It’s been a while since we last brought you any spy shots of the next-generation Mercedes S-Class, but today our spy photographers caught it one more time during cold-weather testing. As you can see, this prototype has dropped most of its camouflage, letting us see more from the new luxury sedan.
Expect the new S-Class to feature design elements we have already seen in the new E-Class, including the new one-piece headlamps with LED daytime running lights. There will also be design elements from the 2010 Mercedes F800 Style Concept, making the new S-Class sharper and a little bit more aggressive.
Under the hood, the new S-Class will get modified versions of the current engine lineup: a twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 engine producing 429 horsepower, a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-12 delivering 510 horsepower, and an AMG twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 getting between 536 and 550 horsepower.
Expect the new-generation Mercedes S-Class to be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
Mercedes has just announced the addition of an even more powerful version to its C-Class lineup. Called C63 AMG "Edition 507" – the “507” is a clear indication of the engine’s output - the new model will use much of the same technology as the SLS AMG supercar. The new elements - including forged pistons, connecting rods and a lightweight crankshaft - will transform the new Edition 507 into a more powerful, yet lighter sports model.
The new C63 AMG Edition 507 will also be distinguished by design elements seen on models like the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series. These extra styling elements combined with the anticipated power hike definitely get our attention.
So, if you happen to be one of those crazy people that think the 451-horsepower C63 AMG is just a little too timid for you, the Edition 507 just might be the car for you. Or maybe you would prefer a fighter jet; better yet, a rocket ship… Yeah, that may satisfy your itch for speed!
Updated 02/04/2013: Mercedes has unveiled a promo video for its latest C63 AMG "Edition 507," revealing the exterior and interior details of the car. Enjoy!
UPDATE 04/10/13: Mercedes has released pricing details for the new C63 AMG 507 Edition. Click past the jump to see how much it’ll cost you!
Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes C63 AMG "Edition 507".
With Ferrari finished with its F1 car unveiling, Mercedes decided to hop on the bandwagon and unveil the details of its 2013 Formula One car - the F1 W04. The car made its official debut at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain and will be driven this year by Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
The new F1 W04 race car has been inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 racecar and it is "a sophisticated evolution of last year’s car." With the SLS AMG GT3 racecar developing a total of 631 horsepower and sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, this is definitely the perfect inspiration for an F1 car. The car made its first test today when it managed a lap time of 10:21 with Nico Rosberg behind the wheel.
When compared to the previous year car, the new F1 W04 received a new five-element front-wing design, a second-generation Coanda exhaust at the rear and a stepped nose design with a small vanity panel. Up front, it keeps the usual pushrod suspension and the rear gets a pullrod suspension.
Leave it to Audi to take advantage of an opportunity to get some digs on a rival automaker.
With the unexpected Super Bowl power outage taking well over 30 minutes to get resolved, the German automaker decided to throw a grenade Mercedes’ way. In case you didn’t know, the Superdome is officially titled as the Mercedes SuperBowl by way of Merc’s sponsorship of the dome.
So with the lights out, Audi went to Twitter to send a hilarious tweet Mercedes’ way. Here’s what it said:
"Sending some LEDs to the @MBUSA Superdome right now..."
Shots fired! Shots fired!
To be fair, the lights did come back on, but it was still another ingenious dig by an automaker that’s fast becoming one of the must-follow Twitter accounts in the industry. Remember their previous shots at Acura and its NSX Concept for "spiking" the design of the 1991 Quattro Spyder?
This Mercedes zing, though, is a lot funnier than that one.
We have heard all kind of rumors about the upcoming Mercedes SLC. Initially, it was rumored that the model would be offered as a baby-SLS, but rumors are now pointing toward the SLC being the successor to the larger SLS.
Rumors from Car say that The SLC will be built on an updated version of the SLS’s aluminum space-frame architecture and will be offered with a choice of a V-6 or V-8 engine. Car also claims that base versions will get a 3.0-liter V-6 engine with an output of about 333 horsepower, while top versions will get a 4.0-liter V-8 twin-turbo engine with an output of about 485 horsepower. Also claimed it that there will be an SLC S version that will target the 911 Turbo S. It will get a high-output version of the V-8 engine, which will deliver an impressive 585 horsepower.
According to the report, the new Mercedes SLS will be unveiled in 2015 and will be priced from about £70,000 (around $110,000 at the current exchange rates).
With rumors like these, we have to take them with a grain of salt, but it is nice to see some word on this much-anticipated model. We’ll see just how true these really are.
