When it comes to concept cars, Mercedes-Benz is arguably one of the most active carmakers in the industry, rolling out stunning show cars on a regular basis. Recent creations include the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Vision Grand Turismo concept and the self-driving 2015 Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury In Motion, but none were as dramatic as the Concept IAA, which made its public debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Short for Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile (and not Frankfurt’s official IAA, or Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, name), the Concept IAA is Mercedes’ latest effort toward perfecting aerodynamics and improving fuel economy by resolving "the conflicting aims of functionality and aesthetics."
"The Concept IAA continues our series of visionary concept cars," explained Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. "The symbiosis of alluring forms showcasing intelligent aerodynamics is an expression of our unique Mercedes-Benz design philosophy."
And visionary is right, as the IAA is a self-transforming vehicle that literally changes the shape of its body in order to achieve a very low drag coefficient. Keep reading for the full details.
Updated 09/22/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.
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Mercedes-Benz just offered up a teaser image of a new concept car slated to drop cover next week at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. So far, Mercedes has been tight-lipped when it comes to offering hints about what the image actually shows. All we know is what we can see: silver curves, a band of glowing red, a three-pointed star and the words “Concept IAA.” IAA is an acronym for Internationale Auto Ausstellung, the Frankfurt Motor Show’s formal German title, but the German-language publication MBpassion suggests it could actually mean “Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile.”
Here’s what we can speculate: The concept will likely preview Mercedes’ upcoming design language, or alternatively, a futuristic technological brainstorm ala the 2015 Mercedes F 015 Luxury in Motion.
Either way, expect more details just before the show gets under way. Press will get early show access between September 15th and 16th, while trade days will be September 17th and 18th. Members of the public are invited to attend between September 19th and September 27th.
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Watch out, folks – the April Fools jokes are rolling in. Mercedes is first out of the gate with this gem, the Mercedes-AMG Sprinter63 S. Yep, Mercedes has rendered up what an AMG-built Sprinter van would look like. In fact, the rendering is scary-good and it includes all the right details one would expect from the German tuning house.
The AMG Sprinter63 S comes complete with AMG-spec wheels, a larger front valance, a power-bulge hood with twin vents, and a rear diffuser with quad exhaust tips. The high-roof van is then painted a beautiful grey and silver color with matching grey stripes. You know, because stripes add horsepower.
Speaking of horsepower, the gag gets even better. Mercedes says the Sprinter63 S comes powered by its new 4.0-liter biturbo V-8. The hand-built engine makes 503-horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, just as it does in the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT S. Mercedes’ press material says the Sprinter63 S is ready to haul a lot more than just cargo. We’d concur.
Keeping the shiny side up is an AMG custom-engineered sport suspension that allows the Sprinter63 S to blast around tracks like the Nürburgring with grace and speed. Stopping performance is also improved thanks to those AMG-spec brakes peaking through the double-spoke AMG wheels. Undoubtedly they’re wrapped in summer performance rubber that meats all the demands of track duty and local deliveries.
There’s no word on whether Mercedes will offer the Sprinter63 S with the van’s recently release 4WD version. If so, expect this beast to be even more deadly at the track thanks to the added traction and low-range gears.
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Replacing both the Viano minivan and the ill-fated R-Class crossover, the new Mercedes-Benz V-Class went on sale in 2014. Unlike its predecessors, the model is powered exclusively by a range of four-cylinder diesel engines, but Mercedes is expected to add other drivelines in the near future. One of those could be a gasoline plug-in hybrid, albeit Mercedes-Benz is still studying the interest for such a model.
Based on the production V-Class, the Mercedes-Benz Concept V-ision E offers a take on a future plug-in hybrid version for the luxury MPV, blending increased performance with much-improved fuel economy. The concept is powered by an improved version of the plug-in hybrid system used on the C350e, offering the highest output of any V-Class and the option of all-electric driving.
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Even though Mercedes has been toying with self-driving cars since the mid-1980s, which was when then Daimler-Benz was working with Professor Ernst Dickmanns from the University of Munich, it wasn’t until 2013 when Mercedes-Benz rediscovered its passion of creating a vehicle that drives autonomously. Not even two years later, the three-pointed star is back with an autonomous concept car that should get all the spotlights at the 2015 edition of CES (Consumer Electronics Show), the F 015 Luxury in Motion.
