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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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand Edition
Mercedes-Benz has dropped a new special edition for the 2018 GLS, its three-row SUV. It’s called the Grand Edition, and it brings a swanky new leather treatment to the interior and the choice between two sets of 20-inch alloy wheels. The Grand Edition can be had on the GLS 350d, 400, and 500, but is only offered in Europe. Sorry, Cowboy. Though Joe America can’t have this beast parked in his driveway, more of his cattle will be found inside.
As mentioned, the interior’s new extended leather treatment involves a leather-covered dashboard with real, open-pore wood accents and seats with quilted patterns and a porcelain and espresso color combination only found in the Grand Edition. Outside, those getting the Grand Edition can choose to get the Exterior Package, which includes a slightly more aggressive lower front fascia and AMG-style 20-inch wheels. All Grand Editions come with badges on the front fenders denoting their grandeur.
Continue reading for more details on the Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand Edition.
The new-generation Mercedes C-Class comes with plenty of good news, especially for the British market. This is where Mercedes decided to launch a C-Class AMG Sport Edition that replaces the AMG Sport and AMG Sport Plus models.
The new AMG Sport Edition is distinguished from the rest of the C-Class lineup by an AMG body kit, a new set of alloy wheels combined with a 15 mm (0.59-inch) lower sports suspension for better handling and a sportier look. Mercedes also updates the model with an AMG boot lid spoiler, dark-tinted headlamps and high-gloss black grille.
Prices for the Mercedes C-Class AMG Sport Edition start from £30,170 - about $49,500 at the current exchange rates. Mercedes is also offering two additional packages that will further enhance the look of the car, including a Premium Package priced at £1,595 ($2,600) and Premium Plus Package priced at £2,495 ($4,100).
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG Sport Edition.
A Formula One racecar belonging to arguably the greatest F1 driver in history is apparently such a collector’s item that people will deep pockets are willing to pay a moon’s price for it.
That much was made very clear at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed after Juan Manuel Fangio’s 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 sold for a staggering $29.6 million, making it the most expensive car to be sold at a public auction, the most expensive F1 race car ever and, as a cherry on top of the proverbial sundae, the most expensive Mercedes in history.
Lots of "expensive" there, huh?
The racecar, which was sold at a Bonhams auction late last week, is the same one Fangio used to win his second Formula One title in what became an illustrious and now legendary career. It’s noted for being the racecar that introduced a bevy of new technologies into F1, including the use of a fuel-injected engine, an all-independent suspension from Mercedes, a multi-tubular ’spaceframe’ lightweight chassis design, all-round inboard-mounted brakes, and the ’straight-8’ engine ’laydown’ configuration that reduces the car’s overall height.
Suffice to say, this Mercedes racecar is that rare gem in automotive history that commands a price depending on how deep the pockets of the bidders are.
And apparently, "deep" meant to the tune of $29.6 million.
Click past the jump to read about Juan Manuel Fangio
The SL-Class is one of the most beautiful cars in Mercedes’ lineup this side of the SLS AMG, and the SL 63 AMG and SL 65 AMG models are even more impressive yet. Unfortunately, their respective price tags of £110,785 ($172,292) and £168,285 ($261,716) in the UK make them pretty much out of reach for the average SL-Class buyer.
Well, if you can handle having most of the AMG show but only a tiny bit of its go on the 2013 SL-Class, then you will be thrilled with Mercedes’ latest announcement. Mercedes-Benz is releasing an AMG Sport variant of the 2013 SL-Class that buyers can base on either the SL 350 or SL 500 at a fraction of the “real” AMG’s price.
Much like the M Sport packages from Bimmer, the AMG Sport package is almost solely aesthetic, but there are a few small mechanical and handling updates to help out some.
Read more about the SL-Class AMG Sport after the jump
Mercedes will soon release the new-generation S-Class onto the market, but Mercedes UK has unveiled a new special-edition based on the current model. The new AMG Sport Edition is based on the most successful S-Class model on the UK market: the S 350 BlueTEC and is priced from £69,995 (around $108,000 at the current exchange rates) on the road.
