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Seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher got behind the wheel of a SLS AMG GT3 and test it on the race track in Hockenheim. The GT3 is based on the road-going SLS AMG , but it adds an aerodynamic package specially prepared for the race track, plus an interior also adapted for the races.

Under its hood, the GT3 version keeps the usual 6.2-liter V-8 engine, but the output has been increased to more than 600 horsepower. Exterior updates include a new front apron with a splitter; a bonnet with central cooling air vent; wider front and rear wings; side skirts with cooling ducts for the rear brakes; a rear diffuser; and an adjustable rear spoiler.

Check out the video (above) to see what a Formula 1 champion has to say about the SLS GT3. It looks like Michael is having no problems finding ways to stay busy in retirement.

Like most collaborations in the auto industry, Mercedes ’ partnership with luxury menswear brand Spencer Hart is more than just two names joining together in one press release.

There’s always a special-edition car, and in this case, that car is the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake .

Both Mercedes and Spencer Hart are known for being brands that put elegance, style and glamour in high accord. So, it was no surprise that the special-edition CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake that the latter designed carries all of those characteristics with it.

If there was ever a fashion icon and a luxury ride that best epitomize each others strength in quality, it’s Spencer Hart and the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake.

There’s definitely something to be said of this partnership, and as the final product has come to show us, Hart and the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake are really both made for each other.

Click past the jump to read about what Spencer Hart did to the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake

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People have been talking about a baby CLS for quite some time now and after being caught testing in many times, the production version CLA-Class made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

Previewed by the Concept Style Coupe , the new CLA looks almost identical to the concept, but at the same time offers design elements that transform it into a "modern interpretation" of the CLS.

The best feature of the new model is its aerodynamic-drag figure of just 0.23, that sets a new benchmark among not only Mercedes models, but also all series-production vehicles. The model is also equipped with tons of technology that will transform each ride into a secure journey.

In the U.S. market Mercedes will only bring one version — the CLA250 — and sales will begin in the fall of 2013.

Updated 02/06/2013: We have just stumbled across a leaked file from Mercedes-Benz that everyone may be interested in. This new file is the U.S. Ordering Guide for the 2014 CLA-Class. You can find the guide after the jump.

Updated 07/01/2013: Mercedes placed an online configurator for the new CLA250 Coupe which will go on sale this fall. Go online and play with the exterior and interior colors, wheels and options! Additionally, we have updated this review with all of the new details that the configurator unveiled.

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You should know by now that Mercedes has recently started celebrating the launch of a new model on the market with the unveiling of a special "Edition 1" version of it. Next in line for this treatment is the new CLA 45 AMG , as Mercedes has just announced the CLA 45 AMG Edition 1 series that will be put on sale in September when the standard CLA 45 AMG arrives.

Just like with the A45 AMG Edition 1 , the only updates to the CLA 45 AMG Edition 1 are on the exterior and the interior, but they are just enough to transform the look of the car.

The new CLA 45 AMG Edition 1 receives a very cool coloring package, with a standard black or white paint combined with red accents, AMG stripes and, of course, a new set of special wheels. The interior offers the same black and red theme and numerous "Edition 1" badges.

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Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

Just the other day, Mercedes dropped a series of "official spy shots" showing the upcoming SLC sports car testing on the open roads.

Today, our spy photographers caught the car testing one more time. The next SLC - also rumored to be called simply “GT” - will be offered as a direct response to models like Porsche 911 , so the fact you are seeing a Nissan GT-R next to it shouldn’t be such a big surprise.

The SLC - internally known as the Mercedes C190 - will be powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers anywhere between 485 and 600 horsepower, depending on the version you will opt for.

Mercedes claims the SLC will only be offered in a coupe version, but we expect to see a convertible version at some time.

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The CLS-Class made its debut in the U.S. in 2006 and it started off with a bang by offering the CLS55 AMG right off the bat. Sure, its 469-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8 engine wasn’t nearly as stunning as the 5.5-liter used today, but it was impressive in its own right. Just a year later, the CLS63 AMG with its 507-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine gave it a spot in the market that few luxury manufacturers could match.

