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This car might be 10 years old, but it’s been so rarely used that it only has 1,500 miles on its odometer. That’s probably why, even if it’s a little outdated, this car is still being sold for $1.8 million.

‘This car’ is the 2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR AMG, one of only 25 known vehicles in the world and once considered as the most expensive production car in the world.

Powered by a 6.9-liter V12 engine that produces 720 horsepower and 572 lb/ft of torque, the CLK GTR AMG can run from 0-60 mph in a time of just 3.1 seconds with a top speed of 215 mph, a pretty astounding number for a car that was produced a decade ago.

This particular mode, numbered 17 of 25, is being sold by the Ferrari -Maserati dealership in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and comes with a number of factory options, including monocoque carbon fiber with integrated steel roll bars, a leather steering wheel with airbags, adjustable pedals, an audio system, and air-conditioning.

So if you’re interested in one of the rarest Mercedes production cars in the world – and you have around $1.8 million to spare - you can contact the sellers through Jameslist.

Source: Jameslist

Sometime in the near – or far – future, electric and fuel-efficient cars will eventually rule the automotive world, all in the name of the environment and fuel-efficiency.

If you really think about it, the EV seeds are already being planted by different automakers, most of who already have or are in the process of developing their own electric vehicles.

US designer Nikita Kalinin doesn’t work for any of these auto brands, but she sure knows how to make a design study for a car that we all hope we’ll be seeing in our streets in the future.

Kalinin’s work is a design study for the Mercedes-Benz EL500 Luxury Sedan, an all-electric long wheelbase sedan trapped in a coupe’s body. The car is going to be powered by a Li-Ion permanent battery in the front with a quick swap cartridge battery at the rear that’s responsible for powering two high-torque motors and is mated to compact CVT transaxles. All in all, the EL500 will boast of a 300-mile full-battery charge.

Full story after the jump.

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The sport of Drifting is catching on like wildfire the world over, and that’s not exactly surprising considering it carries the most entertainment value of any motorsport out there. Even F1 has become mundane with cars lapping continuously in a “follow the leader” fashion for two hours. There isn’t much in the form of action, except when spectacular crashes happen, sending carbon fiber shrapnel everywhere. Not exactly safe, but it’s action nonetheless. Yes, aerodynamics make it difficult to overtake blah blah blah.

Drifting brings together the most exciting aspects of our favorite forms of racing in an exciting showcase. What could be better than watching massive horsepower cars going sideways, door to door with each other at breakneck speeds with smoke bellowing out their arches? Okay, well, participating would be better, but not all of us have the type of skill and precision needed to pull off some of these stunts. Of course, some may, so learning a bit about the best vehicles to take out onto the track is important.

The recipe for a great drift car is a generic affair with the following characteristics at the fore: RWD (Duh!), good chassis balance, engine tuneabilty, a limited slip differential, and obviously accessible tuning parts to make the aforementioned a reality. In the list below, you will find a short description on what unique attributes each of the cars bring to drifting, and hopefully will give you a better understanding of the sport and what building a good drift car requires.

Hopefully this will get you swatting bugs with your side windows in no time. Proceed with caution though, as this is a highly addictive adrenalin rush waiting to happen.

Hit the jump to see the list.

Mercedes chose to bring the CLS 63 AMG to the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show where they also chose to announce some other plans currently cooking in the Mercedes kitchen.

Ola Kallenius, head of AMG at Mercedes-Benz, announced that the company plans to develop new models that will be placed under the current C-Class. However, they are not talking about models like the A- and B-Class because these models do not exactly fit in the AMG portfolio. One thing is for sure, Mercedes is bringing in a smaller model, and it will be coming in three to four years and will be powered by a smaller engine than the current 5.5 liter V8.

Kallenius didn’t stop there either as the AMG top dog also revealed that the company is planning to incorporate hybrid technology into its product mix. There will also be two Black Series model set to be revealed in the near future, one of which will probably be the Black Series version of the C-Class that was recently caught testing.

Wait, there’s more. Kallenius also confirmed that there will be several SLS AMG versions launched in the next years. These guys really can’t keep any secrets, can they?

Source: Straightline

While most of the manufacturers are considering hybrid and electric vehicles, Mercedes is considering a diesel version of the GLK crossover for the US market.

During an interview at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz USA President Ernst Lieb said: "We’ve got the GLK coming. And the next-generation C-Class sedan will share the 2.2L 4-cylinder clean-diesel engine that bears the brand’s Bluetec trademark. The C-Class will feature diesel availability right from the start when it arrives in 2013." The E-Class will also get a new diesel engine starting 2011. All of these new engines will include Mercedes new BlueTec technology.

You can see that Mercedes has big plans for diesel engines in the US market: "Overall, our goal is to be somewhere in the range of 15% to 20%,” he says. “And we’re slowly growing this."

This is quite an impressive move considering Mercedes recently had to recall about 2,300 2011 diesel models, including the M-Class, GL-Class , E-Class, and R-Class, due to leaky fuel filters.

