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It was to be expected that soon after BMW announced plans for their Megacity model, Mercedes would roll out a set of their own depicting their own small electric car. Their version is called the Megacity Mobility (MCM) and Mercedes plans to have it ready to roll in the next few years.

The first rumors for the future Mercedes Mercedes MCM model suggest that it will be built on the same platform as the next generation Smart ForTwo and will feature an electric powertrain. The model will be designed by the Mercedes’ Japanese design studio and will come with aerodynamic styling.

By comparison, the BMW Megacity will able to seat four people as opposed to the two occupying the Mercedes and will use a massive array of lightweight voodoo to boost the car’s overall efficiency. Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic will play a huge role in the construction of the car and it will most likely be built in BMW’s Leipzig plant. It will also be an electric model set to be released in 2013.

Source: WCF

Tuning firm, Speedriven, prefers to leave the flashiness to other tuning firms because that’s just not what they’re about. Instead of the LEDs, the gargantuan rims, and the flamboyant body kits, these fellas are all about fine-tuning engines. What’s important to these guys isn’t so much the aesthetics on the car, but what lies underneath the hood.

Armed with that philosophy, the tuning company has announced their latest project: an engine upgrade for the Mercedes S600 . Already packing a V12 engine with 510 horsepower on its own, Speedriven went out of its way to give the Merc a performance package for the ages. Among the additions include a polished set of Speedriven’s top-mounted water-to-air intercoolers, “scorpion” air intakes, K&N cone filters, and the company’s ECU software to manage the extra air density and extra boost.

On top of that, the modded S600 also comes with transmission controller upgrades, giving the car the capacity to handle the extra torque while also allowing for a “true” manual mode to hold gears more aggressively while delivering quicker, firmer shifts.

With all these elements inside the S600 the power output skyrockets up to 695 horsepower and 840 lb/ft of torque, enormous numbers for a package that will only set you back $9,000.

“You get about 700 horsepower for under nine grand, there’s not much more to say,” explains Speedriven’s Jo Borras.

Yep, no explanations needed. We’re already sold on this one.

Before the Mercedes SLS AMG came out and wowed us with its awesome gullwing design, a lot of people had little idea that the German automaker played with that design in the past and, while some saw the light of the production block, others weren’t as lucky.

One such design, considered today as the ‘Forgotten Gullwing’, is the Mercedes C111 , a car that was universally lauded back in the day for its revolutionary Wankel diesel engine. Despite the number of prototypes that were made, the C111 never became a production model and soon thereafter, it was lost in the yard of discarded concept models, never to be heard from again.

That is until Arturo Alonso, the owner of GWA Tuning, decided to bring its spirit back. Feeling that a concept so iconic should be given its just due, Alonso and his team at GWA Tuning went out and took design elements from the C111 and incorporated modern changes into it to create a one-off machinery they appropriately called the “Ciento Once”.

Details after the jump.

Source: GWA Tuning

For better or for worse, Gran Turismo 5 has dominated the headlines for 2010. From all the delays that haunted the game at the start of the year all the way to the hotly anticipated game finally being released, Gran Turismo 5 has been in the news for pretty much the whole year.

And seeing as we’re on the last days of 2010, it only seems appropriate that GT5 would once again capture the headlines, although this time, it’s about a much more different reason. One that, unfortunately for all of us, will only concern gamers over in Europe.

On December 27th, GT5’s ‘Signature Edition Challenge’ officially went live, signaling the start of the competition among European gamers for the chance to win a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG . Not a die-cast model of any kind. It’s the real deal.

The grand-prize of the SLS AMG is a testament to the strong partnership forged by the GT5 creator Kazunori Yamauchi with the German automaker. “We have enjoyed a brilliant working relationship with Mercedes-Benz throughout the production of Gran Turismo 5 and the stunning prize that they have offered for this competition is a testament to that.”

Details after the jump.

Source: Sony Gran Turismo

With an elegant and refined base such as the Mercedes E-Class Coupe creating a masterful interpretation of the vehicle is as easy as selling an original Van Gogh painting. Sadly, the Cabrio has been receiving most of the attention this year, with tuning firms such as Piecha and Carlsson running towards the drop top version of the luxury vehicle. Prior Design, however, have provided a brand new tuning kit for the 2010 Mercedes E-Class Coupe that will add an impressive body kit and some engine updates ready to increase the car’s power by up to 75hp.

The front of the Merc has been given a new bumper with side vents and a spoiler blade. On the sides of the car, Prior Design added a set of side sills before heading to the back for a rear bumper extension with three fins, a spoiler lip for the boot, and a roof edge spoiler, all available in carbon fiber as an option. The look is completed by a new set of 20" wheels offered in matte black, gloss black, and silver. After adding all of these components, Prior Design went ahead and dropped the ride by about 35mm and then sprinkled the interior with a range of carbon fiber trimmings. Rounding off the tuning kit is a choice of either a tail pipe on the left or a complete sports 4-pipe exhaust system in stainless steel. This option, plus some ECU modifications, can raise the output by up to 75hp, depending on the version of the car.

The full kit adds up to about EUR 5,116, or about $6,684 using the current rates, but each piece can be purchased individually.

Press release after the jump.

Mercedes will unveil the facelift version of the C-Class in January 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show, but since today’s automakers seem to be working part-time as Gossip Girls, the first details of the future vehicle have already been revealed.

