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Don't Get Blinded By Fostla's Orange Chrome Wrap On The Mercedes-AMG S 63

Don’t Get Blinded By Fostla’s Orange Chrome Wrap On The Mercedes-AMG S 63

Don’t even try to look at this car when it’s under the sun

The aftermarket tuning world really is full of zany minds and over-the-top imaginations, isn’t it? When you’ve been covering this particular sub-industry of the automotive world, you get exposed to all sorts of tuning creations. Most of them are impressive in their own right while some aren’t as appealing as customers would like them to be. Then there’s Fostla’s new program for the Mercedes-AMG S 63 that can be described as polarizing at best. Good thing then that it has 730 horsepower on tap because if it didn’t, I’d have trouble looking at it.

For the record, orange is actually my favorite color. I appreciate all the unique shades it can come in, but I’m having trouble figuring out why Fostla thought a chrome orange wrap was a good idea for a car like the AMG S 63. Maybe it could’ve worked on the AMG C 63, but the AMG S 63? I’m not sold. In fact, it’s hard to look at it for an extended period of time without feeling a little sorry for the high-priced performance coupe. Fortunately, there are other aspects about the program that are worth mentioning, in part because they’re actually impressive additions to the whole makeup of the kit. PP Performance’s contribution is the unquestioned highlight as the tuner helped the AMG S 63’s 5.5-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine significantly increase its output by more than 150 horsepower to 730 ponies. That’s a solid number that would probably get more attention if that chrome orange wrap wasn’t there to steal the spotlight for the wrong reasons.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG S 65

2018 Mercedes-AMG S 65

Sailing the blacktop seas never felt so right

Merc began production of the full-size S-Class sedan in the early ‘70s, following the official adoption of the “S-Class” nomenclature. Previously dubbed the “Sonderklasse,” or “special class,” this ultra-sleek opulence machine is currently at the halfway-point of its sixth generation. Framed as Mercedes’ flagship four-door and boasting the best that Merc can muster when it comes to style and equipment, a pair of high-horsepower variants from AMG occupies the top of the S-Class pyramid, including the S 63 and even-faster S 65. Both iterations just got a mid-cycle update at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, with the S 63 gaining a raft of changes affecting everything from the engine, to the transmission, to the AWD, to the styling. By comparison, the S 65 is less new, but still hugely impressive. The party piece is under the hood, where the previous model’s turbo 6.0-liter V-12 engine remains intact, complemented by updates to the S 65’s exterior styling and kit. Meanwhile, the rest of the spec sheet goes unchanged, including the seven-speed automatic transmission, Magic Body Control Suspension, track-oriented AMG options, and tech-heavy safety features.

“The S 65 with its high-torque 6.0-liter V-12 Biturbo engine remains the spearhead of the S-Class models,” proclaims Chairman of the Managing Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, Tobias Moers. All told, the AMG S 65 is an exercise in excess, with crazy-fast speed potential and land-based luxury yacht style. Read on to see if the 2018 model year is worthy of retaining its “special” designation.

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The Mercedes-AMG Project One Could Become World's Most Powerful Hybrid Hypercar

The Mercedes-AMG Project One Could Become World’s Most Powerful Hybrid Hypercar

It’s not by much, but in this segment, every pony counts

When Mercedes-AMG first revealed plans to develop its own hybrid hypercar, it promised power figures in the vicinity of 1,000 horsepower, making it more powerful than the Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari LaFerrari, and McLaren P1. It also puts it in a race with the Aston Martin Valkyrie for the title of “most powerful hybrid hypercar” title in its segment. Well, a report from Automobile Magazine has shed light on the Project One hypercar’s total output, and it seems Mercedes-AMG has lived up to its word. The hypercar will have a combined output of 1,020 horsepower!

Breaking that total down puts the output of the all-wheel drive beast’s 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6 engine at 748 horsepower. That number is then complemented by four electric motors, two of which will drive the front wheels and the other two powering the turbocharger and the crankshaft. Altogether, these four electric motors are expected to produce a total of 408 horsepower, and when you do the math, the end total goes up to 1,020 horsepower when overlap is accounted for. On top of its power figures, the Automobile report indicates that the car will weigh less than 2,900 pounds with the capacity to run exclusively on electric power for distances of up to 30 miles.

