Mercedes is upping the ante against its German counterparts by bringing out the new generation S-Class , but the real competition may just lie in their new AMG version of it. We’ve just recently caught the S-Class AMG testing and, even though the styling doesn’t look to be on par with the competition just yet, we’ve put together a rendering in hopes that the final product will do it justice.
The next Mercedes S-Class AMG will be distinguished by a more aggressive look thanks to bigger air intakes, marked side sills, and a new rear bumper with a covered up diffuser. As a mark of the AMG class, the next S-Class AMG will receive quad exhaust pipes, a new set of wheels, and a sportier interior.
Under the hood, Mercedes will place a new AMG twin turbo 5.5 liter V8 engine that will deliver somewhere between 536 HP and 550 HP. We are hoping that an AMG Performance package will increase this output up to 580 HP.
The new Mercedes S-Class AMG will be unveiled in early 2013 with sales to begin shortly thereafter.
The future CLA Shooting Brake will be built on Mercedes ’s new Modular Front Architecture (MFA) platform and will take its design inspiration from the recently announced CLS Shooting Brake, including its so-called soft nose and dramatic swage line treatment. Under the hood the engine lineup will also be shared with the sedan version.
The new model is rumored to go on sale in 2014 and it is rumored to be priced from about £28,000 - or about $43,000 at the current exchange rates.
Updated 04/29/2013: Mercedes head of design, Gordon Wagener, confirmed today that the company is, in fact, planning a CLA Shooting Brake.
Updated 05/02/2013: Today we have created a new rendering for the upcoming Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake.
Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake.
With all the recent hype surrounding the brand new Aston Martin Vanquish , one could be excused for completely forgetting about its predecessor, the DBS, which is still going strong. This fact is exemplified in the latest EVO magazine track test conducted by television presenter, Tiff Needell.
Despite the fact that the DBS Volante will be superseded by a convertible version of the new Vanquish in a couple of years, pitting the present day DBS Volante against the much-newer Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Roadster is still a prevalent test.
Not only do both of these cars slot into similar price brackets and appeal to similar buyers, but both produce similar outputs with the DBS Volante cranking out 510HP and 420 lb-ft of torque from its impressive, yet rather-out-dated, 5.9-liter V12 engine.
Featuring a vastly different 6.2-liter V8 engine, the SLS AMG Roadster produces a little more than the DBS, with peak horsepower reaching 563HP while an impressive torque figure of 479 lb-ft is also achieved.
With both cars’ tackling the Bedford Autodrome in similarly horrible conditions, it certainly makes for an enjoyable video, so check it out!
Gallery 2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante
Gallery 2011 Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster
Now that Daimler’s ultra-luxury Maybach brand has been axed due to falling sales, the Mercedes S-Class is going to be getting a bit more attention to make up for the hole in the lineup. Previous rumors on a possible S-Class Convertible have been born and put to rest in the past, but the time may have finally come for those rumors to be resurrected.
According to CarAdvice, the future Mercedes S-Class Convertible has officially been confirmed by Mercedes insiders and will be based on the Ocean Drive Concept unveiled at the 2007 Detroit Motor Show. The model will be offered as an alternative to the very unsuccessful Maybach Laundalet , but unlike it, the S-Class Convertible will feature a folding fabric roof and will be offered in a two-door configuration.
When produced, the Mercedes S-Class Convertible will be a strong competitor for the likes of the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe , but will have the benefit of being considerably cheaper.
The technology and engine line-up for the Convertible S-Class will be borrowed from its sedan version set to be unveiled in 2013 and will arrive a few months after the sedan is unveiled.
Note: Ocean Drive Concept pictured here.
Gallery 2007 Mercedes Ocean Drive
Hennessey has just released an engine upgrade package specifically for the Mercedes AMG 5.5 liter biturbo V8 engine that will that will take your vehicle from hot to nuclear with just a few additions. The package is called the HPE700 and it increases the engine’s output from the standard 550 HP to an impressive 700 HP - hence the name.
