2017 Mercedes CLA180 Star Wars Edition
You know a film franchise has become completely larger than life when businesses from unrelated sectors are trying to attach their names on a fan-created celebratory day that itself has taken a life of its own. This is what Star Wars has become and the importance of today, May 4, among the franchise’s legion of fans has spurred companies to celebrate “May the 4th Be With You” on their own terms. Take Mercedes-Benz for example. The German automaker has been involved with the franchise in the past in some capacity, but now it’s taking its involvement to new heights with the introduction of a pair of special edition CLA180 models that celebrate Star Wars Day.
This is not a gimmick, people. These two special edition Mercedes CLA180 models are legitimate, and they’re set to be offered as exclusives in Japan. Yes, Japan’s getting another special edition car. Different issue for a different day though. What’s important is that Japanese customers who are interested in the new special edition CLA180 actually have a choice of getting a car that’s inspired by either Darth Vader or a Stormtrooper. More importantly, both versions come packed with plenty of Star Wars references so no matter what color of the CLA180 is chosen, buyers will get their fill of Star Wars-related features on both models. About the only downside to these SEs is the aforementioned lack of availability in other markets. I don’t know if Mercedes knows this, but Star Wars has one of the biggest fan bases in the world. It would’ve probably been a better idea to offer a Star Wars-inspired SE model in more markets than just Japan.
Continue after the jump to read more about the Mercedes CLA180 Star Wars Edition.
Japan has received yet another special-edition model. That’s nothing new, at least not when automakers like Mercedes-Benz and BMW continue to produce these exclusive models dedicated to its customers in the Land of the Rising Sun. This time, it’s Mercedes that has something new to offer for Japan. It’s called the S550 Premium Sports Edition.
I know what you’re thinking. Putting a "Premium" label on an S550 sounds a little redundant given the model’s identity as a luxury sedan. However, the "Sports" part is a little refreshing, more so when you realize that parts from AMG were used to dress up the S550.
A sporty looking, long-wheelbase S550? Sign us up, Mercedes! Unfortunately, that’s not happening unless we decide to relocate to Japan. But if you’re already there, you’ve got a shot to buy one of just 200 S550 Premium Sports Edition models Mercedes is building. It’s going to cost you a lot, as pricing starts ¥18.1 million, which is about $169,330 as of 10/22/2014.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes S550 Premium Sports Edition.
If you have just found yourself looking for information on special edition hatchbacks that won’t be sold in the United States, we have some great news for you. This is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz A 250 Edition Night.
This Japan-only special edition is consists of a collection of visual enhancements that are slapped to a standard A-Class, specifically the A 250 Sport or A 250 AMG Sport. The entire package is based around adding black exterior features, making the whole car darker, like the night.
So it’s basically a German JDM hatchback with lots of blacked out extras. If I was a forum lurker looking for the “best car evah” my head would have just exploded.
While the Edition Night model is technically only a Japanese market affair, many of the parts do mimic a special edition car available in the United Kingdom called the Night Package, making it slightly less special.
For all the details about the A 250 and the Edition Night extras hit the jump.
Here in the U.S., we are limited to the E350 and E550 in terms of E-Class Coupes from Benz, but Japan has one extra model that we do not get here in the states, the E250 Coupe. This entry-level E-Class Coupe features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-spot that cranks out 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
For Japanese customers that want a little extra something from their base E250, you can now opt for a Special Edition model that will be limited to just 100 units. On the outside, there are two color options, as 80 of said models are painted Polar White and the remaining 20 units are coated in Fire Opal. On top of the special paint, this E250 Special Edition also gets 18-inch, twin-spoke AMG wheels and the AMG Sport Package. For an extra ¥200,000 — about $2,000 at the current exchange rates — buyers can also add in a body kit that includes skirts all the way around, and front and rear spoilers.
Inside the E250 Special Edition it features a Nappa leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a Bengal Red interior on the Polar White model and Natural Beige on the Fire Opal model.
This package checks in at ¥7.12 million — roughly $71,000 — which is a ¥430,000 ($4,200) increase over the base E250. Not too bad.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes E-Class Coupe.
Mercedes launched a special edition A45 AMG at the 2014 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon. Called Petronas Green Edition. This model is based on the A45 AMG Edition 1 and was built as a tribute to the Petronas oil company, Mercedes-Benz’s major sponsor in F1 .
The model was specially designed by AMG Performance Studio and, as its name suggests, is all about the green elements added to the car — a hat tip to Petronas. The model features green graphics on the front bumper and sides to spice things up a bit. On the inside, there are green highlights on the moldings, decors and stitching with special AMG logos on the headrests.
No details were revealed on the engine, so we expect this special edition to be offered with the same engine found in standard A45 AMG. This means it’ll carry a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 360 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque.
The Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Petronas Green Edition will be limited to just 30 units and all of them will be offered exclusively for the Japanese market.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Petronas Green Edition.
We could be really gracious and compliment Japan for all the special-edition Mercedes models it’s been getting in the past few months. Or we could be really jealous at all the attention the German automaker is showing for that country. Either way, it’s certainly fun to be a Mercedes lover in Japan these days.
Less than a month after introducing the Mercedes GLA-Class Edition 1 in Japan, Mercedes Japan has announced yet another limited-run model, this time for the SLK-Class.
The exact name of the model is the Mercedes SLK 200 Radar Safety Edition, which takes its name from the apparent inclusion of the Radar Safety Package into the list of features that drop-top sports car comes with. If you’re not too familiar with that package, it apparently comes with Brake Assist Plus, Blind Spot Assist, PRE-SAFE Brake, and Lane Keeping Assist.
In addition to the technological goodies it has at its disposal, the SLK 200 Radar Safety Edition also comes with a standard AMG Sport package to go with a an interior that’s been dressed in Bengal Red Nappa leather, complemented by black trims throughout the cabin.
No performance numbers were given, so expect the same 1.8-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine of the standard SLK 200, one that develops 184 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. This is good enough to cover 0 to 60 mph in seven seconds with a top speed of 149 mph.
Only 100 models of the SLK 200 Radar Safety Edition will be released, with each model priced at JPY6.33 million. When converted, that’s $64,800.
Click past the jump to read about the Mercedes SLK-Class
Japan has become the apple of Mercedes’ eye recently with numerous special edition and anniversary models hitting Japanese dealers.
Now, it’s the turn of the Mercedes ML-Class. In celebrating the first anniversary of the Mercedes SUV in Japan, the German automaker decided to unveil a unique ML350 BlueTEC 4MATIC 1st Anniversary Edition. It’s an exclusive model for the Japanese market, which goes to show how much love and attention Mercedes has for that country.
Distinguishing the ML350 BlueTEC 4MATIC 1st Anniversary Edition from the rest of its brethren are a number of aesthetic and aerodynamic modifications. For starters, the 100-unit model is available in either an Obsidian Black or Diamond White Metallic finish. In addition, the SUV is equipped with an AMG Styling package that includes a bevy of new components, including modified bumpers, revised side skirts, and a set of 20-inch alloy wheels. Stainless-steel running boards and privacy glass were also added to the special edition model, justifying its label as a unique SUV for the fine folks of Japan.
Interior mods were kept at a minimum, although you can still enjoy the addition of AMG sports seats, an AMG steering wheel, special floor mats, stainless-steel pedals and a brushed aluminum trim.
Power still comes in the form of a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that produces 258 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque while mated to a 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission and a 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system.
The ML350 BlueTEC 4MATIC 1st Anniversary Edition will be limited to just 100 units with pricing set at ¥8.6 million, which is about $88,065 based on current exchange rates.
Click past the jump to read about the Mercedes ML-Class
The Japanese market has received lots of special attention from tuners in the past few months. After BMW launched a bunch of special-edition models, like the BMW M5 Nighthawk Edition, Mercedes decided it was its turn to develop some special models for Japan.
The first model it released was a rather boring B180 Northern Lights Black Special Edition, but now the maker wanted to make up for this lackluster model and came up with something pretty cool: this GLK 350 4MATIC Schwarz Edition.
The special model got its name from the German word for black, so it is pretty easy to imagine what the the dominant color is. The Schwarz Edition is painted in Obsidian Black, and features stainless-steel running boards and 20-inch wheels. AMG also tossed in a pretty cool styling package a new new sports suspension.
For the interior, the new GLK 350 4MATIC Schwarz Edition adds seats wrapped in a combination of Artico and Dinamica leather, a sport steering wheel, black ash wood trim and alloy pedals.
The new Mercedes GLK 350 4MATIC Schwarz Edition is limited to only 100 units and is priced at ¥6,840,000 or a little under $70k.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Mercedes GLK 350.
We don’t know if it was coincidence between BMW and Mercedes, but clearly there has to be some kind of snickering going between the two camps.
On the same day BMW introduced the special edition M5 Nighthawk Edition in Japan, Mercedes did the same, albeit with the less powerful B-Class. Specifically, the car is called the B180 Northern Lights Black Edition and it’s the latest in a string of special edition Mercedes models to exclusively hit Japan.
Surely, you can remember the G550 Night Edition and the C63 AMG Performance Studio Edition from a few months back, right?
As if those two models weren’t enough, Mercedes’ spoiling of its Japanese customers continues with this B180, which comes with a pretty mesmerizing dark purple exterior paint to go with bi-xenon headlights, folding mirrors and LED daytime running lights.
