1957 Mercedes 300SL Roadster
The 300SL is often credited for being the world’s first “supercar.” Why? To start, it’s beautiful, with flowing lines that are both elegant and aerodynamic. Climb onboard, and you’ll find premium luxury and top-shelf opulence. But more importantly, there’s a good deal of technological innovation and racing pedigree hiding just under the skin, which blesses the 300SL with truly world-beating speed. Throw in low production numbers and the car’s high desirability amongst collectors, and the formula starts to come together.
Prior to 1954, Mercedes was seen as a luxury make without much to offer when it came to performance. The 300SL changed that in a hurry. The name is a reference to the engine displacement (3.0-liters), while the SL stands for Sport Leicht, which is German for Sport Light. Originally offered as a coupe, the 300SL was the first of the SL-Class grand tourer models, and eventually, it morphed into an open-top roadster. Although it lost the highly recognizable gullwing doors, the 300SL Roadster managed to keep much of the speed and prestige of its predecessor, all while adding on-demand blue-sky freedom.
These days, Mercedes pays homage to its past with a variety performance models which recall the 300SL’s styling and sporty character, and while the speed and technology are there, none can match the style and grace of the original.
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The Mercedes SLK was announced in 1996, then put on sale in 1997. Up to this point, it has been through three different generation, and each generation the SLK borrowed styling elements from other Mercedes models, leaving it without its own identity. The first generation, for example looked like the SL, the second generation borrowed the nose of the SLR McLaren, and the third one features SLS-inspired headlights.
But even so, the SLK has proven itself to be a pretty cool roadster, and when the third generation launched on the market in 2011, Mercedes brought tons of innovative new features like panorama roof and Magic Sky Control.
The 2014 SLK is offered in two different versions: SLK250 and SLK350, with prices starting from $44,450. Sure, the SLK is a little pricey, but its standard features make it well worth the price.
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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.
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From the fine company that gave us the Haute Couture Mercedes SLS AMG, Inden Design is back with a slightly more subtle take on the SLS AMG’s topless brother, the SLS AMG Roadster.
Mostly made up of a new conversion kit, the German tuner managed to give the SLS AMG Roadster plenty of new components that not only adds a more unique stance to the German supercar, but also helps improve the vehicle’s performance and handling credentials.
In the end, there’s plenty to like about this Inden Design program. Though it doesn’t come with a hardcore performance upgrade, you can tell that the German tuner took to great lengths to give it the SLS AMG Roadster the modification it richly deserves.
And if for nothing else, you can take comfort knowing that when it comes to Mercedes aftermarket programs, few do it better than Inden Design.
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German aftermarket company, Vath, is no stranger to building some of the most desirable Mercedes programs in the market. The company has a portfolio of these models, including programs for the A-Class, the C63 AMG and the SLS AMG, among others.
Not one to be content with just fitting useless components on the SL63 AMG, Vath opted to use parts that would improve the sports car’s aerodynamic capabilities, beginning with a carbon front spoiler, a new rear diffuser with fins and a large underbody, and a rear lip that was also made from high-class carbon. Rounding out the exterior mods is a set of 20-inch, three-part forged rims with titanium-colored spokes to go with a high-performance brake system that features a 390 mm (15.35-inch) brake discs at the front axle with six-piston brake calipers, as well as Castrol SRF racing brake fluid and brake line kit.
The interior of the SL63 AMG was treated to a fancy carbon-black finish, all of which was exclusively handmade in Germany. Among the components finished in carbon black include the middle console, the front ashtray cover and two-part door stripes. From there, Vath gave the SL63 AMG’s sport steering wheel a leather treatment, while also replacing the speedometer with one that goes all the way up to 224 mph and adding aluminum pedals.
Under the hood of the SL63 AMG, Vath worked with a reprogrammed 5.5-liter V-8 Biturbo engine that shot the output of the sports car up to 780 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, a staggering increase from the standard model’s 537-horsepower and 590 pound-feet figures.
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Back in 2011 Senner Tuning announced an upgrade package for the Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe version. Today, the same package has been extended to the roadster version. Just like with the coupe, the roadster version receives an extra 35 horsepower under the hood and new wheels, combined with an upgraded suspension system.
Senner Tuning added a new exhaust system made in high-grade steel and a new set of high-performance air filters to help boost its output beyond the standard 571 horsepower and 650 Nm (479 pound-feet) of torque. The end result is an SLS Roadster that delivers a total of 606 horsepower and a peak torque of 508 pound-feet. AS standard, the SLS AMG hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 197 mph. This package likely drops its acceleration time down to around 3.7 seconds and it may allow the SLS AMG to tickle the 200-mph mark.
Senner also installed new wheels, sized 9-by-20 inches with 255/30R20 tires up front and 11.5-by-21 inches with 295/25R21 Hankook S1 Evo-tires for the rear. The wheels are painted in titanium gray and are combined with a special coil-over suspension system made by KW Automotive.
Oakley Design may not be headed to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but that doesn’t mean it can’t steal some of the headlines, especially when it has a new program for a supercar like the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster.
Called the SLS AMG 640-2 Carbon Edition, Oakley Design gives real meaning to the program’s name with plenty of carbon parts added to the exterior and interior of the SLS AMG Roadster. Other additions to the Mercedes supercar include new air intakes with integrated LED lights, a new bumper with what looks like fangs and a new exhaust system that looks oddly similar to the one equipped in the C63 AMG Black Series.
But the most important part of the 640-2 Carbon Edition is the increase in output Oakley Design managed to give to the SLS AMG Roadster. From the stock output of 571 horsepower and 473 pound-feet of torque, Oakley Design was able to push those numbers north to 640 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque.
While these modifications certainly point to the skills of Oakley Design as a premier aftermarket company, we have a feeling that it has more up its sleeve in terms of details about its 640-2 Carbon Edition program for the SLS AMG Roadster.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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