As of right now, this engine powers the CLS63 , E63 , S63 , G63 , GL63 , ML63 , and SL63 AMG . In order to obtain this impressive upgrade, the tuner performed an HPE air induction system modification, HPE engine management calibration, and Dyno tuning. The update will get a 3 Year / 36,000 mile limited warranty. After all these updates, the V8 engine delivers a total of 700 HP at 5200 rpm and a peak torque 800 lbs-ft at 3,800 rpm.
Next to these engine updates, the tuner is also offering carbon fiber trim accessories and a new set of wheels combined with updated suspensions.
Anyone that has owned an SUV or pickup truck has been here before. You are searching for a space and you think “I could just push that car outta my way and park there.” Then your conscience takes over and reminds you of your insurance premiums, so you just keep looking.
Well, Mercedes has decided to show us that the G63 AMG – AKA the most bad-ass SUV ever made – can fit just about anywhere, literally. The above video is, of course, a Mercedes commercial getting ready for the launch of this much anticipated 544-horsepower super SUV. When the boss man rolls up in his G63 AMG to find a pallet of pipes and a trailer-based office in the way, he politely pushes them out of the way with his 560 pound-feet of torque to make his own space.
It’s a pretty funny commercial, for Mercedes, but the irony is great. First off, the stigma that comes along with owning a Mercedes certainly fits the “me first” attitude of the driver. Secondly, who in their right mind would push, pull or tow ANYTHING with a $129,000 SUV? I sure as hell wouldn’t.
Either way, check out the video and have a few chuckles on us. Hopefully, Mercedes decides to take a slightly more comedic approach with its not-so-Mercedes-like SUV. Most Mercedes commercials are a little, um, “stuffy” for our taste.
Gallery 2013 Mercedes G65 AMG
The latest episode of "Chris Harris on Cars" has brought together two of the most amazing cars currently available on the market in their segment: the new Audi RS4 and the Mercedes C63 AMG . As a bonus, two old models were also brought out to play: the original R5 version and the previous R7 generation.
This is a 17 minute long video, but trust us, it’s worth every second! You will learn a lot of new things about both vehicles, and you will also will find out which is Harris’ favorite car from the two.
As a reminder, the Audi RS4 is powered by a 4.2 liter V8 engine that delivers 450 HP and sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. The Mercedes C63 AMG gets a 4.2 liter V8 engine with an extra 7 HP (total of 457 HP), and makes the 0-60 mph sprint in 4.3 seconds.
Gallery 2013 Audi RS4 Avant
Gallery 2012 Mercedes C63 AMG
There’s no denying the fact that a name can either make or break a car. In the case of the C63 AMG Black Series (better known simply as the ‘Black’), this name definitely makes the car, as does this shot taken by Bas Fransen Photography.
As the spiritual successor to the CLK 63 AMG Black Series , the C63 version takes an already extreme car which can easily compete with the M3 , and turns it into an outrageous monster called the ‘Black’ which was produced with the underpowered M3 GTS in its cross-hairs.
Mercedes managed to pull this feat off with the C63 AMG Black, and when fitted with the AMG Track Pack like the above matte black version, this is unquestionably one of the most menacing cars you’re ever likely to see. The following photo is bound to be the most impressive picture of this insane muscle car you’ve ever seen.
With some of our previous Photo of the Week selections capturing exotics in some spectacular settings, one may question our choice for this week. However, this week’s photo is all about the car, rather than the setting, and with this incredible, high-contrasted image, Bas Fransen has managed to capture the true essence of the matte black paint job, which is something extremely difficult to pull off.
Too often will you see images of matte cars where they simply look dull and uninviting. However, this image is an exception to that, with the small rain drops present capturing the sun’s glare, adding an interesting white sparkle to the upper half of the car. Add to that the fact that this angle captures the aggressiveness of the C63 AMG Black to its utmost and it’s little wonder why we like this image so much.
The history of Mercedes’ high performance arm, AMG, began back in 1967, and since then, they have created some of the fastest, coolest, and most innovative models on the market. To show just how much work is put into preparing these vehicles, the company has released a video featuring a virtual guided tour through the headquarters of Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach with exclusive insights to the engineering and development of the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz . If you ever wanted to know how history is written, but haven’t had the chance to actually take a ride trip to Affalterbach, this video is the closest you will get to finding out how an AMG model is developed.
The video also shows off some of the most amazing cars being built, including the SLS AMG .