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2013 Carlsson SLK 340

2013 Carlsson SLK 340

Carlsson will unveil a one-off race car based on the new generation Mercedes SLK-Class at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The new race car will be used in national and international hill climb races in the E1 category, starting 2013 racing season.

The racecar has been developed from scratch on a body shell in an attempt to keep the weight down to only 1,719 pounds. Under the hood, you will find a 3.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers an impressive 610 horsepower and a peak torque of 317 pound-feet. The engine is mated to a Hewland transmission with a paddle shift.

Carlsson also installed an ultra-lightweight body kit made of carbon fiber and a set of BBS racing wheels sized 10-by-18 inches up front and 13-by-18 inches on the rear. A three-way adjustable KW competition suspension keeps the racecar on the tarmac and a high-performance brake system made of ultra-light material to drag it to a halt.

For the interior, the tuner installed a pair of racing seats from Fibreworks and a complex safety cage.

Full details will be unveiled during the car’s official debut in Geneva.

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2012 Mercedes SL500 by Lorinser

2012 Mercedes SL500 by Lorinser

Press days for the Los Angeles Auto Show ended a few days ago and on December 1st, a new show opened in Europe: Essen Motor Show. For those that don’t know, Essen is basically a European version of SEMA. The German tuner, Lorisen, will arrive at Essen with a tuning kit based on the Mercedes SL500.

The tuner changed almost every aspect of the car and, of course, it started with the exterior. The aerodynamic kit includes a new grille and larger air inlets, new side skirts that make the SL look lower. The package continues with a flared front bumper, extended rear bumper, a rear deck lid spoiler and a built-in diffuser with the Lorinser sports exhaust’s four end pipes poking out of the diffuser’s cutouts. The car sits on a set of 20-inch light-alloy RSK8 wheels wrapped in 255/30R20 front tires and 295/25R20 rear tires.

Under the hood, the V-8 engine receives a reprogrammed ECU with increased bi-turbo boost that increases the power from the standard 435 horsepower to 530 horsepower and the torque up to an impressive 590 pound-feet. Also, the tuner removed the speed limiter so that now the SL500 can hit a top speed of 173 mph.

In order to make the car even more aggressive, Lorinser also installed lowering kit that can be controlled using a button on the steering wheel. For the interior the tuner is offering any desired combination made in aluminum, wood or carbon look.

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2013 Mercedes SL-Class by Brabus

2013 Mercedes SL-Class by Brabus

Brabus will likely have the busiest stand at the Essen Motor Show. Here is yet another incredible tuning package launched by the German tuner. It is based on the Mercedes SL500 and will add plenty of extra pop its base engine, as well as exterior and interior upgrades.

Under the hood, Brabus installed 520 PowerXtra CGI module with plug-and-play design, an auxiliary water-to-air intercooler powered by an auxiliary electric pump and, of course, a stainless-steel sport exhaust system with four chrome-plated tailpipes.

As a result, the output has been increased from the standard 435 horsepower to 520 horsepower, while peak torque has been raised to 604 pound-feet. Brabus uninstalled the speed limiter and replaced it with a variable one that allows the customer to choose from a top speed of 155, 172 or 186 mph. This upgrade also allows the SL500 to launch from a stop to 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds.

The exterior receives some significant updates, including new front fenders with side air vents, new side skirts and a new rear spoiler. Brabus also added a set of wheels, offered in four different sizes — 18, 19 and 20 inches — and in three designs, Monoblock F, Q or R wheels. The wheels have been combined with custom-tailored suspension components, which were designed in cooperation with Bilstein, and an electronic lowering module that can lower the car’s ride by 0.98 inches.

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Mercedes recalls 2013 SL-Class

Mercedes recalls 2013 SL-Class

Mercedes USA has announced a voluntary recall for 432 units of the 2013 SL-Class roadsters due to an air-conditioner refrigerant line that can tear in a severe frontal crash. The vehicles affected were built from from December 19th, 2011 through May 31st, 2012 and are use the R1234yf refrigerant.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, if the refrigerant escapes from the hose, the gas mixture could be released into the engine compartment and cause a fire.

"Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, conducted product testing of a vehicle not sold in the U.S., but equipped with the same refrigerant. According to Mercedes-Benz, the testing was designed to replicate worst-case conditions expected in a severe frontal crash that would cause a rupture of the air-conditioner refrigerant line. A rupture of a refrigerant line will result in a gaseous mixture of refrigerant being released into the engine compartment. The testing determined that the escaping R1234yf refrigerant may ignite under specific conditions. The resulting fire could spread to additional combustible materials."

Mercedes announced that if someone is driving an affected model, they should address their local dealer who will replace the R1234yf refrigerant with a new, R134a refrigerant.

