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Mercedes unveiled the second generation GL-Class at the 2012 New York Auto Show, and now they have also revealed the most powerful version in the line-up: the GL 63 AMG. This new model will go on sale in November 2012.

Next to a very impressive exterior look, the new GL 63 AMG also features an AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine that delivers an impressive 557 HP and 560 lbs-ft of torque. The model can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).

Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: "The new GL 63 AMG completes our performance-oriented all-wheel drive offering. In addition to the ML 63 AMG all-rounder and the recently unveiled, characterful G 63 AMG and G 65 AMG models, the GL 63 AMG places particular emphasis on dynamism and style. Combining the first-rate comfort of the S-Class with the performance of an AMG sports saloon, the GL 63 AMG is unique in its segment."

Updated 11/29/2012: The new generation Mercedes GL 63 AMG made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show and with this occasion Mercedes has also unveiled the prices for the U.S. market.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Mercedes GL63 AMG.

While everyone is getting ready for the start of the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, Brabus has just announced a series of Power Diesel Special Editions. These models are based on the diesel versions of Mercedes E-Class , ML-Class , GL-Class and CLS Shooting Brake .

All models will be equipped with a Brabus D6S Power Diesel engine that delivers a total of 509 pound-feet and, depending on the model, an output of up to 313 horsepower. The E350 CDI Power Diesel Coupe is priced at €58,534 (roughly $75,800 at the current exchange rates) and the CLS 350 CDI Power Diesel is priced at €68,879 ($89,100). Both models deliver an output of 313 horsepower and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds. Along with the power increase, the two models will each receive a stainless-steel sport exhaust system and a set of 19-inch Monoblock F wheels combined with a set of sport springs. The CLS also gets a ride-height-lowering module and an elegant exterior design developed in cooperation with Bottrop.

The ML 350 CDI Power Diesel is priced at €71,121 ($92,000) and the GL 350 CDI Power Diesel comes in at €81,810 ($105,900), and both models pump 310 ponies from their engines. The tuner is also tossing in a stainless-steel sport exhaust system with two tailpipes, and a set of Monoblock wheels sized 20 inches and 22 inches for the two SUVs. For an extra €3,448 ($4,400) Brabus is also offering an exterior upgrade kit.

Read more about these kits in Brabus’ press release after the jump.

As everyone knows, when the facelift version of the Mercedes E-Class hits the market, the most significant change will be made up front where the car will feature revised headlamps. Today Mercedes has dropped a first teaser video of this new light design, making us believe that the official E-Class launch is just around the corner.

As previously rumored, the new headlamps will bring back the famous angular-halo design, but also a belt of LED daytime running lights and an all-around new look. All we can say after watching this video is that we really like it, and we mean really!

Next to the new headlamps, the facelift E-Class will receive updated front and rear bumpers, redesigned rear-lights and the absence of the Ponton-style rear fenders. The E-Class’ engine lineup will range from a relatively tame 3.5-liter V-6 up to a wild 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8.

Carlsson unveiled its CK63 RS tuning package last year, but because it is such an amazing car, it still makes quite an impression in the automotive industry. For example, Christian Gebhardt from Sport Auto has conducted a speed test for this updated Mercedes CLS 63 AMG .

The CK63 RS delivers a total of 649 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque, which is a significant increase over the standard 525 ponies and 516 pound-feet of twist. The extra power helps the car to deliver monstrous performance numbers, like a 0-to-60 mph sprint in just 4.1 seconds. What’s even more astounding is the fact that this beast hit a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph).

Considering the fact that a standard CLS 63 AMG is limited to only 155 mph, that’s one mean mix of modifications Carlsson has put together. Want to see it for yourself, check out the above video. There are plenty of shots of the car and plenty of shots that include the beautiful growl this modded CLS 63 AMG lets out too.

Back in September, Los Angeles Auto Show organizers announced the theme for this year’s Design Challenge contest: contenders needed to design a law enforcement car for the year 2025. Today, they have finally announced the six competitors coming from BMW , General Motors , Honda (two entries), Mercedes-Benz and Subaru .

BMW’s entry will be the E-Patrol (Human-Drone Pursuit Vehicle), which is a concept built on a modular structure with three different drones. In the case of a pursuit in heavy traffic, the patrol officer can deploy either the flying drone or one of the single-wheel drones to chase the suspect and report back to the officer.

General Motors entered the contest with a Volt Squad — a three-vehicle fleet designed around the concept of observe, pursue and engage. Honda has two entries for 2012: the CHP Drone Squad, a vehicle-based-system for 2025, which is designed to work efficiently and seamlessly in the harsh environment of California highways. Honda’s second entry is the "CHiPs" 2025 Traffic Crawler, a vehicle that has the ability to adjust to changes in the traffic environment.

