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The Mercedes A45 AMG may be considered as the baby brother of AMG’s full lineup, but there’s nothing small about this model once you add Brabus into the mix. Thanks to the German tuner’s comprehensive aerodynamic and performance upgrades, this A45 AMG is ready to tussle with the big boys.

The program is typical of what you can expect from Brabus. Slap on some new aero components, dress up the interior, and drop a performance upgrade on the engine. It’s the three-step process to turning cars like the A45 AMG into veritable pocket rockets.

But the best part about this program — apart from having Brabus’ seal of approval — is the fact that on its own, the A45 AMG is already a pretty powerful Mercedes , capable of producing in excess of 360 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. This insane power allows the A45 AMG to hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph.

But even with those impressive numbers, Brabus was still able to add more ponies to the engine, which in a lot of ways proves that when it comes to Mercedes models, nobody does aftermarket programs better than this tuner.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG by Brabus.

A new batch of spy shots of the 2015 Mercedes M-Class has found its way onto my desk, making these the fourth set of photos we’ve seen of the German SUV since the first batch arrived in early December.

Compared to what we’ve seen, these photos of the M-Class come with an even deeper camouflage with pretty much every body panel covered in the hypnotic camo. But from what we’ve seen in the past, our initial notion that both the front and rear sections of the M-Class are going to be updated looks to be spot on.

Since the current generation model was revealed in 2011 as a 2012 model, you can notice that the front end has a more elaborate grille setup with more accessible openings for the air to cool the engine. The main grille looks to have been split in half, possibly to create a unique space for the Silver Arrows logo. The headlights also appear to be more rectangular in design compared to the swept back almond look of its predecessor.

As for the rear, it’s hard to make out any distinctive changes, given that the rear lights don’t look like they’ve been changed. But a particularly interesting tweak are the twin-tailpipes that are now on the front passenger side of the SUV.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class.

Note: Future Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG pictured here.

The old adage, “no replacement for displacement” continues to hobble along on its last leg these days. And with no thanks to Mercedes , it seems the adage will be getting weaker in 2016. The next version of the C63 AMG will drop the beastly 6.3-liter V-8 for a smaller, more powerful, and likely more efficient twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 making almost 30 more horsepower, bringing the total count to around 480.

Power will still be sent to the rear wheels, though through a traditional automatic transmission and not the 7-speed dual-clutch techno-box in the current C63 AMG . The automaker cites lower costs and a lack of consumer demand for the switch, a Mercedes source told Leftlane News.

The new turbocharged powertrain helps poise the C63 directly against the BMW M3 and M4 pair. Upping the ante even further, Mercedes continued spilling the beans to Leftlane about a range-topping S version that will come with more power, upgraded brakes, and unique visual attributes.

The report continues, indicating the C63 will be offered as a sedan, coupe, convertible, and even a wagon. Of course, the AMG version of each will include performance add-ons, bespoke wheels, stickier rubber, and a sport suspension with a lowered stance. A performance-oriented cabin with heavily bolstered seats, a three-spoke steering wheel, and an AMG-specific instrument cluster will likely be present as well.

We’re expecting the C63 AMG to make its first appearance at the Paris Motor Show this October with sales beginning the last quarter of 2015 as a 2016 model.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG S.

Source: LeftLaneNews

As we inch another day closer to its official debut, we have gotten even more spy shots of the all-new Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. As the most powerful and fastest version of the C-Class , this machine is going to go head-to-head with machinery like the new BMW M3 , the upcoming Cadillac ATS-V and the Audi RS5. Mercedes needs to get this one right.

This is our clearest look yet at the new sedan, and things are shaping up nicely for Benz in the style department. Except for some heavy cladding over the front intake vents on the bumper, we can see basically every curve and crease of the new bodywork. In true Mercedes-Benz fashion, it is just aggressive enough to separate it from the rest of the C-Class family, but not quite as wild or outlandish as something that Subaru might make.

There are subtly flared fenders, larger wheels and brakes, plus a more aggressive front clip. The rear is fitted with a quad exhaust setup as well. If you have a sharp eye, you will also notice the small rear spoiler integrated into the deck lid.

Despite the C63 name, this AMG will not get the mighty 6.2-liter V-8 that powers the current car. It will instead be replaced with a 4.0-liter V-8. Expect the car to debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and that new V8.

Mercedes "Edition 1" series has found its way into a number of models and now, you can add the C-Class to that list. Limited in quantities, the C-Class Edition 1 isn’t limited in new details, largely attributed to the plethora of cosmetic changes done on the exterior and interior of the car.

Avant-Garde was a phrase Mercedes used a lot in describing the C-Class ’ exterior and interior looks and really, the innovative way by which the company prepared the model does fit that bill. First of are the choice of colors for the body of the C-Class. Nothing too fancy, just a steady offering of neutral colors in different finishes. The other distinctive characteristics of the C-Class Edition 1 are the "Edition 1" badges on the right and left front fender and the new set of 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels in a Tremolith metallic sheen finish.

Inside, a few AMG components can be seen clearly, particularly the flat-bottomed multifunction sports steering wheel, the instrument panel in Artico leather replica and the aluminum steel sports pedals with rubber studs. Now those might be inconsequential additions for somebody who doesn’t understand the status of the C-Class Edition 1, but for those who do, it’s more than a welcome treat.

Like the badges outside, the interior also has its own "Edition 1" that you can immediately locate in the center console. Speaking of the console, it’s nice to see that Mercedes also took the time to dress it up in nappa leather to complement the seats, which also has that nappa leather treatment.

