.

Even if a tiny sedan, the new CLA 45 AMG is offering technologies used in the SLS AMG sports car, like the cooling system for the four-cylinder engine.

Updated 03/19/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specifications.

Updated 06/17/2013: Mercedes has just announced prices for the most powerful version in the new CLA-Class lineup. Click past the jump to learn more about how much you have to pay for a CLA 45AMG.

Updated 09/17/2013: Mercedes unveiled a new video featuring both the A45 AMG and the CLA45 AMG in action at the Bilster Berg race track. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes CLA 45 AMG.

If you want to see a good video review, we suggest you look for one made by Chris Harris. We don’t know why, but we love how he tests cars.

His latest review features a very cool Mercedes SLS Black Series . The test was made at the Paul Ricard circuit, and, according to Harris, this is "a good car to watch and listen to, honest."

Many people accused Harris of reviewing too many AMG models in the past few weeks, but we can’t complain. We want more, no matter what he has to say about them!

The SLS AMG Black Series is powered by a 622-horsepower, V-8 engine and, because is about 154 pounds lighter than the standard SLS, it also delivers improved performance figures: it goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 195 mph.

Back in 2011 Senner Tuning announced an upgrade package for the Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe version. Today, the same package has been extended to the roadster version . Just like with the coupe , the roadster version receives an extra 35 horsepower under the hood and new wheels, combined with an upgraded suspension system.

Senner Tuning added a new exhaust system made in high-grade steel and a new set of high-performance air filters to help boost its output beyond the standard 571 horsepower and 650 Nm (479 pound-feet) of torque. The end result is an SLS Roadster that delivers a total of 606 horsepower and a peak torque of 508 pound-feet. AS standard, the SLS AMG hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 197 mph. This package likely drops its acceleration time down to around 3.7 seconds and it may allow the SLS AMG to tickle the 200-mph mark.

Senner also installed new wheels, sized 9-by-20 inches with 255/30R20 tires up front and 11.5-by-21 inches with 295/25R21 Hankook S1 Evo-tires for the rear. The wheels are painted in titanium gray and are combined with a special coil-over suspension system made by KW Automotive.

When you think of the term “Stealth,” the last thing that comes to mind is a bright-orange CLS63 AMG with nearly 800 horsepower screaming down city streets. Well, apparently the folks over at German Special Customs couldn’t care less what you think about the term, as they rocked the CLS to supercar status and called it just that: Stealth.

On the outside, you get the already sexy coupè look wrapped up in a super-bright shade of orange that is ripped straight from the Aventador’s color palette. Up front, GSC adds in an aggressive front bumper with integrated LED daytime running lights, a mean-looking hood with monstrous heat-extracting vents and all-new fenders that cap off the vicious front end.

Around the backside, you get an all-new rear bumper cover that boasts a carbon-fiber diffusor to help pull the back end down at high speeds. A high-grade-steel four-pipe exhaust system is one with the diffusor, giving the CLS 63 a clean finish and a rather mean exhaust note.

Also added into the mix is a set of wheels size 20-by-9 inches up front and 20-by-10.5 inches on the back wrapped up in super-sticky Michelin tires sized 255/30R20 and 305/25R20, respectively. This sticky rubber is combined with a KW coil-over suspension system and adjustable dampers to make this massive performance coupè even more competent in the twist.

Inside, you also get a tasty treat, as GSC fits the CLS63 AMG with orange Lambo leather and a slew of carbon-fiber components.

What makes the Stealth so bad-ass is what’s under the hood. The 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine was already powerful from the factory – 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque – but GSC did it one better. The tuner pumped this V-8’s output up to 750 horsepower and 1,150 Nm (848 pound-feet) of torque. This drops its 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time down to just 3.7 seconds and bumps its top speed up to 350 km/h (217 mph). That’s a good 0.7 seconds faster to 100 km/h than the stock CLS63 AMG.

Unfortunately, GSC didn’t offer up a price on this beastly kit, but you can contact them at info@germanspecialcustoms.com for pricing details. We’re sure it is somewhere near the €50,000 ($65,000) mark.

Click past the jump to read German Special Customs’ press release


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