Mercedes’ stand at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show included a particularly sporty and racy A180 that was designed to preview the German automaker’s new Sport program.
If this display is any indication, then Mercedes has a versatile choice of options to give its customers.
Dressed in a Polar Silver exterior paint with Jupiter Red detachable parts, the A-Class Sport is a real sight for the senses. The new components fitted into the sports hatchback and treated with the Jupiter Red shade include the front apron spoiler lip, the roof spoiler, and the rear apron trim, all of which carry a distinct complement to the shiny Polar Silver body.
From there, Mercedes decorated the entire body of the A-Class Sport with a sticker kit that features a checkered-flag design with a color gradient and a silver-tinted sun protection strip with red linings and a choice of racing numbers that customers can have run the entire length of the car. If that isn’t enough, the German automaker is also previewing its "Night" styling package, one that comes with its own front and rear trim, a new diamond radiator grille, illuminated door sills and a set of 18-inch two-tone light-alloy wheels. A sports steering wheel is also part of the program, as are the new sports pedals.
Last but not least, the A-Class Sport also receives performance and handling kits that feature a two-pipe rear silencer, a new sports suspension system and perforated brake discs and red calipers.
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Following up on their first Geneva offering, the McLaren MP4-12C Chimera, FAB Design has taken the covers off of its second Geneva program, this time for the Mercedes SL63 AMG Bayard. Following along the same lines of the mythical chimera, we’re venturing a guess that FAB Design’s use of “bayard” originates from the magical bay horse in European urban legend.
In any case, the SL63 AMG Bayard comes chock-full with a host of improvements that definitely fits FAB Design’s reputation as a premier aftermarket company. It describes the program as "haute couture for the road" so, the expectations for a completely tricked out program are already other.
To accomplish its goal of dressing up the SL-Class, FAB Design began by installing a new and more aggressive front spoiler that comes with enormous air intakes. The tuner also added a light, carbon-reinforced nose component that provides increased airflow to the sports car’s engine. Moving to the sides, FAB Design added side skirts that widened the SL by an impressive 70 mm (2.75 inches) on the front and 120 mm (4,72 inches) on the rear. Add in the new carbon rear spoiler and the integrated diffuser for improved handling and stability, as well as a new set of 20-inch three-piece Evolution Concarve aluminum wheels wrapped in Dunlop tires, and you have the makings of a really aggressive-looking SL63 AMG coupe.
Moving to what’s under the hood, FAB Design improved the SL63 AMG’s output, thanks to numerous engine tweaks that include a remapped ECU, a sports catalytic converter, and new exhaust tailpipes. With all these upgrades, the SL63 AMG’s 5.5-liter V-8 engine now boasts of 630 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 653 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 to 4,500 rpm. After the upgrade, the SL63 AMG is now capable of hitting 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds with an estimated top speed of just under 200 mph.
FAB Design is only building 35 units of the Bayard program, which means that you better hurry if you want a piece of one!
Unlike most aftermarket companies, Swiss tuner Mansory rarely releases programs unless it has plans of showing them off in major auto shows.
But you can always count on it to have a presence in Geneva, in large part because a) it’s in its own stomping grounds, and b) it’s the biggest auto show of the year.
One of the programs Mansory has prepared for Geneva is a rather over-the-top program for the Mercedes G65 AMG. We’ve already established the tuner’s proclivity to use carbon fiber, something its Gronos program for the G65 AMG has in abundance.
The newly designed bodywork was made from ultra-light carbon, including the front splitter, which features LED daytime running lights and the front fairing that lays over it. It’s also worth noting that, despite the vehicle receiving multiple layers of Magic Yellow color paint, certain parts of the G65 AMG, particularly the roof, the mirror housings and the decorative trims, were left to show the carbon fiber design of the bodywork.
You’ll also notice that the G65 AMG is a little wider, something that can be attributed to the wider wings and side skirts, as well as the stretched wheel arches, netting an increase of 20 mm (0.78 inches) in width. Finally, a new set of 23-inch ten twin-spoke wheels wrapped in high-performance Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tires.
The interior is also the picture of Mansory tuning genius, particularly the dashboard and center console, which has been redesigned with more carbon-fiber components. The plush modification in those areas is complemented by the immaculate leather upholstered on the seats with matching Magic Yellow stitching.
