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2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 by PerformMaster

2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 by PerformMaster

This Mercedes-AMG G63 receives a lot of carbon fiber treatment and a healthy power boost

The Mercedes-AMG G63 is turning out to be quite popular with the aftermarket tuners. We’ve seen builds from companies like Carlex Design, Wald International, Brabus, Mansory, and many others in the past.

This time, another company has laid its hands on the luxurious, boxy SUV. Germany-based PerformMaster has given the G63 a twist that includes a few cosmetic changes and a power bump that pushes it over 800 horses. Is this enough to set it apart from other customized builds?

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2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 Brabus 700 By Fostla.de

2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 Brabus 700 By Fostla.de

The G63 looks pretty cool in this green vinyl wrap

Brabus is known to customize and give the vehicles it works on a unique twist. Its favorite bunny, the Mercedes-AMG G63, has been transformed into many different iterations. One of them is the Brabus 700. The aftermarket company later tweaked it again with a small performance boost and some exterior upgrades that resulted in the 700 Widestar. Now, another German company called Fostla.de has laid its hands on the Brabus 700 Widestar to give it its own twist. This pattern will make Christopher Nolan proud.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 Yachting Edition by Carlex Design

2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 Yachting Edition by Carlex Design

This Polish aftermarket company gives the G63 a nautical twist for the sea lover in you

The Mercedes-AMG G63 is a popular SUV among enthusiasts and aftermarket companies alike. This time, Carlex Design Europe has laid its hands on the boxy beauty and gave it a special treatment.

Called the Yachting Limited Edition, this design is a “marine version of the iconic Mercedes G63 AMG” as Carlex puts it. The company has made a few tweaks to the exterior, but most of the changes come inside the cabin. With all the light-shade leather and wood trim on the interior, it looks pretty neat, doesn’t it?

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2020 Mercedes-Benz Ultimate HGLE by HOFELE

2020 Mercedes-Benz Ultimate HGLE by HOFELE

If you’re looking for Maybach-level luxury in a GLE SUV, the Hofele HGLE is your best bet

HOFELE has been in the customization business for almost four decades now. Based out of Donzdorf, Germany, the aftermarket company specializes in Mercedes-Benz models and has been doing so for a very long time. Right from the C-Class Coupe to the G-Wagon, the company has worked on all of them. This time, it has laid its hands on the GLE SUV. This model will be a part of Hofele’s ‘Ultimate’ Range and comes with noticeable changes on the outside as well as inside.

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2020 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Night Edition

2020 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Night Edition

Crème de la crème Mercedes-Maybach is limited to just 15 units

Whenever Mercedes-Benz sets its mind of offering special-editions cars, you can bet they offer the best the carmaker can provide. The same goes for Mercedes-Maybach, but on a whole different level that touches on the stratospheric layers of car luxury. Enter the USA-exclusive Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Night Edition that’s based on the soon-to-be-replaced W222 S-Class.

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2020 Merecedes G-Class 800 Adventure XLP by Brabus

2020 Merecedes G-Class 800 Adventure XLP by Brabus

A high-priced SUV-turned-pickup-truck with the ultimate off-roading prowess

Another auto show and Brabus comes up with another vehicle. This time, the aftermarket company has come up with the so-called Brabus 800 Adventure XLP that is based on the Mercedes-AMG G63. That’s right, the SUV with a pickup bed is debuting at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show.

The prestigious aftermarket company is known for its ability to make your pocket a lot lighter once you’ve bought its products and this time also it’s no different. The Brabus 800 Adventure XLP features exquisite exterior and interior cues and a powerful mill under the hood. Despite the changes, does it warrant a sticker price of over half-a-million dollars?

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2020 Mercedes-Benz Pop Up Camper Van

2020 Mercedes-Benz Pop Up Camper Van

Ready your stuff, son, you’re going camping in a Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz’s first pop-top camper for the U.S. market just took a bow at the 2020 Chicago Motor Show. Five can sit in it with sleeping room for four and there’s a plethora of camping-specific features to take you through your outdoors-y weekend in full comfort.

Mercedes says its pop-up camper was developed jointly with Driverge Vehicle Innovations and that it appeals a wide range of potential customers, from "adventure seeking millennials to hip retirees." To support that claim, the Metris Weekender comes fitted as standard with an elevating roof with a sleeping area for two, a 2-inch-thick memory foam mattress, three windows, and USB ports for charging and lighting purposes.

In addition to those, the camper also offers the likes of:

a multipurpose rear bench that can be transformed into a bed for two or into a seat swiveling front seats that rotate 180 degrees a second battery to power electronic devices

In addition to those, customers can pick from a handful of optional features. These include integrated solar panels, upgraded audio and navigation systems, and 3M exterior wraps in any of the 200 colors available.

