Mercedes-AMG Aesthetics Progressive Luxury aka Electric Silver Arrow to Debut at Pebble Beach
Mercedes is cooking up quite the presence at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, one that will be highlighted by the debut of the Aesthetics Progressive Luxury Concept. The streamlined prototype reveals little at this point, but the concept, which reportedly carries the in-house name, Electric Silver Arrow, is pegged as a halo model for the German automaker’s newly created EQ electric brand.
2018 Mercedes X-Class By Carlex Design
Just when you think that Chevy, GMC, Ford, and RAM cracked the luxury nut within the massive pickup trucks universe, Mercedes-Benz comes with its Navara-based X-Class to show us all how things are supposed to be done. For some, however, a luxury pickup truck simply isn’t good enough. Aftermarket tuners such as Carlex Design from Poland, who reinvented the luxury in the X-Class, comes to the rescue. Yup, if you are into Mercedes-Maybach cars, you may have already noticed some similarities between this truck and the most expensive and luxurious Mercedes-Maybach vehicles. A design like this isn’t pursued only by chance - Carlex Design wanted to transform the X-Class into a Maybach. This is usually achieved only in Photoshop but Carlex Design has stepped up and delivered in the real world.
Ever since Mercedes-AMG revealed the GT, Prior Design has been in a constant state of innovation trying to better an already exceptional machine. Numerous Prior Design body-kits and additions found their way onto the sexy body of the AMG GT with the last one revealed only days ago. Called the PD700 GTR, one would think that Prior Design worked on the engine and uprated the 4.0-liter, V-8 to 700 horsepower, however, they did not disclose any information confirming this. Considering the fact that Prior gave similar names to a number of its body-kits and they did not actually uprate the power of the engine, I will say that this cool widebody monster uses the same 522 horsepower, 4.0-liter as the stock car. Nothing wrong there.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
Mercedes-Benz has its hands full with its SUVs. Not only is it working on models like the GLE and GLS, but it’s also prepping for the arrival of the GLB-Class compact crossover. But before any of these models arrive, the GLC-Class is going to take its turn in the spotlight. Recently, new prototypes of the GLC have been spotted doing the test rounds, and the latest batch of photos show the SUV with barely any camouflage in it.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2009 Mercedes CLC-Class
Here we are in 2018 and everyone is going bonkers over Mercedes’ latest creation, the AMG 4-Door Coupe and here I am setting the Mercedes CLC-Class as Top Speeds wallpaper of the day. By definition, the CLC-Class is probably the most forgotten model that Mercedes has ever built but yet, to me at least, it was one of the coolest. It was a sporty little hatchback aimed at the younger generation and it had a decent price to go with it. The six-cylinder models even came with as much as 272 horsepower on tap, enough for a 6.3-second sprint to 60 mph and a top speed that was electronically limited to 155 mph. As an entry-level model for the younger generation, it wasn’t exactly the most luxurious but it had plenty of the typical Mercedes good stuff on the inside. Either way, the CLC is long gone now, but it can grace your desktop if you remember it like I do. I’ve hand-picked my favorite for the day and thrown in a gallery for you to choose from too. Go ahead and give this forgotten Merc a little love.
Comparison: 2019 Volvo S60 vs. 2019 Mercedes C-Class
Launched in conjunction with the grand opening of Volvo’s new manufacturing plant in South Carolina, the third-generation S60 compact executive four-door brings a host of fresh features to make it competitive in the segment. However, Mercedes-Benz commands a strong position here as well thanks to it’s best-selling C-Class, which recently received an update for the 2019 model year at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. So then - which is the better buy? To find out, we put them side by side and dived into the specs.
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What Do we Know About the New Mercedes-AMG C53?
We have been hearing stories and unfounded reports about AMG working on hybridization for a decade now. It wasn’t until the unveiling of that mad Mercedes-AMG Project One with a hybrid system, that we figured out just how serious the Affalterbach speed gurus were. As AMG CEO, Tobias Moers once said, “We cannot change the future. And the future does bear the name of electricity." Now, I am telling you all this because only days ago, Mercedes-AMG registered a new trademark at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It is an AMG - the C 53. And it will, by all indicators, be a hybrid.
Comparison: BMW 8 Series Vs Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe
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.
Watch the Mercedes EQA Cruise Through Sicily - Video
The Mercedes Concept EQA is shaping up to be one of Mercedes’ most important models in its recent history. Not only is it acting as the foundation of the German automaker’s all-electric onslaught, but it’s also turning into the leading man on Merc’s EQ-related promotional content.
