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This year Santa dropped his usual sleigh in favor of a slightly cooler 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster . Wonder where he keeps the reindeer? Maybe Rudolph et al. are on vacation this year. After all they really deserve one!

No matter what the explanation is, it looks like Mercedes has entered the Christmas spirit, as it uses jolly old Saint Nick to promote its AMG lineup.

Regardless of what Santa is driving as he delivers presents this year, he will still be making that list of naughty and nice kids and checking it twice. At the end of Mercedes’ promo, you get a nice look at what Santa plans on bringing us naughty and nice big kids. After seeing that ending, we are trying our hardest to convince “The Big Guy” that we’ve been naughty, really, really naughty – we just want that red SLS AMG on the “Naughty” truck…

Happy Holidays, everyone, from all of us at Top Speed!

For the better part of a decade, The Formula One Safety Car has been driven by veteran DTM racer Bernd Mayländer. So when a discussion begins on anything and everything to do with the lineup of Mercedes vehicles that have served as safety cars for F1 races, no one is more qualified to talk about them than Mayländer.

In this video, Mayländer does just that, taking us on a short history lesson regarding the line-up of Mercedes models that have had their turn in silver and emblazoned with F1 decals with matching emergency lights fitted on top of the roof.

From the Mercedes CL55 AMG in 2000 - his first year as F1 Safety Car driver - all the way to the current SLS AMG , Mayländer discusses all his memories from all his babies, recounting the unique qualities of all the cars and even picking his favorite among the bunch.

Spoiler Alert: It’s not the SLS AMG.

And as an added treat, Mayländer, at the end of the video, unveiled the newest F1 Safety Car, the Mercedes SLS AMG GT , which will begin its time on track for the 2013 Formula One season.

High powered SUVs don’t come any better than Mercedes ML63 AMG . The German automaker’s resident sports utility vehicle has also become quite the appealing lot for aftermarket tuning companies, including RevoZport.

Adept at building aerodynamic kits as well as performance modifications, RevoZport’s program for the ML63 AMG, called the Rezonance ML, certainly fits into that mold. Aesthetically, the M63 AMG was treated to a new aero kit that includes a twin-deck carbon fiber front splitter to go with a roof spoiler, a finned diffuser section, and 30mm wheel arch extensions that enhances the visual appeal of the German SUV by giving it a more aggressive stance. Fittingly, those wheel arches also help in fitting a new set of 22" bespoke forged alloy wheels wrapped in 335-section tires.

RevoZport also gave the ML63 AMG a pretty sturdy engine modification, thanks to a remapped ECU software and the installation of a new carbon induction system and a complete titanium exhaust system, netting the SUV an output of 600 horsepower, an increase from the standard SUV’s output of 518 horsepower.

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"There is nothing we can’ do!"

This is the motto of German tuners Lorinser, if you think that the jaw-dropping Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake can’t be further customized.

For those who are bored of the current AMG kit fitted to the sports wagon, Lorinser has just announced a new body kit and performance upgrades for it that injects even more sexiness into the already sexy wagon. Nice to keep more options for the customer...

Overall, Lorinser has done a great job offering a body kit that doesn’t make the CLS Shooting Brake look very pretentious while still keeping some of the sleek and sexy lines of the standard design. It will appeal to owners looking for a subtle yet impeccably stylish body-kit, though we think that there’s hardly anybody who’d go down that road.

Hit the jump to learn more about the updates offered by Lorinser for new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake.

Mercedes GL63 AMG

There’s nothing better than a luxury car with some oomph behind it, and few do better at this delicate combination than Mercedes -Benz and AMG . Working together, the two have produced some of the most desirable cars on the planet today. The only performance arm that rivals AMG is likely BMW’s M-Series, and maybe Audi’s RS line and Jag’s R-S line.

With this success, we have all watched AMG grow from an independent tuner of earlier Benzes to a subsidiary to Mercedes that touches dang near every Mercedes model that rolls off of the assembly line.

Well, AMG’s reach into Mercedes’ production line is going to expand greatly between now and 2017, as the luxury-performance arm is set to grow from 20,000 units to 30,000 units in that timeframe. That is rumored to translate out to a lineup of up to 30 models in the worldwide marketplace. So it looks like there will be plenty of AMG power to go around.

The latest AMG model to debut in the U.S. was the 2013 GL63 AMG , which is set to drop in dealers soon, so we have a full slate of AMG coverage in Mercedes lineup here. However with new models in the works for the U.S. market – CLA-Class and B-Class – we certainly anticipate some nice additions to the AMG’s U.S. family too.

Source: Le Blog Auto

The new 2014 E-Class will be the first Mercedes model to feature the company’s new fully autonomous system called Steering Assist. This new system works in conjunction with the Distronic Plus system and it is being effective to speeds up to 124 mph.

The Distronic Plus adaptive control system helps the driver to keep the vehicle at the desired distance from the vehicle in front, even in stop and go traffic. With the latest additions, once the driver is activating the Distronic Plus, the Steering Assist is also being activated. This new system supports the driver with lateral lane guidance. On straight roads and even in gentle bends, it helps the driver to remain in the center of the lane by generating steering torque.

Watch the video to see how the company’s new Steering Assist system works and expect to see it in all the upcoming Mercedes models.

Click past the jump to read our preview of the 2014 S-Class’s Intelligent Drive system.

Now that we have officially seen the new Mercedes G65 AMG and G63 AMG models, the German tuner A.R.T. decided to update their look a little bit. The biggest changes were made under the hood, but the exterior and the interior also receive pretty significant updates. First deliveries will be made in January 2013 and prices will be announced at a later date.

In the powertrain department, the tuner reprogrammed the ECU and installed high-flow catalytic converters and additional cooling systems for engine, fuel circuit and transmission. Along with these updates, the A.R.T. also installed a new stainless-steel sport exhaust system with three end pipes per side. As a result, the output for the G65 has been increased from 612 ponies to 749 horsepower and for the G63, it went from 544 horsepower to 681 horses.

The exterior updates are also pretty amazing and include a new front bumper with integrated front spoiler and more air intakes, a new aero hood in bicolor design and featuring no less than 19 air intakes, and a new bumper with double retro-reflector units. The car is offered on a set of 22-inch monoART1 wheels.

On the inside, the Benz now features a wide range of leather and Alcantara, crowned by carbon and noble woods.

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.

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