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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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The Mercedes S-Class received a mild update for 2018

Already a big hit, Mercedes’ flagship received a makeover

Launched in 2013, the current Mercedes-Benz S-Class has brought many innovations to the market. It also arrived in dealerships as a sportier, yet more comfortable proposition to the previous-gen S-Class, being praised for its fantastic ride, effortless acceleration, and the enormous amount of luxury and tech. In 2013, it had no rival, but BMW launched a new 7 Series in 2016, while Cadillac joined the full-size segment with the CT6. As a result, Mercedes-Benz updated the S-Class for the 2018 model year.

Although it’s safe to say that the outgoing S-Class was still competitive against its newer rivals, an update was necessary, especially in the tech department. That’s not to say that the S-Class was outdated, it’s just that Merc launched a range of new features with the latest E-Class, including semi-autonomous driving, that had to be offered in the top-of-the-line sedan too. Alongside the new tech, Mercedes also introduced a couple of new engines for the U.S. market and a new diesel for Europe. The facelift is rounded off by mild design upgrades and a revised model lineup.

Updated 10/06/2017: Mercedes announced prices for the new, 2018 S-Class. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

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Bosch and Daimler Will Conduct Public Testing for New Autonomous Ride-Hailing Service in San Jose CA

Bosch and Daimler Will Conduct Public Testing for New Autonomous Ride-Hailing Service in San Jose CA

Daimler is the latest company to start testing autonomous vehicles

Everywhere you look these days automakers scramble to put together their own autonomous vehicle program and ’lead the change.’ Just recently I was reporting on Uber’s desire to begin testing their autonomous Volvos again - and that’s not even a car company. Now, Daimler wants to introduce its own ride-hailing service, and it will use Mercedes-Benz S-Class models as its test beds.

The two German giants plan to deploy the pilot program as early as the first half of next year. The Mercedes S-Class models, which will be equipped with Level 4 or Level 5 automation, will be deployed on the streets of San Jose, California. Daimler Mobility Services is currently working on an app for your mobile phone which will allow you to summon a self-driving S-Class so you too can experience the joys of being driven around without having to put up with a driver asking you annoyingly personal questions.

Keep reading to learn more about Daimler and Bosch’s concerted efforts to bring Mercedes-branded automation to the streets of California

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10 fun coupes with enough space for your golf clubs

10 fun coupes with enough space for your golf clubs

Finding the right cart to help you tee up

Whether it’s a quick jaunt to the driving range, or an entire Sunday spent on the links with your friends, it’s important to have the right ride to get you and your gear to the golf course without a fuss. As such, the big luxury automakers out there offer a range of two-door coupes with enough space in the rear to transport your clubs, bag, and whatever else you need for a round or two, all without sacrificing comfort in the cabin. But which of these is the best?

To find out, we took a look at all the big names on the market from the perspective of a golfer. First and foremost, the coupe in question has to have enough trunk space to carry at least one golf bag, assuming an average golf bag size of 36 inches by 14 inches by 10 inches, or 3 cubic feet, give or take. What’s more, we’re also considering style and appearance, as well as luxury and equipment features inside the cabin.

So then - arranged in no particular order, here’s our picks for the top 10 luxury coupes to take golfing.

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Mercedes Launches The S560e Plug-in Hybrid

Mercedes Launches The S560e Plug-in Hybrid

And, the automaker has begun its reign of electrification

Mercedes is on a roll with electrified cars lately, especially after the launch of the new EQC. While the long-term plan is to have electric cars on the market, the German automaker’s portfolio in the foreseeable future includes hybrids and plug-in hybrids. To cap it off, Mercedes has launched the S560; in Europe for now.

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The Next-Gen 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Will Feature Level 3 Autonomy

The Next-Gen 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Will Feature Level 3 Autonomy

Be ready to get chauffeured around without a chauffeur; well almost

Mercedes-Benz is upping the ante by introducing Level 3 autonomy in its next-gen S-Class that will launch in 2020, improving on technology found in the current-generation model that has level 2 autonomy. After featuring in the S-Class, the German automaker will use the autonomous system in other cars as well.

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The Mercedes V-12 is Not Long for this World

The Mercedes V-12 is Not Long for this World

The good things die fast

Mercedes-AMG has confirmed that its V-12 engine is nearing its end, and the V-8s will be the taking over the duties. Mercedes-AMG boss, Tobias Moers, said that the V-12 engines will be retired once the production of the current S65 ends. The V-8s will be the new torch-bearers, thanks to electrification.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG S 63 Cabrio by Posaidon

2018 Mercedes-AMG S 63 Cabrio by Posaidon

Merc’s sexy roadster gets Project One levels of power

The Mercedes-AMG S 63 Cabriolet was on the receiving end of an extensive tuning upgrade courtesy of Posaidon. The German tuner’s program was developed for the pre-facelift version of the AMG S 63. It’s the same model that uses AMG’s old 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, which produces 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. With the upgrades in tow, the AMG S 63 Cabriolet is now able to produce a whopping 1,005 horsepower and 1,033 pound-feet of torque.

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The 10 Most Beautiful Cars Available Today

The 10 Most Beautiful Cars Available Today

Swooning over these models can become occupational hazard

It’s true that there is subjectivity in beauty, but in the world of automobiles, that’s less likely to manifest itself because the cream always rises to the top. The most beautiful cars today don’t need to let the world know they’re beautiful. They just are. That’s why when we’re discussing which of today’s cars look the best, the same models find their way into the conversation. There will be some debates, sure, but for the most part, those debates typically are about determining if a car looks awesome or super awesome. Compiling a list of the ten most beautiful cars today was difficult because there were too many options to consider. In the end, I got through my list of 10 models that can take my money just by looking at them.

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Comparison: BMW 8 Series Vs Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

Comparison: BMW 8 Series Vs Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

Should Mercedes-Benz be worried?

After many years of persistent requests from gearheads and several rumors, the BMW 8 Series finally returned to the market after almost 20 years. The grand tourer’s revival not only marks the return of an iconic Bimmer, but it also gives the Munich-based company a proper competitor against the highly-acclaimed Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and the Bentley Continental GT. BMW also returns to the luxury coupe segment before Audi will bring the A9 into dealerships.

Previewed by a concept car unveiled in 2017, the new BMW 8 Series is more than just a two-door version of the 7 Series. On top of having a unique design, it also debuts new technologies for the brand and adds a bit of sportiness to an otherwise sober segment. But, how does it compare to the popular Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe? Let’s find out in the comparison below.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Lucky number seven for the Sonderklasse

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the German automaker’s tip of the spear when it comes to luxury and opulence, offering the very latest in technology, styling, and interior features. With a history that dates back to the early ‘70s, the latest sixth generation for the flagship sedan model (also known as the W222) was introduced back in 2013, which means it’s time for a ground-up redesign. With that in mind, we pulled out the TopSpeed crystal ball, drew up the above-pictured rendering, and wrote up a speculative review on what exactly the next S-Class could be bringing to the table.

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Video of the Day: What's Inside a Mercedes S-Class Seat

Video of the Day: What’s Inside a Mercedes S-Class Seat

The Mercedes S-Class is regarded by some as the Pinnacle of all luxury Saloons. It’s got the style, luxury, technology (and the price tag) to find itself in the hands of those who refuse to settle for anything but the absolute best. Technology is a big part of this, and the S-Class has plenty of it, making even something as simple as a seat complex and beyond functional. With the most recent facelift of the S-Class, Mercedes took technology to a whole new level, and the seats got their own dose of upgraded technological goodness, leaving some to wonder just what the hell is beneath the skin.

After all, the seats of the S-Class perform quite a duty. They have heating and ventilation, adjustable back and lumbar support, and there’s even some active and passive safety features all encased under all of that plush leather. That’s cool and all, but have you ever wondered what’s really under there? To perform all of these various functions, there have to be fans, airbags, motors, and heating elements, right? Well, you could say there’s a lot, and since What’s Inside got their hands on an S-Class seat, you can see all of it for yourself without tearing into a seat that will probably cost you $10,000 to replace.

