The ’FLIP’: Will.I.Am And AMG’s Brainchild Is An AMG GT With A G-Wagon’s Face!
With A G-Class Face, Is This The Boxiest Coupe In Town Or What?
Car For Sale: Michael Jordan’s 1996 Mercedes S600 Lorinser
Just like any other superstar athlete, Michael Jordan knew his sports cars and supercars. He’s known to have owned anything in between a Corvette C5, Ferrari 550 Maranello, slant-nosed Porsche 911 Turbo, Corvette C4 ZR-1, and the W140-generation Mercedes-Benz S600 tweaked by Lorinser.
The latter is now up for sale, if the ad on Beverly Hills Car Club is to be taken seriously.
Dieter Zetsche steps down as Daimler CEO, drives off in a BMW i8
Many agree that competition is constructive, and that it brings about progress, and that is probably the case when it comes to the rivalry between two premium German giants, Mercedes and BMW. And, now that the CEO of the former, Dieter Zetsche, has stepped down after over a decade at the helm, the latter has made a rather amusing tribute video to honor him. The video is called "Retirement is about exploring your wide open future."
Kim Jong Un Is Rolling Around In Armored Mercedes-Benz Limos but They’re Not From Mercedes
Mercedes-Benz’s Guard series of armored vehicles has been the choice of many heads of state and other high-ranking state officials from around the world for many years. Currently, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier uses an S600 Guard as does India’s president, Ram Nath Kovind, but what’s surprising is that North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, as well as other members from his staff, also use S600 limos. Before anybody started pointing fingers at Mercedes-Benz, the German automaker announced it didn’t sell the cars to the regime in Pyongyang and, furthermore, doesn’t even know how the cars got there to begin with.
Remember those awkward scenes shot during the historic U.S.-North Korea summit held in Singapore in 2018? I’m talking about the images of a fleet of Kim’s bodyguards running next to his armored Mercedes-Benz as the dictator was leaving the place of the meeting. They perplexed many, but the purpose of the whole shebang was to showcase the status of Kim as well as his elite troops that protect him known as the Guard Command. But, what Mercedes-Benz found perplexing was something else: the fact that Kim used during that visit and that he also uses back home Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard models. His father, Kim Jong Il, was also seen at times aboard armored S Class models from the W140 generation but those were acquired in a different, more transparent manner as Mercedes-Benz was open to shaking hands with North Korea back then.
Lewis Hamilton Wants His Own Special Edition AMG ONE
Lewis Hamilton is no stranger to getting what he wants from Mercedes-AMG. Now, the five-time Formula One world champion wants to create a special edition version of the Mercedes-AMG ONE, the all-conquering hypercar formerly known as the Project One. Speaking to Top Gear, Hamilton confirmed his desire to build a custom version of the One hypercar to Mercedes-AMG. Whether he gets his wish remains to be seen, but AMG is apparently considering it. If it happens, Hamilton would be heavily involved in the development of the car that will use his “LH” initials. He’s not just settling for fancy badges and new colors, either. Hamilton wants wholesale changes to the body, engine, and exhaust system of the ONE, thereby making it a true “special edition” in every sense of the phrase.
Remember Supercar Blondie? This is one of her rivals, 26-year-old Sophia Calate from Germany who’s amassed almost 43,000 followers on Instagram and now poses on a brand-new Mercedes G-Wagon powered by the 3.0-liter, six-cylinder, diesel. The result? An even better-looking Tirolean scenery.
The brand-new G-Class was unveiled last year and we all know it’s bigger than ever before while retaining the classic boxy appearance. But have you ever noticed how good it looks in cherry red parked on the Austrian snow next to a lake? As Sophia correctly points out in her Instagram post that has effortlessly collected over 4,000 likes, the name of the color is actually "Designo Hyazinthrot metallic," and it’s quite unusual for the G-Wagon, which is usually seen in funeral shades of silver or black.
The G350d is less bonkers that the V-8-engined AMG model although it still packs 283 horsepower and 442.5 pound-feet of torque, enough to send this block of metal from 0 to 62 mph in just 7.4 seconds and then on to a top speed of 123 mph. Inside, the G now has big screens on the dash and, in the middle, there are the controls for the faultless 9-speed transmission. You still, obviously, get three locking diffs which are very useful if you too want to tackle the Austrian mountainside this season.
Sophia asks in her post, "would you drive this as a Diesel?", and we’re passing this question down to you! Send your thoughts in the comments section below.
Toyo Tires and Ac Milan Release their Fourth Collaboration Video, and It’s Amazing
If you haven’t seen the first three videos put together in collaboration between Ac Milan and Toyo Tires, you’ve seriously missed out. We’ve added those down below so you can catch up, but before you do we need to tell you about the fourth collaboration titled: “Ac Milan in Japanimation.” It’s a completely different animal compared to the previous videos, this time staring four key players from not only AC Milan but Gamba Osaka as well. It was filmed in Japan and Italy, but that’s not the best part. The best part is that Toyo commissioned none other than Yoichi Takahashi, the creator of the very popular and long-running manga series, Captain Tsubasa.
