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This Mercedes Vision AMG Concept is the Future of German High Performance

This Mercedes Vision AMG Concept is the Future of German High Performance

This is simply a taste of what the future holds for Mercedes’ performance division from Affalterbach

Meet the Vision AMG, Mercedes’ show car that showcases the future of Mercedes-AMG. This is a four-seater, all-electric sports coupe concept that embraces electrification. It’s now clear that all-electric powertrains are now the next big thing for the folks from Affalterbach.

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The 'FLIP': Will.I.Am And AMG's Brainchild Is An AMG GT With A G-Wagon's Face!

The ’FLIP’: Will.I.Am And AMG’s Brainchild Is An AMG GT With A G-Wagon’s Face!

Created by the legendary pop icon along with West Coast Customs, the ’Flip’ will be unveiled at this weekend’s Miami F1 Grand Prix

It was just a couple of days ago that pop icon Will.I.Am and Mercedes AMG teased us with a bizarre-looking coupe with a G-Wagon’s face. Well, the wait is finally over as the Will.I.AMG finally breaks cover, and boy, does it look striking!

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With A G-Class Face, Is This The Boxiest Coupe In Town Or What?

With A G-Class Face, Is This The Boxiest Coupe In Town Or What?

Designed to be a fundraiser, WILL.I.AM and Mercedes AMG will unveil a bizarre one-off coupe today (05.05.2022)

Will.I.Am and Mercedes-AMG have collaborated to create a one-of-a-kind model, dubbed the WILL.I.AMG. With a G-Class front end and an AMG GT look, the model is set to be unveiled later today.

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Wayne Newton's Coachbuilt 1981 Mercedes 380SL Roadster Looks Hideous

Wayne Newton’s Coachbuilt 1981 Mercedes 380SL Roadster Looks Hideous

This Coachbuilt 1981 Mercedes 380SL Roadster is proof that celebrities have more money than taste

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but there are boundaries to what you should and you shouldn’t be allowed to do to a car. This is especially true if we are talking about a car like the 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SL. However, the desire for exclusivity spares no one, and this particular car, based on the R107 Mercedes Benz, is the perfect example.

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1958 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

1958 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

The more refined baby brother of the Mercedes 300 SL ’Gullwing’

The Mercedes-Benz 190 SL was the more laid-back version of the legendary 300 SL and, like its much more exclusive big brother, was a huge hit in the U.S., practically establishing the SL model in Mercedes’ range for decades to come.

The 190 SL, like the 300 SL, was born out of a suggestion from U.S. executive and luxury foreign car importer Max Hoffman who thought that a less expensive but still exciting and luxurious version of the 300 SL would appeal to the U.S. clientele. He’d previously come up with the idea of the road-going 300 SL as well, reckoning that America’s rich and famous would love to blitz down the country’s infinite highways aboard a more friendly version of Mercedes-Benz’s 1952 Le Mans winner, the W194 300 SL designed by Rudolf Uhlenhaut.

Due to Hoffman’s significant success as the Mercedes importer, the Stuttgart-based company decided to follow suit on his bold ideas and debuted prototypes of the two SLs at the 1954 New York International Motor Sports Show in February of that year.

Unlike the 300 SL, for which a purpose-built tubular spaceframe chassis was created, the 190 SL exhibited a tweaked version of the Mercedes-Benz 180’s underpinnings. As such, it received the W121 nomenclature with the sedan known as the W120.

Keep reading to learn more about the 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

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Sedan Style Battle – Mercedes-AMG CLS Vs. Mercedes-AMG GT4

Sedan Style Battle – Mercedes-AMG CLS Vs. Mercedes-AMG GT4

Merc’s slick and quick four-doors go head-to-head as we analyze the exterior style of each

Look, we get it. You want it all – mouth-watering good looks, endless comfort, space for four, and world-cracking performance. We’re the same way. That’s why Mercedes started building models like the AMG CLS 63, a “four-door coupe” with enough chutzpah to roll up on top-dollar sports cars like it’s nothing. However, word has it Merc and AMG are cooking up a new take on that old recipe with something called the GT4, a high-powered sedan capable of challenging the likes of the Porsche Panamera GTS and Aston Martin Rapide S. We think it’s a swell idea, and even went to the trouble of putting together a rendering of what it’ll look like. Problem is, we did the same thing for the upcoming third-gen AMG CLS 63. That means it’s time for a showdown.

As such, we did a little digging to find out what inspired these two models, and put them side-by-side to see which comes out in a battle of style. Both look mean, sleek, and like they’re doing three times to speed limit just standing still. The question is – which looks the best?

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Car for Sale: Rare 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190-Series EVO 2 No. 55 of 500

Car for Sale: Rare 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190-Series EVO 2 No. 55 of 500

The Mercedes-Benz 190 EVO II was a homologation special that is very hard to come by these days. The model you see here is from 1990 and is No. 55 of just 500 made that year. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen one for sale, but with the ridiculous import laws here in the U.S., these beauties are just starting to make it into onto American soil. Originally aimed at BMW’s E30 M3 EVO, it was the most powerful iteration of a Mercedes’ E-Series at the time. And by power, I’m talking about a 2.50liter Cosworth engine that delivered some 232 horsepower to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.

Other features include hydraulic suspension, bolstered seats in the front and rear, and a lap timer for those who really like to hit the track on the weekend. As you can see, the car is rather aggressive compared to the standard E-Series at the time. What I like to call old-school styling, the car featured a sporty front fascia, wide fender flares in the front and rear, attractive side skirts, and a simple, but well-defined rear fascia. Plus, there’s that massive spoiler on the rear that is visual proof that this Mercedes doesn’t exactly play nicely with others.