Check out the video below!

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Mercedes to Join Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche in the Car Subscription Business with the "Mercedes me Flexperience" Subscription Program

Mercedes to Join Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche in the Car Subscription Business with the "Mercedes me Flexperience" Subscription Program

You won’t have to buy a Mercedes at full price if you avail of this service

Mercedes-Benz is joining a host of other automakers in offering a new kind of ownership experience that will allow customers to drive the car of their dreams without actually owning them. Just like Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche, the German automaker is in the final stages of developing a pilot program for a flat-rate vehicle subscription service, called “Mercedes me Flexperience.” The goal of this is service is to offer an alternative way to “owning” a Mercedes without actually having to buy it outright. The program is already available in a few countries, but it could also find its way into the U.S. as early as this year.

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2019 Mercedes-Maybach Pullman

2019 Mercedes-Maybach Pullman

Only the very best

If Maybach is the top of the luxury Mercedes pyramid, then the Pullman models are the cap stone. These things just ooze opulence from every pore, and now there’s a new one sporting a restyled front end, new interior color schemes, and the latest audio entertainment features, all packed into more 20 feet of baller automobile.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe And Cabriolet Exclusive Edition

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe And Cabriolet Exclusive Edition

Extra features inside and out

Unveiled in 2015, the current Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe market the return of the company’s flagship two-door model after quite a few decades. The coupe was joined by a convertible model too, which gave Merc a big advantage over automakers like BMW and Audi, which didn’t and still don’t have similar offerings. Three years later and both models have gone through a mid-cycle refresh. At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, both cars received an Exclusive Edition package.

As with most limited edition packages usually shown at auto shows, the Exclusive Edition adds a number of extra standard features inside and out. Some exclusive equipment is also on the table, but nothing you can’t buy via Designo for other models. But the features that came with the facelift plus the extra from the Exclusive Edition package give a nice twist to the S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet and make them a bit more appealing to customers who want more than a standard model. Let’s find out more below.

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Mercedes Takes Headlights a Little Too Far with the Maybach S-Class Digital Light

Mercedes Takes Headlights a Little Too Far with the Maybach S-Class Digital Light

We’ve come a long way since the days of using lanterns to light the roads in front of us. Halogens are still around but have generally been replaced by projectors, HID, LED, and laser systems. Now, Mercedes takes it a step further with the S-Class Digital Light, a model that features a new, high-definition headlight projection system that can display messages in real time on the road ahead. We’re talking about warnings about pedestrians, construction zones, distance to cars ahead of you, and even blind spot notification. It seems futuristic and even a little implausible, but Mercedes says there is a small production run that will be heading to selected fleet customers within the next few months.

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2019 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class

2019 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class

Gets new tech from the standard S-Class

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is the first Merc to sport the vintage "Maybach" badge since the brand was revived for the second time in 2015. But unlike it predecessor, offered between 1997 to 2013, the current Maybach isn’t positioned as a stand-alone name. But the principle is pretty much the same, as both vehicles are mildly revised versions of the familiar S-Class. After three years on the market, the Mercedes-Maybach was updated with the same modifications seen on the regular S-Class in 2017. The official debut will take place at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.

The mid-cycle facelift includes only minor tweaks inside and out in terms of design and layout, but it’s more significant in the tech department. Just like the standard S-Class, the Maybach model now benefits from the features introduced with the smaller E-Class sedan. Highlights include semi-autonomous drive, big displays for the infotainment system and instrument cluster, and extra convenience features. The upgrade is supposed to keep the Mercedes-Maybach ahead of the competition, which is likely to happen with both the Rolls-Royce Ghost and the Bentley Flying Spur being significantly older.

But the big news is that the Mercedes-Maybach brand is working far better than the previous Maybach attempt. While the 57 and 62 models offered between 1997 and 2013 were built in only 3,000 units, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class model already sold more than 25,000 units since its introduction in 2015.

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Video: Mercedes S-Class With “Digital Light” Headlights Caught Testing In The Wild

Video: Mercedes S-Class With “Digital Light” Headlights Caught Testing In The Wild

Extra high-tech illumination for Merc’s full-size luxury machine

Mercedes’ up-and-coming four-door limo is hitting the streets early, this time to test out the German brand’s latest headlight technology. The large-and-in-charge luxury sedan was recently caught prowling the public streets emblazoned with a set of side graphics proudly declaring “Digital Light,” so it’s not exactly a secret Merc is pushing to get this tech into the hands of customers as soon as possible.

The “Digital Light” system first broke cover early last month, with Mercedes proclaiming a litany of benefits to safety. For example, the headlights can project road signs directly onto the road, like a stop sign at an intersection, providing an extra reminder to the driver and others. The headlights also provide the usual adaptive features, identifying other cars on the road and changing the beam pattern to refrain from dazzling oncoming motorists. The system will even modify the beam to keep it out of the eyes of pedestrians.

To accomplish this, each headlight in the S-Class will use more than a million “micro mirrors,” each of which helps to refine the headlight beam as needed, while a system of outboard cameras and radar systems scan the road for traffic signs, cars, and pedestrians. In addition to the updates to the new HD headlights, the S-Class will also get a pair of new taillights, although they won’t be nearly as tech-heavy as the lights up front.

Unfortunately, it’s uncertain whether or not the Digital Light tech will make it stateside, as outdated legislation could prevent it from being sold here, much like old adaptive headlight technology. Either way, look for it to hit dealers in Europe as soon as 2020.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 Picks For Long Holiday Travel

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Picks For Long Holiday Travel

A few rides to help you get to Grandma’s house trouble-free

Welp, it’s that time of year again. Late December triggers the mass migration season for the majority of humans residing in North America, and that means the roadways will be clogged in every direction with stressed families clinging to the final shreds of their holiday cheer. But fret not, because it doesn’t have to be that way. Indeed, this travel season could actually be quite enjoyable, if you’ve got the right ride to ferry you to and fro, that is. As such, we’ve put together the following list of vehicles we think are perfectly suited to tackle the long holiday travel.

To make the most of it, we threw in a variety of picks for whatever your preferences might be. Granted, most of these are a bit on the pricey side, but hey, if you want the best, you’re gonna have to pay for it. Of course, the bank account can take a beating this time of year, so if you’re a bit strapped for cash, then no worries – we’re kicking it off with something relatively accessible.

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Emirates Airlines Gets A Helping Hand From A Luxury Automaker On Designing Its First-Class Suites

Emirates Airlines Gets A Helping Hand From A Luxury Automaker On Designing Its First-Class Suites

It even got a recognizable endorser to promote it

Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to partnering with some of the most well-known companies in the world. Now, the German automaker is taking to the skies with Emirates Airlines in one of the most significant collaborations between the two companies since agreeing to join forces back in 2014. It’s hardly a surprise that the scope of the partnership revolves around Mercedes’ involvement in designing Emirates’ new first-class cabin using no less than the new S-Class for inspiration.

Apparently, the results of this partnership bore fruit three years after Mercedes and Emirates designers first met to hash out the details on the scope of their work. It’s a slow play, sure, but the results did end up drawing heavily from the interior of the S-Class, including the materials that were chosen, the controls that were used, and the all-around workmanship that was done to turn these enclosed suites into the closest thing to five-star hotel rooms in the sky. Mercedes’ work certainly caught the attention of Emirates, including president Sir Tim Clark, who described the suites as offering “unprecedented levels of privacy, comfort, and luxury.” And to cap it all off, Emirates even enlisted the services of Jeremy Clarkson, a man who himself is no stranger to hyperbole, to promote the new suites. It seems like the airline made a right call on that one too because Clarkson was his usual Clarkson self in the ad, promoting just about everything he could think of, including the pajamas.