Source: Wardsauto

After the leaked brochure from the other days, Mercedes has decided to uncover the new generation CLS-Class before its official debut at the Paris Auto Show. And as everyone expected, the new CLS keeps the same proportions as the old model, but has adopted a completely new look inspired by the Shooting Break Concept .

The CLS’s design combines elements from the concept with the new SLS AMG: there is a long, sporty bonnet, a grille dominated by the large central star, large, elongated dark air inlets with black grilles, full LED headlamps, flared wheel arches and wide wrap-around tail lights featuring LED technology.

The interior also combines innovative details and handcrafted perfection: a high line sweeps from the driver’s door over the instrument panel support and across to the front passenger door. The central display has also been integrated harmoniously into the upper part of the instrument panel. At the same time, the downward sweeping side line on the doors continues the dynamic dropping line of the exterior.

Mercedes said nothing about the car’s specifications, but we expect a new 3.5-liter direct-injection V6, as well as a twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V8. That last motor will put out around 430 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. There will be an AMG version with the new 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 as well.

Hit the jump to read more about the Mercedes CLS-Class.

Looks like the LA Auto Show is becoming more than just an event where automakers are given the opportunity to show off their new rides to the public. For the second day in a row, the LA Auto Show has been the place where companies sign partnership agreements to work together on future projects.

Yesterday, we talked about Rolls Royce striking a deal with famed designer, Bijan, to design 30 special edition Rolls Royce models – valued at $1 million each – for a select group of VIPs.

Today, Mercedes-Benz ’s AMG outfit signed their own agreement with motorcycle builder, Ducati , to work together on a number of projects in the future. From what we’ve heard, one of the first programs of this new partnership will be a joint marketing and sponsoring program where AMG will become a sponsor for the Ducati MotoGP on top of becoming the exclusive auto partner of the entire team. This means that the entire Ducati MotoGP team will only drive Mercedes AMG vehicles. That’s a pretty awesome deal, especially if you can get your hands on an SLS AMG .

Continued after the jump.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

There are cars that are blinged-up and there are cars that are absolutely, totally, incredibly blinged-up. Care to venture a guess where this McLaren SLR falls?

While you struggle to comprehend the absurdity of this shiny piece of metal, we’re going to give you all the details. This is the McLaren SLR, a car that has been given a gold-plated finish that weighs over 5kg and is adorned by over 600 rubies with some measuring over 35mm in diameter. And here we thought cars like these only came in scale models.

The car that comes with more jewelry than Mr. T is the work of Suisse designer Ueli Anliker and is scheduled to make an appearance at the Dortmund MY CAR tuning event today at Dortmund, Germany where it is expected to be the show’s crown jewel – no pun intended. Anliker specializes in jewelry-encrusting vehicles with this latest project taking over 30,000 man-hours to finish. We don’t know if the car is going to be for sale, but insurers have estimated the car – with all that gold and rubies – to be worth somewhere around $5.2 million.

If this car does end up being for sale, we don’t know anybody who’d be willing to fork over that much money for one car, especially one that’s going to attract quite a lot of attention - and that’s putting it lightly.

Source: ZNPP

The 2013 Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe may be on its way, but car tuners aren’t just going to sit around twiddling their thumbs until that happens. In fact, they will more than likely start preparing tuning kits for older models for those of us who will not be able to afford the new car when it does come out. Wimmer RST has done just that with the sedan version of the Merc.

German tuner, Wimmer RST , have attacked the C63 AMG with a Level 3 performance kit that takes the standard 457hp to an astonishing 580hp and 690 Nm of torque while the top speed is electronically limited to 189mph. The bump in power was due to some minor changes of the air flow through the air filter from K&N, an air induction optimization, and, of course, new engine software. Going along with those changes are the exhaust manifold with down pipe, a sports catalyst, an optimized cat-back all-stainless steel exhaust system, a KW-Club Sport Suspension, and some Dunlop Sport Maxx GT tires.

The price for giving yourself an extra 123 ponies is just 9,900 Euros including installation, which is more than worth it for a jump like this.

Press release after the jump.

There’s no typo in the title, in case you’re wondering. And if looks can be deceiving, we won’t blame you if you think that this 1961 Mercedes 190SL is just a restored classic. But the truth is, it’s not. On the contrary, in fact.

This, dear folks, is the Mercedes-Bent 190SL.

The project, which was the brainchild of Hot Rods and Custom Stuff, began by taking a 1961 Mercedes 190SL and stripping it of its original parts with only the car’s body left standing. Then, Hot Rods and Custom Stuff widened and lengthened the 190SL’s body to accommodate all the new parts that were going to be put in, most notably the platform of a 2004 Mercedes SL600 .

After hours and hours of labor, the finished product is what was unveiled at SEMA 2010 – a car that seamlessly blended old school looks with new school performance features, a marriage that is both awesome to look at and even better to drive.

Details after the jump.

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