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As we all expect, Mercedes has been hard at work testing out its upcoming SLS AMG Black Series , making sure its 600-plus-horsepower engine, upgraded suspension, and brakes are up to the task of daily use and high speeds. One place that every supercar needs to test at is the Nürburgring. Well, with the Nürburgring comes some of the most spectacular wrecks ever.

This time around, the SLS Black Series prototype got the short end of the `Ring’s stick, as it was smashed up in a wreck on the Dӧttinger Hӧhe section of the track – one of the fastest sections – and went up in flames. Fortunately, the engineers in the car were unharmed, proving that Mercedes put some serious work into the SLS’s safety devices and that the `Ring has some fast safety crews.

Before everyone gets up in arms about a Benz burning, don’t get too worried, as a wreck of this nature is bound to cause some flames and likely has nothing to do with the quality of the prototype. It is rather unfortunate to see such an expensive piece of experimental metal and carbon fiber go up in smoke, but we are willing to bet that Mercedes has a few more of these in the stable and the funds to build a new one, if needed.

What’s even cooler is that we actually got our hands on a few spy shots of the aftermath from this wreck. On top of the carnage, you also get a good look at this upcoming model with most of its camo… well, burned off…

Think back to the era of the station wagons (circa 1970 through 1985) and imagine the wagons that graced the garages of large families. These were typically massive slabs of iron with not enough power to outrun a 3-year-old on a tricycle and massive faux-wood stickers plastered on the side. Yeah, they weren’t necessarily things of beauty, to say the least.

As we progressed through the 1980s and 1990s, the minivan took over for the station wagon and emasculated men around the world. Now it looks as if the station wagon has come full circle in the automotive realm, as minivans are slowly disappearing, and crossovers and station wagons are taking their place.

Of course, now station wagons are called either 5-door sedans or “shooting brake.” Much like when Prince decided to change his name to an unpronounceable symbol, we’ll continue to think of these as station wagons. However, with Mercedes-Benz releasing the all-new CLS Shooting Brake , we can’t help but notice that the station wagon isn’t quite the underpowered, puke green, wood-trimmed gas guzzler that we recall. With Brabus now getting its expert hands on the CLS Shooting Brake, we are in for a big change.

That’s right, Brabus decided to take the entire CLS Shooting Brake line – from the CLS 250 Shooting Brake all the way to the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake – and pump it up a notch in the “cool” department. Well, however “cool” a station wagon can really be.

Click past the jump to read all about the Mercedes-Benz LS Shooting Brake by Brabus.

Mercedes Benz SL-Class

Mercedes USA has announced a voluntary recall for 432 units of the 2013 SL-Class roadsters due to an air-conditioner refrigerant line that can tear in a severe frontal crash. The vehicles affected were built from from December 19th, 2011 through May 31st, 2012 and are use the R1234yf refrigerant.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, if the refrigerant escapes from the hose, the gas mixture could be released into the engine compartment and cause a fire.

"Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, conducted product testing of a vehicle not sold in the U.S., but equipped with the same refrigerant. According to Mercedes-Benz, the testing was designed to replicate worst-case conditions expected in a severe frontal crash that would cause a rupture of the air-conditioner refrigerant line. A rupture of a refrigerant line will result in a gaseous mixture of refrigerant being released into the engine compartment. The testing determined that the escaping R1234yf refrigerant may ignite under specific conditions. The resulting fire could spread to additional combustible materials."

Mercedes announced that if someone is driving an affected model, they should address their local dealer who will replace the R1234yf refrigerant with a new, R134a refrigerant.

Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series

The upcoming 2014 Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series has been caught testing several times, but these latest spy shots have finally provided us with an undisguised view of the vehicle’s front end. These images also show off the big fixed wing that has been placed at the back of this prototype.

The SLS Black Series will be distinguished by the usual elements seen on all Black Series models. These include a new front apron with larger air intakes, two openings in the bonnet for better engine cooling, a new AMG sports exhaust system, and of course, new AMG light-alloy wheels.

The SLS AMG Black Series will be powered by a 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that will deliver an extra 50 HP over the standard SLS AMG, meaning it will have a total 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.

Expect to see the debut of the new Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series sometime in 2013.

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA

It’s been about two years since the buzz surrounding a possible Mercedes baby-SUV began and it’s taken that long for Mercedes to begin testing for their future model. The debut should now be close - we should see it sometime in 2014 - and hopefully, we’ll be getting a better idea as to what this SUV will look like.

The next GLA will be built on the company’s new MFA (Mercedes Front-Wheel Drive Architecture) platform revealed with the new A-Class and B-Class models. It will be offered in both front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions.

At first glance, the body of the GLA looks a lot like the A-Class, but further inspection allowed us to see the much beefier and muscular front end, a coupe-like profile, and a higher ride.

The next Mercedes GLA will be offered with the same engines and transmissions as offered in the A-Class, meaning customers will have to choose between four-cylinder petrol and diesel options.

Revozport has a long line of programs in their portfolio. They’ve missed on some, but more often than not, they’ve hit a lot of them straight out of the park.

The aftermarket company’s newest program is a successor of sorts, something that takes the reigns from a kit they made five years ago and gives it a more modern flavor to keep up with the car’s actual evolution.

