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The Hennessey VR1200 Twin Turbo Coupe is a tough act to follow with its 1,226 HP and smooth Cadillac CTS-V base, but Hennessey has followed it up with a tamer tuning package based on the Mercedes CLS63 AMG . This package "only" - compared to the VR1200 - develops a total of 700 HP (up from the car’s standard 518 HP), but it is said to carry a "Earthy" feel.

The new HPE700 package will include an HPE air induction system modification, an HPE engine management calibration, an HPE stainless steel X-pipe exhaust modification, and an HPE engine management calibration. These items will be professionally installed and will also come with a three year warranty. Next to these updates, the HPE700 package also adds a new set of wheels, suspension upgrades, and a carbon fiber trim trim for any customers interested.

Check out the Mercedes CLS63 AMG by Hennessey as it undergoes its dyno testing by clicking on the image above!

In its standard version (not the new GT one), the SLS 63 AMG delivers a total of 571 HP. This amount of power is good, but where Mercedes feared to go in terms of pushing the power, German tuner, mcchip-dkr, dove headfirst into it. Their new tuning package is called the MC700, which clearly hints at the vehicle’s upgraded power level.

The new MC700 compressor kit is available in two upgrade levels. The first one includes a mechanically driven compressor and a performance-enhancing high-end exhaust system developed in cooperation with Capristo Exhaust Systems. These additions get the 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine’s power level up to an impressive 680 HP and 567 lb-ft of torque. The extra 109 HP will set customers back 69,900 Euros (about $88,150 at the current exchange rates).

The second upgrade level will only be available for the export versions and include additional sports catalyzers and friskier stage 4 software. If a customer is willing to pay 78,999 Euros (about $99,600 at the current rates), then they will be privy to a total of 706 HP and 584 lbs-ft.

We still need to wait until 2013 to see the new generation Mercedes S-Class , but in order to keep the momentum going and the curiosity peaking, Mercedes has created this very cool sculpture that offers a quick peek at the luxury sedan’s design language. The new Aesthetics S sculpture will be on display at the 2012 Paris Motor Show from September 27th to October 14th.

The new "Aesthetics S" sculpture features a very cool artistic interpretation of the future luxury saloon. Mercedes announced that it highlights the artistic aspects of design, but will also offer a modern sense of status, sensual shapes, and stylish sportiness.

"The characteristic lines of the S-Class have always represented the expression of automotive culture, as we understand it. The new S-Class will continue this tradition and, with its striking lines, will put a face to our design philosophy over the coming years", explains Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Mercedes-Benz Cars.

UPDATE 10/08/12: Mercedes has released a new video featuring the Aesthetics S sculpture, previewing the next generation S-Class. Check out the video by clicking on the photo above!

Jay Leno had a ton of fun at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours, taking in all of the luxury vehicles in attendance, including all of the concepts revealed. In the last episode of Jay Leno’s Garage show, Leno took his time reviewing the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento and the Urus Concepts, but his new episode focuses more on the other concepts presented at the show.

Leno got an up-close look at Infiniti’s fully electric Emerg-E , as well as the latest concept coupes from Rolls-Royce Bespoke and Mercedes-Benz. The first concept to be reviewed is the Emerge-E, which received less than stellar marks. Next, Leno takes a look at the Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupe which will be unveiled in production form sometime next year. His final concept to review was the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Aviator Collection which is also set to be put into limited production.

When you say Graf Weckerle you automatically images some very cool, yet individual and exclusive tuning packages. And of course that this latest one, offered for the Mercedes SL500 is no exception. The package features a maritime inspiration through both the exterior and interior of the car, while the interior features pure 750 white gold elements.

For the exterior the most important changes are of course the wheels This time the tuner opted for a new set of 20" Collection Sport forged performance wheels made out of a special rotation-forged titanium-aluminum alloy. The wheels are featuring a very cool aluminum effect combined with a special white coating on the disc and a Graf Weckerle brand logo on the center cap. This new set of wheels has been combined with a very cool Graf Weckerle navy blue exterior paint.

The interior continues with the same maritime theme thanks to its Graf Weckerle navy blue leather contrasting with white stitching and piping. But the most amazing features are the Graf Weckerle brand emblems integrated into the original seat design and made of pure 750 white gold.

No changes have been made under the hood at this point, but the tuner announced that an optimized and remapped ECU in combination with a stainless steel sports exhaust system is currently being developed.

The guys over MEC Design already used us with some very impressive tuning packages for most of the recently announced Mercedes models. And of course that the new 2013 Mercedes SL550 could have been no exception. Their package is currently updating just the look of the car, but the German tuner has promised that an engine update will follow shortly.

