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Anybody remember the Mercedes-Benz R-Class ? Long story short, it was Mercedes-Benz’s attempt to popularize the MPV-meets-SUV segment, which included the likes of the now-deceased Chrysler Pacifica .

Even with the Mercedes-Benz image, this car was a failure due to it being hideously ugly and overly expensive — a failure that Mercedes later admitted . Once sales began, the starting price of the R-Class was very close to the starting price of the flagship S-Class. So, unless you owned a 5-star hotel with airport-transfer service, the R-Class never really justified its usefulness over the S-Class .

Keeping all of that aside, the R-Class isn’t exactly the type of car that would cross most minds when it comes to modification. At SEMA, however, cars showcased don’t really bend to convention. With that thought in mind, Infinite Auto Design decided to lease some new life to the forsaken R-Class.

Underneath that AMG-esque body kit is a standard R500 that is powered by an unmodified 5.0-liter V-8 engine. This means it cranks out 302-horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque, which isn’t too bad for a minivan-SUV crossover in its era.

The exterior embraces the full blown treatment that any car at Infinite Auto Design would receive. It gets custom-built front and rear bumpers that add some eye-candy to the standard and rather boring design. The car is then wrapped in a gray matte paint job and fitted with a set of delicious looking, 20-inch Forgestar wheels.

Overall, this car can only be appreciated for its attempt at injecting a few ounces of "cool" into the R-Class, much like the nowhere-to-be-seen R63 AMG .

Mercedes Ocean Drive

Until now all we had on the nextMercedes S-Class Convertible were just rumors, but today the guys over AutoCar have officially caught the first test mule of the next luxury convertible and once with them they also have the first details on the upcoming model.

The model will be designed as a large luxury 2+2 soft-top targeting models like Bentley Continental GTC . Compared to the latest convertible model added to the Mercedes line-up - the E-Class Convertible - the S-Class will feature a roomier, higher-quality cabin with qualities similar to the Bentley model.

Mercedes will offer all the latest technologies, including a fully digital dashboard with a four-dial instrument pack and a widescreen sat-nav/multimedia system. All these technologies will be combined with wood trims in the highest quality and metal "eyeball" air vents.

Under the hood Mercedes will place all the engines to be featured in the next generation sedan , plus technical parts like "Magic Ride" suspension, first revealed on the company’s F700 concept . It is also being rumored that the model will also be equipped with a convertible rollover system and a new seat belt-mounted airbag.

The upcoming Mercedes S-Class Convertible is set to be unveiled sometime in 2014.

Source: AutoCar

Spooky ghouls and creepy crawlies, Halloween is a holiday that a lot of people hold near and dear to their hearts because its one of the few days in the year where you can act a fool...and be celebrated for it.

For Mercedes , Halloween’s also a special occasion because it gives them the opportunity to show this one-off C63 AMG Coupe Black Series, called the Halloween Edition.

This car is a one-off model that Mercedes showed today on their Facebook page. The car is equal parts pumpkin with the Orange paint finish and monster with its 517 horsepower capabilities. It’s an ideal recipe for a day like Halloween.

Other details on the outside include contrasting black chrome touches on the front grille - including the Silver Arrows logo - and the wing mirror housings. The vehicle also four hot wheels with the center painted black to fit into the C63 AMG’s "Halloween" look.

Inside, orange is once again prominently featured, including on the sides of the seats, parts of the steering wheel, the dashboard, trim level marks, and the center armrest.

Oh, and did we mention that this C63 AMG Black Series packs a wallop? It’s 6.3-liter V8 engine produces 517 horsepower and 457 lb/ft of torque with a 0-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed 155 mph.

Brabus is likely one of the most famous and successful Mercedes-Benz tuners on the planet, and there is really no questioning that. They likely play No. 2 fiddle only to AMG , in building kits that make relatively timid Mercedes into extreme machines.

One of the latest Mercedes-Benz cars to roll out with a new look and feel is the 2013 A-Class , which we have yet to see in the U.S. This hot hatchback comes in eight trim levels with small variances between each one. The engines in this lineup range from the timid and fuel-sipping 1.8-liter CDI engine to the wilder 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit.

With the newly redesigned A-Class just rolling off of the showroom floor, it was only a matter of time before Brabus got its expert hands on it. And at the 2012 Essen Motor Show , which kicks off on December 1st, Brabus plans to unveil its modifications for the A-Class. However, in preparation for this launch, Brabus has issued a soft release of just some of the upgrades that it will offer for this new compact Benz.

Click past the jump to read all about the Mercedes-Benz A-Class by Brabus.

Spy shots for the facelift version of the Mercedes E-Class have been collected for months, but the heavy camouflage found in the images did not provide for a clear view of the changes made. Now we have finally received not just a crack of the cammo, but the full-on disappearing act of the annoying cover-up with a cammo-free image of the new E-Class taken somewhere in Madrid, Spain.

Judging by the large alloy wheels, the big air vents on the front bumper, and the red brake calipers, as well as the fact that the photographer said there was a big "V8 biturbo" logo on the front fender, this could very well be the E-Class’ AMG version .