Mercedes is entering the contest with Ener-G-Force, a vehicle based on the G-Class and designed as an environmentally friendly SUV. And finally Subaru’s entry is the SHARC (Subaru Subaru Highway Automated Response Concept) highway patrol vehicles. They are capable of providing an innovative, affordable and environmentally conscious solution for 24-hour highway monitoring, protection and rapid emergency response.

The winner of the contest will be announced on November 25.

Click past the jump to read the press release on each vehicle.

Mercedes has just unveiled its new SLS Black Series and it looks like the folks over MEC Design are among the first tuners to try its hand at replicating the new model’s design. While this is not its first design package offered for the SLS AMG , it is no doubt the most impressive one.

In designing the new package the tuner started with a standard SLS AMG and injected a Black Series look. To achieve this, MEC Design added new front and rear bumpers, a new side spoiler, a carbon-fiber front splitter, and new diffuser. On the inside, MEC tossed in some carbon-fiber trim work and leather floor mats.

MEC didn’t just make the SLS AMG look like the Black Series, it added in some goodies under the hood to give it more Black-Series-Like oomph. MEC managed to squeeze 631 horsepower from the SLS AMG, which gives it a 9-horsepower advantage over the SLS AMG Black Series. In order to handle the extra power, MEC also added an upgraded suspension setup and a set of alloy wheels.

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA

This is the second time we have caught the upcoming Mercedes GLA testing, but it is the first time it has been caught testing on public roads. As you can see, this prototype is still heavily camouflaged, but it is not very difficult to figure out that we are looking at the new Mercedes baby SUV.

At first glance, you may think this prototype looks a lot like the A-Class, but upon closer inspection you will notice a beefier and more muscular front end, a more sloped rear window, and, of course, the higher ride height. Also, when compared to the boxy GLK , this GLA has a much rounder body.

The next GLA will be built on the same platform (MFA= Mercedes Front-Wheel Drive Architecture) as the A-Class and the B-Class , and will be offered in both front-wheel four-wheel drive. Under the hood we will see the same engine lineup that the A-Class features, meaning a choice of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

Expect the GLA to hit a showroom sometime in 2014.

At the upcoming Essen Motor Show , Brabus will unveil a tuning package based on the latest Mercedes G63 AMG . We have to admit, we never imagined a G-Class could look this good, especially when wearing that black coat of paint.

The most awesome part of the tuning kit sits beneath the hood. Here, the standard 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine received an additional intercooler and some ECU updates that boosted it from its already monstrous 544 horsepower to an incredible 620 ponies. Along with the extra ponies came a few extra pounds of twist, as its torque jumped from 560 to 590 pound-feet. We can’t tell exactly how the extra 76 horsepower will improve the SUV’s performance numbers, but we’ll surely learn more during its debut in Essen.

To add a little extra style to the package, Brabus placed the G63 AMG atop a set of 23-inch wheels painted in black and covered the calipers with a layer of yellow paint

Mercedes CL-Class

Once Mercedes is finished showing off the next-generation S-Class , the next thing on its agenda will be the two-door version of the luxury sedan — the CL-Class . Codenamed C217, the next CL-Class will be built on Mercedes’ new MRA modular rear-wheel drive architecture, which will make it lighter and more rigid than the current model.

The next CL-Class will feature a wide range of engines under its hood, starting from a V-6 and moving up to a V-12. The latter of the two will find its way into the CL600 and the range-topping CL65 AMG.

When building the next CL-Class, Mercedes will concentrate on using aluminum and magnesium, keeping the carbon fiber for use on the AMG version’s roof, trunk lid and doors.

On the inside, Mercedes will offer better-quality materials, a completely redesigned dashboard, and all of the latest technologies seen in the recently launched models.

You will be happy to hear that the the CL-Class is just one of seven models to be included in the next S-Class. There will also be a a variety of new sedans, a convertible and a full-size four-door coupe.

Source: CAR

We are all waiting to see the new SLS AMG Black Series and apparently this will happen earlier than expected. Mercedes AMG has posted a pretty cool teaser image for the upcoming SLS Black Series on their Facebook account, next to the promise that the official debut will be made in less than 24 hours.

"Anticipation is supposed to be the greatest joy. But don’t worry, Mercedes-AMG will not wait until Christmas to unwrap this gift. The mystery about the latest Mercedes-AMG model will be disclosed soon. In less than 24 hours, we reveal the secret under the car cover. Stay tuned and check back with us tomorrow."

And while we are still waiting for the official details, we have to remind you that details suggest the SLS Black Series will be powered by a revised 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine with an output of about 620 HP. With the extra power, the Black Series will most likely go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds.

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