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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!

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has been the apex of the luxury automaker’s sports car lineup since 2011. In 2012, Mercedes released the GT variant of the SLS AMG as the official safety car in the Belgian Grand Prix. The GT variant was a highly desired car, but Mercedes did not offer it up to retail customers.

That was until now, as Mercedes announced it will offer up this model to the public for the first time. What’s more is that Mercedes has also released the official details on this all-new variant of the famed SLS AMG. Being the official F1 safety car, the 571 ponies that the standard SLS AMG’s 6.3-liter V-8 pumps out just won’t cut it, so we will see a nice boost in this variant’s powerplant.

Also included are minor aesthetic and functional additions to the interior. The real test is how this supercar stacks up to its competition, though there is not much out there that can compete with it.

Click past the jump to read all about the SLS AMG GT and to see how it stacks up to its competitors.

Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series

The Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series is due to be unveiled sometime in the third quarter of 2014 and details on it are already leaking out. A Mercedes insider has provided WCF with details on the design and power output of the future Black Series.

Aaccording to the Mercedes insider, the SLS Black Series will be powered by an updated version of the current 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine with its output taken up to an impressive 630 HP. With the extra power, the Black Series version should be significantly faster than the standard SLS : the sprint from 0 to 60 mph is believed to be made in just 3.4 seconds - down from the current 3.7 seconds.

As for the car’s exterior look, the design should follow along with the look of the recently announced SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary , but with a modified front bumper, a new carbon fiber hood with a center scoop, carbon fiber air intakes, and a huge carbon fiber rear spoiler.

The SLS AMG Black Series will officially be unveiled in the third quarter of 2014 and only 100 units will be offered for the US market.

Source: WCF
Mercedes G-Class

We were just getting used to the idea that Mercedes was preparing a crossover based on their new A-Class platform and we are already learning that there in fact be two different crossovers based on the new A-Class family. The first crossover will be called the GLA and the second one will be the GLG. The GLG will actually be a baby version of the current G-Class and an off-road version of the GLA.

The first details suggest that the next GLG will feature a taller, more upright stance and design elements inspired by the G-Class . The model will be offered in a front-wheel drive configuration, but a 4Matic version is also being rumored. The engine line-up will be identical to the one used in the A-Class and will range from a base 1.6-liter with 122 HP up to a 211 HP 2.0 liter engine. An AMG version will also be offered. It will deliver about 350 HP and will be offered with stronger brakes, a seven-speed automatic gearbox, quicker steering, and a re-engineered front axle.

The new Mercedes GLG will be unveiled sometime in mid 2015 and will be just one of the ten all-new models planned by 2020.

Source: CAR

Noted Mercedes tuner Kicherer has spoiled us with many aftermarket programs for the German automaker. So you expect a certain level of hype surrounding any new project they release and as expected, their latest project for the mighty SLS AMG has lived up to all of our expectations - and then some.

Comprised of aerodynamic and performance upgrades, the SLS AMG Supercharged GT carries hand-crafted vertical fin grilles that pay homage to one of Mercedes’ iconic models, the 1952 300 SL Carrera Panamericana. The SLS AMG version doesn’t have a huge Silver Arrows badge plastered in the center grille, which might have been a good idea because it would look less tacky and doesn’t take anything away from the overall profile of the supercar.

More than just the classic-inspired grille, Kicherer also took the time to dress up the SLS AMG with a satin matte black exterior finish. The German tuner also fitted a new carbon fiber front lip spoiler, added a subtle rear diffusor and carbon fins for the front fenders and the engine bonnet. Finishing off the exterior modifications are a new set of Kicherer’s own 20" and 21" RS-1 light-weight forged wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

Inside, the German tuner made plenty of use of carbon fiber, particularly on the door interiors, the center console, the door sill protectors, the rear of the seats, and the stowage tray.

Last but certainly not least, Kicherer installed its own supercharger system to the SLS AMG, increasing the supercar’s output from the standard 563 horsepower and 479 lb/ft of torque all the way up to a stout 700 horsepower and 620 lb/ft of torque. Translated to performance numbers, the SLS AMG Supercharged GT can now hit 0-62 mph in just 3.4 seconds with a top speed that can hit well over 186 mph without even breaking a sweat.

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As any respectable modern manufacturer, Mercedes started to develop new technologies to increase the efficiency of its vehicles. One of the models selected to be fitted with its latest technology is the Vito E-Cell, a spacious and practical van designed for those who put interior space and cargo volume at the top of their auto needs list.

The fuel powered Mercedes Vito is one of the most appreciated vans in its class and can even be considered the segment’s leader. Given the fact that the E-Cell version is significantly more efficient than its sibling and offers the same amount of cargo space, it could prove to be a pretty smart choice, especially for commercial operators that are constantly searching for the most cost efficient method of transport.

At the heart of the Mercedes Vito E-Cell sits a pack of high-performance lithium-ion batteries which have a combined capacity of 36kWh. The battery pack powers a 60 kW electric motor and offer a range of 130 km. Unfortunately, the Mercedes Vito’s payload capacity was affected by its electric drivetrain and was dropped to 730 kg from 900 kg.

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.

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