Finally, there’s the engine, which Mansory was able to upgrade, thanks to the addition of a newly designed exhaust system, a new manifold, and a double stainless-steel tailpipes. Put together, the tuner was able to increase the output of the G65 AMG’s 6-liter V-12 engine to 840 horsepower with an electronically limited 738 pound-feet of torque.
It’s true that Mercedes doesn’t offer a convertible version for its G-Class lineup, but at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Mansory wants to prove that a three-door cabrio body fits perfectly on the new-generation G500. Like with all the other models the tuner is going to display in Geneva, the new Speranza also features a carbon-fiber body kit, an updated interior and an amazing update for the V-8 engine.
For the exterior, Mansory has installed wider wings that make the Speranza about 0.78 inches wider and in the same time they provide a more masculine look. Up front, the model received a new front bumper with integrated LED daytime running lights, a carbon-fiber bonnet and new headlights. For the rear, Speranza received a new rear spoiler and a spare wheel cover made of carbon fiber.
The package also requires new side skirts and new wheel arches that hide the new, forged 24-inch wheels in ten-twin-spoke design and wrapped in high performance 305/35 Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tires.
In order to increase the V-8’s output, the tuner installed new pistons, connecting rods, rod bearings, crankshaft, crank, cylinder head, plus a newly designed exhaust system with double stainless-steel tailpipes. The result is an output increased from the standard 385 horsepower up to 700 horsepower, while the peak torque is limited to 663 pound-feet.
Oakley Design may not be headed to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but that doesn’t mean it can’t steal some of the headlines, especially when it has a new program for a supercar like the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster.
Called the SLS AMG 640-2 Carbon Edition, Oakley Design gives real meaning to the program’s name with plenty of carbon parts added to the exterior and interior of the SLS AMG Roadster. Other additions to the Mercedes supercar include new air intakes with integrated LED lights, a new bumper with what looks like fangs and a new exhaust system that looks oddly similar to the one equipped in the C63 AMG Black Series.
But the most important part of the 640-2 Carbon Edition is the increase in output Oakley Design managed to give to the SLS AMG Roadster. From the stock output of 571 horsepower and 473 pound-feet of torque, Oakley Design was able to push those numbers north to 640 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque.
While these modifications certainly point to the skills of Oakley Design as a premier aftermarket company, we have a feeling that it has more up its sleeve in terms of details about its 640-2 Carbon Edition program for the SLS AMG Roadster.
German tuner Carlsson has prepared quite an impressive lineup for the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Next to the CK63 RSR and the SLK 340, the tuner is also going to unveil the CML Royale Revox - a pretty cool tuning kit based on either the Mercedes ML63 AMG or the ML500.
The first update the tuner is offering for the SUV is a new aerodynamic kit that provides the ML with a more aggressive and confident look. The kit starts with a new front spoiler and chrome-plated grille, LED daytime running lights and for the rear a new apron and a new sports exhaust system with four oval tailpipes. Of course that such a powerful model needed new wheels and Carlsson installed 22-inch diameter alloys in five-spoke Diamond Edition 1/5 Revo 2 design.
For the interior Carlsson is offering subtle, two-tone combination of dark grey and black. For most of the interior parts the tuner has chose Carlsson Nappa Exclusive leather and combined it with double overlapping woven stitch pattern on the center of the seats, door inserts and the floor mats.
One of the most impressive feature of the interior is the addition of a new REVOX audio system. It features a 7-channel power amplifier with 6 x 120 W RMS three way speakers and a 1 x 350 Watt RMS sub-woofer.
Impressive updates have also been made under the hood where the 6.3 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine has been updated up to a total of 625 horsepower and 619 pound-feet of torque. With the extra 107 horsepower, the new CML Royale will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 186 mph.
So we all know and love the G63 AMG by Mercedes, but what if four wheels just aren’t enough for you? Well, the German automaker may have just the vehicle for you in the form of a six-wheel-drive variant of the bad-ass G-Class by AMG. The Swedish military is due to get one and the Australian military already has them in service. Unfortunately, there was no way for a civilian to get ahold of one.