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Mercedes-AMG S 63 And S 65 Updated In Shanghai; Still Silly Fast

Mercedes-AMG S 63 And S 65 Updated In Shanghai; Still Silly Fast

Comfort, style, and a boot full of velocity

Merc’s flagship four-door just got a buncha upgrades at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show, and while the German automaker puts fuel efficiency and a cylinder deactivation system at the top of its list, fear not – both models are still crazy fast. Tweaks were applied to the engine, transmission, and AWD system, not to mention the exterior styling and interior design, and the result is a mighty slab of Teutonic speed and luxury that’s every inch worthy of bearing the Mercedes torch.

Let’s jump straight into the greasy bits, starting with the S 63 4Matic+. This thing gets a new 4.0-liter turbo V-8, ditching the old 5.5-liter turbo V-8 and replacing the lost displacement with more boost. Final output figures come to 612 horsepower, which is 27 horses more than the old 5.5-liter lump. The 4.0-liter also makes an impressive 554 pound-feet of torque starting at just 2,750 rpm. Apply all that power, and you’ll go 0-to-62 mph in 3.5 seconds.

Cog swaps are handled by a 9-seed automatic gearbox, which replaces the old 7-speed box. Top speed is limited to 155 mph, although the optional Driver’s Package raises the limit to 186 mph.

Meanwhile, the even-faster S 65 gets the same 6.0-liter turbo V-12 as before, producing a very mighty 630 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is also a carryover, with a 7–speed automatic onboard to route the muscle.

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It's Time To Weep For The Sold Out Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar

It’s Time To Weep For The Sold Out Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar

Are those sniffles we’re hearing? Do you need some tissue to wipe those tears away? It’s unfortunate, but we do understand how you’re feeling in this particular case. Sure, it was probably a pipe dream from the very beginning, but all those hopes and dreams of owning a Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar will remain in the state of longing. Sadly, it’s not going to happen anymore – not here in the U.S. at least – now that Mercedes-AMG has closed down applications for the hypercar.

News of Mercedes-AMG’s decision to stop compiling a list of prospective U.S. customers was on the rumor mill for quite some time, but one of the hypercar’s project managers, Melissa Witek, essentially confirmed the rumors at the New York Auto Show. This effectively shut the door on prospective customers who have yet to make their reservations for the multi-million dollar machine. Worse, a customer isn’t guaranteed a car even if he or she managed to squeeze into making a reservation for the car. The Project One’s limited volume means that only a handful of these customers will be lucky enough to buy one of the 275 units that Mercedes-AMG will be building. Considering that 275 is the total number of units of the Project One hypercar, expect America’s allocation to be significantly lower than that, possibly around 50 or so units, or maybe even less.

That makes the Project One hypercar all the more desirable, which largely explains why a lot of people are going stir-crazy over it, even at the cost of paying $2.4 million for the yet-to-be-officially-named performance machine. It’s a lot of money for a car that will end up costing at least two times that of the first trinity of hypercars. What’s that? The Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder, of course. If the car lives up to the hype Mercedes-AMG is building up on it, then expect more people to start reaching for the tissues if they don’t end up getting their hands on one.

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Ford Poised For AMG Buyout, German-Tuned Mustang Possibly In The Works

Ford Poised For AMG Buyout, German-Tuned Mustang Possibly In The Works

The German brand might arrive stateside to lend a hand with an American classic

Last October, German officials took steps to ban the production of new internal combustion-powered cars by the year 2030. Although mounting pressure to create ever more efficient green vehicles is expected over the next few decades, an outright ICE ban is considered an extreme measure that could pose a huge challenge to the established German automakers. As such, AMG, the performance engineering firm best known for churning out high-spec Mercedes vehicles, might head stateside to circumvent the looming ban. Ford has been tapped as one possible buyer, prompting rumors that the Blue Oval’s next pony car could see a high-performance AMG iteration sometime in the near future.