So, in the event that you do end up flying first class on Emirates Airlines, remember that those suites that you’ll likely end up enjoying are the work of Mercedes-Benz.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Already a big hit, Mercedes’ flagship received a makeover

Launched in 2013, the current Mercedes-Benz S-Class has brought many innovations to the market. It also arrived in dealerships as a sportier, yet more comfortable proposition to the previous-gen S-Class, being praised for its fantastic ride, effortless acceleration, and the enormous amount of luxury and tech. In 2013, it had no rival, but BMW launched a new 7 Series in 2016, while Cadillac joined the full-size segment with the CT6. As a result, Mercedes-Benz updated the S-Class for the 2018 model year.

Although it’s safe to say that the outgoing S-Class was still competitive against its newer rivals, an update was necessary, especially in the tech department. That’s not to say that the S-Class was outdated, it’s just that Merc launched a range of new features with the latest E-Class, including semi-autonomous driving, that had to be offered in the top-of-the-line sedan too. Alongside the new tech, Mercedes also introduced a couple of new engines for the U.S. market and a new diesel for Europe. The facelift is rounded off by mild design upgrades and a revised model lineup.

Updated 10/06/2017: Mercedes announced prices for the new, 2018 S-Class. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz S 560 e Plug-in Hybrid

2018 Mercedes-Benz S 560 e Plug-in Hybrid

Adding some eco spark to the large and luxurious S Class

The S-Class – previously known as the “Special” Class – is Merc’s full-sized coupe and sedan, a flagship luxury vehicle that promises the highest levels of refinement, the finest materials, and the most advanced technology offered by the German automaker. Following its reintroduction in 1972, there have been six generations of the S-Class, with the latest generation introduced for the 2014 model year. But now, the calendar is telling me the date is 2017, and all that luxury, technology, and opulence can be had with some green sensibilities as well. Merc’s latest entry in this segment is the S 560 e, the successor to the S 550 e, which once again seeks to find a balance of both long range and a local emission-free motoring, all with that characteristic Mercedes gloss. The S 560 e just broke cover at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and it when it hits U.S. dealers in 2019, it’s expected to arrive with a twist-happy 3.0-liter V-6, 25 miles of all-electric range, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and plenty of Eco-focused features, plus all the traditional luxury bits, of course.

The S 560 e Plug-In Hybrid is the latest effort from Mercedes as it pushes for more extensive electrification across its entire lineup. Both all-electric vehicles and hybrids are slated to see a big boost in the Merc portfolio, so expect to see the same stuff previewed in the S-Class trickle down to the more accessible models.

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Brabus Once Again Proves It's The King Of Mercedes-AMG Tuning

Brabus Once Again Proves It’s The King Of Mercedes-AMG Tuning

Three programs for three Mercedes-AMG models showed up at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Unless we’re in for a surprise in the next coming days, it looks like the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show will only have one major aftermarket tuning company in attendance. It’s a little bit of a surprise, but then again, the tuner that did show up is Brabus, and we all know its place in the tuning hierarchy. Suffice to say, it’s the go-to tuner for Mercedes-Benz models. This week Brabus showed solidified this with not one, not two, but three different programs for three different Mercedes-AMG models, all of which, mind you, received insane levels of power and performance, among other things.

These are the kinds of things that we can expect from Brabus. As a matter of fact, these are the kinds of things that we’ve already expected out of the tuner. I’ve already detailed my thoughts about the Rocket 900 program for the AMG S 65 Cabrio and the 700 kit for the AMG E 63 S last week. But guess what; Brabus wasn’t done. Rather, it followed those two major reveals with another program, the 900PS, for the AMG G 65 V12. All that and the tuner even had the time to build and develop a concept for smart called the Ultimate E Concept and had one of its sub-brands – Startech – come up with an aero kit for the Land Rover Discovery. Those two aside, the three Mercedes-AMG tuning kits are prime examples of why everyone regards Brabus as one of the best tuners in the game today. It may be far from being the only one, but rest assured, if there’s somebody out there with a Mercedes or a Mercedes-AMG in his garage that’s dying to get some aftermarket tuning love, Brabus should be one of the first, if not the first, tuners he should call.

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The Mercedes S-Class Family Grows with the Addition of the S 560 e Plug-in Hybrid

The Mercedes S-Class Family Grows with the Addition of the S 560 e Plug-in Hybrid

More range, more horsepower, ultimate luxury - what isn’t to love about the S 560 e?

When the W222, sixth-gen Mercedes S-Class came to the market in 2013, it sat in a niche that was completely void of any real competition. But, after just a few years that changed, with long-time rival BMW introducing the new 7 Series and GM’s luxury division, Cadillac, introducing the full-size CT6 to the market. The S-Class was already competitive enough to hold its own in the full-size luxury segment and was even praised for its superior ride quality, seemingly effortless acceleration, and all of that fancy tech that brought it one step closer to being a true-to-life spaceship on wheels. With the new E-Class coming before this mid-cycle update, Merc had a lot of new tech on its hands, and you certainly can’t have a lesser model sporting better features, so this was the icing on the cake and triggered Mercedes to revamp the S-Class in time for 2018. Now that we’re approaching the holiday season and the new year, Mercedes saw fit to introduce the newest member of the S-Class family: The S 560 e – a plug-in hybrid that promises to be a huge improvement over the outgoing model.

So, now that we’re looking at the facelifted S-Class hybrid, it’s important to note that it also comes with a new name. Previously known as the S550 Plug-in Hybrid, the 2018 model will now go by the nomenclature of S560 e Plug-in Hybrid. Highlights of the facelifted model include an increase in system output of more than 50 horsepower, increased all-electric range thanks to a revised battery, relocated electric components, and increased luggage room in the rear. An ECO assist feature will help you drive more efficiently, while pre-entry climate control will have the temperature just right before you even sit down inside the vehicle. I guess that’s pretty commendable and right in line with what you should expect for a car of this stature. With that said, let’s take a closer look at what kind of improvements the revised hybrid brings to the market. Something tells me, you might want to consider trading in that old plug-in for a new one, but we’ll see.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

Do you know how fast it can go meow?

The current generation of the S-Class Coupe hit the market for 2015 and brought about the best design, technology, and luxury that the German automaker had to offer. It was based heavily on the S-Class Coupe Concept that was showcased in Frankfurt back in 2014 and was offered with a 367-horsepower V-6 and a 449-horsepower V-8. We’re now starting to see 2018 models hit the market, so it should be no surprise that Mercedes has been working hard on a facelift for its resident, full-size coupe. As part of this facelift, you won’t notice too many changes at skin level, but that’s because Mercedes was more focused on bringing about all of the new tech found in the recently revealed E-Class, which includes some semi-autonomous driving features, OLED lighting in the rear, an updated infotainment system, and new V-8 engine meow offers up a little more power next to the updated V-6 that offers better efficiency thanks to a new “gliding function.” Finally, the model lineup has changed a bit as well as a part of this facelift, so there’s that to discuss as well.

All told, the updated S-Class is now fully prepared to take on the competition, thanks to all of the new tech that Merc introduced with the E-Class and its desire to improve efficiency and supply more power when possible. With that said, there’s still not a lot to talk about as far as aesthetic updates, but there’s plenty of tech and standard features to go over. It’s not a revolution for the S-Class by any means, but it’s still worthy of some dedicated attention, so let’s take a good look at it and how it might stand up in the market once it finally launches.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG S63-S65

2018 Mercedes-AMG S63-S65

New powertrain, tweaked styling, same top-shelf ambiance

The S-Class is an old nameplate for Mercedes, dating all the way back to the ‘50s. Back then, Merc called it the Sonderklasse (“Special Class” in its native German), adopting the current “S-Class” badge in the early ‘70s. These days, you can get a variety of S-Class variants, but the quickest of the bunch tout the letters “AMG” on the trunk lid. Tuned by the automaker’s independent performance division, these titans of European motoring offer all the traditional comfort and luxury you’d expect, but add a dollop of furious DTM-themed performance on top, creating one serious slice of automobile as a result. Available in several different body styles, two-door variants include a coupe and a cabriolet, with either the twin-turbo V-8-powered S63 or the twin-turbo V-12-powerd S65 rounding out the powertrain options. Keeping things fresh, Merc just announced updates for the 2018 model year, including tweaked styling and a new V-8 for the S63, once again continuing the tradition established over six decades in the past.