As such, this video is a unique mix of reality and animation in the best way, with AC Milan players, Riccardo Montolivo, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, André Silva, Ricardo Rodríguez taking on Gamba Osaka players, Yasuhito Endo, Yasuyuki Konno, Shu Kurata, Hiroki Fujiharu. What starts out as a scene with Montolivo reading a manga, quickly turns into a showdown not only between the two teams but a Mercedes G63 (represented by AC Milan) and a Mercedes SL400 that’s represented by Gamba Osaka. While the players in natural and animation form battle it back and forth with a ball, the two Mercedes’, which are riding upon Toyo Proxes tires, take to the street in an awesome, mostly animated drift battle.
If you’re in for a bit of entertainment, check out the video below. You’ll be sure you did. If you haven’t see the videos that came before, we’ve added those down below too.
Celebrity Special – Celebrating The Life of Karl Benz
On this day in 1844, 173 years ago, Karl Benz was born in the German town of Muhlburg. The son of a locomotive driver, Karl’s father died of pneumonia when he was just two years old, and despite being poor, Karl’s mother, Josephine Vaillant, was intent on giving her son a proper education. Showing great academic promise, young Karl went on to study at the University of Karlsruhe, or as it was known then, Polytechnische Schule (“Polytechnic School”). By the age of 15, Karl began his studies in mechanical engineering, graduating four years later.
After plying his trade in a variety of different jobs, Karl ended up purchasing a new factory with his fiancée, Bertha Ringer, and began to develop new engines and patents to help pay the bills. In 1878, Karl created a new, reliable two-stroke engine, after which the engineering mastermind was awarded several more patents for such critically important inventions as a new spark plug, carburetor, clutch, and water radiator.
By the 1880s, Benz began to work in earnest towards his lifelong obsession, the horseless carriage, and by 1885, he had created the Benz Patent Motorwagen. Inspired by bicycle design, the Motorwagen had a trio of wire-wheels, a tubular steel frame, rack-and-pinion steering, and a Benz-designed four-stroke engine fired by advanced coil ignition. The modern automobile was born. Several improvements were made, eventually leading to the S-Classes and AMG GTs we know and love today.
Now go celebrate properly by laying down a smoky burnout.
Hugh Hefner’s 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman
The death of Hugh Hefner has caused the world to turn its attention to the Playboy Magazine founder and publisher. Aside from his lavish lifestyle, infamous mansion, many wives, and countless mistresses, Hefner was also known for his car collection. From Corvettes to Ferraris, his garage was almost exciting as the pool’s grotto on a Friday night. But perhaps one of Heff’s classiest, rarest, and most highly regarded is his 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman.
Mercedes began making the 600 limousine in 1963 and carried the car to 1981. Despite this 18-year production run, only 2,677 examples were built. That number is further divided into three thanks to the three body styles Mercedes offered. There was a short wheelbase, of which 2,190 were built. There was also a Landaulet (convertible rear top), of which only 59 were built. Then there’s Heff’s car – the long wheelbase version. While not as rare as the Landau, only 428 exist in the world. Adding to the 600’s worth is Mercedes’ over-engineering of nearly every component. Everything that moved was hydraulically operated, including the windows, sunroof, seat adjustments, trunk lid, and doors. It even has a load-leveling suspension, which of course, ran off hydraulic pressure. Powering the car and its 2,176-psi hydraulic pump was a massive 6.3-liter V-8 developing 300 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It was more than adequate for hustling the limo at speeds over 130 mph.
Heff’s six-door 600 was last known to have been sold in 2001 at a Barrett-Jackson auction. While that was 16 years ago, its price might surprise you. Keep reading for more.
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Watch the Dash-Cam Footage of Tiger Woods DUI Arrest
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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Arnold Schwarzenegger Goes Terminator on Climate Change; Gets Custom, All-Electric Mercedes G-Class
If you look back in the archives, you’ll find a story we brought you back in September of 2016 about a small startup known as Kreisel Electric that was in the business of developing advanced lithium-ion batteries have completely preserved cells, and thus a higher capacity which ultimately leads to increased range. The company has built a number of custom-made electric conversions with one of the most notable being the Porsche Panamera. But, the company has been very busy since we last mentioned it, and has put together a custom all-electric Mercedes G-Class for none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger himself! That’s right; the man that once owned a fleet of Hummers has decided to fully embrace his new stance on protecting his environment by adding the big, off road, and all electric one-off to his own personal collection.
The vehicle was first unveiled my Kreisel Electric and Arnold at the Hahnenkamm race in Kitzebuehel in January where Arnold not only learned about his new G-Class and took delivery but also took it out for a quick drive in the snow. During the official announcement, Schwarzenegger said, “To me, with the electric version of this fantastic car, a dream has become true. The initial test drive was a real pleasure: The Kreisel is incredibly sporty and perfectly benefits from the advantages e-mobility has to offer. I really look forward to the following test runs and to the gradual further development in California.”
