The program is still far from finished, but that isn’t stopping RennTech from whetting our appetites the least bit. The modifications are expected to be pretty extensive, complete with a host of upgrades that include a tweaked ECU and the addition of a full carbon fiber air box, stainless steel long tube headers, 200 cell sport cats, an Akrapovic Evolution exhaust system, and a new rear diffuser.
The video will also show you exactly how the modifications translate in the dyno. Hit play and you’re ears will immediately be filled with a roaring noise that only gets more and more exhilarating as the seconds pass.
Expect more details about the company’s program for the C63 AMG Black Series soon enough. For now, we can dive into the video and appreciate powerful tuning at its finest.
Now that we have seen the updated version of the amazing Mercedes SLS AMG, people are switching their focus to new versions of the car. We’ve already heard about the E-Cell version, but the model that is making heads spin is the Diesel SLS AMG.
Wait, what?! A diesel-powered SLS AMG? Well, not really. Polish website, Moto.pl, says Mercedes will be unveiling a diesel powered version of the SLS AMG in the future. This new version will be called the AMG SLS CDI and will be powered by a six-cylinder diesel engine with triple turbochargers. It is said to deliver about 400 HP. Jalopnik, on the other hand, says a diesel-powered SLS AMG will never happen. Both websites neglect to mention any viable sources, so both pieces of information need to be taken with a grain of salt.
Okay, so what’s really going on here? Europe is in high demand for diesel-powered sports car and, back in 2008, it was rumored that AMG was working on a diesel powered high-performance model. That being said, earlier this year, Mercedes AMG announced that a diesel powered vehicle wouldn’t fit in their line-up and they have no intention in following their German automaker rivals. The question is: should we trust them? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.
Remember when we joked about Vorsteiner being uncharacteristically out of the spotlight for quite some time?
Ha! Apparently, the joke’s on us.
The aftermarket company has been on quite a roll recently, preparing one program after another for a number of vehicles encompassing a range of different brands. After unveiling works on a Porsche Cayenne, a BMW M3, and a Ferrari 458 Italia, Vorsteiner has turned their attention to the Mercedes C63 AMG.
Suffice to say, Vorsteiner didn’t disappoint - again. The C63 AMG Coupe - a beautiful car, by the way - was treated to an aggressive aerodynamic body kit whose components are all made out of carbon fiber. Most noticeable on the program is that there appears to be traces of a Black Series feel to it, particularly the carbon fiber add-on front spoiler, the completely re-made radiator grille, the fender louver covers, the sneakily subtle carbon fiber side skirt panels, a carbon fiber boot lid replacement with an integrated spoiler wing, housings on the LED lights, the vented rear diffuser, and a new integrated spoiler.
Vorsteiner also has a choice of either titanium or stainless steel performance exhaust systems that customers can have installed, as well as a wide variety of either 19" or 20" forged alloy wheels that, again, can be picked by the customer. Of course, the interior gets its fair share of digs too, in the form of embroidered floor and trunk mats.
Despite being one of the most visible tuners in the world, Vorsteiner has made a habit of spoiling us with their programs. Not that we’re complaining because we enjoy pretty much everything they build these days.
UPDATE 08/21/12: Vorsteiner has dropped new photos of its C63 AMG program, which you can check out in the gallery below!
Station wagons will never be as sexy as coupes, but that doesn’t mean that the former can’t carry an extra slice of attitude. This is especially true since we’re talking about a car like the Mercedes C63 AMG Estate and a tuner like Wimmer RS.
The German sports wagon was given an impressive program by the German tuner, highlighted by a mighty impressive performance modification that you wouldn’t normally get on a sports wagon. In tuning the C63 AMG Estate, Wimmer made some modifications on the car’s cylinder heads and the throttle body. On top of that, Wimmer also added a pair of new sport cam shafts, optimized the air filter and intake manifolds, tweaked the stainless steel exhaust system with HJS high-flow sport catalysts, and reprogrammed the ECU unit. With all these improvements in tow, the German tuner managed to increase the C63 AMG Wagon’s output from 457 horsepower all the way to 615 horsepower.
While the highlight of the package is undoubtedly the engine program, it’s also worth pointing out that Wimmer dressed up the C63 AMG Estate in their standard outlandish garb, which in this case they’re calling an "Electric Yellow" wrap. Rounding out the program, of course, are a new set of 19" BBS CH Black Edition alloy wheels, H&R spacers, and a new KW Clubsport coilover suspension kit.