Offering four seats and a fuel cell plug-in hybrid drivetrain that gives it an entirely green autonomy of 684 miles, the F 015 Luxury in Motion represents what Mercedes-Benz thinks that a luxury car from 2030 could end up looking and feeling like. While its egg-like exterior should be the first to polarize discussions, it is the car’s interior which will keep them going, especially since all four seats can swivel to face each other while the car is driving its four passengers by itself in total comfort.
Unlike a prototype S-Class W140, which used saccadic computer vision and probabilistic approaches to react in real time to road and traffic conditions and drive mostly by itself from Germany to Denmark back in 1995, the F 015 Luxury in Motion relies on low, mid and long-range radar, lasers and 3D video cameras to check all its surroundings in real time. The funny thing is that almost all the technologies found on the concept are production-ready, many of them being already available on current Mercedes-Benz models.
Updated 09/22/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.
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Mercedes-Benz has quietly unveiled the G-Code Concept at the opening of its new research and development center in Beijing. Smaller than the GLA-Class, the G-Code Concept is a small utility coupe developed to showcase Mercedes’ plans for a new urban SUV that’s being developed for the young and adventurous Asian market.
That’s a big reason why Mercedes chose the opening of its new R&D center in Beijing to show off the G-Code Concept. So many of its rivals have looked to Asia with promises of new models designed to appeal to what’s becoming one of the most sophisticated markets in the world. The unveiling of the G-Code Concept is Mercedes’ way of showcasing its ideas for that region while also giving hints on what it’s got planned for its new SUVs and crossovers.
There’s a lot tied to the G-Code Concept than just hybrid engines and fancy new technologies. This particular prototype could also become the precedent for a string of new Merc SUVs and crossovers that the company is currently developing.
Remember the G-Code Concept, ladies and gentlemen. Chances are, we’ll go back and reference it numerous times in the near future.
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The coupe-SUV domain has been dominated by BMW’s X6 for quite some time now. The Porsche Cayenne has come into the picture in the past few years, and now, Mercedes is thinking of joining in on the fun with the debut of the Mercedes Concept Coupe SUV at the Beijing Auto Show.
The vehicle is being billed as a coupe version of the M-Class, and judging by the official images, the Concept Coupe SUV looks incredibly awesome, the kind that could give the X6 fits in the future.
It’s pretty evident that the design of the Concept Coupe SUV fits its name. It’s like a coupe riding on an SUV platform, akin to the architecture of the X6. More importantly, Mercedes appears to be pretty serious about sending it to production, intent on rebadging it as the MLC-Class with a production timeline of 2015.
It certainly adds a whole lot of credence to the MLC-Class when the company’s boss proudly proclaims the concept as a preview of a vehicle that has a lot of potential. "With the Concept Coupé SUV we aim to secure new customers by opening up new segments for Mercedes-Benz," says Mercedes CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche, as quoted by Auto Express.
Those are words that shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially once combined with the official words from the press release below saying, “With this concept car, Mercedes-Benz is announcing the possible expansion of the previously uniform SUV off-roader family.”
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There will probably come a time when Mercedes vehicles will look like this. That time hasn’t come yet, and we’re not really sweating t too much, especially when there are things like Gran Turismo that can give us glimpses of what the future could look like.
To this point, BMW and Mercedes have unveiled their Vision Gran Turismo Concepts. But Mercedes isn’t content with just one iteration of its concept; nope, it actually has two of these concepts and the latest is the AMG Vision Gran Turismo Racing Series.
According to Mercedes, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo Racing Series was designed to compete in Gran Turismo 6’s "competitive racing scene." That’s all well and good and the concept looks really incredible. It’s also slightly modified from the "standard" Mercedes Vision Gran Turismo Concept to fit its racing credentials, including the addition of a a fixed rear wing that improves downforce on high-speed circuits and conventional mirrors in place of the CCS cameras the original concept had.
As far as performance goes, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo Racing Series is powered by a 5.5-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine that produces an impressive 591 horsepower and connected to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. No performance numbers were given, but seeing as the car only weighs 2,866 pounds, it should be good for at least 200 mph.
The Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo Racing Series is now available on Gran Turismo 6, and you can acquire it by participating in a new seasonal event that’s available in the game.
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Celebrities like Jay Leno have the kind of influence and financial means that they can pretty much get whatever car they want. If you’ve seen his collection, you’ll know that nobody rolls in the auto collecting trade better than Leno.
