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With 510 horsepower under the hood, the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe Black Series is no doubt one of the most powerful sports coupes out there. Sometimes, however, even the most powerful car can get even more powerful, as long as the right tuner comes into picture. Vath, a German tuning company, decided that the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series can do even better.

To improve upon near perfection, Varth installed a "V63 Supercharged" compressor-system that includes a new water-intercooler system, fuel cooler and, of course, the corresponding fine-tuning of the engine’s electrical system. All these updates, along with a new flow-optimized exhaust system, have increased the engine output up to an impressive 756 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.

As a result, the sports coupe will now sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 217 mph. However, these updates come with a pretty huge price tag – €49.310 ($65,000 at the current exchange rates).

The C63 AMG also sports a set of 20-inch, three-piece forced wheels wrapped in high performance tires. Also installed is a high-performance brake system that features 405 mm (15.94-inch) discs on the front axle. A new suspension system that can adjust the ride by 20 to 65 mm (0.78 to 2.56 inches) also comes as a part of the package.

Lastly, Varth wrapped it all up with an aerodynamic package and a new black radiator grill without the usual Mercedes star. The interior gets a new sport steering wheel in leather/leather design and a new speedometer with 400 km/h extension (248 mph).

Mercedes CLA 45 AMG

Mercedes has unveiled a series of official spy shots for the upcoming CLA 45 AMG sedan, which is set to be unveiled in the spring of 2013. The new images come with confirmation that the sports sedan will feature Benz’s famed 4MATIC system that will transform it into "one of the most dynamic, powerful and efficient four-cylinder series-production compact cars."

The upcoming CLA 45 AMG will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 325 horsepower and a peak torque of 295 pound-feet. The engine will be mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission with dual clutch technology and will send the power to all four wheels via the aforementioned 4MATIC AWD system.

The new 4MATIC system will be feature a 3-stage stability program: ESP ON, ESP SPORT Handling Mode and ESP OFF. The first two programs will assist the driver with appropriate control strategies and will increase the torque send to the rear wheels, while the third mode has been specially designed for experienced drivers only on cordoned-off race tracks.

Mercedes E-Class Convertible

The facelifted 2014 Mercedes E-Class Cabrio has been caught testing many times, but each time the car was carrying camouflage. Based on those spy shots and the official images of the E-Class sedan, we decided to create a rendering for you that will help you get a better idea of what to expect from this luxury convertible.

The model will look almost identical to the sedan version, except of course the changes needed for a convertible: a soft top, the removal of the rear doors and the addition of a sportier feel. Under the hood, Mercedes will install the same engine lineup that you’ll find in the sedan, so you should expect a choice of powerful and efficient gasoline and diesel engines with output ranging from 136 to 408 horsepower.

The new Mercedes E-Class Cabrio will be launched just a few months after the sedan version, so expect to see it sometime in early 2013.

If we were to pick one of our favorite Mercedes models, no doubt the C63 AMG Black Series would make it on the list. With a standard 517 horsepower V-8 engine, this luxury coupe is one of the most powerful on the market. In fact, most of us believe it is plenty powerful enough as is and needs no updates. The German tuner Tikt however, believes otherwise and announced its Black Baron package for the coupe.

Under the C63 AMG Black Series’ hood is where the fun really happened, as Tikt installed larger throttle valves, high-performance racing headers and a completely new high-performance exhaust system with a sports catalyzer and X-pipe. As a result, the engine’s output has been increased to 606 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque. That’s an 18-percent increase in horsepower and 6-percent bump in torque from only mild modifications.

Along with the engine updates, the Tikt also installed a new set of lightweight forged wheels offered in two sizes: 19 or 20 inches. Hankook high-performance tires embrace these rims snugly, helping keep the C-Class on the road. Also available is a Clubsport adjustable suspension system for even better handling.

The entire car can be yours for €175,000, which is about $228,000 at the current exchange rates. That’s “only” €59,570 ($77,661) more than the base C63 AMG Black Series, which is quite a hike in our opinion.

Japanese tuning firm Abflug will have quite the presence at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon. We’ve already seen its plans for the Toyota GT86 , the Nissan GT-R, and the Lamborghini Murcielago.

For its fourth act, Abflug is taking a German route by building a program for the Mercedes SL-Class R230 . Calling it the "Platinum" program, Abflug’s lineup of modifications for the previous generation SL-Class comes with aesthetic, aerodynamic and handling upgrades. No surprises there, considering that it’s always been one of the best in Japan at offering this aftermarket trifecta.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be any performance mods, which is a bummer, but the sports car is still good for up to 316 horsepower. That’s plenty enough for us. Plus, the body kit it flat out wicked, so it’s worth it.

Beginning with the Platinum Aero kit, Abflug was able to install a slew of new components on the SL-Class, including a new front bumper, a cooling hood, a front over fender and aggressive side skirts. The door panels are also new, as is the rear bumper, rear upper spoiler, the rear over fender and the rear diffuser. Rounding out the exterior mods is a set of 20-inch Abflug Prism III wheels wrapped in Falken tires. No mention of interior enhancements, so don’t expect anything out-of-the-ordinary when you get inside.

Just so Abflug didn’t leave anything on the table, the Japanese tuning firm also put in some time improving the car’s shocks, and springs through a tie-up with European Taste. Also added in is an upgraded braking system from DIXCEL.

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Aston Martin Vanquish

Unless you were living under a rock, you would know that nearly half of Aston Martin’s stake now belongs to former Ducati owner Investindustrial. Good to know that Aston Martin can still live to see the future.

But, like every acquisition, it does bring along changes, and Ducati’s past could influence one of them.

