Mercedes cars

Last month, German Special Customs tried their hand on the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG by putting together a Stealth to boost up exterior appeal. Now the tuner has decided that they can do better than that and have come up with another package that can dish out 740 HP.

In order to obtain the extra 222 HP, the tuner added bigger turbos, an additional water cooler, a custom exhaust system, and an ECU update. As a result, the V8 engine now delivers a total of 750 HP and a peak torque of 516 lbs-ft. The 0 to 60 mph sprint is done in just 3.7 seconds, while taking the car up to a top speed of 218 mph.

The tuner continued this impressive package by adding a few exterior modifications to match the car’s look with its power. This was done with a vented hood, side skirts, revised front and rear bumpers, a carbon fiber diffuser, and quad tailpipes. The Merc was then painted in a gloss black finish before German Special Customs proceeded to fit in a new set of 20" alloy wheels combined with a KW adjustable suspension. The final element was the addition of Alcantara trim for the interior.

While Mercedes was busy unveiling the new SLS AMG GT - the replacement for the current SLS AMG - to the rest of us, the Japanese market was receiving a very cool SLS AMG Matte Special Edition to toy around with. In fact, this is the second special edition for Japan that we have announced this week, next to the C63 AMG Performance Studio Edition . Much love for the Land of the Rising Sun, Mercedes?

The new SLS AMG Matte Edition will be offered in both black and white paint finishes for both the coupe and roadster models. The Matte Black Edition is combined with a very cool red trim, including the red three-pointed star on the grille, the fender gills, the "6.3" badge, the fuel door, and the wheels. The interior also features the same red and black color scheme.

The Matte White Edition follows the same setup, except the red accents found on the Matte Black model are black on the Matte White model. The black tires are highlighted by a clean white pinstripe and the interior is elegantly done in a white and black motif. Carbon-ceramic brakes are available on both models as an option, but no engine modifications were performed on either model.

The Matte Black Edition is priced at €303,500 and the Matte White Edition is priced at $366,400 for the coupe and $379,000 for the roadster.

The Mercedes C63 AMG is arguably one of the most popular models in the Mercedes AMG line-up. But that isn’t stopping the German automaker to treating its Japanese customer base with a special edition model called the C63 AMG Performance Studio Edition.

Comprised of a comprehensive modification that includes work done on the outside, inside, and engine, the C63 AMG Performance Studio Edition is turning out to become quite a prize for the Japanese folks. It also figures that with all the special edition BMW M3 ’s out on the market, Mercedes would love to join in on the party with this bad boy, right?

The first thing you’ll notice is the matte black finish given to the car, which is never a bad thing as far as we’re concerned. Mercedes also added a carbon trunk lid spoiler, unique exhaust tailpipes, a new set of 19" multi-spoke black alloy wheels with a red rim, and red brake calipers. Inside, the modifications continue with an interior that’s been dressed in red and black nappa leather with matching red accent stitching. In addition, there’s also a carbon fiber decorative trim, hand-crafted AMG floor mats with nappa leather piping, AMG door lock pins, and a standard Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system.

As far as the engine goes, Mercedes gave the C63 AMG’s 6.2-liter V8 engine with a nice power upgrade, resulting in an increased output of 480 horsepower, up from the standard model’s 451-horsepower output.

The car, like we said, is exclusive to the Japanese market. Pricing has been announced at 15 million Yen, which is about $192,000 based on current exchange rates. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in November 2012.

We understand if you’re a little bewildered by what the title states. Trust us, when we found out about it, we shared the exact same sentiments.

We know that there are some unusual world records out there, but to be honest, we had no idea that there’s now one that involves the farthest distance you can catch a golf ball in a moving car.

How come we’ve never tried that before?

In any case, F1 legend and AMG brand ambassador David Coulthard used a 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster to accomplish the feat, a record that is now in the process of being entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.

For the record-setting attempt, Coulthard was joined by pro golfer Jake Shepherd with the latter being responsible for driving the golf ball as Coulthard blasted his SLS AMG Roadster. From 900 feet where the ball was struck - at a speed of 178 mph, no less - Coulthard managed to catch the ball while driving at a speed of 120 mph.

And the best part of this record-setting attempt? It only took two tries for David to catch the ball with the supercar.

Nevertheless, the unusual nature of the entire activity wasn’t lost on the F1 icon. “This world record attempt is definitely one of the most unusual things I’ve ever been asked to do with a car," Coulthard said.

"Jake Shepherd was great to work with and the performance of the SLS AMG Roadster made driving to catch a mid-air golf ball even more exciting. I am honored to have received the Guinness World Record for the furthest golf shot caught in a car.”

The video of the stunt will be released next month. So for now, check out the photos released by AMG of how it all went down.

Of course most of you remember the Super GT Carlsson C25 Royale unveiled last year at the Geneva Motor Show. At the launch Carlsson announced that only 25 units will be built. And now the tuner announced that from the 25 units, 7 will be built exclusive for the Chinese market and will be sold as the Carlsson C25 China Limited Edition. All units will be built individually according to the owners’ wishes.

The new C25 China Edition has been built entirely in carbon fiber so that the car is now 396 lbs lighter that the standard C25. Next to this impressive weight reduction the car gets composite braking system, a C-Tronic Suspension chassis with iPhone control, 450 HP V8 engine and a very impressive exhaust system with two massive, all-aluminum tailpipes.

Each customer will have the possibility to choose any possible colo combination so that none of the seven vehicles will be alike.

Each unit will be priced at about $627.000 and only the C25 Limited Edition No. 1 will be transferred by air to Shanghai, all the rest will be hand-manufactured over the next twelve months at Gut Wiesenhof in Merzig.