However, this latest refresh brings with it a few questions, the most pressing of which pertains to the S63’s new engine. While the eight gets a displacement downgrade, power is up, challenging the twelve in terms of peak output and straight up trouncing the S65 in terms of acceleration numbers. Which begs the question – why get the S65 when the S63 is arguably the better buy? Read on to find out, plus learn about all the updates for 2018.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

New engine and tech for the company’s flagship drop-top

First introduced in 1972, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been the company’s flagship model for more than 40 years and stepped into the 21st century as one of the world’s best-selling luxury models. The sedan’s success prompted the German firm to create numerous body types over the years, including two-door models. But, while the coupe was offered on many occasions, the full-size convertible needed more than four decades to return into dealerships. Launched in 2015, the current-generation S-Class Cabriolet is set to receive its mid-cycle facelift at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Aimed at the popular Bentley Continental GTC, the revised S-Class Cabriolet gains all the new features we’ve seen on the 2018 S-Class sedan. While the exterior design carries over mostly unchanged, the interior gets new tech, including extended driver assistance systems and convenience features. More importantly, the old 4.7-liter V-8 was retired in favor for the newer, 4.0-liter V-8 that debuted in AMG GT sports car and found its way in many Mercedes cars and crossovers in the last couple of years. Find out what’s new in the review below and stay tuned for updates from Frankfurt.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet Brabus Rocket 900

2017 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet Brabus Rocket 900

German tuner brings the pain with its latest Rocket tuning program

Brabus has dropped the gloves ahead of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show with the presentation of what it claims to be the world’s most powerful four-door cabriolet. The German tuner has been known to use superlatives like this from time to time, but it’s hard to argue against its claim for the tuned up version of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG S65. This gnarly beast packs 888 horsepower and 885 pound-feet of torque, and that’s only one part of the story of the car now known as the Brabus Rocket 900.

We’ve been down this road before with Brabus as the history of its programs wearing the “Rocket” name stretches back to the last decade with the CLS-Class and the SL-Class. Even the coupe version of the Mercedes-AMG S65 has been the recipient of the “world’s fastest” treatment, a testament to the kind of audacity the tuner is capable of. Needless to say, the new Rocket 900 follows along the same path, with almost 900 horsepower in tow to go with a menu of aerodynamic enhancements, suspension improvements, new wheels, and a plush interior offering. The result is a car that not only performs like a car with rockets strapped onto it, but also looks the part of what a fully dressed up AMG S65 should look like. It’s a fitting kit from the tuning company that has given us no shortage of over-the-top tuning programs over the years.

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Watch the Dash-Cam Footage of Tiger Woods DUI Arrest

Watch the Dash-Cam Footage of Tiger Woods DUI Arrest

The champion golfer admitted to taking prescription drugs that had a greater impact than expected

Footage showing Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest in Jupiter, Florida earlier this week was just released to media by local law enforcement. The pro golfer was apparently pulled over and asleep at the wheel when officers approached his 2015 Mercedes-AMG 65 early Monday morning. The car’s engine was running. Woods apparently exhibited “extremely slow and slurred, mumbled” speech and had difficulty walking, according to a police report. No alcohol was detected following a breathalyzer and urine analysis, but Woods did admit to taking prescription drugs that had a greater than expected effect. Woods has been recovering from multiple back surgeries, and hasn’t played golf competitively since February.

Woods apologized in a statement issued Monday night. “I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly,” he said. “I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself, too. I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again.”

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How Does the BMW 8 Series Concept Stack Up Against the Mercedes S-Class Coupe?

How Does the BMW 8 Series Concept Stack Up Against the Mercedes S-Class Coupe?

The long-awaited showdown between the two German titans is finally close to happening

Eighteen years. That’s how long it’s been since BMW had a model called the 8 Series. It seems like a lifetime ago, but fans of the old 8 Series will probably tell you they still think about one of BMW’s most iconic models to this day. I know I fall in that category, which isn’t all that surprising considering my well-known fascination for the old 8er. But that was then and this is now. The old 8 Series may be a sought-after collectible now, but BMW is determined to bring some shine back to the name with the introduction of the new 8 Series Concept.

BMW’s intentions for the 8 Series name is already known. It plans to bring it back to replace the outgoing 6 Series as the company’s next flagship model. It’s a great plan from all angles, one that should give some of Bimmer’s biggest rivals enough reason to pause and look over at Bavaria to see what it’s up to. I imagine Mercedes is doing just that because the return of the 8 Series means that the S-Class finally gets the fierce rival it’s been missing for close to two decades. The question now is whether BMW’s 8 Series Concept has the goods to compete against the Mercedes S-Class Coupe. Unfortunately, we’re no closer to finding an answer to that because the 8 Series isn’t scheduled to hit production form until 2018. What we do have now, thanks to BMW, is a concept that’s striking enough to dissect. What better way to do that than to put it up against Mercedes’ own flagship luxury coupe.

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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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2018 Mercedes-AMG S63

2018 Mercedes-AMG S63

Sportier front end, permanent AWD, and a new V-8 engine

The latest-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class was introduced in 2013 and brought many innovations to the market. Features like the Magic Body Control suspension, the radar sensors for detecting obstacles, and the semi-autonomous-like Steering Assist that made it the most advanced luxury vehicle on the market — a title it continues to hold even if BMW launched a brand-new 7 Series in the meantime. The standard sedan was quickly followed by AMG-prepped S63 and S65 versions, and both have been updated for the 2018 model year.

The revised AMG S63 broke cover at the 2018 Shanghai Auto Show alongside the standard, yet still luxurious and fast model. Visual upgrades are of the facelift variety and won’t blow anyone away, but the interior received far more attention. New features include upgrades to upholstery and options, but also a healthy update in the tech department with all the state-of-the-art gadgets that debuted on the smaller E-Class in 2016. There’s even bigger news under the hood. While the bonkers AMG S65 continues with the massive V-12, the S63 ditches the 5.5-liter V-8 in favor of AMG’s much newer twin-turbo, 4.0-liter unit. As expected, the new engine comes with a power increase, which translates into better performance.

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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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The Mercedes S-Class Gets the Facelift it Deserves in Shanghai

The Mercedes S-Class Gets the Facelift it Deserves in Shanghai

New tech and semi-autonomous drive, new engines

When Mercedes-Benz introduced the latest-generation S-Class in 2013, a new benchmark in the luxury class was established. And although BMW launched a redesigned 7 Series just last year, the S-Class remained the top-selling sedan in this class thanks to its imposing looks, tremendous interior, and state-of-the-art tech. But the sedan is already three years old as of 2017 and Mercedes has now rolled out a facelifted version with even more goodies.

Unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, the revised S-Class is almost identical to the outgoing model as far as looks go. Novelties include a redesigned grille with three twin louvers and vertical strips in high-gloss black, new LED lights, and lower rear bumper section. However, modifications are more notable inside and under the hood.

The cabin now comes with the company’s latest 12.3-inch screens in the instrument cluster and center stack. The full-size also gained the Touch Control Buttons on the steering wheel that respond to swiping motions like the screen of a smartphone. This feature debuted on the latest E-Class last year. Additionally, the S-Class received all the semi-autonomous driving tech from its smaller sibling, including Distronic Active Proximity Control, which uses GPS data to slow the car down for roundabouts, junctions, and corners, among others.

As far as materials go, there are two new natural grain ash wood trim offerings and three new upholstery color combinations, Silk Beige/Deep-Sea Blue, Magma Grey/Espresso Brown and Mahogany/Silk Beige.

There’s even bigger news under the hood, especially for customers in Europe. A 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel replaced the existing V-6. The new mill cranks out 282 horsepower and 443 pound-feet in the S350d (a 27-horsepower increase and 14-pound-foot decrease) and 335 horses and 516 pound-feet in the S400d. The latter is the most powerful diesel Mercedes-Benz ever. In the gasoline department, the S500 model was replaced by the S560, with the old 4.7-liter V-8 ditched in favor of the newer, twin-turbo, 4.0-liter with 463 horsepower, and 516 pound-feet, and cylinder deactivation for enhanced fuel economy.