According to Mercedes, the new C-Class will get more than 2,000 new parts compared to the previous model, including an advanced seven-speed automatic transmission 7G-Tronic Plus that will be available starting June 2011 (for all models except C300 CDI 4Matic). The facelifted C-Class will also be receiving a new front and rear design, more power from a new V6 engine, and improved fuel consumption.

Customers will have the option of choosing from 11 different models, with power ranging from 120 to 306 HP. These models can either get new halogen headlights as standard or bi-xenon headlights with the Intelligent Light System.

Sales will begin in March 2011.

Updated 12/23/2010: Mercedes has revealed the official details on the facelift C-Class, even though we knew about most of them already. So if you already got yourself caught up with the specs, visit the picture gallery to see all of the new high-res images!

Hit the jump to read more about the facelifted Mercedes C-Class.

The Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 has been talking the talk this year, but come January 14th, 2011, it will also get to walk the walk at its first racing event of the year. Three cars will be entered in the challenging 24-hour race in Dubai (UAE): two from private team Black Falcon and one by Heico Motorsport.

The sixth annual 24-hour race in Dubai is held on the 5.39-kilometer Grand Prix circuit of the Dubai Autodrome. Ninety cars will be taking their place at the starting line, including the three Mercedes models. Upon completion of the race, the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 will hope to get cleared by the FIA to compete in the FIA GT3 Championship.

The SLS AMG GT3 features a new front apron with a splitter, a bonnet with central cooling air vent, wider front and rear wings, sideskirts with cooling ducts for the rear brakes, a rear diffuser, and an adjustable rear aerofoil. The race car will be powered by the same 6.3-liter V8 engine, but tuned to deliver an impressive +600 hp.

The 2011 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 is priced at € 334,000 and its first deliveries will be made towards the end of February 2011.

Press release after the jump.

The new generationMercedes CLS has just been launched onto the market and tuners are already preparing tuning packages for it. The first was brought on by Lorinser , and now Carlsson is bringing the second. Their package includes both petrol and diesel engine updates and an impressive exterior kit.

The aerodynamic kit starts with a new front spoiler and RS front spoiler lip, as well as power domes for the bonnet and mudguard inserts. All of these features are also available in real carbon. Finishing the front end’s makeover are new front apron inserts with LED fog lamps and built-in air inlets. Get to the back of the Mercedes andCarlsson has added a new rear spoiler, a stainless steel rear silencer, and two oval tailpipes.

For the interior, the tuner is offering an Alcantara sports steering wheel, pedals and foot rests made of brushed aluminum, and velour foot mats featuring the Carlsson logo.

The CLS 350 CGI and CLS 350 CDI models are getting a bump up on the rest with a CK35 performance kit. This kit gets the CGI up to 333hp and the CDI to 320hp. With this power increase the CLS will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds.

This package adds much more to the luxury sedan than the package from Lorinser , but we are sure that by the time the Mercedes CLS gets put on the market, these packages will see plenty of changes and renditions.

Press release after the jump.

Hailing from one of the GCC countries - Saudi Arabia to be exact - By Design Motorsport works with many different tuners to bring together an array of projects for everyone’s viewing and buying pleasure. We’ve already featured two Porsches, a 911 Turbo by Protomotive and a 997 TT Porschat Edition by BD Motor , but this next tuning project takes the trip from a different German company: Mercedes . By Design Motorsport (BD Motor) has just prepared a package for the Mercedes E63 AMG sedan that provides it with just a bit of aesthetic change.

The changes made to the E63 AMG are equivalent to a few extra brush strokes on a painting. The tuner covered the vehicle in a black exterior color and then continued the darkening right down to the new set of wheels. The obvious highlighting color is then brought out in the red calipers and "AMG" logos placed all over the car’s body.

Overall, it is not a huge change, but not everyone wants the 900hp the Porsche Turbo was capable of after Protomotive got a hold of it. No, some people are satisfied enough with Mercedes’ 525hp V8 engine, including us who feel that that number is more than enough for a luxury sedan. The only thing we might have expected from BD Motor is that they remove the electronic top speed limiter so the E-Class could see more than the standard 155mph.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

Anyone who is having a difficult time deciding which future vehicle to choose from - the C-Class Coupe , the BMW 3-Series Coupe , or the Audi A5 - may get a push in the right direction with this latest bit of news coming out of the luxury child of Daimler. Mercedes is giving everyone a chance to own their 2012 C-Class Coupe without paying a dime for it.

In a marketing strategy fit to conquer all, Mercedes is hosting a contest called the "Mercedes-Benz Tweet Race", a contest similar to the one done by Jeep earlier this year. However, at the end of this contest, two winners will be chosen to take home the brand new coupe model, and - yes there’s more - some Super Bowl XLV tickets. Mercedes sure does know the way to our hearts.

To enter the contest, simply refine your online social skills. Mercedes will choose its eight contestants depending on their Twitter Klout scores and overall social media presence. These eight contestants will then be split up into four teams, who will then have to embark from one of four cities - New York, LA, Chicago, or Tampa - with a pair of Super Bowl tickets and a specially outfitted Mercedes Benz. The first team to reach Dallas will claim their brand new Mercedes C-Class Coupe. Don’t think it will be easy though. Mercedes will also have the team members competing in a series of challenges along the way. It’s kind of like the Amazing Race for Mercedes enthusiasts.

If you are interested in the competition then head on over to the Mercedes Facebook page (provided in the source link) and sign yourself up. It may be the only vehicle you’ll ever get for free.

Source: Facebook

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