Camping wise, the list of amenities comprises:

an 8-inch awning for rain and sun protection mosquito and bug screens for the rear hatch and sliding doors a tent that can be mounted on the rear liftgate roof racks (useful when hauling snowboards, surfboards, or extra luggage) a pullout kitchen that extends from the rear of the vehicle

There’s no word on what will power the camper, but we know that Mercedes-Benz fits its Sprinter van with a turbocharged gasoline engine good for 188 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque available in the 2,500-3,500 rpm band. The unit is twinned to a smooth-shifting 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic gearbox.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63

New platform and 4.0-liter V-8 engine with more than 600 horsepower

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS 63 is an upcoming high-performance version of the third-generation GLS. Just like its predecessor, the AMG-prepped GLS boasts a sportier exterior, unique features inside the cabin, and a more powerful drivetrain built around a turbocharged V-8 engine. The AMG-tuned mill cranks out 603 horsepower, which makes one of the most powerful premium SUVs on the market. While the standard GLS has plenty of competition to go against, including the BMW X7, Cadillac Escalade, and Lincoln Navigator, the AMG version is almost alone on the market. The Range Rover is the only SUV available with a high-performance drivetrain, and it will remain the only option until BMW launches an M version of the X7. From this standpoint, the 2021 AMG GLS 63 is a unique full-size SUV on the market and enables Mercedes-Benz to continue to dominate the niche in the high-performance realm. Let’s see what the new AMG GLS 63 has in store for us.

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2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS

2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS

Mercedes’ most luxurious SUV ever sports a Maybach badge

The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS is the range-topping version of the third-generation SUV, launched in 2019 for the 2020 model year. It’s the second Maybach SUV ever built after the 2018 G650 Landaulet, but the first one that’s not a limited-edition vehicle. Inspired by the Maybach S-Class,, the 2021 Maybach GLS is a fancied up GLS with extra luxury features, exclusive appointments, and a unique drivetrain. Performance-wise, it slots between the GLS 580 and the AMG GLS 63 S., And just like the rest of the lineup, its gasoline engine works in conjunction with a 48-volt EQ Boost system. Let’s find out more about this luxurious hauler in the review below.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS

2019 Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS

Sometimes it feels like there are more futuristic concepts floating around that there are modern cars on the road. While that may not really be the case, there certainly isn’t a deficit of concepts that represent what automakers see in their future. Not all of them are crazy, though, and that’s exactly what brings me to the concept we’re talking about today: The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS. This specific concept is actually, in at least some way, shape, or form, representative of a future electric model equivalent to the S-Class Saloon. If the production version of the EQS follows the same suit as the new EQC SUV, then it won’t look a whole lot like this concept, but that’s a story for a different time. For now, let’s take a closer look at the Mercedes Vision EQS and see what Mercedes expects out of the full-size electric saloon of the future.

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2019 Mercedes V300d - Driven

2019 Mercedes V300d - Driven

Mercedes V300d is the posh shuttle that beckons a chauffeur

Mercedes pitches the V-Class (known as the Metris in North America) as a cavernous van that can cater for both people and cargo carrying duties. And because it is a Mercedes, the passenger versions can be specced up to an almost unbelievable level, with comfort and luxury features you’d normally associate with the brand’s flagship S-Class sedan, or one of their other top-tier models.

The V-Class was recently lightly facelifted, but the refresh is so light that it’s clear Mercedes thought it was already quite good as it was. On the outside, the facelift only changed the front bumpers you can have on your V, depending on which version you opt for, as well as four all-new wheel designs that range in size from 17 to 19 inches - that’s it.

But Mercedes wasn’t sloppy in its effort to improve the V-Class (which in its third and current generation was introduced in 2014) and it mainly concentrated on improving its interior. For Europe, Mercedes swapped out the older 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel available in several states of tune, replacing it with a new (and better) 2.0-liter that is just better in every single way.

My tester was a V300d, motivated by the new four-pot oil-burner in its most powerful guise, in Avantgarde trim and with the AMG Line pack fitted on. The latter transforms the look of the big V, especially since it swaps out the front bumper for a sportier looking one that is as aggressive as on any other AMG pack-equipped Mercedes. Essentially, it adds an AMG pack-specific grille and AMG pack-specific rims (in this case seven-twin-spoke 19-inch rims that have a silver-black two-tone finish and they really match the vehicle’s silver paint).

Photography by Andrei Nedelea

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2019 Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe - Driven

2019 Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe - Driven

Mercedes rock the boat!