Moving inside, the cabin features heated seats with their own memory function, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Easy-Vario-Plus capabilities, allowing for the front passenger seat and both rear seats to be folded, increasing the interior’s load capacity to 1,995 liters (70.45 cubic-feet).
Under the hood, this special edition carries the same 1,595 cc turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the base B180. This gives it 90 kW (120 horsepower) at 5,000 rpm and 200 Nm (148 pound-feet) of torque from 1,250 to 4,000 rpm.
Humble as the B-Class appears to be relative to the M5, the Northern Lights Black Edition is as attractive as they come and can be yours, assuming you live in Japan, for just ¥3.36 million, which is about $33,900 at the current exchange rates.
Click past the jump to read about the standard Mercedes B-Class
The Japanese market has received yet another special edition in the form of a very cool Mercedes G550 Night Edition. It will be limited to only 100 units and is priced at 13,900,000 Yen (about $141,663 at the current exchange rates).
The new special edition features special AMG fenders and is painted in a titanium gray combined with 18-inch five-twin-spoke aluminum wheels. While these are pretty much all the updates offered by the exterior, the interior does offer a wider list of options.
Customers can choose between two colors — classic red or white porcelain — for the door panels and the seats. They can be combined with a piano-lacquer wood interior trim, a dashboard wrapped in Kana jet black leather, an Alcantara roof liner and dedicated floor mats.
The new G500 Night Edition will be unveiled on April 22nd at Mercedes-Benz Connection in Roppongi.
Hit the jump to read more about the standard Mercedes G550.
Less than a year after the Japanese market received a special-edition Mercedes C63 AMG called the Performance Studio Edition, it’s getting another one...in a completely different color.
The model introduced last June was painted in a matte black color with red accents on the wheels to go with a two-tone, red and black interior and a saucy performance upgrade.
As for the new C63 AMG Limited Edition, Japanese customers will be treated to a car with a white body model with red accents on the mirrors. A boot-lid spoiler has also been added, as are new brake calipers and its own two-tone red and black leather interior modifications that, incidentally, is different from the interior treatment received by its predecessor.
Equally important for the white C63 AMG Limited Edition is the power upgrade. Thanks to an engine tune from Merc, the output of the luxury sports coupe was increased from 451 horsepower to 480 horsepower. Not too shabby, if we do say so ourselves.
For all of the similarities between the two, the C63 AMG Limited Edition will also be sold on a limited basis. Only 15 coupe models are available with an extra 20 models for the sedan version.
Japanese tuning firm Abflug will have quite the presence at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon. We’ve already seen its plans for the Toyota GT86, the Nissan GT-R, and the Lamborghini Murcielago.
For its fourth act, Abflug is taking a German route by building a program for the Mercedes SL-Class R230. Calling it the "Platinum" program, Abflug’s lineup of modifications for the previous generation SL-Class comes with aesthetic, aerodynamic and handling upgrades. No surprises there, considering that it’s always been one of the best in Japan at offering this aftermarket trifecta.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be any performance mods, which is a bummer, but the sports car is still good for up to 316 horsepower. That’s plenty enough for us. Plus, the body kit it flat out wicked, so it’s worth it.
Beginning with the Platinum Aero kit, Abflug was able to install a slew of new components on the SL-Class, including a new front bumper, a cooling hood, a front over fender and aggressive side skirts. The door panels are also new, as is the rear bumper, rear upper spoiler, the rear over fender and the rear diffuser. Rounding out the exterior mods is a set of 20-inch Abflug Prism III wheels wrapped in Falken tires. No mention of interior enhancements, so don’t expect anything out-of-the-ordinary when you get inside.
Just so Abflug didn’t leave anything on the table, the Japanese tuning firm also put in some time improving the car’s shocks, and springs through a tie-up with European Taste. Also added in is an upgraded braking system from DIXCEL.
While Mercedes was busy unveiling the new SLS AMG GT - the replacement for the current SLS AMG - to the rest of us, the Japanese market was receiving a very cool SLS AMG Matte Special Edition to toy around with. In fact, this is the second special edition for Japan that we have announced this week, next to the C63 AMG Performance Studio Edition. Much love for the Land of the Rising Sun, Mercedes?
The new SLS AMG Matte Edition will be offered in both black and white paint finishes for both the coupe and roadster models. The Matte Black Edition is combined with a very cool red trim, including the red three-pointed star on the grille, the fender gills, the "6.3" badge, the fuel door, and the wheels. The interior also features the same red and black color scheme.
The Matte White Edition follows the same setup, except the red accents found on the Matte Black model are black on the Matte White model. The black tires are highlighted by a clean white pinstripe and the interior is elegantly done in a white and black motif. Carbon-ceramic brakes are available on both models as an option, but no engine modifications were performed on either model.