The revised sedan will hit showrooms in July, likely with a slightly higher price tag.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe S By Fostla

2017 Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe S By Fostla

German tuner brings some serious power to the high-performance AMG S 63

In standard configuration, the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe S packs a mean punch. It’s powered by a 5.5-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine that spits out 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds to go with an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph. By most metrics, those numbers add up to a car that’s as potent as they come. Then again, that sentiment doesn’t mean much when you’re talking about a tuner like Fostla whose business has always been about giving cars like the AMG S63 Coupe S more power at their disposal. And so, the German tuner is here to present its latest tuning kit, a walloping program for the high-performance Merc that comes with an increased output of 740 horsepower and 885 pound-feet of torque.

The numbers are attention-grabbing, but they’re not the only things worth mentioning about this program. It also has some snazzy visual effects meant to bring out more personality out of the AMG S63 Coupe S. There are also a new set of wheels and tires that Fostla received from aftermarket peer Prior Design.

All told, the engine upgrade is the unquestioned showpiece of the program. Not only does it bring the output of the AMG S63 Coupe S to supercar levels, but those numbers are enough to actually up-end competing tuners and their own takes on the Mercedes.

It’s true that Fostla is entering a competitive field with this program since a lot of other tuners have kits for the same high-performance Mercedes-AMG model. Rest assured, though, Fostla makes a good account of itself with an engine upgrade that should make an impression to owners of the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe S.

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2018 Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet

2018 Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet

Maybach rolls out its first convertible since the 1930s

Revived by Mercedes-Benz in 1997 after more than five decades since it stopped building automobiles, the Maybach brand and its modern limousines, the 57 and 62, were received with great enthusiasm. However, both cars were seen as slightly fancied-up versions of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class as soon as they hit the market and the company’s sales expectations were never met. When it was shut down in 2012, Maybach has only sold around 3,000 units. By comparison, Rolls-Royce sold more than 2,700 vehicles in 2010. The luxury brand was once again revived in 2015, but this time around as Mercedes-Maybach and as a sub-brand of the S-Class model. Two four-door models were launched immediately, following by sleek looking concept coupe. Although the latter has yet to be confirmed for production as of December 2016, Mercedes did launch a convertible version based on the S-Class. It’s called the Mercedes-Maybach S650 and its the first Maybach drop-top since the 1930s.

Although based on the standard S-Class inside and out, the Maybach S650 is actually pretty unique in the lineup. Its body features are heavily based on the AMG S65 model, thus having a sportier appearance, while the interior comes with bespoke leather upholstery and numerous accessories. Under the hood, the convertible is more than just a standard S-Class, using the most powerful engine available for the nameplate at this point. This makes the S650 the quickest and most powerful Maybach ever built.

The luxury convertible is also available in very limited numbers, with just 300 units to be built and sold globally. Naturally, these specs also make it highly expensive, to the point where a Maybach could cost more than its Rolls-Royce competitor. Find out more about it in my comprehensive review below.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe "Night Edition"

2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe "Night Edition"

Mercedes ushered in the sixth-generation S-Class for the 2014 model year. Inspired by the F700 concept car, the S-Class came correct with a large front grille, LED lighting (inside and out,) loads of luxurious leather, and a decent list of driver assistance features. Not long after the S-Class Sedan went on sale, Mercedes ushered in the first S-Class Coupe since the 1990s and it was one of the best moves the brand has made in a while. Offered here in the U.S. with a 4.7-liter V-8 in entry-level form, a 5.5-liter V-8 in AMG S63 form, or a 6.0-liter V-12 in AMG S65 form, the S-Class Coupe can be had with anywhere between 449 horsepower and 621 ponies on tap and can hit a 60-mph sprint in as quick as 3.8 seconds when properly equipped. Now that BMW and Audi have updated the 7 Series and A8, respectively, Mercedes has been working on a facelift for the S-Class, but before that happens, it’s introducing a darker model to the S-Class lineup.

The model goes by the name “Night Edition” and will be based on the U.K.-market S500 Coupe (We have the S550 Coupe here in the U.S.) Mercedes says this went into effect on December 9th, 2016, which means it’s making its world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show. It comes with a number of dark enhancements that give it a somewhat menacing appearance while officially getting the S-Class Coupe onto the dark-themed bandwagon that every manufacturer has been jumping on lately. When the Detroit Auto Show kicks off, we’ll be sure to bring you a host of images and information on this special S-Class Coupe, but until then, let’s take a look at the few images we have and talk a little about it.

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2016 Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet "Diospyros" By Carlsson

2016 Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet "Diospyros" By Carlsson

Love it or hate it, the tuning kit is an attention-grabber

Rolling in the lap of luxury usually requires a few things, not the least of which is a car that rise to the level of a person’s status. The Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet certainly qualifies as one of those cars. The convertible is everything you want in a luxury car, boasting an effortlessly elegant design matched only by a surprisingly powerful V-8 engine sitting under its hood. But like every car in existence today, the S-Class Cabriolet is by no means a “perfect” car. It can still be improved – or wasted – in some form or fashion. Depending on what your perception to Carlsson’s “Diospyros” program for the S-Class Cabriolet is, rest assured, we can all agree that the luxury drop-top looks, well, different.

To Carlsson’s credit, it swung for the fences with this one. The German tuner is known more for its impressive engine upgrades, but to be fair, it has, on occasion, developed eye-watering programs in the past. Remember the 2011 Super GT Carlsson Royale R25? Whoop. That one was, for a lack of a better description, an acquired taste.

A lot of you might even feel the same way towards the S-Class Cabrio Diospyros. It wasn’t exactly dressed to attend galas and balls, that much I’m sure of. But it sure looks different, that is if a mint chip ice cream-looking color finish qualifies as your description of “different.”

For better or worse, the Diospyros tuning program is going to turn a lot of heads, and while the model being touted here is the S550 variant of the S-Class Cabriolet, Carlsson says that it can install the program on any trim of the model, including the pair of high-performance AMG models.

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If You're Not A "Top Customer" Of Mercedes, Don't Expect To Get Your Hands On The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet

If You’re Not A "Top Customer" Of Mercedes, Don’t Expect To Get Your Hands On The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet

Only 75 units of the super-luxury convertible will go to the US market

The math involving the production of the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet is tricky when you consider that the German automaker is only building 300 units of the luxury convertible and that of those 300 units, only 75 will go to the U.S. market. That’s not a lot of models to offer, so in lieu of making the S650 Cabriolet available to everyone, Mercedes is instead going to its VIP customers first and giving them, in the words of Mercedes-Benz USA Dietmar Exler, “the right of first refusal."

Not that Mercedes USA is going to sweat trying to sell the 75 units of the S650 Cabriolet – the automaker has already received plenty of interest in the special edition convertible during its debut party last week. All 75 available units are expected to sell out quickly in the U.S., even if model comes with a pretty steep $320,000-plus price tag.

Given the car’s status and exclusivity, the price is where you expect it to be. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s inundated with the most luxurious of features and amenities, not to mention at 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 engine that produces 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough power to propel the luxury convertible from 0-to-60 mph in 4.0 seconds to go with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

It’s unclear how long Mercedes USA is going to take to sell out the Maybach S650 Cabriolet, but considering the demand for the car and the fact the super-luxury convertible will likely only last a model year or less, all 75 units should be scooped up faster than it takes to write all those zeros in the checkbook. Or as Exler proudly told Automotive News: "We’ll be running out. We’re pretty happy with the way it’s going." 

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2016 Mercedes-AMG S63 Big Bang by Wheelsandmore

2016 Mercedes-AMG S63 Big Bang by Wheelsandmore

German tuner goes one level up past its own "Seven-11" program for the luxury Mercedes-AMG coupe

Despite already packing a 5.5-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine that produces 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque and costing over $160,000, the Mercedes-AMG S 63 is still considered a favorite among aftermarket tuners. This year alone, we’ve seen more than a handful of tuning companies build programs for the luxury sports coupe, including luminaries like Mansory, G-Power, and Renntech. So before the year ends, how about we shine the spotlight on another tuner that has a new program for the AMG S 63? This one comes by way of Wheelsandmore and it packs upgrades that increase engine output to a potent 792 horsepower and 848 pound-feet of torque.