The latest example of the Concept EQA’s star power can be seen in this new commercial featuring the absolutely stunning concept vehicle on a nice joy ride along picturesque Sicily. The ad doesn’t really tell us anything about the Concept EQA other than the fact that it looks amazing with all those carefully placed light signatures throughout its body. When they’re all lit, the concept takes an entirely new look that’s an absolute feast to the eyes. Mercedes even calls the ones located on the EQA’s flanks “illuminated arabesques,” which sounds like a phrase the company cooked up but is no less awesome to digest.
Beyond its gorgeous looks, the EQA’s role as a precursor to Mercedes’ full-fledged all-electric lineup is well-established. It may take the form of a hatchback, but it does give us a good look at what we can expect out of the German automaker’s future EQ lineup. The concept, among other things, gets batteries of various outputs, powering a motor in the front and back with as much as 200 kilowatts of power on tap. That gives the concept as much as 368 pound-feet of torque and the ability to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under five seconds to go with a range of 250 miles.
There’s a lot to be excited about as far as the Mercedes’ EQ family is concerned. That should be the case because Daimler is spending almost $600 million to get its Smart production facility up-to-speed with the requirements needed to build the production versions of its all-electric EQ lineup, beginning with the EQC electric crossover, the EQA, and the rest of Mercedes’ future electric lineup.
But before any of that, enjoy the Mercedes Concept EQA going out and about in one of the most beautiful places in Italy. If that doesn’t get you excited about the possibilities, I don’t know what will.
Up to 1 Million Mercedes Vehicles Could have Illegal Emissions Devices
Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler could be in hot water from Germany’s road vehicle authority KBA after the agency found five “illegal switch-off devices” in the automaker’s car engines. According to a report from German newspaper Bild, more than 1 million vehicles are suspected to be affected, most of which make up Daimler’s new fleet of Euro 6 diesel vehicles.
2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan
Launched in 2016, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class introduced an impressive amount of new technology for the brand, including a semi-autonomous feature and a steering wheel that can detect swipes like a smartphone. The nameplate expanded rapidly to include efficient four-cylinder models, a hybrid, diesels, and powerful AMG variants. Come 2018, and the sedan gains a mild hybrid AMG version under the "E53" badge. Set to replace the AMG E43 for the 2019 model years, it slots between the E400 4Matic and the full-blown AMG E63.
The sedan is the third E-Class model to make the switch to EQ hybrid technology. Mercedes-Benz began the overhaul with the coupe and cabriolet versions, which were unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show in January. The technology first debuted on the CLS in 2017, but the four-door version is not as powerful. A similar setup can be found in the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, which also offers a 53-badged variant. So what sets the AMG E53 Sedan apart from the standard E-Class and the hardcore AMG E63? Let’s find out in the review below.
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2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC
Like most luxury automakers out there, Mercedes-Benz is looking to expand its lineup with electrified models. It already offers a few hybrids and small EVs like the B-Class and the Smart ForTwo, but its lineup still lacks the bigger electric models it needs to compete in the more popular segments. This is why Mercedes-Benz created the EQ division, which will soon include bigger sedans and crossovers. The Germans have already unveiled a few concept cars, and at least one is scheduled to become a production model in 2018. It’s called the EQC and is being developed alongside a hydrogen-powered version of the GLC.
Tested on public roads for a few months know — we know this because Mercedes-Benz released a few photos of the crossover — the EQC seems to be ready for the assembly line. Although still covered in swirly camo, it appears to be fitted with all production parts, including a new-generation electric drivetrain. It was initially rumored that the crossover was set to debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, but the EQC didn’t show up. This leaves the 2018 Paris Motor Show in October as a likely event for the EV to break cover. Until that happens, let’s take a closer look at what we already know about the EQC.
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Mercedes C-Class Gets New Nightfall Editions
The C-Class is Merc’s best-selling vehicle, offering luxurious compact motoring since 1993. The latest W205 generation was launched in 2014 at the Detroit Motor Show, and now, Merc is sprucing it up at the end of its production cycle with a unique variant dubbed the Nightfall Edition, bringing a new dark-colored exterior treatment and standard AMG interior components, plus a standard sport suspension set-up.
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The Mercedes V-Class Night Edition is the Worst Thing to Come Out of Mercedes-AMG in a Long Time
I love the goodness that is AMG as much as the next man. There’s no denying that AMG makes some of the finest engines and most aggressive looking vehicles you can buy today. Be that as it may, what Mercedes-AMG just did to the V-Class is worthy of crucifixion or, at the very least, burning someone at the stake. I introduce you to the V-Class Night Edition – a traditional Mercedes Minivan with lots of hope and absolutely NO go. Seriously, Mercedes gave this thing everything AMG from branded front fascias to wheels to goodness on the inside too.