We’re talking about Revozport’s RBS kit for the Mercedes C63 AMG. Back in 2007, they showed it to us with the presentation of the C63 RBS aero kit. Fast forward to 2012 and Revozport is back with the RBS II aero kit for the entire family of the 2012 Mercedes C63 AMG.

Comprised exclusively of the RBS II aero kit, Revozport’s new program features a more aggressive front twin decked splitter, a vented lightweight carbon bonnet, new side skirts, new rear bumper flares, a new trunk spoiler, and Revozport’s signature rear diffuser. The coupe model of the C63 AMG will also get spoiler options, particularly an add-on type and a full replacement spoiler that’s far more aggressive than the former.

Michael Schumacher could race again

Between 1994 and 2004, Michael Schumacher was the driver to beat, as he won seven F1 Driver’s Championships during that span. After retiring following the 2006 season, Schumacher took a cushy “Advisor” position with Ferrari Ferrari . It was clear that racing was not out of Schumacher’s system yet and he returned in the 2010 season to race for Mercedes GP. Schumacher never regained his form and endured very rough 2010, 2011, and, thus far, 2012 seasons.

Well, after finding out that Lewis Hamilton was taking over his slot at Mercedes in 2013 , we all pretty much assumed he would fade off into retirement. It didn’t take long for Schumacher to confirm our assumptions, as he just announced this morning that he will retire (again) following the 2012 racing season. There was some speculation that he would head to Sauber to take the place of Sergio Perez, but that is apparently a no-go.

Schumacher, in a cheeky manner, poked fun at himself via the Associated Press, by saying “…at some point it’s time to say goodbye and this time it might be forever.” Well, we wish Michael all of the best and we thank him for his 18 years of involvement with F1. We’re sure he’ll back his way into management somewhere – possibly even with Mercedes, who just signed the new Concorde Agreement. Regardless of the last three years, he will forever go down as one of the best drivers to ever grace open-wheel racing.

We’ll keep an eye on Schumacher’s movement and let you know if he is considering moving back behind the scenes as he did with Ferrari.

Click past the jump to read Michael Schumacher’s press release.

When a tuner decides to put together a package for the Mercedes SL-Class - and many of them have - they have to ensure that the work done on the sports car is heads and shoulders above everyone else. They can achieve this through an extravagant exterior paint finish, a revamped interior, or a massive engine upgrade, among other things. German tuner, fostla.de, is taking the route of covering the SL 55 AMG with a bright and eye-catching paint finish and some extra ponies to boot.

For starters, the SL 55 AMG was put through the exterior ringer with a metallic matte yellow PWF foil that makes the sports car shine. The yellow base is complimented by new wheels that were first powder coated in gloss black and then foiled in the yellow body color. These wheels measure 10.5x20 inch at the front axle and 12.5x20 inch at the rear axle, and have been fitted with appropriate tires (265/30-20 and 325/25-20). There is also a lowering kit which brings the car closer to the ground and offers a sportier overall look to the vehicle.

Getting under that metallic matte yellow hood, there is the Mercedes’ V8 engine that has received software optimization to achieve a power boost of 548 HP from the standard 500 HP. Facilitating this boost is the new exhaust system with black glossy powder coated exhaust tips.

This flashy foil and boosted output comes in at a price of 30,000 euro, or about $39,000 at the current exchange rates.

German tuner TC Concepts is back with another program. Yeah, as if their work on the Ferrari 458 Italia last month wasn’t enough, here they are presenting one, called "Titan Solution," for one of Germany’s finest: the pre-facelifted Mercedes SL65 AMG.

Already packing a walloping 6.0-liter V12 biturbo V12 engine, TC Concepts managed to increase the output of the German roadster thanks to using an upgraded engine electronic system with metal catalysts and modified air filters. The result is an output increase from 612 horsepower to 670 horsepower.

Pretty impressive, right?

From there the SL65 AMG was treated to a re-hooded fender, new left front bumper side skirts, AMG LED tail lights and new xenon headlights, and a new rear spoiler and diffuser. The last two, in particular, received a clear coat carbon fiber finish. Finally, the German tuner fitted the SL65 AMG with a new set of 19" and 20" AMG Black Series wheels.

We knew it was coming, but we just had no clue if it would be nearly as good as we were hoping for. We are talking about the Mercedes-Benz SLS MG Coupe Electric Drive. As rumors swirled around this model, horsepower and torque numbers swelled to the point of sounding like borderline “White Whale” stories. Well, here we are at the beginning of the Paris Auto Show and Mercedes has wasted no time unveiling this all-new EV to the world.

To say that the SLS AMG is a bad-ass car in itself would be putting it lightly. The gasoline-powered model and its 563-horsepower, 479-pound-feet 6.2-liter V-8 engine is face-ripping awesomeness in a gullwing body. To think that the electric model could be as good as or even better than this little nugget of Benz beauty is near unfathomable, but looking at the basic outline of the car that Mercedes just revealed to us, it just may be a possibility.

UPDATE 10/01/2012: Mercedes has unveiled a cool promo video for their latest SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive - a supersports car equipped with Formula 1 high-tech. It produces no local emissions and represents electro-mobility in its most exclusive form. Enjoy!

UPDATE 02/25/13: A new promo video of the SLS AMG Electric Drive has been released. Check out the Tron-inspired theme of the ad; pretty cool, if you ask us!

Click past the jump to find out more about the Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive and to see if it is as sweet as its gasoline-powered sibling.


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