With 510 HP under the hood, the Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series looks like a car that needs no updates. But the German tuner Vath did the impossible: they managed to update the car’s engine to an impressive 756 HP!

So how can you get the extra 246 HP? Simple: first you need an extra 38,500 € ($47,800) and then you need to take your car the the Vath shop. In here your car will get lots of high performance engine modification with compressor system, individual precise tuning of the engine electronics and an in-house manufactured water-charging air cooling system. As a result the engine delivers a total of 756 HP and a peak torque of 59 lbs-ft. Top speed limiter will also be removed so that you can enjoy an impressive top speed of 217 mph. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in just 3.6 seconds.

And if you have a few more thousands to spend, you can also get a stainless steel exhaust-manifold system, a sport rear silencer, a new suspension system that lowers the car’s ride by 20 – 65 mm and a new set of 20" wheels.

Usually, when a Mercedes S-Class gets a little work done to it, it is at the hands of Brabus. Not in this case! Lorinser has just dropped a tuning package called the S70, which is based on the S600.

The standard Merc S600 is powered by a powerful V12 engine that produces 510 HP. Lorinser got in there to install a power kit that pushes that output up to 805 HP! This impressive Power Kit includes a larger turbocharger, a free-flow exhaust system, and a reinforced rear axle, as well as the obligatory ECU mapping. As a result, the engine now delivers the aforementioned 805 hp and a peak torque of 936 lbs-ft between 1900-4200 rpm. Top speed comes electronically limited to 186 mph, but it can be increased to 205 mph upon request.

The exterior kit includes a new front air dam (with LED and PTS), a new rear bumper, side skirts, and a rear lip and roof spoiler. The car sits on a new set of 20" multi-part light-alloy wheels painted in matte-black. The interior is wrapped in Nappa leather in Maybach Zeppelin-look combined with wood in black piano lacquer.

We saw a package similar to this in early 2011 when Speedriven puts its own twist on the S600 . That package let out 695 horsepower and 840 lb/ft of torque, but Lorinser’s package eclipses that. The only thing left to see is how much this upgrade is going to set us back.

Mercedes C-Class

Back in February the next generation Mercedes C-Class has been caught testing for the first time during winter conditions. And now our spy photographers caught the car testing one more time, except that now they have also snapped a picture of the interior. As you can see the next C-Class will get the Ipad looking display for infotainment and Sat-Nav on top of the dash.

Like with most of the all new Mercedes models, the next C-Class will also benefit from the round SLS look-alike air-outlets. A bigger panoramic roof will also be offered with the Magic-Sky option.

Under the hood Mercedes will place both petrol and diesel engines, but a hybrid version will also be offered for the first time. The current seven-speed automatic gearbox will be replaced by a new nine-speeds one.

The next C-Class will be initially offered as a sedan, with a station wagon to follow six months later. A coupe and a convertible will also be offered, and, for the first time, Mercedes will offer a MST variant.

MST stands for Midsize Sports Tourer and will be a crossing between Wagon and Van or, in just another words a smaller version of the R-Class .

The 2014 C-Class will be produced in the US as well, at the Alabama plant alongside the GL and ML-Class .

As always, the Grand Prix of Monaco provided a fairly spectacular showing, likely one of the few in this year’s F1 series. As most would expect, Circuit de Monaco lap-time record holder and five-time winner, Michael Schumacher took the pole position, but officials forced him back five grid positions after he caused a collision during qualifying. With the technical nature of Monaco, that pole position is very important and Schumacher’s penalty was an ominous sign that this would not be a good race, as he retired due to fuel issues 63 laps in.

Schumacher’s penalty propelled Red Bull’s Mark Webber into the pole position. Webber held onto that pole position, despite a lead change during a pit stop, and took home the checkered flag on a rain-coated Circuit de Monaco. As we said in our preview of the 2012 Grand Prix of Monaco , this race had some serious overall points influence, as the leaders were only separated by a few points each.

This victory for Webber places propels him up to a second place tie with Sebastian Vettel at 73 points and puts Fernando Alonso, who finished third, in the points lead at 76. An impressive run by Nico Rosberg placed him in second, just behind Webber, proving that his wide margin of victory in China was not just a one-time deal. This superb finish by Rosberg jumps him up two slots to fifth place overall.

From the looks of it, this season is shaping up to be a rather close points race with a few new faces near the top. Unfortunately, the leader board, for the most part, looks identical to the 2011 and 2010 seasons. The lack of parody in F1 has really been its Achilles heel in recent history. An overall points victory by Nico Rosberg would certainly be a push in the right direction for F1, so we’ll keep a close eye on his performance.

Click past the jump to see the complete placement board for the 2012 Grand Prix of Monaco and the overall points standings.

Back in 2007, a well-planned three-way deal between Renault, Nissan and Daimler brought these three automotive powerhouses together. This deal wasn’t necessarily massive, as it only resulted in Daimler getting a 3.1 percent share of Nissan and Renault Renault , and Nissan and Renault getting 1.55 percent of Daimler each. Basically this deal was just to allow the three automakers to freely share their technologies and testing.

It looks as if Renault is pretty close to calling on Daimler to make good on its deal, as Renault is working on a new flagship sedan that will use some Mercedes-Benz parts. This new flagship model is not all Renault is looking ahead to, as the French automaker is also debating releasing an entire lineup of luxury car with Daimler’s help.

The details are still rather sketchy, as they are still in preliminary talks and a lot of the information is from unconfirmed sources. One of the names for the new make that is being tossed around is Initiale Paris, which was once used on a 1995 Renault concept car.

Image Note: The images used are of the 1995 Initiale Paris concept car

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