The Matte Black Edition is priced at €303,500 and the Matte White Edition is priced at $366,400 for the coupe and $379,000 for the roadster.
The Mercedes C63 AMG is arguably one of the most popular models in the Mercedes AMG line-up. But that isn’t stopping the German automaker to treating its Japanese customer base with a special edition model called the C63 AMG Performance Studio Edition.
Comprised of a comprehensive modification that includes work done on the outside, inside, and engine, the C63 AMG Performance Studio Edition is turning out to become quite a prize for the Japanese folks. It also figures that with all the special edition BMW M3’s out on the market, Mercedes would love to join in on the party with this bad boy, right?
The first thing you’ll notice is the matte black finish given to the car, which is never a bad thing as far as we’re concerned. Mercedes also added a carbon trunk lid spoiler, unique exhaust tailpipes, a new set of 19" multi-spoke black alloy wheels with a red rim, and red brake calipers. Inside, the modifications continue with an interior that’s been dressed in red and black nappa leather with matching red accent stitching. In addition, there’s also a carbon fiber decorative trim, hand-crafted AMG floor mats with nappa leather piping, AMG door lock pins, and a standard Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system.
As far as the engine goes, Mercedes gave the C63 AMG’s 6.2-liter V8 engine with a nice power upgrade, resulting in an increased output of 480 horsepower, up from the standard model’s 451-horsepower output.
The car, like we said, is exclusive to the Japanese market. Pricing has been announced at 15 million Yen, which is about $192,000 based on current exchange rates. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in November 2012.
Anytime someone has a car like the Mercedes SL65 AMG and gets an opportunity to do some tuning work on it, that person shouldn’t even think about hesitating.
Now if that person happens to live in Japan, there’s even more incentive to bring their German sports car to the boys over at Veilside, considering that they’re in the process of unveiling a new aerodynamic body kit at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon.
Developed under Veilside’s new Black Fortune sub-brand, the aerodynamic program consists of a complete overhaul of parts, including a new front bumper spoiler, new side skirts, a new rear bumper and diffuser, a new rear spoiler, and a slew of other parts, all of which are made entirely out of carbon fiber.
Coming from the same guys that worked on a Mercedes SLR McLaren under another one of their brands - Premier4509 - Veilside has made a habit of building some swanky programs for Mercedes. In the case of the Black Fortune program for the SL65 AMG, Veilside will be limiting it to ’only’ 300 units at a cost of €30,000 - $38,450 - for the entire package.
It’s always sad when we have to report on a crashed supercar, but this latest accident takes that depression to epic proportions. Not one, not two, but eight Ferraris, as well as a Lamborghini, two Mercedes models, and two Toyota models have been utterly destroyed this past weekend during a terrible crash on a highway in Japan. The Ferraris destroyed were: several F355 units, an F-360, and an F-430. The losses are being estimated at around $1.5 million, but some are reporting losses of up to $4 million! Fortunately no one was seriously injured in the accident, but 10 people sustained bruising and minor injuries, probably to their egos as well as their bodies.
"The accident occurred when the driver of a red Ferrari was switching from the right lane to the left and skidded," said Mitsuyoshi Isejima, Executive Officer for Yamaguchi Prefecture’s Expressway Traffic Police unit. "It was a gathering of narcissists."
The driver responsible, a 60-year-old man may face up to three months in jail or a fine of as much as $1,280 - considering the damage, we’d say he got off easy. The police officers needed about six hours to clear the highway, although it may take the drivers a lifetime to forget this horrific experience ever happened.
Hit the jump for the video.
There’s no shortage of tuning firms that work on wide-body aerodynamic kits for Mercedes vehicles. Whether it’s a renowned firm like Brabus or just a local custom company in your town, you’re going to inevitably find someone that can offer you these packages.
Over in Osaka, Japan, a shop called Pole Position Tuning recently released their aerodynamic kits for two Mercedes models, the CLS-Class and the SL Class. Judging by the photos of these two kitted out Mercs, the folks over at PPT have definitely shown some promise with their packages.
The Mercedes CLS-Class was given a wide-body kit, a lower stance, and a set of custom wheels. The wheels look massive, and the tires practically look non-existent when tucked in the wheel arch, making it seem as if driving the Mercedes will give way to some metal to metal action. On top of that, there’s also a pretty intimidating rear wing that, if you ask us, doesn’t really suit the luxury styling of the CLS. The wide-body kit, the lowered stance, and the custom wheels all look good on the car, but that rear wing, especially those aluminum wing mounts, does very little to give the car’s overall luxury appearance some justice.
Hit the jump to see what Pole Position Tuning did with the SL 65 AMG.
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