As you can make out from his quote above, he’ll be conducting further testing and providing feedback to Kreisel Electric for some time to come. What’s really more important, though, is what makes this electric conversion so special. See, using an existing chassis and body that wasn’t designed for an all-electric powertrain is a real challenge, but Kreisel Electric’s technology makes it quite a bit easier. By removing the engine and gas tank, the company is able to place the required battery packs and electric motors while preserving the same general weight distribution. In this specific case, that conversion results in a G-Class SUV with 483 all-electric horsepower and a top speed of 133 mph. It is said to achieve 62 mph in as fast as 5.6 seconds, three seconds faster than the standard model, and has a range of about 190 miles.
But, there’s more to this story, so let’s move on down the page.
This Mercedes-AMG GT3 Race Car Wears A Linkin Park Livery
In the early days of racing, liveries only consisted of a number and (sometimes) a couple of stripes. Visuals on race cars began to evolve dramatically in the 1960s, when a huge number of sponsors joined the sport. Nowadays, they’re mostly the work of skilled designers and sometimes recall famous layouts from the past. Team Black Falcon’s new livery for its Mercedes-AMG GT3 isn’t one of them, but it’s special nonetheless.
Because it was designed by rock band Linkin Park (or at least someone working with the group).
Created for the Blancpain Endurance Series, the livery consists of red and black stripes and shapes over the car’s silver paint. It also has black lightning bolts, but its most important highlights are the "Linkin Park" lettering on the massive rear wing and the band’s log on the engine hood and doors.
There’s no information as to what brought Team Black Falcon and Linkin Park together, but it’s worth mentioning that this is not the first time the California-based group has something to do with Mercedes-Benz.Last year, the band did the soundtack for a Mercedes-AMG C63 promo video. Both last year’s promo and the new livery could be a way to promote Linkin Park’s next album, which is likely to be launched by the end of 2016.
This specific race car was designed for the Spa 24 Hours race in Belgium over the last weekend in July 2016 and given Team Black Falcon’s success in the series so far, it should get a lot of attention.
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Lewis Hamilton In Discussion With Mercedes To Design Limited Edition AMG Sports Car
It’s no secret that Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has some sway with Mercedes-Benz. After all, the British Formula One driver and reigning World Champion has won two world championships for the German automaker. So if Lewis Hamilton expresses his desire to develop an “extreme version” of a Mercedes-AMG sports car, Mercedes has to listen.
In a recent conversation with Motoring, Hamilton admitted that he wants to have a hand in building the car, projecting it as a limited edition model under the “LH Series” name. It’s quite obvious what the “LH” stands for, so it does appear that Hamilton wants to have his own line of cars at some point in the future. Talks are apparently already under way between the driver and the automaker and Hamilton promised to be hands-on if and when the development of the limited-run sports car begins.
The news comes a few days after Mercedes unveiled the AMG GT R, a more performance-oriented version of the AMG GT S. According to Hamilton, he had some ideas on how to improve the car, but Mercedes had already designed it by the time it was shown to him. So with that opportunity missed, the two sides are now working on something to give Hamilton an opportunity to be involved in the design of a more extreme sports car.
It’s still unclear how this arrangement will play out but you can be sure that Mercedes will listen to Hamilton’s ideas and consider his input with the seriousness it deserves. That’s one of the perks of not only being a Formula One driver for Mercedes, but one who is primarily responsible for winning the Silver Arrows’ first two F1 world titles.
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Sporty crossovers are weird things. Even though most people have now abandoned the pretense that these machines will ever go off-road, it still seems vaguely unnatural for something so high off of the ground to be going fast, especially around corners. So if the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe (which is not a coupe at all, it’s a four-door crossover) was built by any other company, that company might struggle to convince anyone to think of it as sporty. But Mercedes-Benz does not have this problem, because Mercedes-Benz can just call Lewis Hamilton.
The reigning Formula 1 world champion won the last season behind the wheel of a Mercedes, and now he’s in an ad, telling us that the GLE Coupe is sporty enough to satisfy even his unnaturally high standards for excitement. This is probably a bit of a stretch, but it’s far from being the most absurd claim to have ever been made in an advertisement, and Hamilton’s driving (assuming that it is Hamilton driving, but it would be pretty odd if it wasn’t) does a good job of showing off how well the car can handle when pushed.
Former SNL cast member, 30 Rock star and one of my personal favorite comedians is in critical condition following a serious accident this past weekend. Tracy Morgan was riding in a Mercedes Sprinter converted into a limo as it traveled down the New Jersey Turnpike in Mercer County, NJ when it was struck by a Walmart semi truck.
According to the report, Morgan’s Mercedes was stuck in slow-moving traffic when the semi didn’t see the slower traffic and failed to avoid the limo. The semi struck the rear of the limo, spinning it around and flipping it on its side, critically injuring Morgan, harming three other passengers and killing Morgan’s long-time friend James "Jimmy Mack" McNair.
Morgan is currently in critical condition in the hospital, but is showing signs of improvement as of Monday afternoon. The complete rundown on Tracy’s condition is unknown at this point, but there are plenty of rumors running around.
The driver of the Walmart truck, Kevin Roper, was charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. Reports claim that he had been awake for 24 straight hours when the crash occurred.
We’ll stay on top of this news and update you as more information comes out.
Click past the jump to see some of Tracy Morgan’s stand-up.