The new S-Class AMG Sport Edition will be distinguished by AMG front and rear aprons with subtle sill extensions and will be offered with an elegant set of 20-inch AMG alloy wheels in a five-twin-spoke design combined with brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering. The model will also be equipped with a panoramic glass sunroof and illuminated door sills.
The interior will be updated with a Black Ash Wood trim, a wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, studded sports pedals finished in stainless steel and AMG-branded floor mats. Standard features will include technologies like a reversing camera and Keyless Go, Harmon/Kardon Front Seat Entertainment and a Comand multimedia system featuring 14 high-performance speakers and additional amplifiers, a set of headphones and remote control, and DAB digital radio.
The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing is a rare enough car, as there were only 3,258 examples ever built. Of those, only 1,400 were coupes. So, when you start talking about special edition models, you are getting into some of the rarest cars in the world.
When the SL300 was busy kicking ass at venues like the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and 24 Hours of Le Mans, it was not the standard road-going model that you saw. In fact, the car you saw boasted a completely different body. All of the road-going cars, prior to the car’s retirement from racing boasted a steel body and the racing models featured a lighter allot body.
After the 300SL’s retirement from racing, the alloy body became a 5,000 Deutsche Marks option on the already pricey base 300SL. Because of this massive markup, only 29 models were ever built and sold to the general public, thus making it one of the rarest Mercedes-Benz’s available today.
To read more about the 300SL Alloy Gullwing, click past the jump.
Across the pond, in the UK, there is a slightly revised lineup for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class than we see in the U.S. In the U.S. we only get to see the E350 and E500 – not inclusive of the AMG line – but in the UK they get the E200, E220, E250, E350, and E500. The E500, being the top trim in the lineup, boasts the largest and most powerful engine, a 4,663cc V-8 engine that pumps out 300 Kw (408 horsepower) at 5,000 rpm and 600 Nm of torque (442 foot-pounds) at 1,600 to 4,750 rpm.
Those are all pretty acceptable numbers for a full-size sedan or coupe, but our UK friends are capped off there, as they do not have access to the 518-horsepower E63 AMG. Vath has come to the rescue for said owners, by releasing an all new array of upgrades that not only make the E500 look sportier, but bump its horsepower into E63 AMG territory.
Click past the jump to read all about this new upgrade kit and see how it compares to the E63 AMG offered in the U.S.
It’s a new year and, of course, time for the new season of Top Gear. The 18th season of he famous British show begins on Sunday, January 29thh at 8pm on BBC2, but we’re already getting the first teaser video of the great things that are about to come.
The official trailer reveals Ray Winstone, Richard at NASCAR, James on a rather bizarre lap of Dunsfold, a flying man with wings, Jeremy in a wig blowing up a caravan, a Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series in a cloud of tire-smoke, and a new incarnation of the Stig. Then there’s the list of impressive cars that are in the show.
Everything seems about ready for the show, so there is only one question to ask: who will Jeremy Clarkson offend this time? Their Christmas show in India ended pretty badly.
One thing we ought to know about world records is that at some point in time, somebody’s going to beat them. It may not happen for a while, but sooner or later, there’s going to be someone - or something - that will eclipse it.
Currently, the record for the world’s longest drift sits on the mantle of Vaughn Gittin Jr’s study. The drift champion set the record back in December 18, 2008 with a run of 1,914.15 m (6,280.01 ft) at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas. It’s said that Gittin Jr. could have done longer had the threads on his tires not gotten completely eviscerated.
Fast forward to today and word has it that Mercedes-Benz is planning on besting Gittin Jr.’s record. The man for the job is Mercedes demonstration driver, Mauro Calo, who not only wants to break the record the same way Gittin Jr. did when he broke the previous record of 4,137 feet, but wants to reach 10,000 feet, which is a little under two miles long.
While the task seems to be far easier said than done, Calo is confident that the record will be his after his attempt at Surrey, England while using either a Mercedes C63 or E63 AMG. Calo’s attempt will be made exceptionally more difficult considering that he plans to attempt it on a perimeter track that’s barely ’as wide as a car length’.
No timetable has been set on when this attempt will take place, but seeing as news of it is going around, we won’t be surprised if it takes place before the year ends.