According to insiders, Ford is eager to pick up AMG to help bolster its line of sports cars, and in particular the Mustang. “The Mustang is a global product now,” a source familiar with the matter told TopSpeed. “It’s important that Ford gives customers the sense they are buying something sporty, but also of the highest quality. An AMG badge would help monumentally in that regard.”

Whether or not Ford will go through with the purchase remains to be seen. There still remains a possibility that a rival like General Motors could pick up the wayward tuning company instead, but it’s unlikely given Ford’s reported interest in the deal.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon

2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon

A Euro-spec high-performance giant killer that eats worlds… and groceries

Practicality, comfort, and speed. It’s a difficult combination to achieve, especially in the U.S., where customers are usually only offered two of these characteristics, but not the third. Compounding the problem is the fact that on these shores, practicality is almost always equated with a crossover or SUV body style, which is obviously less than ideal when it comes to performance duties. Mercifully, Mercedes-AMG has a whopper of a solution. It’s called the E 63 S Wagon, and it’s based off the four-door rocket sedan of the same name. Merc first introduced the E-Class in 1993, with the latest fifth-gen model ushered in for the 2017 model year, and incredibly, the brand has decided to continue to offer the E-Class Wagon in the U.S. Even more amazing is the fact that stateside high-speed thrill seekers can get their fix with the E 63 S Wagon iteration, which gets all the opulence, interior tech, exterior style, and over-powered performance as the E 63 S sedan, but with extra space in the hatch to boot.

But let’s just jump right into the specs that matter most, shall we? Under the hood of the AMG E 63 S Wagon is a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 gas burner, pumping out an astonishing 603 horsepower. Routing output to the ground is a nine-speed automatic transmission. It’s enough muscle to push this wagon to 60 mph in as little as 3.4 seconds, while the upgraded performance suspension system keeps it all in control. Step inside, and you get a familiar look and layout, infotainment system, and the usual premium features.

Sounds amazing, if you ask us. But the wagon body style can still be a tough sell in the U.S., even with just over 600 ponies on tap, which begs the question – what’s this thing really bring to the table?

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Mercedes-AMG To Develop Four-Door Saloon

Mercedes-AMG To Develop Four-Door Saloon

Model will target Porsche Panamera and Bentley Continental GT

Mercedes is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the AMG performance division in 2017 and like most occasions involving golden anniversaries, the German automaker is preparing to celebrate in style, including a plan to unveil a new Vision concept that will eventually spawn a high-performance super saloon that will take on the likes of the Porsche Panamera and the Bentley Continental GT.

Codenamed the X290, the super sedan will reportedly carry the name GT 4 when it hits the market sometime in 2019. According to Autocar, the super saloon will also be powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine and is scheduled to hit dealerships sometime in 2019 with a starting price in the neighborhood of £120,000, or roughly $148,000.

The model will also make use of Mercedes’ own modular rear architecture, the same platform that currently underpins the C 63, E 63, S 63 AMG variants. That said, the GT 4 will make use of a specially modified version of the MRA platform, one with different dimensions compared to the standard configuration.

Should the GT 4 come to fruition, it would become the third dedicated series production line under the AMG umbrella, following in the treads set by the SLS and the GT line of sports cars. The concept’s 2017 debut will also coincide with the highly anticipated debut of AMG’s crown jewel creation, the yet-to-be-named, Formula One-inspired hypercar.

If it isn’t obvious by now, 2017 is going to be a huge year for Mercedes and AMG and from the looks of it, the German automaker is already gearing up for the occasion.

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Mercedes to Give the AMG E63 AWD And Drift Mode

Mercedes to Give the AMG E63 AWD And Drift Mode

It won’t just be idiots in Mustangs crashing at next year’s car meets...