In rankings of popular super luxury grand tourers, the Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe often gets the shaft when compared with the likes of the Bentley Continental GT, Aston Martin DB11, and Rolls-Royce Wraith. It’s not conventional to think of the AMG S 63 Coupe in the same category as these models, and yet, the German saloon has proven, time and again, that it doesn’t only belong in the conversation, but it can also lay claim to being the best of the lot. The 2019 Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe, in particular, personifies the split identity of this segment. It’s civil and brutal at the same time, deliberate and raunchy, advanced beyond measure yet ferociously savage when it needs to be. It tugs at the essence of what a grand tourer should be, and in doing so, it’s staking claim to a throne that has previously — and unfairly — been out of its reach.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz X-Class Element Edition

2019 Mercedes-Benz X-Class Element Edition

Visual upgrades don’t do much to show off the pickup’s capabilities

The 2020 Mercedes X-Class gets lost in the shadows among the coolest new Mercedes models to hit the market in recent years. That should change, at least for the time being, with the introduction of the first-ever X-Class to wear the “special edition” label: the X-Class Element Edition. Based on the Progressive trim of the X-Class, the Element Edition benefits from a smattering of exterior and interior touches, as any special edition model would. Options and packages are also included as standard equipment on the special edition pickup. There are no engine upgrades, though, so if you’re looking for a little power bump from the pickup’s four-cylinder diesel unit, you’re not getting any. Unfortunately, you’re also not getting the actual special edition X-Class if you live in the U.S. market.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

The third-generation GLS comes to tackle the BMW X7

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS represents the third generation of the company’s already iconic SUV. Introduced at the 2019 New York Auto Show, it offers more space, more comfort, and more luxury while retaining a familiar face. The GLS arrives to take on the BMW X7, the company’s first foray in the full-size SUV market, the Lincoln Navigator, and the Cadillac Escalade.

The GLS adopts Mercedes’ latest styling language, seen most recently on the smaller GLE crossover. The exterior has smoother surfaces and sportier fascias, while the interior borrows from the S-Class sedan but features a few unique cues as well. Under the hood, the GLS retains its two-engine lineup with V-6 and V-8 offerings for the U.S. market, but both units are paired to 48-volt mild hybrid systems.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2021 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.

Update 9-2-2020: Mercedes has finally unveiled the 2021 S-Class Sedan, and while we’re working to update this review, you can check out our awesome photo gallery that’s been embedded below or check out how the new S-Class redefines luxury.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV

2019 Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV

The world’s first premium van with an all-electric drivetrain

The Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV is a vehicle that previews the company’s upcoming all-electric passenger van. Based on the existing V-Class production model, the EQV is part of Mercedes’ recently introduced EQ brand, which currently includes the EQC crossover. The production model is set to break cover at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Part of the EQ family of all-electric crossovers, the EQV follows in the footsteps of the Concept EQ, Concept EQA, and EQC. The second EQ show car to become a production model, the EQV doesn’t have a unique design language like the EQC. The concept is heavily based on the V-Class van and adds only a handful of new styling features, mostly inspired by the EQC, to the front fascia. But the good news is that it will become the first premium van with a seating capacity of up to eight people that features an all-electric drivetrain.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG S65 Final Edition

2019 Mercedes-AMG S65 Final Edition

The last special edition AMG S 65 will make its curtain call at the Geneva Motor Show

As Mercedes prepares to launch the next-generation S-Class, the German automaker and its performance division, AMG, are bidding adieu to the current-generation model with a

Geneva

bound special-edition model that’s called the AMG S 65 Final Edition. Limited the just 130 units, the AMG S 65 Final Edition is a fitting swan song for Mercedes-AMG’s resident luxobarge. The exclusive touches are mostly of the cosmetic variety, but there are a lot of them, especially in the exterior and interior of the sedan. More importantly, the AMG S 65 Final Edition represents the last time we see a V-12 engine in the S-Class family. More than the exclusive touches, the end of the V-12 era in the S-Class is reason enough for this model to turn into a collectible down the road. Mercedes-AMG has not indicated a price for the AMG S 65 Final Edition, but with the “standard” AMG S 65 starting at around $232,000, expect to pay a lot more for the opportunity to go home with one of the 130 AMG S 65 Final Edition models.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

Staying ahead of the pack

Just a few years have passed since the GLE first hit the scene, but Merc isn’t waiting around to usher in a new generation for the 2019 model year. Bringing revamped, off-roader-inspired styling, a new interior design, a vast array of tech-heavy features, an updated engine line, and a new 48-volt mild hybrid system, the latest GLE is locked and loaded to take on the mid-size luxury SUV segment, with rivals like the BMW X5 and Audi Q7 set squarely in the brand’s crosshairs.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE.

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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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