In true Wheelsandmore fashion, the program even comes with the “Big Bang” moniker, and if you remember the tuner’s “Seven-11” program for the same car, these two programs are actually connected to one another with the “Seven-11” serving as the Stage 2 program for the AMG S 63 whereas the “Big Bang” is the Stage 3 program.

Taking from the previous kit, this new one from Wheelsandmore packs the same features, with the highlight being the upgrades to the AMG S 63’s twin-turbo V-8. But there are also other important items included in the program, most notably the suspension upgrades, new exhaust systems, and last but certainly not least, a new set of wheel options that come in a variety of different shapes and styles.

All told, the “Big Bang” program is the typical Wheelsandmore program, which really means that those who avail of it won’t regret it the least bit.

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Spoil Yourselves Silly With The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet

Spoil Yourselves Silly With The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet

Limited edition Maybach-AMG creation is numbered to just 300 models

When Mercedes officially revived the Maybach brand in 2015, it had a clear idea of what it wanted the brand to project. Sure, it was already associated with the top-quality luxury, but Mercedes also wanted to blend all that opulence with the kind of power and performance that’s more linked to its AMG division. All of that brings us to this high-rolling cabriolet that’s part Maybach, part AMG. It’s called the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet, and it’s a legitimate boss on four wheels.

It’s a different use of the word “hybrid” but Mercedes was able to accomplish this marriage by using a soft-top Mercedes-AMG S 65 and then bombarding its cabin with the finest materials and special finishes it has to offer. The result is a car that showcases the luxury refinement of Maybach with the performance credentials of AMG.

It’s worth noting too that Mercedes didn’t even have to extend the base AMG S 65 past its usual length to accommodate the extended nature of its Maybach models. The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet retains the same wheelbase as the model with it’s based on, not to mention having that other important element of the AMG S 65: the 6.0-liter bi-turbo V-12 engine that produces 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to power to help the cabriolet sprint from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds to go with an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.

At the very least, those numbers help complement the litany of luxury upgrades given to the car’s interior. Without jumping to the specifics, the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet comes with a leather-covered cabin with outer diamond quitting on the seat side bolsters. There’s also element of bespoke trim scattered throughout the cabin, most notably on the door panels and instrument panel. And, let’s not forget the color-coordinated luggage set. Nothing spells out exclusivity more than having extra luggages to go with the actual car.

All of this adds up to one of the most exclusive models Mercedes will be offering under the reintroduced Maybach line. Only 300 units will be made available with each model being given a specific number among the 300 models. High-rollers, anyone?

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Mercedes Announces Four New Engines for 2017

Mercedes Announces Four New Engines for 2017

The S-Class gets a new biturbo V-8, but where the others will call home has yet to be confirmed.

Instead of whining and complaining about consistently tougher emissions regulations, Mercedes has put its engineers to work on developing additional members of its modular engine family to join that four-cylinder diesel engine that debuted last spring. The biggest news, however, isn’t the engines themselves, but the nature of them. Set to be integrated into Mercedes’ lineup for 2017 isn’t one, but two, inline six-cylinder engines. There’s also a new gasoline-sipping four-cylinder on the docket and a new Biturbo V-8 that will be replacing the current V-8 that we have all grown to love so much.

It’s been 16 years since Mercedes last used M104 straight six, but all that is about to change with this new pair or brothers that will rest comfortably in their own niche. The first straight-six is a gasoline drinker that not only uses what Mercedes calls “intelligent turbocharging,” but also a 48-volt electrical system that includes an integrated starter/alternator that functions as a mild hybrid unit that supplies energy to the battery through “highly efficient energy recovery.” Because of this design, there are no other belt-driven accessories, with components like the water pump, power steering, and A/C compressor all being electric in nature. This makes for a somewhat shorter engine, which has been engineered with separated intake and exhaust manifolds. The overall outcome of this engine design: 408 horsepower and more than 368 pound-feet of torque. On the emissions front, this new gasoline-powered, straight-six produces somewhere around 15-percent less CO2 than the outgoing V-6 it replaces.

The other Straight-six to come out of Mercedes labs is a diesel drinker that is designed to comply with the upcoming emissions regulations that require real-world testing. Obviously, Mercedes isn’t ready to give up diesel anytime soon. This new engine makes use of stepped-bowl combustion, two-stage turbocharging and CAMTRONIC variable valve timing – a first for an in-line, diesel-drinking, six-cylinder. With the use of an aluminum block, steel pistons, and cylinder walls coated with NANOSLIDE technology, this new engine produces more than 313 horsepower, an increase of 55 horsepower over the engine it replaces. It is also said to be an increase in fuel savings by about seven percent.

For those power hungry fans out there, Mercedes is also introducing a new version of its Biturbo V-8. Dubbed M176, Mercedes claims it is “one of the most economical V-8s in the world.” With turbochargers positioned between the V-banks of the engine and cylinder deactivation via the CAMTRONIC valve timing system, this new engine uses a surprising 10-percent less fuel while delivering 476 horsepower. That’s 21 horsepower more than the outgoing Biturbo V-8 that it is replacing. While the home of some of these new engines has yet to be disclosed, Mercedes has already confirmed that this V-8 will, in fact, call the facelifted, 2018 S-Class home later next year.

But now that we’ve gotten all giddy about that awesome V-8, let’s not forget about its half-sized cousin, the M264. The M264 is a gasoline-sipping four-banger that makes use of an integrated, belt-driven, starter/alternator and a 48-volt electrical system. It utilizes an electric water pump and a pair of twin-scroll turbos. As far as power output and economy go, you’ll have to wait because Mercedes has kept those figures secret, but it has said that it “consumes significantly less fuel than a comparable six-cylinder engine” so, there’s that.

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2017 Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard

2017 Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard

Because you don’t need to sacrifice comfort or luxury to be protected

When you’re wealthy and in power, people want to kill you. So, how do you get out of the mansion or office without fear of being shot up or blown up by a roadside bomb? You ride in something like the car you see here, the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard. The S 600 Pullman Guard is based on the S600 Guard but has been extended to accommodate four rear passengers. The S 600 Guard was the first non-civilian vehicle to be rated with ballistics protection level VR10, but due to the extended length, the Pullman Guard is only rated at VR9. Be that as it may, it’s still certified for blast resistance in accordance with Directive ERV 2010 and, at ballistics rating VR9, it can sustain multiple shots from high-powered weapons such as the M60 machine gun, M14 rifle, or FAL FN chambered in 7.62 x 51mm NATO (.308).

To go along with this protection, the occupants of the S 600 Pullman Guard ride in the definition of luxury, comfort, and exclusiveness. There are two executive seats in the rear for the man of the hour and his VIP guest and two fold-down seats for the less-important – you know military advisors, translators, etc. With healthy doses of leather inside as standard, and extended length and height, there’s lots of open space for conducting business.

The world is a crazy place, and high-profile people need the utmost in protection. That’s why cars like the Audi A8L, BMW 7-Series High-Security, and the S 600 Pullman Guard exist. The bombs can go off, and the bullets can fly, but chances are that if you’re inside, you’ll be just fine. And, if not, at least you’ll die comfortably, right? Either way, let’s dive on in and take a closer look at the new Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet 850 By Brabus

2016 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet 850 By Brabus

Say hello to the world’s fastest and most powerful cabriolet

Anytime the words “world’s fastest” and “most powerful” are mentioned, a lot of people immediately look for the source of these words. In this case, it’s German tuner Brabus that’s doing the boasting when it announced its new program for the Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet, appropriately called the Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Cabrio.