The facelift E-Class will feature sleeker looking headlamps with LED Day driving, new front and rear bumpers, and new rear lights. The AMG version will be powered by a 5.5 liter twin-turbo V8 engine that will deliver a total of 543 HP.

Image credit to V. Gutiérrez- and Autofácil for CarPix.

Mercedes CLA 45 AMG

The first spy shots of the future Mercedes CLA 45 AMG were taken by our spy photographers back in August, but since then, the luxury sedan has been holed up somewhere, more than likely getting all of its kinks worked out. With the work seemingly completed, Mercedes has taken the upcoming CLA 45 AMG out for another round of testing.

As you can see, this prototype is still heavily camouflaged, but we can make out the deep front spoiler, wider track and wheels, the massive brakes, the chunky side sills, and the spoiler on the trunk. While Mercedes tried to fool us with those fake exhaust pipes, the spy photographers said they couldn’t disguise the powerful sound that came out of them during the drive.

The CLA 45 AMG will be powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo engine delivering a total of 325 HP - the same engine that will first be used in the A45 AMG . Just like the A45 AMG, the CLA 45 AMG will also get four-wheel-drive from Swedish company Haldex to make sure the power doesn’t just make your tires smoke.

Expect to see the new Mercedes CLA 45 AMG sometime in 2013.

If the name "Seven-11 " sounds familiar, it’s only because the guys over at Wheelsandmore had another tuning kit bearing the same name, but it was based on a Mercedes CLS63 AMG . The second package announced is even more impressive and it is based on the SL63 AMG .

Wheelsandmore’s new SL63 AMG Seven-11 is painted in "Armageddon-Matte-Gray" then combined with traditional Wheelsandmore race-stripes. There is also a new set of 20" 6Sporz forged wheels offered as standard, or an optional set of 20/21 inch staggered combination.

The most impressive modification done for the SL63 AMG can be found under the hood. The standard SL63 AMG delivers a total of 537 HP, but the guys at Wheelsandmore added new sport catalysts, a flap-controlled exhaust system, an optimized air induction, and remapped software to the twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 engine. As a result, the V8 engine now delivers an impressive 700 HP and 811 lbs-ft of torque.

The Mercedes was also equipped with a newly developed LowMaXX electronic lowering module which automatically switches off at 43 mph in order to provide comfort and safety reserves.

Mercedes E63 AMG

Just two weeks ago, our spy photographers got their hands on the first spy shots of the facelift version for the Mercedes E63 AMG . At that point, the prototype caught testing with a bunch of camouflage, so it was pretty difficult to imagine what the new model will look like. For that reason, we have come up with a rendering that will help highlight all the changes that will be featured in the facelift E63 AMG.

The exterior changes will be similar to the ones found in the standard E-Class and will include one-piece headlights, a more upright standing grille, and a new hood. There will also be newly designed air intakes that will provide better engine cooling. For the rear, the E63 AMG will receive a redesigned bumper, new styled exhaust pipes, and new rear lights.

The interior will also be updated with higher quality materials, as well as a series of new technologies.

Expect to see the facelift version of the Mercedes E63 AMG launched sometime in 2013.

The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing is a rare enough car, as there were only 3,258 examples ever built. Of those, only 1,400 were coupes. So, when you start talking about special edition models, you are getting into some of the rarest cars in the world.

When the SL300 was busy kicking ass at venues like the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and 24 Hours of Le Mans , it was not the standard road-going model that you saw. In fact, the car you saw boasted a completely different body. All of the road-going cars, prior to the car’s retirement from racing boasted a steel body and the racing models featured a lighter allot body.

After the 300SL’s retirement from racing, the alloy body became a 5,000 Deutsche Marks option on the already pricey base 300SL. Because of this massive markup, only 29 models were ever built and sold to the general public, thus making it one of the rarest Mercedes-Benz’s available today.

To read more about the 300SL Alloy Gullwing, click past the jump.

Following the SL 65 AMG 45th Anniversary built to celebrate Mercedes’ "45 Years of Driving Performance," the company has released the new SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary. The SLS AMG GT3 version was specially developed for those "with a particular penchant for motor racing."

The Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary utilizes the same designo magno graphite matte paint finish used for the SL 65 AMG version and a set of AMG light-alloy wheels in designo magno graphite. Another important feature is the extensive use of carbon fiber for the doors, bonnet, mudguards, boot lid, rear wings, front and rear apron, front splitter, and rear diffuser. There is also a special "45 Years of Driving Performance" logo to show off that this is an exclusive model.

The interior of the sports car also gets a few changes as the steel roll-over cage is finished in the same matte "designo magno graphite" as the exterior and the dashboard and center console sport a matte carbon-fiber finish. Again, a special badge with a "1 of 5" logo was placed on the seats and the center console, which alludes to the limited production run for this racing car.

The new Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary will be limited to just 5 units and, in Germany, is priced at € 446,250 (about $578,000 at the current exchange rates).

UPDATE 10/22/2012: Mercedes has unveiled new images of their SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary Edition from the car’s official debut at the 2012 São Paolo International Motor Show. Check them out in the picture gallery!

UPDATE 10/23/2012: Mercedes has unveiled today a very cool promo video for their latest SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary Edition. Enjoy!


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