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster
Unveiled in 2014 as a spiritual successor for the SLS AMG and a competitor for the Porsche 911, the Mercedes-AMG GT has already spawned a number of different versions and even received a facelift in 2017. Come 2018, and the AMG GT family expanded yet again with the addition of the AMG GT S Roadster. The third roadster in the lineup, the GT S Roadster is also the ninth member of the two-door GT family, joining four coupes and two race-spec models. With Mercedes-Benz having also launched three four-door model in 2018, the AMG GT family now includes no fewer than 12 cars!
Much like in the coupe range, the AMG GT S Roadster slots above the AMG GT and below the GT C Roadster. The latter is very similar to the GT R coupe, but with a slightly less powerful engine. Much like the hard-top model, the GT S Roadster has a sportier drivetrain and also benefits from the facelift that added 15 horsepower and ten pound-feet of torque to the GT S coupe in 2017. Granted, the AMG-GT S Roadster is far from new, but it enables Mercedes-Benz to provide its customers with a choice of three open-top two-seaters.
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Video of the Day: Watch the 6x6 Devel Sixty Devour a Mercedes-AMG GT S and a Mercedes G-Wagon
In one lane we have the 2018 Devel Sixty, and in the other, the Mercedes-AMG GT S. The Sixty delivers 720 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque from a 6.7-liter turbodiesel while the GT S delivers a cool 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. It’s a tough showdown on paper considering the three-axle Sixty is worlds heavier than the GT but what happens when they actually lineup next to each other? Well, let’s just say that the GT S limps home with a tear in its eye. Oh, and for the record, it was a bad day for Mercedes as the G-Wagon also had a go at the Sixty and it didn’t stand a chance either. With that in mind, go ahead and check out the video below
Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Mercedes X-Class
You wouldn’t exactly be wrong if you said the X-Class is just a rebadged Nissan. In fact, it really is just a rebadged Nissan – the Nissan NP300, to be exact. Be that as it may, Merc managed to do a little bit to make it its own by adding in your traditional Mercedes styling cues like those sleek headlights, that grille, and let’s not forget the unmistakable front fascia that literally screams Mercedes. Of course, the interior is all Nissan too, but there are some Mercedes DNA in the mix there too. Under the hood, you’ll find one of four engines – two four-cylinder diesels, one V-6 diesel, and one gasoline-powered four-banger. All can be had with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic, save for the V-6 which forces you to take the auto in exchange for a full-time four-wheel drive system. With that in mind (and despite the fact that it’s just a Nissan wearing a Mercedes costume,) we’ve decided the X-Class deserves a little time as Wallpaper of the day. We’ve picked out our favorite, but we’ve also left a gallery down at the bottom if you want to take a few more.
The Mercedes SLC came about as a replacement for the SLK – a model that experiences sales beyond the 600,000 mark over it’s near 20 years of life. The SLC came to take its place sporting a lot of the same C-Class DNA of its predecessor along with a four-cylinder engine that was good for 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. It might not sound like a lot on paper, but the little roadster could hit 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, a commanding figure for a vehicle of its size. Of course, Mercedes also added an AMG SLC43 to the lineup as well, which brought a 3.0-liter V-6 into the mix. It delivered 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. It could hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. But, I digress. We’re here because we’ve selected the SLC as our wallpaper of the day and we want you to give it some desktop love too. We have hand-picked our favorite wallpaper but included a gallery below if you want a little something different. Go ahead and pick out your favorite!
2019 Mercedes AMG GT 4-Door - Edition 1
The AMG GT 4-Door Coupe may be little more than a slightly revised Mercedes CLS with some extra power, but it’s been received pretty well across the board and is considered a stand-alone AMG model. With all of the hype surrounding the car and AMG fanboys begging Mercedes to take their money, it should come as no surprise that AMG is set to offer the 4-Door in Edition 1 trim. It’s said to offer extra individualization and is based on the GT 63 S 4Matic+ — the range topper of the 4-Door lineup. It includes a number of aerodynamic enhancements to go with some exterior extras and some finer interior appointments. So, let’s find out what the Edition 1 is all about.
Video of the Day: Shmee150 Discusses What it Really Costs to Daily Drive a Supercar
Most people never get the chance to get behind the wheel of a car like the Mercedes-AMG GT R the Porsche 911 GT3, or the Ferrari 812 Superfast, let alone drive one on a daily basis. That means that it’s hard for us to understand or comprehend the outright cost of daily driving one of these works of art. Even doing something like buying new tires can set you back the cost of a Honda Civic and you better hope you don’t get a ding or a scratch in the paint because you’re going to pony up big time to make it look right again. Even simple things like oil changes and filter changes cost fast in excess of what you and I are actually used to. With that in mind, take a look at the video below and listen to what Shmee has to say about his experience with daily driving high-end cars like the AMG GT R and 911 GT3. It will certainly put things into perspective for you!