So why exactly was this AMG S63 christened as the world’s fastest and most powerful cabriolet? For that, we have to look at the sweeping changes the tuner made to the car’s 5.5-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine. The process was complicated, but in the end, Brabus was able to increase the V-8’s output from the standard 577 horses and 664 pound-feet of twist to an enormous 838 horsepower and 848 pound-feet of torque.

The result is nothing short of impressive, but it’s also not the only notable thing about this particular program. Just as important are the upgrades down on the periphery, including the new aero kit, the customizable interior, and the fresh offer of new wheels, which is an underrating of the entire tuning experience given how important they are in the overall makeup of the tuned AMG S63 Cabriolet.

Other tuners have also developed programs of their own for both coupe and cabriolet versions of the AMG S63. But Brabus is probably the only one that is confident enough to lay the “world’s fastest” and “most powerful” claim for its program. That speaks to the kind of confidence the tuner has in its own abilities, something that nobody has questioned in a long time.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe by Renntech

2016 Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe by Renntech

German tuner puts the AMG S63 Coupe through the aftermarket fire

Noted Mercedes tuner Renntech isn’t averse to building all sorts of tuning programs for vehicles bearing the Silver Arrows badge. In recent months alone, the German tuner has released programs for the Mercedes-AMG GT S, Mercedes S550, and even the already departed SLS AMG Black Series. Now, Renntech is back with a new aftermarket kit for the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe that peaks in excess of 700 horsepower and almost 850 pound-feet of torque.

The program is defined by the engine upgrade that is being offered in a number of levels depending on what a customer wants. There’s an ECU upgrade that already adds power by itself. There are also new downpipes and sports mufflers that tacks on even more power. And there’s a choice to get all of it put together in order to maximize the program’s full potential. It’s not evident because the car’s body didn’t receive anything other than the decklid spoiler. But that’s the beauty of this Renntech program. The substance of the kit is mostly felt away from the eyes of the customer so it would be hard to identify it as a Renntech kit unless the car gets going.

Once it does, though, well, that’s when the magic happens. The AMG S63 S’s 5.5-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine may be good for 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque on its own. But thanks to Renntech, there are a lot more horses coming out of that V-8. It will be most certainly felt when the owner pushes the car to its performance limits. That’s power and output taken to an entirely new level, things that a tuner like Renntech has proven to be very good at when it comes to Mercedes models.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 By Renntech

2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 By Renntech

Flagship luxury sedan gets a steady tuning kit

The sixth-generation Mercedes S-Class made its debut in 2013, and in the two full years that it’s been around, it has consistently sold well in the U.S. In fact, the S-Class turned in the second-most sales of any full-sized luxury sedan with 21,934 units sold in 2015, bested only by the Tesla Model S with 25,202 units. When you compare it with its two biggest rivals – the BMW 7 Series and the Audi A8 – the S-Class dominated both cars in terms of sales. The S-Class remains a popular choice for those in the market for a flagship sedan, so much so that Renntech has built a tuning program specifically tailored for the affluent clientele of the full-sized luxury Mercedes S550 (or S500 here in the U.S.).

It’s not a comprehensive kit, but it does include an engine tune that helps the Merc’s 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine increase its output to 530 horsepower and 606 pound-feet of torque. That’s a nice addition to the S550, but it’s far from the only one. Renntech also installed a carbon fiber aerodynamic component to go with a new set of wheels that are only limited to 25 sets. Talk about exclusivity, right?

All told, it’s a modest kit for a not-so-modest car. It may not entice those who prefer to get more aftermarket love for their S550s, but for those who prefer the subtle upgrades that don’t cut too much into the luxury sedan’s identity, this program from Renntech is a suitable option. It’s also affordable, or at least relatively so for those who obviously have the finances that allowed them to buy the S550 in the first place.

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Mercedes-Benz Plans To Release Four Electric Vehicles By 2020

Mercedes-Benz Plans To Release Four Electric Vehicles By 2020

Aggressive push comes after the German government announced its electric car purchase incentive scheme

Mercedes-Benz is speeding up its development of electric vehicles with a new goal to have four electric models hit the market by the end of 2020. According to Autocar, the German automaker is looking into developing two sedans and two SUVs that will comprise the first wave of EV models to bear the Silver Arrows badge. Each model will share basic elements with models that are already part of the Merc lineup but for the most part, the EV models will also have distinct design touches that will provide a noticeable differentiation from their conventionally powered counterparts.

The company’s decision to expedite the development of electric vehicles was made in part to jump aboard the German government’s new policy of offering sales subsidies on all EVs priced at less than €60,000, or $67,150 based on current exchange rates. The policy is part of a bigger €1.2 billion ($1.35 billion) incentive scheme that was created to attract would-be auto buyers to consider EVs for their next automotive purchases.

The move can also be seen as Mercedes’ attempt to keep up with the fast-rising EV market, something other automakers, especially Tesla, has taken full advantage of. Clearly, news of the Model 3’s incredible 370,000-plus pre-order total didn’t fall on deaf ears. The popularity of EVs have even hit close to home for Mercedes now that Audi has already made plans to begin the development of a production version of the e-tron quattro concept with an eye towards launching it in 2018.

While Mercedes is still in the embryonic stages in the production development of its EVs, the German automaker isn’t sitting idly by anymore as its competitors gear up for the same push. Investments have been made regarding electric vehicles, most notably a €500 million expansion of its existing battery production facilities in Germany.

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1957 Mercedes 300SL Roadster

1957 Mercedes 300SL Roadster

The iconic postwar Mercedes convertible

The 300SL is often credited for being the world’s first “supercar.” Why? To start, it’s beautiful, with flowing lines that are both elegant and aerodynamic. Climb onboard, and you’ll find premium luxury and top-shelf opulence. But more importantly, there’s a good deal of technological innovation and racing pedigree hiding just under the skin, which blesses the 300SL with truly world-beating speed. Throw in low production numbers and the car’s high desirability amongst collectors, and the formula starts to come together.

Prior to 1954, Mercedes was seen as a luxury make without much to offer when it came to performance. The 300SL changed that in a hurry. The name is a reference to the engine displacement (3.0-liters), while the SL stands for Sport Leicht, which is German for Sport Light. Originally offered as a coupe, the 300SL was the first of the SL-Class grand tourer models, and eventually, it morphed into an open-top roadster. Although it lost the highly recognizable gullwing doors, the 300SL Roadster managed to keep much of the speed and prestige of its predecessor, all while adding on-demand blue-sky freedom.

These days, Mercedes pays homage to its past with a variety performance models which recall the 300SL’s styling and sporty character, and while the speed and technology are there, none can match the style and grace of the original.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG S65 Coupe Rocket by Brabus

2016 Mercedes-AMG S65 Coupe Rocket by Brabus

Range-topping performance coupe is the newest member of the Rocket family

Like the world-class aftermarket tuner that rises up to the occasion, the tuning prowess of Brabus was at full display at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The German tuner was on hand to present a handful of its latest programs, including kits for the Mercedes-AMG C63 S and the Mercedes G500. As impressive as those programs were, the real showcase project of Brabus was the AMG S65 Coupe 900 Rocket. Yes, the Mercedes-AMG S65 Coupe has just joined the Rocket family.

We already know what being a member of the exclusive Rocket club means. Not only did the AMG S65 Coupe receive a carbon fiber aerodynamic kit, it was also the recipient of one of the most gorgeous interior modifications we’ve seen in a long time. Most importantly, though, was the engine upgrade that Brabus gave to the high-performance coupe’s 6.0-liter biturbo V-12 engine. Suffice to say, the “900” designation is clear indicator on the kind of power the AMG S65 has under its hood.

The Rocket program is when Brabus is at its sickest. As if building impressive kits aren’t enough, the German tuner still has another level to go to when it really wants to put some serious power on its projects. The AMG S65 is the latest to be welcomed to this family and it once again proves that when it comes to turning Mercedes models into veritable rockets on four wheels, few do it better than Brabus.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe By G-Power

2016 Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe By G-Power

For a change, the German tuner turns its attention on a Mercedes

G-Power is often considered one of the best BMW tuners in the game. But every so often, it takes a detour and works on models from Bavaria’s biggest rival, Mercedes-Benz. Back in September 2015, the tuner presented a program for the 2015 S63 AMG that put 695 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque into the sedan’s 5.5-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine. That’s notable because it only took a few months for G-Power to go back to the S-Class catalog and build another program for Mercedes’ flagship family.