Ducati once collaborated with Mercedes AMG to create and market a special-edition Mercedes SLK55 AMG. It was said that Investindustrial saw more potential and a better future using AMG engines and transmission systems. Can we blame them? They’re in fact one of the best engine makers. If you don’t believe us, feel free to have a talk with the SLS AMG GT or the Pagani Huayra .

While the news may sadden some of the Aston Martin purists, remember that the engines powering current Astons aren’t really in-house developed. The 4.7-liter V-8 engine for example is basically a 4.2-liter V-8 from Jaguar that has been heavily re-tuned in Germany and slapped the Aston badge. The all mighty 6.0-liter V-12 under the Vanquish’s hood is actually a Ford Duratec engine. So, Aston Martin is no new customer when it comes to in-house development.

The changeover would make sense to us, as current Aston Martins continue to get more beautiful, its powertrain systems and electrical architecture seem to never really improve significantly.

Tell us which you would prefer: a Jaguar and Ford engines or a lineup of AMG engines? We bet the decision is an easy one to make.

Source: Drive

Mercedes unveiled the new ML63 AMG at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and since then we have seen lots of upgrades package for it. The latest one we have for you is the "Inferno" kit announced by TopCar.

TopCar’s kit was inspired by the famous Black Series model offered by Mercedes. It includes new front and rear bumpers, fender extensions, overlays on the door trims on the front wings, sills, bonnet, a new rear spoiler and tips on the exhaust pipe. The tuner also installed new LED lights into the front bumper. The kit is made in carbon fiber and Kevlar and looks mighty sexy on the ML.

The base kit can be yours for €22,768 ($29,500), which includes painting and installation. For €27,070 ($35,000), you can have the kit with all of the carbon detailing.

TopCar isn’t offering up just aesthetic upgrades, as there are three stages of engine tuning available too. For €7,900 ($10,200) the V-8 engine will deliver a total of 640 horsepower and 722 pound-feet of torque. If you have €11,900 ($15,400), you can increase the engine’s output to an impressive 690 ponies and 811 pound-feet of torque. The biggest upgrade comes in at €21,900 ($28,300) and delivers an incredible 760 horsepower and 848 pound-feet of torque. The engine tuning s all handled by Evotech.

For the interior, the tuner is offering each customer the possibility to express own personality with a wide range of colors and materials, but exact details are not available.

We saw the new Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show and we have also seen it in action. Now it’s time to learn how the SLS AMG Black Series brochure is put together. Not exactly the same as seeing the car in action on the race track, but it is still an important piece to the supercar’s puzzle.

Watch the above video to get a good look at the editing that went into taking technical drawings and turning them into brochure-worthy images. It’s a pretty sweet video, despite the fact that we don’t get to see the SLS AMG Black Series scream around at all.

In case you forgot just how bad-ass the car is, it’s powered by an improved version of the 6.3-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 622 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 468 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm. The supercar uses this monstrous power to hit a top speed of 195 mph.

Enjoy the video!

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA

Our spy photographers have caught the upcoming Mercedes GLA testing once again. This time it was caught during cold weather testing in Northern Europe. The prototype is still heavily camouflaged, but we can see a few more design details.

It is clear that the next GLA will look a lot like the A-Class upon first glance, but with a much beefier and muscular front end, plus a much shallower rake on the rear window that follows the latest coupe-look trend. The next GLA will also have a higher ride, and looks rounder, when compared to the GLK .

The GLA will be built on the same MFA platform (Mercedes Front-Wheel-Drive Architecture) as the recently revealed A-Class and B-Class , and will be available in both front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions. Under the hood the GLA will borrow powerplants and transmissions from the A-Class, including the four-cylinder gasoline and diesel options.

The new Mercedes GLA will go on sale sometime in 2014.

A few months ago, the ML63 AMG received the Brabus treatment with upgraded performance and a decent body kit. Unfortunately, the 2013 body kit was missing some pizazz, and Brabus took notice.

This time around, Brabus turned it up a notch or two. An interior customization program allows customers to pretty much design how their cabin is going to look. We doubt Brabus will let anybody opt to go for a Hello Kitty or a Wreck-It Ralph theme, but what they do offer is pretty impressive in its own right. The offerings include wood and genuine carbon-fiber trim sets in any desired color to go with a variety of surface finishes.

Brabus took the body kit from the previous rendition and added in some serious upgrades. For starters, Brabus slightly shrunk the front-apron air vents and painted the raised outline pewter. The LED running lights were moved closer to the center of the air vents as well, giving the front apron a smoother look, in our opinion. The coat of pewter extends across the lower grille splitter. Speaking of the splitter, Brabus also moved it closer to the center of the lower grille and made it more pronounced than the previous kit.

On the backside, you get a much more timid kit that includes rounded quad exhaust exits in place of the molded units from the standard ML63 AMG , which Brabus reused in the old kit. Also, instead of the odd-looking trapezoids on each end of the rear apron, you now get a smoother look with chicken-wire-style mesh across the entire length. If there was one thing we wanted to retain from the previous kit, it was the rear-apron diffusor. Obviously Brabus was reading our minds, as the diffusor is there in all of its glory.

Under the hood, the ML63 AMG Widestar carries over Brabus’ very B63-620 PowerXtra module, enough to bump up the output from the SUV’s 5.5-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine to 620 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers translate to a 0-62 mph time of just 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 186 mph.

Rounding out the modifications include the addition of a control module for the AIRMATIC air suspension and a set of 22" Brabus Widestar wheels wrapped in 295/39 ZR22 tires supplied by your choice of Continental, Pirelli, or Yokohama.


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