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2002 - 2011 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG ‘Titan Solution' by TC Concepts

2002 - 2011 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG ‘Titan Solution’ by TC Concepts

German tuner TC Concepts is back with another program. Yeah, as if their work on the Ferrari 458 Italia last month wasn’t enough, here they are presenting one, called "Titan Solution," for one of Germany’s finest: the pre-facelifted Mercedes SL65 AMG.

Already packing a walloping 6.0-liter V12 biturbo V12 engine, TC Concepts managed to increase the output of the German roadster thanks to using an upgraded engine electronic system with metal catalysts and modified air filters. The result is an output increase from 612 horsepower to 670 horsepower.

Pretty impressive, right?

From there the SL65 AMG was treated to a re-hooded fender, new left front bumper side skirts, AMG LED tail lights and new xenon headlights, and a new rear spoiler and diffuser. The last two, in particular, received a clear coat carbon fiber finish. Finally, the German tuner fitted the SL65 AMG with a new set of 19" and 20" AMG Black Series wheels.

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2013 Mercedes SL-Class by Brabus

2013 Mercedes SL-Class by Brabus

In early 2012, Brabus unveiled a very cool tuning package for the SL500 and now, the tuner has decided it was time to focus on the entire SL-Class line-up. Their new, versatile package includes noteworthy exterior updates, along with a power increase.

The exterior package includes a custom-tailored front fascia, add-on components for the side sills and rear fascia, a new rear spoiler, and side air vents for the front fenders. Customers will have the possibility to choose from a wide variety of wheels in four different designs and with diameters of 18, 19, and 20 inches. These new wheels will be combined with custom-tailored suspension components, available in different versions depending on the SL model. An electric module can also lower the car’s ride by about 25 mm.

As for the engine upgrades, the most important one is being offered for the 4.7 liter V8 engine. This update includes a 520 PowerXtra CGI power kit and a stainless-steel sport exhaust system with four chrome-plated tailpipes which will increase the engine’s output to an impressive 520 HP (up from the standard 435 HP). The tuner is also offering a Vmax unit which will allow an increase in the top speed to 155, 172, 186 mph.

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2012 Mercedes SLS Roadster by Domanig

2012 Mercedes SLS Roadster by Domanig

Two years after they built a program for the Mercedes SLS AMG, German tuner Domanig has come out with another program, only this time, it’s for the SLS AMG Roadster.

While there isn’t any aesthetic modifications done on the car, the German tuner did have a couple of things in store for the SLS Roadster. The first is the wheels, which Domanig takes pride in. For this particular program, the German tuner fitted the SLS Roadster with a new set of 20" SOM03 wheels in the front and wrapped it in 275/30ZR20 Michelin Super Sport tires. Over at the back, the choice was 21" DOM06 wheels rapped in 305/25/ZR21 Michelin Super Sport tires.

Moving on to the car’s suspension, Domanig added a new KW suspension system that not only lowers the car’s ride height by 30mm, but also makes it work in tandem with the supercar’s standard Ride Control system.

Finally, Domanig made some engine tweaking to the SLS Roadster 6.3-liter V8 engine and ramped up its output from the standard 571 horsepower to past 600 ponies. 620 horsepower, to be accurate.

Overall, the program is bereft of the style of other tuners, but as far as unbridled power is concerned, it gave quite a bit of an added punch.

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1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo

1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo

Just two years after the first Mercedes-Benz automobile rolled off of the lineup, the newly joined team of Mercedes and Benz dove into the emerging sports car industry. Sports cars of the 1920s were nothing like they are today, but they were just as relatively advanced as today’s sports cars are to today’s econo-boxes.

This Mercedes-Benz sports car, dubbed the 680S Saoutchik Torpedo, was a marvel of its era, as it featured a perfect mixture of styling from various classes and areas. It was not only a sports car, but a luxury car too. In addition, it was a perfect combination of German engineering and French design, having been designed by Jaques Saoutchik.

To boot, it was the fastest sports car in the world at the time, making it a deadly combination. It’s no wonder that it just won the “Best of Show” award at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Click past the jump to read our full review of the Mercedes 680S Saoutchik Torpedo.

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Video: Lamborghini Aventador vs. Mercedes AMG SLS Roadster

Video: Lamborghini Aventador vs. Mercedes AMG SLS Roadster

Although the two vehicles in this video are different - one’s a coupe while the other is a roadster - the Lamborghini Aventador and the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster can still be considered two of the most amazing supercars currently on the market. Hennessey Performance obviously feels this statement is accurate since they decided to pit the two cars against each other on a spicy 1/4 mile dragstrip race.

You’ll have to watch the video to see who wins the race, but we’ll give you some details to help you out. The Aventador is powered by a 6.5-liter V12 engine that delivers a total of 700 HP and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. The SLS AMG Roadster, on the other hand, is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine with 563 HP and can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds.