In our days, lots of makers are offering technology that can assist drivers in dangerous situations. However, not many drivers actually know how to use these intelligent systems in such a manner to avoid a crash.
Mercedes on the other hand, wants to explain to its customers how its "Intelligent Drive" package operates and unveiled a collection of videos that outline each feature of the system. Mercedes Intelligent Drive package includes: BAS PLUS, DISTRONIC PLUS, Active Lane Keeping Assist and PRE-SAFE Braking.
The first one, BAS PLUS, includes a combination of stereo cameras and short-, medium- and long-range radar, and will help detect any danger on the road. DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist on the, other hand, maintains the distance between you and the car in front of you when cruise control is engaged and, in conjunction with Benz’s electric power steering, helps keep you in the center of your lane. When a collision is detected it audibly alerts the driver and initiates up to 40-percent braking power.
The Active Lane Keeping Assist helps detect if surrounding traffic provides any dangerous situations for you. The last one, PRE-SAFE Braking predicts the possibility of an accident and, in combination with BAS PLUS, can bring the car to a complete halt from speeds over 50 km/h (31 mph).
Hit the jump to learn how these impressive features work.
Mercedes’ star at this year’s Super Bowl ad will be its latest addition to the lineup: the new CLA Class. The previous commercial specially prepared for this year’s Big Game featured model and actress Kate Upton, but the second one does one better by bringing together Usher, Kate Upton and Willem Dafoe.
The idea behind this new commercial is quite simple: why sell your soul to the Devil and get everything you’ve ever dreamt about, when you can have the Mercedes CLA for only $29,900 and obtain pretty much the same? At least in theory, of course! Who plays the Devil in this latest ad? Well, we won’t ruin the surprise and we will let you watch the video and discover!
After watching it, let us know in the comments section below what ad you find more interesting: this one, or the one featuring just Kate Upton!
Wheelsandmore offers numerous updates for the Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe, but until now, no updates have been offered for the roadster versions. We said “until now” because today the tuner has announced a brand-new upgrade kit for the SLS Roadster. Customers can choose between two different stage upgrades, with the most powerful one delivering up to 704 horsepower.
In stage II the tuner will install a new exhaust system with sport catalysts and a flap-controlled exhaust. These updates, combined with a software remapping and special sport air filters, will increase the engine’s output up from the standard 563 horsepower up to 635 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
In stage III, Wheelsandmore opted to supercharge the V-8 engine. The end result is a stout 704 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. These updates will significantly improve the car’s performance numbers, as it will then sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds and its top speed has been increased to 330 km/h (205 mph).
Along with the engine upgrades, Wheelsandmore is also offering a set of 6Sporz forged wheels, ultra-lightweight aluminum coilover suspension system and LCS coilover suspension with a lift-up function that can raise the car’s ride by 40 millimeters (1.5 inches).
Mercedes is preparing to expand its SUV lineup by at least two new models, according to previous rumors. Along with the new GLA already caught testing, it looks like Mercedes will also offer a Coupè version of the GLK. The model is internally known as the GLC and will be unveiled in 2016, right after the new-generation GLK arrives on the market.
The upcoming GLK Coupè will be built on the company’s new MRA rear-wheel-drive platform and will be offered with a much sleeker and more stylish body when compared to the current GLK. Under the hood, you should expect both the 2.0-liter and 2.2-liter petrol and diesel engines, with an AMG version rumored to be powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 with an output of about 462 horsepower.
The model will target SUVs like the upcoming Porsche Macan and will be put on sale at a price of about £29,000 ($46,000 at the current exchange rates) in 2016. It is still unknown if the GLC name will make it to production or if it will be called the GLK Coupè.
Carlsson will unveil a one-off race car based on the new generation Mercedes SLK-Class at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The new race car will be used in national and international hill climb races in the E1 category, starting 2013 racing season.
The racecar has been developed from scratch on a body shell in an attempt to keep the weight down to only 1,719 pounds. Under the hood, you will find a 3.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers an impressive 610 horsepower and a peak torque of 317 pound-feet. The engine is mated to a Hewland transmission with a paddle shift.
Carlsson also installed an ultra-lightweight body kit made of carbon fiber and a set of BBS racing wheels sized 10-by-18 inches up front and 13-by-18 inches on the rear. A three-way adjustable KW competition suspension keeps the racecar on the tarmac and a high-performance brake system made of ultra-light material to drag it to a halt.
For the interior, the tuner installed a pair of racing seats from Fibreworks and a complex safety cage.
Full details will be unveiled during the car’s official debut in Geneva.