But every so often, even Jay has to come to grips that there are just some cars that are completely out of reach. The Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo is one of them.
Built exclusively to as a video game concept for Gran Turismo 6, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo is a beauty in more ways than one. It’s actually the second of Gran Turismo’s Vision Turismo lineup that will feature a whole bunch of concepts in the game.
Unlike the first concept that was announced — the BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept — Mercedes actually built a real life 1:1 scale model of its concept, and low and behold, Jay Leno managed to get his hands on it. In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage,
The first half of the episode actually has Jay talking about his 1,000-horsepower 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado before announcing that this ride has been added to Gran Turismo 6. Great, right?
Then, the Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo shows up in his garage and on the rare instances that even Leno himself has to catch himself before talking, you know that he’s talking about something that in his own words, is a "pretty big deal".
Such is the effect of a car like the AMG Vision Gran Turismo. It turns avid auto nuts like Leno back into fan boys. And the best part about it? This is just one of many concepts that other brands will build for Gran Turismo 6.
(Cue the drooling).
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Do you remember the BMW Vision Gran Turismo concept that broke cover at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show? Following in the steps of its German competitor, Mercedes also revealing a specially developed model for Gran Turismo 6 racing game - and it surely looks like nothing you have seen before from the Mercedes drawing board.
The concept features an aggressive design language, with elements inspired by the 1952 300 SL race car and an interior with F1 elements. It also gets a powerful AMG engine and an exhaust system with eight end pipes.
In fact, Mercedes is one of several makers that will develop special concept cars for GT6. According to Polyphony Digital — the developer of the Gran Turismo franchise — we will see the same thing from Alfa Romeo, Alpine, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Bertone, GM Design, Honda, Infiniti, Italdesign Giugiaro, JORDAN Brand, Mercedes-Benz, Nike, Nissan, Peugeot, SRT (Chrysler), Volkswagen and Zagato.
Updated 11/18/2013: After the first teaser image released last week, Mercedes dropped today the full details on the new Vision concept that will be featured in the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 game.
Updated 12/03/2013: Mercedes unveiled a new video explaining how the Vision Gran Turismo Concept was born and all the development process. Enjoy!
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Along with the mighty SLS Final Edition, Mercedes is also displaying a bad-ass GLA concept car at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Dubbed the GLA 45 AMG Concept car, this sweet compact crossover previews a new high-performance SUV coming from Germany.
The concept is powered by the same AMG 2.0-liter turbocharged engine found in some of its closest relatives, like CLA 45 AMG or A45 AMG. This petite powerhouse puts 360 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque into an AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system via an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT seven-speed sports transmission. This combination teams up to deliver a stellar 0-to-60 mph sprint time of under 5 seconds and a thrifty 33 mpg.
Lest you believe that Mercedes would stop at the engine, it also installed the staple AMG body kit to help give the crossover some aesthetic credentials to go along with its peppy four-pot. This kit includes an AMG front apron with a large front splitter, and large air intakes, a "twin-blade" radiator grille in silver chrome, side sill panels with high-gloss black inserts, and around back, a set of black roof rails and a large rooftop spoiler.
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Germany was actually a very humble place in all the interwar and post-war periods of the twentieth century. These hard-working people loved industry from the clang of first steel horseshoe on stone streets.
In 1934, a Mercedes Silver Arrow W25 won the famous Klausenpass hill-climb event, plus four other important races.
The SIlver Arrow’s sleek styling and high-speed mission was the Pagani Zonda R of its time. Or perhaps the Bloodhound SSC.
The Klausenpass hill climb is 14 miles long and in 1934 the Silver Arrow managed to run it in 15 minutes and 22.2 seconds.
Now, Mercedes in and IWC Watches have teamed up to recreate the famous run on the Swiss Alpine course.
IWC, sharp-eyed readers may recall, makes the elegant new boxed timepiece in the center of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model driven earlier this week.
The video begins with Mercedes-Benz’s resident F1 hero. Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton and the Silver Arrow are just about the epitome of modern, thriving and also deeply humble Germany.
The W25 prepared for the 1934 season weighted only 750 kilos (1653 pounds) and was powered by a supercharged Straight-8 M25 engine with an output of 300 horsepower. The W25 remained into the racing world until 1937, during which period it was updated with a more powerful 4.3 liter supercharged inline-eight engine with an output of 490 horsepower.