Well, Autobild happened to catch one of these bad boys being delivered and it was not wrapped up in the typical military garb. No siree, this beastly Benz looks to be in full-civilian dress. It could be that this is just how Mercedes delivers the six-wheel monster to the military, but we highly doubt that Mercedes would go through the trouble of painting it and installing all of the safety items that civilian cars require just to have the military strip it down.
This points toward Mercedes actually offering this massive SUV up for sale to the general public, which likely gets you off-road nuts all hyped up. Before you get yourself too worked up, we say there is about a 99.999-percent chance that this model will never hit U.S. shores. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
Regardless, this production monster truck comes with the AMG-built 5.5-liter V8 engine with 544 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is unknown, but we assume it will feature a 7G-TRONIC transmission. Though the standard G63 AMG screams to 60 mph in only 5.4 seconds, we would be shocked to see this tank get under the 7-second mark.
Update 3/1/2013: Mercedes has just revealed a load of images and a video of the G63 AMG 6x6 on its Facebook page. you can see the video above and the images in the gallery. The German manufacturer has yet to reveal any of the specifications on this military favorite.
When you’re looking for an aftermarket company with a penchant for understated programs, rest assured, Brabus isn’t one of them.
There’s nothing understated about this German tuner. On the contrary, their reputation as one of the most over-the-top tuners is well-earned. At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Brabus is bringing another project that backs up its reputation.
The program is called ’B63S-730’ and it’s for the CLS63 AMG, a car that doesn’t seem to lack in output in its own right. Apparently, Brabus isn’t content with just 557 horsepower and 589 pound-feet of torque, so they slapped on a pair of uprated turbochargers with larger compressor units, an additional water-to-air intercooler while they also remapped the ECU software and added a new stainless-steel sports exhaust with high-flow cats and adjustable butterfly valve.
All in a day’s work too, we imagine.
As a result, the CLS63 AMG’s 5.5-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine is screaming in delight, thanks to an improved output that nets the car 730 horsepower and 763 pound-feet of torque, numbers good enough to get the CLS63 AMG to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 10.8 seconds and a top speed of 217 mph.
Aesthetically, there are plenty of new components too, highlighted by a clear-coated carbon-fiber front spoiler and fender vents. Brabus also offers a choice of 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels, including the nine-spoke Monoblock F and ten-spoke Monoblock R Platinum Edition forged wheels. Likewise, the CLS63 AMG’s interior also received its share of enhancements. We particularly like the soft Mastik leather with quilted stitching as upholstery on the seats, the panelling and the floor mats. The material itself - Matsik - sounds so exotic, right in line with the reputation of Brabus as a true exotic tuner.
The new G-Class was dropped onto the market back in April, 2012 and since then only few tuners showed interest in updating this off-road-capable Benz. Mansory, however, seems to have been pretty impressed by the new G-Class, as they have prepared a new tuning kit that offers the SUV a sportier and significantly more individual note.
The kit starts with a pretty cool aerodynamic kit that includes a new front spoiler bumper with LED daytime running lights and a new radiator grille. The tuner also installed a new carbon-fiber hood, a new roof spoiler and a new rear diffuser. The taillights receive carbon-fiber light covers and new carbon-fiber mirror.
There is also a new sport exhaust system that delivers more imposing sound. The car sits on a set of one-piece light-alloy wheels sized 23 inches and wrapped in ultra-high-performance 305/30R23 Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tires.
For the interior, Mansory combined the finest materials with aluminum and carbon fiber applications.
Mercedes AMG has unveiled a cool video presenting Bernd Mayländer, official Formula One Safety Car Driver, talking about his old and new Safety Cars. The video was shot in an old barn, as he explains technical details and tells of his personal experiences, starting from the 1999 CLK 55 AMG and to the current SLS AMG GT. From his list there are two big absences: the SL55 and the SL63.
The latest Safety Car is the 2013 SLS AMG GT F1 Safety Car. It is powered by the same V-8 engine found in the road-going version, which delivers a total of 591 horsepower. The safety car also receives a high-performance ceramic-composite brake system and weight-reducing AMG 10-spoke forged light-alloy wheels.
He also talks about the 2012 racing season, when, for the first time in history, a season finale was ended by a Safety Car.