If those performance numbers don’t sound that impressive to you, I feel bad for you son. But, I’ll put things into perspective for you a little bit. With 232 horsepower, this beast of a Mercedes could hit 62 mph in 7.1 seconds and reach a top speed of a shocking (not) 155 mph. Now, considering Mercedes entry-level CLA 250 of today comes with 208 horsepower on tap, I can understand your confusion, but back then this was a big deal as it was one of the fastest saloons of the early ‘90s. If it helps, the 1990 Chevy Camaro came with just 210 horsepower from a 5.7-liter V-8 in Iroc-Z trim.

Anyway, back to the car at hand, this specific model has just 29,852 miles on the clock and is currently owned by a collector in NYC. That collector purchased it from the original owner in France and imported it into the U.S. It is all original, rust free, and went through recent maintenance just 11,000 miles ago. The steering wheel has been replaced with a period-correct and rare AMG wheel that was used on the DTM race cars. The stock steering wheel does come with the car when purchased along with an original Becker retrofitted with an iPod cable in the glove box, all original tools, original spare tire, original emergency medical kit, and a maintenance book. The listing for this car still has two days left as of the time of this writing with the current bid at 144,100. The unknown reserve has not been met, but the car will likely go for somewhere in the range of $200,000 to $230,000.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S RSR By Piecha Design

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S RSR By Piecha Design

A new tuning kit arrives for Mercedes-AMG’s resident sports car

When Mercedes-Benz introduced the AMG GT and GT S models in 2014, it did so knowing that when both models hit the market, it’s going to catch the eye of the aftermarket industry. Two years into its existence, that’s exactly what has happened to the AMG GTs. The GT S, in particular, has turned into quite the aftermarket darling with Piecha Design becoming the latest tuner to present its program for the sports car. While the kit itself is still incomplete – a debut has been set for September 4, 2016 – the tuner’s engine upgrade is already promising an output of 612 horsepower and 619 pound-feet of torque.

In addition to the modifications made to the AMG GT S’s 4.0-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine, Piecha Design is also preparing an aerodynamic body kit with plenty of carbon fiber bits. A new set of wheels is also included in the program, as are upgrades made to the car’s chassis and suspension. In other words, Piecha Design is working on a comprehensive tuning experience for the popular Mercedes sports car that should give all other tuning kits for the AMG GT S a run for their money.

The big question now is whether Piecha Design can deliver on its promise. From the looks of things, it’s well on its way down that road, but until the complete program is unveiled, it’s a little too early to pass any concrete judgments other than the parts of the kit that have already been mentioned on the tuner’s website.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG A45 RS485+ By Posaidon

2016 Mercedes-AMG A45 RS485+ By Posaidon

Merc’s resident "pocket Hercules" gets more muscles

The Mercedes-AMG A45 has only been around for a couple of years and yet, it’s already been the recipient of a facelift. That’s what happens when you belong in a segment as competitive as the premium hot hatchback market. As competitive as automakers like Mercedes, Audi, and BMW are, the same holds true for aftermarket tuners, especially those who specialize in any of these three German brands. Such is the case with Posaidon, which is following up the release of its RS850+ tuning kit for the Mercedes-AMG E 63 by introducing the RS450+ program for Mercedes’ resident performance hatch. The tuner claims that it can squeeze out 500 horsepower and 409 pound-feet of torque out of the AMG A45’s turbo four engine, making it one of the most powerful kits for the AMT hatch.

Posaidon may not be as much of a household name as Brabus when it comes to Mercedes tuning, but it does have a penchant for delivering the goods. It proved as much when it presented the RS850+ program last month and this particular program has the tools to be a worthy follow-up. There’s not much in the way of other upgrades for the AMG A45, but there is that impressive engine upgrade, which ought to be worth the price of the whole kit considering how much extra power it can provide to performance-hungry owners of the hot hatch.

The tuner does have other services to offer, most of which are available on a per request basis. That might not be an ideal setup for some owners, but for those looking to really customize their AMG A45s to fit their personalities, it’s a chance to really stamp some identity into those premium performance hatchbacks.

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2016 Mercedes SLS AMG By RK Tuning

2016 Mercedes SLS AMG By RK Tuning

Merc’s departed supercar is still getting some aftermarket attention

It has been two years since Mercedes stopped production for the SLS AMG. It doesn’t seem that long ago, but with the arrival of the AMG GTand its more powerful brothers, the AMG GT S and the AMG GT R, the SLS AMG has ascended into its rightful place as a modern-day classic. That status will live on for a long time and it’s a big reason why there are still tuners out there who are still building programs for the departed supercar. One of these tuners is RFK Tuning, which went out of its way to build a tuning kit that provided upgrades to various sections of the car, including the 6.3-liter V-8 engine that now puts out 605 horsepower and 498 pound-feet of torque.

The tuner put in a lot of work on this program, even going so far as to dress the SLS AMG up in a fancy body wrap. It also took out the supercar’s standard wheels and fitted a newer and admittedly fancier set. But the engine upgrade is the real treat here, not because of the modest power gains, but because RFK somehow managed to bring the car’s top speed north of 200 mph.

It’s not a mind-blowing program, but it is a nice one that should fit seamlessly into the SLS AMG’s flamboyant character. Even if it’s been two years since the Mercedes supercar was last seen in dealerships, it’s nice to know that there are still tuners like RFK Tuning that are willing to work on giving it the kind of aftermarket love it so richly deserves.

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