In the 2012 CLS63 AMG , Benz replaced the 6.2-liter engine with a 5.5-liter V-8 with a pair of turbochargers strapped to it. This smaller-displacement V-8 pumped out 518 ponies and 516 pound-feet or torque, but the AMG Performance Pack bumped that to a crazy 550 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. This Performance Pack dropped the 0-to-60 mph time to a lightning-fast 3.9 seconds.

For the 2014 model year, Mercedes-Benz is expanding the CLS lineup with the addition of a more powerful AMG S-Model . Alongside the hopped up S-Model is the standard CLS 63 AMG, which is equipped with its own slew of performance-oriented features, including the AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system.

This makes the CLS the fifth model in Mercedes lineup to offer the 4MATIC system as standard, along with the ML63 AMG, GL63 AMG and G63 AMG and the E-Class luxury sedan.

With the super-sexy M6 Gran Coupe making its debut in 2014 with a 560-horsepower V-8 and the 2014 Panamera coming in with a revision and a 440-horsepower twin-turbo V-8, the CLS 63 AMG 4MATIC has a lot to be worried about.

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Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

It’s been a while since we last heard anything about the upcoming 2014 SLC supercar , but it looks like Mercedes decided to spare us the trouble of trying to spy on it and sent us a set of "official" spy shots. In fact, these are the best images we have so far for the upcoming SLC .

The SLC will be built as a younger cousin to the SLS and not a direct replacement, as it was once thought. It will be lighter and slimmer, thanks to plenty of carbon fiber and aluminum goodies. With the SLC, Mercedes will try to target the Porsche 911 and lower-end supercars.

Under the hood we will see a V-8 engine downsized to just 4 liters.

The new SLC will be released on the market in 2015 - the same year the SLS hits the scrap heap.

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Mercedes C-Class

Last time we caught the next-generation Mercedes C-Class out for a testing session, it was just starting to lose some of its camouflage. Now, it looks like the strip down continues, as the prototype our spies caught today has less camouflage than ever.

The car was caught while undergoing hot-weather testing and in this stage it was simply too hot to slather the C-Class in heavy camo. Luckily for us, our spy photographers happened to be in the area and they snapped some detailed pictures.

It’s pretty clear that the new C-Class will feature the same design language as the recently launched E-Class and S-Class models. Under the hood, we expect to see gasoline and diesel engine options, plus a hybrid version - a first for the C-Class.

The new-generation Mercedes C-Class will make its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Mercedes unveiled the SLS AMG Roadster at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and just one year later, Mercedes offered an improved GT variant . This GT included an additional 20 horsepower under the hood, a revised 7-speed sports transmission and a revised AMG Adaptive Performance Suspension. The strange thing is that the GT updates are offered to both the coupe and roadster versions, so the spy shots we received today had us a little confused.

The spy shots make it pretty clear that Mercedes is set to reveal a small facelift for theSLS AMG Roadster, but we are stuck wondering why?

The prototype caught testing wears minor camouflage on the front section, meaning that this will actually be just a minor nose jot, not a full facelift. We are not 100 percent sure on this, but we expect to see some updates on the interior, likely on the safety and infotainment systems.

Expect the revised Mercedes SLS AMG GT Roadster to arrive in time for the 2014 model year.

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Mercedes has just start production of the new-generation S-Class , but along with the images from the production plant, it "accidentally" revealed the AMG version of the luxury sedan, making us believe that an official debut is getting closer.

As you can see from this video, the new S63 AMG will offer no big surprises: you are just looking at a new S-Class with the usual AMG updates, like bigger air intakes, marked side sills, a new rear bumper, upgraded wheels and tinted indicators in the mirrors. For the rear, there is also a new exhaust system with four tailpipes.

Under the hood, AMG will place a new twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 engine that will deliver somewhere between 536 and 550 horsepower.

Rumors suggest that the new S63 AMG will be making its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , but we expect some details on it a little bit sooner.

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