Launched back in April, the new generation Mercedes SL-Class has made quite a sensation. But MEC Design managed to make it look even more impressive. For this the tuners has added AMG-inspired front and rear bumpers, plus a new four-tailpipe exhaust system. This one can be ordered in two different sound types: "Daytona" and "Earthquake," depending of course on the customer’s wishes.

The last piece of the tuning package is an electric lowering module which can be used to reduce the car’s height by up to 55mm). A new set of 20-inch "MecxtremeI" wheels with a satin finish completes the picture.

Back in the mid 1980s, the performance car world was still on its back, thanks to the uppercut that the 1970’s emission standards laid on the likes of the Camaro, Mustang, and Corvette. However, the exotic car companies, like Ferrari Ferrari and Lamborghini, and luxury car companies, like Mercedes-Benz and BMW, all had the upper hand, thanks to the deep pockets of their customers.

These deep pockets allowed these high-level car manufacturers to spend more time and money developing cars that both met the emission standards and performed awesomely. One of these monsters of the early-emission era was the 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300E Hammer ” by AMG. Much like the M3, the “Hammer” was a midsize car that was relatively tame from the factory, boasting a 177-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8 engine. If you wanted that extra power that the “Hammer” provided, simply pony up an additional $89,120 on top of the 300E’s base price of $39,000 and Benz would build you this custom beast.

Rarely do we see one of these in the wild and even rarer is to catch a glimpse of the factory-owned model, which is claimed to produce between 381 and 396 horsepower and hit a top speed of “over 190 mph.”

Well, Chris Harris not only got to drive one, but it just so happened to be the factory-owned model. In typical Chris Harris fashion, he doesn’t just take it on a leisurely stroll either, he got this classic 80’s beast sideways on several occasions.

Check out the above video to see Chris in action.

Across the pond, in the UK, there is a slightly revised lineup for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class than we see in the U.S. In the U.S. we only get to see the E350 and E500 – not inclusive of the AMG line – but in the UK they get the E200, E220, E250, E350, and E500. The E500, being the top trim in the lineup, boasts the largest and most powerful engine, a 4,663cc V-8 engine that pumps out 300 Kw (408 horsepower) at 5,000 rpm and 600 Nm of torque (442 foot-pounds) at 1,600 to 4,750 rpm.

Those are all pretty acceptable numbers for a full-size sedan or coupe, but our UK friends are capped off there, as they do not have access to the 518-horsepower E63 AMG . Vath has come to the rescue for said owners, by releasing an all new array of upgrades that not only make the E500 look sportier, but bump its horsepower into E63 AMG territory.

Click past the jump to read all about this new upgrade kit and see how it compares to the E63 AMG offered in the U.S.

If you didn’t had the chance to buy one of the 25 Carlsson C25 units, the tuner is now offering you another alternative: the CB 20S. The new package is based on the C-Class Coupe and is significantly cheaper when compared to the C25: prices will start from 34,900 Euro ($43,800), plus 4,986 euro ($6,200) for a customizable leather / Alcantara interior from the Carlsson Signature Line. The new package will be available from September 1st.

The exterior package includes a new front grille with a polished stainless steel grille, a new front spoiler lip made in carbon fiber and a new rear diffuser in conjunction with the Carlsson four-pipe sports exhaust system. The car sits on a new set of 19" alloy wheels combined with Carlsson sport springs.

The CB 20S is based on the entry-level C180 Coupe powered by 1,6 liter four-cylinder engine with an output increased to 201 HP (up from 156 HP). As a result the model will go from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 144 mph.

There are three types of accidents in the world of car racing: expected, freak, and “how in the [insert favorite expletive] did that happen?” Well, an accident involving an AMG racecar, air line, and four Mercedes DTM crew members falls into the latter of those three categories.

This is a clear example of a pit crew simply not following the most basic of pit rules: clean your crap off of pit lane after you’re done and secure your air hose properly until you are ready to use it. After a fairly quick pit stop by the AMG coupe during practice at Zandvoort on Friday, the coupe speeds away. The crew directly in front of the car apparently left their air hose dangling over the track in anticipation of a pit stop of their own and the car’s rear spoiler caught the hose.

Well, the hose turns into a massive bull whip with a crack that would make Indiana Jones feel inadequate. As it whips around, it catches four crew members and drops three to the tarmac. Luckily, no one was seriously injured, as Mercedes has released a statement that three of the four were released from the hospital and are back on the job, but one remains in the hospital with serious, but not life threatening, injuries.

From the 1:10 mark to the 1:15 mark, you can see the accident in slow motion and you can really get a look at how lazily wrapped the air hose is. The hose that the Mercedes hit was hanging halfway down, whereas the rest of the hoses in pit lane are tightly wrapped and well above the top of the spoiler.

We’re sure this team is in for a quick and harsh lesson on pit-lane maintenance and organization. Then again, getting bull whipped by an air hose may be lesson enough.

Source: AutoSport

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