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.
The model introduced last June was painted in a matte black color with red accents on the wheels to go with a two-tone, red and black interior and a saucy performance upgrade.
As for the new C63 AMG Limited Edition, Japanese customers will be treated to a car with a white body model with red accents on the mirrors. A boot-lid spoiler has also been added, as are new brake calipers and its own two-tone red and black leather interior modifications that, incidentally, is different from the interior treatment received by its predecessor.
Equally important for the white C63 AMG Limited Edition is the power upgrade. Thanks to an engine tune from Merc, the output of the luxury sports coupe was increased from 451 horsepower to 480 horsepower. Not too shabby, if we do say so ourselves.
For all of the similarities between the two, the C63 AMG Limited Edition will also be sold on a limited basis. Only 15 coupe models are available with an extra 20 models for the sedan version.
Everybody’s gearing up for the Geneva Motor Show and it appears that Brabus is well ahead on the curve with the aftermarket releases.
With a lineup of vehicles scheduled to be in Geneva, Brabus has pulled the covers to one of them: the 800 Roadster.
It’s based on the Mercedes SL65 AMG and true to form, the program comes with a comprehensive list of upgrades. The carbon-fiber aero package features plenty of components, including a new front spoiler, a distinctive hood scoop, new fender vents, side skirts, a rear spoiler and a diffuser insert. Rounding the exterior upgrades off is a set of 20-inch Monoblock R ’Platinum Edition’ forged wheels wrapped in 255/30ZR and 305/25ZR tires.
Inside, the mods are pretty limited, although Brabus did do a splendid job jazzing up the cabin. The use of soft Mastik leather finished with quilted stitching on the seats, paneling and floor mats are wonderfully stylish, and adds a level of luxury to the car’s sporty and aggressive performance credentials.
Speaking of performance credentials, that’s where Brabus is all up in everybody’s grill. The tuner used its T65 RS engine conversion that includes remapped ECU software, new manifolds with integrated turbine housings, high-performance turbochargers, four water-to-air intercoolers and a stainless-steel exhaust system. That’s a whole lot of performance juice, Brabus! Good to know you’re still on the top of your game.
With the upgrades on the SL65 AMG’s 6-liter V-12 biturbo engine, the German tuner was able to increase the output of the sports roadster from 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque to a staggering 800 horsepower and 1,047 pound-feet of torque with 0-to100 km/h (62 mph) time of just 3.7 seconds, a 0-to-200 km/h (124 mph) time of 9.8 seconds, and most importantly, a top speed of 217 mph.
It’s already been well established that the 2014 Mercedes CLA 45 AMG is headed to the New York Auto Show. But even though that’s still a little over a month away, we’re already seeing some sneak peeks at the new compact luxury sedan.
The latest comes by way of Driveclub, a new racing game that’s developed exclusively for the Sony PlayStation 4. Unlike the Gran Turismo franchise, Driveclub is being touted as a game that offers highly connected gameplay that, according to Sony, is meant to be played in real clubs and encourages co-op game play among multiple players.
Well, one of the car’s that’s being prepared to be part of the game is the new CLA 45 AMG and as well it should because the luxury car comes packed with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that nets 360 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. More importantly, just like the game, the CLA 45 AMG is also a sight to behold, looking the part of a luxury sedan that’s well worth serious consideration when it hits dealerships in the future.
Keep it locked it in here when the CLA 45 AMG makes its world debut at the New York Auto Show. And in case you’re wondering, too, the PS4 and Driveclub are expected to hit stores just in time for the holidays.
German aftermarket company, Brabus, is the foremost authority when it comes to building tuning programs for Mercedes vehicles. Just look at its history and you’ll notice that about 80 percent of its projects involve Mercedes vehicles with the occasional Smart programs sprinkled in.
Its latest program for the Mercedes A200 CDI is yet another shining example as to why people go to Brabus when they have a Mercedes that’s ready for some aftermarket lovin’.
Compared to what we’ve seen from some of their past projects, we’d say that the performance mods given to the A200 CDI are relatively modest. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t garner some attention, especially since the A-Class is a popular choice among people looking for an affordable Benz.
So with the help of its BRABUS PowerXtra D2 kit, Brabus was able to take the A200 CDI’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and improve its output from 136 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque up to 165 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
On top of the decent performance spike, the German tuner also added a set of grey twin-ten-spoke alloy wheels while taking out the stock exhaust and replacing it with a twin dual-exhaust setup.
It’s also worth noting that with the 2013 Geneva Motor Show just around the corner, we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Brabus brought this car to their exhibit space.
Just yesterday we brought you the first spy shots of the upcoming coupe version of the next-generation Mercedes S-Class. Now the car was taken out for another testing session and our spy photographers were there to catch it again. When compared to the images we brought you yesterday, the ones from today show some close-up images of the car.
As you can see, the S-Class Coupe is wearing an impressive amount of camouflage, but still it is pretty easy to notice the CL-Class’ replacement will be one of the most impressive models offered by Mercedes in years.
The car is features a stunning shape with a wide and muscular body, and the rear lights placed horizontally for an even wider impression.
The coupe version will be built on the same platform as the next-generation S-Class and will be offered with the same drivetrains and technology features as its sedan brother.
Expect the new S-Class Coupe to be unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.