Did you know that riding a bike has two distinct advantages? The first is, of course, that it is good for your health, but the second may be a little harder to guess. Apparently, when you take your bike out for a ride, you have the chance of catching upcoming models as they are taken out for a test session. Like this biker who caught the 2014 Mercedes S-Class.
The next S-Class is set to be unveiled by the end of 2012. It will adopt a new design language and an impressive list of new technology, including a computer-controlled suspension system with redesigned multi-link front and rear axles, more efficient engines, and a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
The engine line-up will include an AMG twin turbo 5.5 liter V8 engine that will deliver between 536 HP and 550 HP. Rumors state that the next S-Class will also be offered with a hybrid powertrain that will combine a powerful direct injected V6 engine and a 60 HP electric hybrid module.
When you’re looking for an aftermarket tuner that knows their Mercedes models as much as anybody in the industry, it’s always a good idea to give the guys over at Vath a call.
Heck, on the chance that you just took delivery of a Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster, then call it good timing because the German automaker has just released their latest tuning program for the soft-top SLS AMG. Featuring a comprehensive package that includes aerodynamic, performance, and interior modifications, Vath’s new program should give you enough reason to make the leap - expensive price tag notwithstanding.
The first thing to know about the new program is the aerodynamic kit that consists of a plethora of naked carbon fiber components. The kit is made up of a new front spoiler, a boot spoiler, side skirts, and extra brake ventilation. From there, attention was turned to the interior where the German tuner is making a available a host of high-end materials - carbon fiber, wood, leather, you name it! - to dress up the SLS AMG Roadster. A sporty steering wheel is also part of the program as is a new speedometer that has a new top speed limit of 250 mph.
Moving on to the engine, Vath took the SLS AMG Roadster’s 6.2-liter V8 engine and added in a supercharger and a new air box. From there, some ECU tweaking was done to increase the supercar’s output to an impressive 700 horsepower and 627 lb/ft of torque. Those new figures translate to a 0-62 mph time of just 3.6 seconds and a new top speed of 205 mph.
Last, but not least, Vath developed a new suspension set-up that relies on threaded sports springs with AMG Ride Control, allowing the car’s ride height to be lowered from 20 to 45 mm. As far as extra options are concerned, Vath has a stainless steel exhaust system with throttle control and a stainless steel exhaust system with a sports catalyst as alternatives to the one already in the SLS AMG Roadster.
All told, the entire package costs €85,130, which is around $105,000 based on current exchange rates.
Our spy photographers have managed to wrestle their way into the inner pits of the testing world once again to capture the next Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series. But, unlike previous versions, the sports car has dropped its usual black garbs and opted for a very cool summer white skin.
The SLS AMG Black Series is still wearing camouflage, but when compared to a standard SLS AMG model, it still looks much more aggressive. The prototype caught testing is also wearing high-performance brakes and larger rear wheels, both of which are set to be used for the production version.
As for the engine powering this bad boy, rumors say that the current 6.3-liter V8 will be boosted up to an impressive 600-620 HP with a peak torque of 516 lbs-ft to boot.
The Black Series treatment will be applied for both the coupe and roadster versions, with both cars expected to be launched during 2013. Prices for the new version will start from about € 260,000, or about $318,000 at the current exchange rates.
Just like the sedan version, the next CLA Shooting Brake will be built on Mercedes’ new Modular Front Architecture (MFA) platform and will take its design inspiration from the recently announced CLS Shooting Brake. Under the hood, we will see the same engine line-up as in the upcoming CLA sedan: a 1.6 liter turbocharged petrol engine offered with either 121 HP or 154 HP. Mercedes will also offer a CLA AMG Shooting Brake which will be powered by a a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that will deliver about 330 HP and 332 lb-ft of torque.
The upcoming Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake will arrive on the market a few months after the sedan version, so don’t expect it before 2014.
Mercedes is upping the ante against its German counterparts by bringing out the new generation S-Class, but the real competition may just lie in their new AMG version of it. We’ve just recently caught the S-Class AMG testing and, even though the styling doesn’t look to be on par with the competition just yet, we’ve put together a rendering in hopes that the final product will do it justice.
The next Mercedes S-Class AMG will be distinguished by a more aggressive look thanks to bigger air intakes, marked side sills, and a new rear bumper with a covered up diffuser. As a mark of the AMG class, the next S-Class AMG will receive quad exhaust pipes, a new set of wheels, and a sportier interior.
Under the hood, Mercedes will place a new AMG twin turbo 5.5 liter V8 engine that will deliver somewhere between 536 HP and 550 HP. We are hoping that an AMG Performance package will increase this output up to 580 HP.
The new Mercedes S-Class AMG will be unveiled in early 2013 with sales to begin shortly thereafter.