So, Ford accidentally stumbled onto its Drift Mode feature and decided it was appropriate to include it as part of the Focus RS’ stock programming. It’s been great for everybody – those with an RS get to find out what it’s really like to hoon around in a hatchback, and those of use on the sidelines get to enjoy watching all of the untrained idiots crash their cars. Well, as it turns out, Mercedes as put all that work into bringing AWD to its AMG lineup, just to offer the next iteration of the AMG E63 with a drift mode that sends 100 percent of the engine’s power and torque to the rear wheels on demand.

The newest Mercedes-AMG E63 will make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in early 2017, and it will come with AWD as standard equipment for the first time across all markets. But, AMG didn’t want to rob the car of the traditional rear-wheel-drive characteristics found in the previous models. Originally revealed to Autocar at Mercedes unveiling of the GT Roadster and GT C Roadster, Tobias Moers – the Chairman of AMG – said, “It is four-wheel drive, and we’re going to have a Drift Mode.”

While that should help to elevate the handling of the E63 to a new level for experienced drivers who know what they’re doing, that’s not all that we’ll see. According to Moers, the E63 is going to lap the Nürburgring faster than ever with sub seven minute, 50-second times when fitted with regular tires. On top of that, there is said to be at least one new model in the pipeline that will offer more than 600 ponies. That’s a big step up from the current model that delivers between 549 and 577 horsepower depending on how it is tuned. Zero-to-62 mph should come in “three point something” seconds, according to Autocar.

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Mercedes-Benz Australia Takes First Deposit Of Upcoming AMG Hypercar

Mercedes-Benz Australia Takes First Deposit Of Upcoming AMG Hypercar

Hypercar will only be built in a left-hand-drive configuration

Mercedes-AMG didn’t unveil the much-talked about hypercar that it was developing at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. But it did confirm its existence, which some, myself included, think is the next best thing. The thought of a Mercedes-AMG hypercar is exciting enough in it of itself and according to Motoring, a Mercedes customer in Australia took his excitement over the car to the next level by actually making a deposit for it and reportedly becoming the first person in the world to pay for the chance to own the highly anticipated hypercar.

Mercedes-Benz Australia Senior Manager for Product and Corporate Communications David McCarthy confirmed the unusual bit of customer excitement, even though he refused to disclose the amount paid for by the customer. Considering the expected seven-figure price tag of the car, it’s within reach to think that the deep-pocketed customer shelled out a significant amount to be first in line to get the car when it arrives in late 2018.

The hype surrounding the hypercar is as real as it gets, even in a right-hand-drive country like Australia. Despite AMG boss Tobias Moers confirming that the hypercar would only be built in a left-hand drive configuration, McCarthy nevertheless confirmed that there would be stocks of the car that will head Down Under.

It’s unclear how the LHD hypercar can navigate around the country’s transport rules, but if the customer wants to have it licensed for road use, some kind of conversion could take place, otherwise the car will likely end up being a showpiece in his garage.

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Lotus will Lend a Hand in Developing Upcoming Mercedes Hypercar

Lotus will Lend a Hand in Developing Upcoming Mercedes Hypercar

German automaker is playing its cards right by adding Lotus in the project

Mercedes-AMG’s plan to build a Formula One-inspired hypercar is apparently going to come with some tuning assistance from Lotus. The exact details of Lotus’ involvement wasn’t made clear, but a source has told Autocar that the British automaker’s participation in the high-profile project will largely revolve around establishing a chassis setup that will make the hypercar, codenamed the R50, well suited for driving in road conditions.

Keep in mind that if Lotus really is involved in the project, it reportedly isn’t the first time that the two automakers have broken tech bread together. The same source indicated that Lotus has already been involved in the chassis tuning of another recent Mercedes performance model, which likely points to the just-unveiled AMG GT R.

The involvement of Lotus is critical in the overall makeup of the R50 as the British automaker is largely regarded as one of the best in the business in creating some of the best handling cars in the world. Granted, it hasn’t been involved in a project as high-stakes as the one Mercedes is developing, but it does have the support of the German automaker’s own team of engineers and developers, who themselves are no slouches when it comes to developing high-performance machines.