This time, the focus was put on the AMG S63 Coupe, a car that’s slowly ingratiating itself into the conversation as one of the most popular high-performance variants of the AMG lineup. It’s also become a favorite among tuners so it’s easy to see why G-Power decided to work on its own program for the model.

For this kit, the German tuner opted for something more straight-forward than its usual tuning strategy. The exterior and interior of the car were left mostly alone so all the focus was placed on giving the car’s 5.5-liter biturbo V-8 an upgrade that’s fit for a king. The tuner accomplished that and then some with this program, which goes to show that when it comes to aftermarket skills, G-Power doesn’t discriminate between BMW or Mercedes-Benz models.

All’s fair in love and the tuning game, so to speak.

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2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard

Back in 2014, Mercedes released the long-wheelbase S500 and long-wheelbase S600 that were fully certified as ballistic protection level VR9, which was the highest level of ballistics protection available for civilian vehicles at the time. Now, Mercedes has stepped its game up again with the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard – the first vehicle to be certified with ballistic protection level VR10.

Effectively combining the luxury of the S-Class with the exclusivity of Maybach, this S600 Guard has been extended to 5,453 mm long, with a wheelbase of 3,365 mm – 20 mm longer than the long-wheelbase S-Class sedan. The kicker here is that while the S600 Guard may be a bit longer, it’s virtually indistinguishable, from the outside, as anything other than a standard long-wheelbase S-Class sedan.

As far as occupant protection goes, the S600 Guard offers the highest level of ballistic and blast protection available for a non-military vehicle. So, what went into making the S600 Guard the safest civilian vehicle available? Well, a lot of work went into making it that way, so keep reading to find out all of the juicy details.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe Black Edition By Mansory

2016 Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe Black Edition By Mansory

Swiss tuner turns the tables on the AMG S63 Coupe with another insane program

There are times when an aftermarket company reaches a level of importance that it transcends the genre. I’d like to think that Mansory reached that status a long time ago. The Swiss tuner is renowned for its aftermarket programs and over the years, we’ve seen some of the most incredible kits for some of the finest cars in the world, all of which share one thing in common in that they were all built by Mansory. Remember the Lamborghini Aventador Carbonado GT? How about the Ferrari F12 Stallone or the Bugatti Veyron Vivere?

Those are just a few examples of the many kits Mansory has built. Back at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, it presented an equally dynamic program for the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe, called the Black Edition. As the name implies, the AMG S63 Coupe was completely blacked out and decked with a ridiculous amount of aerodynamic improvements that put to shame the AMG S63 Coupe Diamond Edition, another kit for the high-powered S-Class Mansory presented in May 2015.

Basically, the Black Edition was like an HGH-injected version of the Diamond Edition. In addition to rocking an otherworldly aero kit, it also had more wheel options and a more powerful engine modification that saw the car’s output break four digits in the horsepower scale. Think the offer of 887 horsepower in the Diamond Edition was over-the-top? You might start questioning your lot in life once you learn how much horses are under the hood of the AMG S63 Coupe Black Edition.

This is Mansory at its best and this kit is living proof of that.

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2016 Mercedes S-Class Coupe "Ethon" By FAB-Design

2016 Mercedes S-Class Coupe "Ethon" By FAB-Design

Highlights of the program include a new aero kit and a performance upgrade

There’s really not a lot to say about the Mercedes S-Class Coupe. I could rattle off superlatives left and right and I still would arrive to the same conclusion: the car is just all sorts of awesome. So, with seemingly nowhere to go from the mountaintop where it’s perched, there’s really only one way for the S-Class Coupe to add to its already growing legend. Fortunately, noted Mercedes tuner FAB Design has the tuning kit that might do the work.

The German aftermarket specialist is known for its programs for Mercedes vehicles. Over the years, we’ve seen it come out with programs for the SLS AMG, SL600, and SL-Class, in addition to having its own programs for the likes of the McLaren 12C and the Porsche Panamera.

This time, it’s the S-Class Coupe that takes the spotlight with a wide array of modifications covering a wide spectrum of the car’s overall makeup. There’s a new aerodynamic program, a new set of wheels, and most importantly, a technical upgrade that adds even more power to the coupe’s 4.7-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine.

Fab Design’s kit for the S-Class Coupe is the kind of program that gives the high-powered coupe a chance to come out with a whole new look and more power to really redefine its segment. There are a few cars that can match wits with the S-Class Coupe, but with Fab Design’s Ethon kit, the Merc gets the opportunity to really stand out.

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video with the Mercedes-AMG S 65 Coupe: Video

video with the Mercedes-AMG S 65 Coupe: Video

Video games are becoming more than just realistic these days

As racing video games become more and more realistic these days, it’s become very important for game developers to come up with a feature that can differentiate itself from other games. That’s especially true for games like Driveclub, which doesn’t have the same amount of following as Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport.

On that end, Driveclub did just that by releasing its first-ever 360-degree video of a Mercedes-AMG S 65 Coupe racing around with its fellow Silver Arrows brethren. The video is fantastic for a couple of reasons, and the best part about it is how you, as a viewer, can rotate around using the direction buttons on the upper-left end of the screen.

Doing this lets you watch the race from a complete 360-degree angle, allowing you to look at the race from all conceivable angles. Combine that with the impeccable graphics and the all-too realistic environment and you have a unique video game experience that really brings the action to life.

It’s an incredible glimpse of what you can experience when you play Driveclub. Now, I’ve had my time with the game and I can attest to the incredible attention-to-detail it possesses. But, I’ve yet to try out this 360-degree view and, while it does seem difficult to navigate both the car and the camera angle, it’s something that I’m definitely excited to check out.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG S 63 4MATIC Cabriolet "Edition 130"

2017 Mercedes-AMG S 63 4MATIC Cabriolet "Edition 130"

The question of who invented the automobile will always be disputed in one way or another. Some claim the first automobile was built back in the mid-to-late 1700s by a Frenchman named J. Connieu, but the man who is credited for creating the first modern automobile is Karl Benz. He patented the Benz Motor Car No. 1 back in 1886. That wasn’t all he patented, though. He also invented and patented his own carburetor, radiator, gear shifter and even spark plugs. Suffice it to say, I bet Mr. Benz never thought his three-wheeled, gas-powered, horseless carriage would be the roots for one of the world’s largest auto manufacturers, but it did, and today it is known as the Daimler Auto Group.

In honor of that legendary horseless carriage, which is considered today as the first “modern” automobile, Mercedes has created a special edition of the Mercedes-AMG S63 4MATIC Cabriolet – dubbed “Edition 130.” As you might have guessed, was named Edition 130 because 2016 is the 130th anniversary of the modern automobile. Even further, the Edition 130 will be limited to the production of only 130 units.

With that said, let’s take a look at the Mercedes-AMG S63 4MATIC Cabriolet Edition 130 and what went into making the car that honors the first modern automobile.

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Top 5 Cars To Celebrate New Year's Eve

Top 5 Cars To Celebrate New Year’s Eve

Ready or not, here it comes – 2016 is nearly upon us, and the pressure is on to do New Years right. Some see the holiday as a beacon of hope, with the possibilities of an unwritten chapter and better things to come. Others see it as a clean slate, a chance to improve oneself through resolutions and personal goal setting. That’s all well and good, but honestly, December 31st is just an excuse to party – hard. And anyone serious about having a good time is gonna need the right set of wheels.

With that in mind, ditch the limo. Instead, look to rent something from this list and kick things off in real style. Elegance and luxury are paramount, and since New Year’s Eve only comes once a year, no expense should be spared. So hire or designate a driver, break out the champagne, and get yourself in the backseat of one of these rides, even if it is just for one night.

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