Mercedes has yet to reveal the price of the Edition 1 C-Class, but it’s expected to be released on April 7, 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

With an affordable price and matching good looks, Mercedes CLA lineup has become a popular item among luxury car customers. That success has inspired Mercedes to expand the CLA lineup to include, among other things, a CLA Shooting Brake , a CLA45 AMG , and as this latest set of spy shots show, a CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake.

Yes, the CLA45 AMG is getting a wagon version, or Shooting Brake, as Mercedes likes to call it. Our spy photographers managed to take a host of spy photos of the barely-covered CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake, and as you can expect, it looks a lot like what we’d expect from a Mercedes with AMG’s influence. The aggressive body kit is evident at first glance, complete with what looks like new vents strategically placed in the front fascia. It’s hard to make out whether the "twin-blade" radiator grille is present, although we won’t be surprised if its there.

Some might argue that the arrival of the CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake will quickly over-saturate the CLA lineup, but we’re not complaining the least bit. The CLA-Class has proven to be a hot seller for Mercedes, so why not strike whole the iron is hot?

Updated 03/25/2014: Today we have created a rendering of the upcoming Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake.

We’ve already caught the 2015 C63 AMG sedan testing, but we haven’t yet seen the C63 AMG Estate — what we know as a station wagon here in the U.S. Well here it is for your enjoyment, folks, the 2014 C63 AMG Estate. Just a few days ago, we got a good look at the front end of the C63 AMG sedan, as well as its backside, but these shots are a lot less revealing.

Sure, you can still make out the basic placement of the air inlets on the front bumper, but the shape is not there yet. Around back, we can clearly see the revised quad-exit exhaust system, but the wagon still lacks the defined rear diffuser that we clearly made out on the sedan.

Under the hood, however, we already know that despite the model retaining the C63 designation — typically reserved for the outgoing 6.2-liter V-8 — the C63 AMG Estate will share the upcoming tarmac-killing 4.0-liter, V-8 engine that the AMG GT/SLC will feature.

We expect to see the C63 AMG Sedan at the Paris Auto Show in October, and we suspect the wagon will follow it by a few months.

The big question is will we finally get this hot wagon here in the U.S.?

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 C63 AMG Estate.

As special edition-models go, Mercedes-Benz has proven that it’s more than capable of thinking outside of the bow with the arrival of a pair of special edition Merc models at the Geneva Motor Show .

One of these two models is called the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition, a surprisingly confusing name for an otherwise incredible car.

Notwithstanding that little peculiarity about this dark reaper of the night, the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition features a wide range of upgrades to the body, interior and performance, although that last part doesn’t come with any boost in engine output.

Be that as it may, the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition lives up to its name as a real-looker, if only for the fact that all that black on a sports roadster makes it looks so spine-tingly...evil.

The SLK CarbonLOOK Edition is available for a variety of models, including the SLK 200, SLK 250, SLK 350 and SLK 250 CDI at an extra cost of anywhere between €6,426 and €6,902 euros (incl. VAT), depending on the variant. Based on current conversions, that equates to around $8,820 to $9,500.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz SLK CarbonLOOK Edition.

Mercedes is rolling out an all-new nine-speed automatic transmission slotted for fitment within the brand’s sedans and wagons, starting with the E 350 BlueTEC . Mercedes says the transmission will not only help conserve fuel, but will decrease in-car NVH levels and reduce exterior noise pollution, while providing smoother shifts at faster intervals than the outgoing seven-speed 7G-TRONIC transmission it replaces.

While its just now becoming available in the E 350 BlueTEC, the 9G-TRONIC will become common across the Mercedes lineup. Expect to see the unit find a home within the S-Class next, followed by C-Class , and possibly the CLA-Class . Engineers designed the transmission to be compatible with rear- and all-wheel-drive application, and even mild and full-hybrid systems. Basically, the 9G-TRONIC will be Mercedes’ bread-n-butter ‘box.

To meet the wide range of demands, engineers built the transmission to shift quickly and smoothly without any overly-perceivable shift points in its normal mode and sharp, direct shifts when placed in manual — and even more so in S mode. The gearbox is also able to shift over multiple gears for fast acceleration and deceleration. For example, the 9G-TRONIC can shift from 9th gear to 5th gear if the driver floors the accelerator. Conversely, the transmission can seamlessly shift from 3rd gear to 9th gear after a hard acceleration run up an interstate on-ramp.

What this means for performance, both on the track and in between gas stations, is simple: more gears equals lower revs when cruising and therefore increased fuel efficiency while faster shifts mean quicker overall performance numbers.

Click past the jump for more info on the 9G-TRONIC and the E 350 BluTEC

Mercedes C63 AMG

The 2015 C63 AMG is getting closer and closer to its reveal, so as expected, it is now starting it’s starting to lose a little camo. Up front we can now make out the some of the air intakes, though the swirly camouflage is still covering up most of them Around back, however, we can see even more, as the quad tailpipes and diffuser between them are easy to see.

Other than these updates, we can also see that the C63 AMG is going to be a littler wider and lower, giving it a meaner look than last year’s model.

Oddly enough, Mercedes will drop the 6.2-liter, V-8 powerplant in favor of a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo engine, but it’ll maintain the C63 name instead of changing it to C40. The reasoning for this is because Mercedes sees the C63 name as "too valuable" to change.

That’s all fine and good with us, as is the 450 horsepower that the 4.0-liter engine — the same as we’ll see in the AMG GT/SLC — will put down in its standard guise and 500-plus horsepower with the Performance Package.

The 2015 C63 AMG should bow in at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October, so stay tuned for more updates.


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