As for the car itself, it is believed to already be in the early stages of physical development. The body itself will be built using a carbon fiber monocoque similar to the one Mercedes is using on its WO7 Formula One race car. Likewise, the F1 influence doesn’t end there as certain hardware and software systems will also be used on the R50. What’s unclear at this point is the specific details regarding the car’s powertrain. The German automaker has made no announcements pertaining to any details about the car, but a previous report from Top Gear indicated that Mercedes is considering a hybrid powertrain made up of a three electric motors and a heavily modified version of the current engine being used on the W07 racer.

No timetable has been set on when the R50 is going to make its debut, although there’s strong sentiment that Mercedes is preparing the car specifically as a special project to commemorate AMG’s 50th anniversary in 2017.

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Mercedes-AMG To Unveil 1,300-Horsepower Supercar at Paris Motor Show

Mercedes-AMG To Unveil 1,300-Horsepower Supercar at Paris Motor Show

Rumored to hit 60 mph in only two seconds

Back in July 2016, Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing unveiled plans to develop a ground-breaking supercar featuring state-of-the-art Formula One-derived technology and a V-12 engine that has "the potency to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio." Preview by a prototype showcasing a futuristic, Le Mans-inspired design, the supercar, which is dubbed AM-RB 001, will hit the streets in 2018. Less than two months after Aston Martin’s announcement, rumors claimed that Mercedes-AMG is also working on a Formula One-based supercar. Come September and it seems that the German hypercar is more than just a rumor, being very close to going into production.

According to Automobile, the company’s competitor for the AM-RB 001 will be called the Mercedes-AMG R50 and will make its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in just a few weeks. The same source claims that the supercar was created to celebrate AMG’s 50th anniversary, hence the R50 name.

Much like the AM-RB 001, the R50 will reportedly be packed with Formula One technology, including a hybrid drivetrain derived from the one used in the W05, W06, and W07 single-seaters that have been dominating the sport since 2014. The combo is said to generate as much as 1,300 horsepower and give the 2,900-pound, carbon-fiber vehicle a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. About 1,000 horses will come from the gasoline-powered engine, while the extra boost will be the word of three electric motors; two at the front wheels and a third in the transmission housing.

Design-wise, the AMG R50 will resemble a Le Mans prototype racer and feature a canopy-like roof, a short front deck, and a long, sloping engine hood. The supercar will also have gullwing doors in a not to the company’s iconic 300SL sports car and C111 and C112 mid-engine concepts. The vehicle will also employ the company’s latest active aerodynamics, with adjustable front flaps, a ground-effect floorpan, and multi-functional rear spoiler. The latter will be able to switch to low-drag mode at high speed to increase cornering stability, as well as act as an air brake. Word has it that the R50 will be able to hit 60 mph in about two seconds, a never-before-seen benchmark for road-legal cars.

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Mercedes-AMG to Build an F1-Based Hypercar to Fight the AM-RB 001

Mercedes-AMG to Build an F1-Based Hypercar to Fight the AM-RB 001

Is this the Silver Arrows hypercar that we’ve all been waiting for?

You think Aston Martin and Red Bull are the only ones hatching a Formula One-based hypercar? Well, if automotive history tells us anything, it’s that it’ll only be a matter of time before another company lines up its own hypercar to take on the AM-RB 001. Turns out, that time has come. The AM-RB 001 will have competition from the automaker that’s been dominating Formula One for the past three seasons. It’s been rumored that Mercedes-AMG was developing its own hypercar. But according to TopGear.com, it’s not a rumor anymore. The Mercedes-AMG hypercar is coming.

A timetable hasn’t been set yet because Mercedes-AMG’s brass is still fleshing out all the details, but the source that spoke to TopGear.com at the Belgian Grand Prix said that “it’s definitely happening.” Now we’re not going to start jumping for joy just yet. It’s important that we hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, but given the hype that’s been building surrounding this planned hypercar, we still can’t help but get excited about the possibility of seeing Mercedes-AMG use its dominant F1 technology and shoot straight for the freakin’ stars.