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Mercedes is Giving Away a Lease on a 2013 SLK250

Mercedes is Giving Away a Lease on a 2013 SLK250

Yeah, the SLK250 isn’t quite an SLS AMG, but it’s still a damn-fine car with plenty of pop. Its 201-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-pot is enough to keep us all happy and Mercedes is doing its best to make one lucky person even happier with an SLK250 – for 13 months at least.

Mercedes-Benz is running a contest through its Facebook page that allows you to win a 13-month lease on this sharp-looking drop-top. All you have to do to enter is head over at the contest link and submit a photo of what your Mercedes-Benz summer would look like. No, it doesn’t have to include you driving a Benz, it can be you with “Mercedes-Benz” written in the sand.

You’re allowed to submit a photo every day until the contest is over. The contest ends on September 10th at 11:59 a.m. EST (one minute before noon for those that have issues with the 12 a.m. or p.m. deal). The winner will be picked on or around September 20th and will be notified via telephone, email, and U.S. mail. In addition to the car, Mercedes-Benz is kind enough to give you an additional $7,500 to offset the taxes you have to pay on the car – so thoughtful of them.

Now the bad part... Just like any lease, you are limited to a total of only 15,000 miles per year. So no cruising the beach all day and night trying to pawn this Mercedes off as yours, only to have your lie exposed just a year later when you pick up your new fiance in your 1975 GMC K1500... Not like you’d do that, right??

Anyways, head on over to Mercedes’ Facebook page and submit a picture to have the opportunity to borrow an SLK 250 for 13 months.

Click past the jump to check out all of the rules.

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2015 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG E-Cell Roadster

2015 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG E-Cell Roadster

We have all already learned about the upcoming SLS E-Cell, and that Mercedes is planning on releasing a limited amount of the electric supercar in 2013. What we haven’t learned about are any possible variants on the upcoming gull0wing coupe.

Well, that was until now... De Telegraaf, a Dutch newspaper, has confirmed that Mercedes is currently investigating the possibility of an SLS E-Cell Roadster. The SLS E-Cell will work as the testing gauge for the potential roadster variant. If it does well, Mercedes-Benz will officially announce the Roadster, but if it falls on its face, Mercedes will take its lumps on the base SLS E-Cell and make no other mention of the Roadster variant.

This SLS Roadster is anticipated to feature the same drivetrain as the SLS E-Cell. This drivetrain includes four electric motors, one for each wheel, that pump out a grand total of 525 horsepower and 649 pound-feet of torque. This all translates out to a 4-second sprint to 60 mph in the fixed-head variant, which would likely equal out to a 4.1- to 4.2-second sprint in a slightly heavier roadster model.

The official announcement is still a little ways away, so we won’t know for sure when and if the roadster will see showrooms, but we do expect the SLS E-Cell to sell well, meaning the Roadster would be almost certain to follow as a late-2014 or early-2015 model.

We’ll keep you updated on this front.

UPDATE 08/02/2012: Check out our rendering of the Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell Roadster!

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2012 Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster by Vath

2012 Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster by Vath

When you’re looking for an aftermarket tuner that knows their Mercedes models as much as anybody in the industry, it’s always a good idea to give the guys over at Vath a call.

Heck, on the chance that you just took delivery of a Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster, then call it good timing because the German automaker has just released their latest tuning program for the soft-top SLS AMG. Featuring a comprehensive package that includes aerodynamic, performance, and interior modifications, Vath’s new program should give you enough reason to make the leap - expensive price tag notwithstanding.

The first thing to know about the new program is the aerodynamic kit that consists of a plethora of naked carbon fiber components. The kit is made up of a new front spoiler, a boot spoiler, side skirts, and extra brake ventilation. From there, attention was turned to the interior where the German tuner is making a available a host of high-end materials - carbon fiber, wood, leather, you name it! - to dress up the SLS AMG Roadster. A sporty steering wheel is also part of the program as is a new speedometer that has a new top speed limit of 250 mph.

Moving on to the engine, Vath took the SLS AMG Roadster’s 6.2-liter V8 engine and added in a supercharger and a new air box. From there, some ECU tweaking was done to increase the supercar’s output to an impressive 700 horsepower and 627 lb/ft of torque. Those new figures translate to a 0-62 mph time of just 3.6 seconds and a new top speed of 205 mph.

Last, but not least, Vath developed a new suspension set-up that relies on threaded sports springs with AMG Ride Control, allowing the car’s ride height to be lowered from 20 to 45 mm. As far as extra options are concerned, Vath has a stainless steel exhaust system with throttle control and a stainless steel exhaust system with a sports catalyst as alternatives to the one already in the SLS AMG Roadster.

All told, the entire package costs €85,130, which is around $105,000 based on current exchange rates.

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