In the event the Mercedes-AMG hypercar does come to fruition, expectations call for it to use a carbon fiber monocoque and have a gullying-style cockpit canopy as one of its main aesthetic features. The historical significance of such a setup is obvious as the model immediately calls into its own roots, specifically with the iconic 300 SL and the modern-day classic, the SLS AMG. It’s also believed that Merc is targeting a one-to-one power-to-weight ratio in response to the same goal of Aston Martin and Red Bull. Details on how much power it’s going to have are still being kept under wraps, but the TG report indicates that it could employ a bigger up to three electric motors that will be complemented by a heavily modified version of the F1 combustion engine currently being used by the F1-dominating W07 racer. The yet-to-be-named hypercar is also reportedly getting a heavy dose of technological features. One item that’s been thrown out is the biometric driver control system that was showcased in the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Concept.

Only time will tell if the planned Mercedes-AMG hypercar really comes to life. But there are reasons for doing it, which adds even more weight to the possibility of it seeing the light of day. Remember, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of AMG and according to TG, this hypercar is believed to be one of two special projects the German automaker is developing to celebrate its performance division’s golden birthday.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 By Schmidt Revolution

2016 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 By Schmidt Revolution

German tuner mixes subtle changes with nice power upgrade to level up the sedan’s credentials

A lot of people love the Mercedes-AMG CLA45. At the same time, a lot of other people don’t like it (hate’s a strong word, isn’t it?). Whichever side of the fence you’re on, there’s no denying that the AMG CLA45 is a car that’s ripe for an aftermarket program. Schmidt Revolution isn’t the biggest tuning name in the business, but it has developed a few humdingers over the years. Safe to say, the tuner knows what it’s doing, and that’s all coming to play with its new program for the AMG CLA45 that’s highlighted by an engine upgrade that gives the sedan a stout 400 horsepower.

The program as a whole is simple yet refined. That’s a good mix for a car that suffers from its own identity crisis, albeit through no fault of its own. Schmidt smartly went against overdoing the modifications in lieu of a more purposeful upgrade that gave the AMG CLA45 a consistent look to go with improved performance credentials.

The kit isn’t going to set any speed records, but with the changes in place, it helps turn the AMG CLA45 become the kind of high-performance sedan that can live up to its AMG name.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 4Matic Estate

2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 4Matic Estate

On sale this September with a luxurious interior and 400 horsepower

Mercedes has finally released the estate version of its tenth-generation E-Class, and to go with it, the AMG E43 4Matic variant. In typical Mercedes fashion, the new E43 Estate features a more aggressive front end with the standard AMG grille, a set of stylish wheels on the side, and a nice diffuser element with revised exhaust outlets in the rear. Inside, you’ll find a black interior with red accents, sport seats, lots of leather, and a multifunction configurable double color display that features its own AMG graphics. Under the hood, you’ll find AMG’s 3.0-liter Biturbo engine with a significant increase in horsepower and torque over the standard model, plus a nine-speed automatic transmission that feeds power to all four wheels.

Tobias Moers, the Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, said, “In recent months we have considerably expanded our model range for performance-oriented customers with our new 43 models, creating numerous new ways of entering the world of Mercedes-AMG. The new E43 4Matic Estate adds a particularly versatile alternative for business and recreation to this portfolio.”

It’s no secret that the station wagon segment has seen better days, with the current market only offering a handful of wagon or estate models to choose from. Be that as it may, brands like Audi, Subaru, and in this case, Mercedes, have all managed to continuously give a breath of life into the estate market. The announcement of the E-Class wagon was a pretty big deal, bringing yet another model to the E-Class lineup, but now that Mercedes has also announced the E43 Estate, the lineup gets even better with a new performance wagon for a pretty bland market. So, let’s take a good look at the new Mercedes-AMG E43 Wagon and how it breathes new life into the market.

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Mercedes-AMG Considering Adding Another AMG Model

Mercedes-AMG Considering Adding Another AMG Model

This SLS-AMG replacement would sit above the GT Coupe

The success of the Mercedes-AMG GT coupe is giving the German automaker reason to believe that another dedicated AMG model could be offered, one that would sit above the popular sports car. AMG boss Tobias Moers touched on that possibility in a recent conversation with Autocar, hinting that if the model does hit production, it would take up the slot vacated by the SLS AMG.

If the model does get the approval of Mercedes management, Moers indicated that AMG could go in a number of different directions on how it wants to model to come out. The common belief though, in addition to it sitting above the AMG GT, is that it could be packaged as a mid-engine hybrid supercar that would draw technologies from both the automaker’s current crop of road cars and its Formula One operation. A lightweight construction and electrical power are believed to be the most important elements of the car and taking into account the circumstances, such a proposal wouldn’t be difficult to execute considering that Mercedes already has the resources and the technology to make it work.

The model’s status is still be in its infancy and there are still a lot of things that could happen on how the model will be shaped. But according to Moers, don’t expect it to veer into the direction of a limited-edition hypercar like the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1, or Ferrari LaFerrari. That’s a non-starter, according to the AMG chief, largely because Mercedes-AMG isn’t planning to enter that ultra exclusive market anytime soon.

So with that avenue out of the question, the likely scenario for this model would be as tech-loaded rival to the McLaren 650S and the Ferrari 488 GTB. It’s worth noting that the SLS AMG served as direct rivals to the 650S and the 488 GTB’s predecessors, the McLaren 12C and the Ferrari 458 Italia, respectively.

In the event the project is approved, there is a scenario that it could be offered in a number of different variants. This could include coupe, convertible, and special edition models, similar to the strategy being employed by its rivals. There’s no production timetable for the supercar, but if Mercedes-AMG is as serious about it as Moers appears to be, expect an announcement to arrive sometime within 2016.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe Edition 1

2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe Edition 1

For a few years now Mercedes has been rolling out Edition 1 versions for most of its new models, allowing customers to purchase special-edition cars with extra features inside and out. Updates often included special paints from the Desgino palette, custom wheels, two-tone leather schemes, microfiber inserts, and even LED headlamps with Swarovski crystals, like seen on the 2015 Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe. With the awesome 2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe launched earlier in 2015, Mercedes has now unveiled yet another Edition 1 model.

The new two-door was announced alongside the 2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM, a new race car the Germans will use in the 2016 DTM championship. The fact that both the DTM and the Edition 1 were launched at the same time is no coincidence, as the road car borrows certain elements from its racing sibling. This makes the AMG C63 Coupe Edition 1 a bit more special than other Edition 1 Mercs, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out more about that.

Updated 04/05/2016: In the past few days Mercedes-AMG dropped a series of promo video for its latest C63 S Edition 1. Hit "play" to watch the sports coupe in action.

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Mercedes-AMG Looking To Add "At Least" 10 New Models By Year's End

Mercedes-AMG Looking To Add "At Least" 10 New Models By Year’s End

High-performance division is raking it in for the German automaker

Mercedes is cooking up some big plans for its high-performance division and if the fruits come to bear, we could be in line for at least 10 new models bearing the AMG nameplate. This exciting development came from no less than Mercedes-AMG chairman Tobias Moers, who spoke to Automotive News and elaborated on plans to beef up the AMG lineup in light of the division’s growing sales volume.

Moers didn’t specify which existing AMG variants will receive new members to their families, but he did say that at least 10 will be added before 2016 ends. What’s clear is that the big wigs over at Daimler are toasting the peaking popularity of AMG. In 2015 alone, sales of AMG models reached 68,875 units, an impressive increase of 40 percent from its sales numbers the year before.

Demand is definitely on the uptick and Mercedes is smart to take advantage of maximizing that potential. Adding more models to its lineup will go a long way in addressing that, but the German automaker is also exploring other ways to leverage AMG’s popularity to reach more audiences.

According to Moers, one way of doing that is increasing the profile of AMG among its massive Mercedes dealership network. Dedicated AMG showroom areas are increasing and Mercedes itself is considering setting up stand-alone AMG showrooms. One is already scheduled to open in Japan and another one could follow in Australia, if it’s determined feasible for that market.

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