Whatever the case may be, we’ll be sure to give updates when the day for the record-setting attempt draws near.
Unlike the Ferrari 458 Italia, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has certainly proved its mettle out on the streets. Whether it has more careful drivers or just a case of being less prone to accidents, the SLS AMG has so far escaped the car crash headlines of our site.
As far as our memories are concerned, there has only been one other production SLS AMG that has crashed since the car was released a year ago. Unfortunately, we’re going to have to add a second car to that list.
We just unearthed news coming out of London that a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG was involved in a pretty serious crash after colliding with a Vauxhall Astra somewhere in London, England. Details on how the crash transpired are still sketchy at this point, but according to those who witnessed the episode, one vehicle was responsible for the crash for beating a red light, causing the other car to lose control and smash into it.
Pictures are indeed worth 1,000 words and judging from the photo we obtained, it looks like the SLS AMG looks pretty dinged up after the whole incident.
Say what you want about Elvis Presley, but the King of Rock and Roll sure knows how to roll around in grand style.
Years after his untimely death, Bonhams has decided to put one of Elvis’ vintage classics up for auction at the year-end sale of Important Motor Car and Fine Automobilia. This particular one, a 1970 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB limousine, is especially important because it’s one of only a few cars that were registered in Elvis Presley’s name.
The collector’s Benz, which comes with a powder blue finish and a cream leather interior, will be the highlight piece of the auction that’s scheduled for December 6 in Surrey, UK. How it ended up there on the other side of the Atlantic is anyone’s guess. But what’s important is that this car is a true one-of-a-kind that was once ridden by one of the most iconic figures in the 20th century.
So, if you’re a big fan of the King of Rock and Roll – not to mention that you have tons of money to spare – you can make a serious bid for this 1970 Merc 600 SWB limousine. In the event that you really are planning to bid on this car, you might want to bring with you around $300,000, which is the expected price tag the car is expected to fetch.
UPDATED 12/14/10: We’ve just gotten word that The King’s 1970 Mercedes-Benz 600 was officially scooped up by a German buyer at Mercedes-Benz World near Weybridge, Surrey, U.K. for a price of $187,390 including the buyer’s premium. It’s way short than what the expected price tag was but still, $187,390 for a car that was once ridden by Elvis Presley himself? Not a bad deal if you ask us.
Now this is what we’re talking about.
A week after we brought you video footage of a pretty gruesome-looking matte purple Mercedes Benz SLS AMG that was spotted in London, we’re back in these pages featuring a matte white SLS AMG that was likewise filmed in the UK with, incidentally enough, Qatari plates.
Like we said, this is what it’s all about right here.
Not that we hate the matte purple SLS AMG, that isn’t entirely true. We were fascinated by it because it came in such a unique color – the first we’ve ever seen of its kind – but if we’re to call it down the middle, well, we’re not big fans of it.
This matte white SLS AMG, on the other hand, is the personification of sexy. Clean, powerful, and eye-catching, there’s something fundamentally irresistible about a matte white finish car, let alone something that you can find on an even sexier supercar like the Mercedes SLS AMG.
Mercedes UK has unveiled a new special edition C63 AMG that will be limited to only 20 units. Called the DR 520, the new model will be available in both sedan and station wagon version, and will be priced at £62,430 and £63,680, respectively.
The new C63 AMG DR520 is powered by a 6.3 liter V8 engine that has been tuned to deliver 520 hp and 650 Nm of torque, a 60 hp and 50 Nm advantage over than the standard C 63 AMG. The sedan version can sprint from 0 to 60 mpg in 4.1 seconds and the station wagon version in 4.2 seconds. Both are electronically limited to a top speed of 187 mph.
This special edition will be distinguished by AMG’s high-performance braking system with red calipers, newly-developed connecting rods, and a revised crankshaft, as well as an AMG carbon fiber rear spoiler for the Saloon. It will be available in either a black or white matte wrap and complimented by Titanium finish alloy wheels, grille, and discreet DR 520 badging on the wing and the boot lid. On the interior the seats are covered in leather and an exclusive Alcantara finish with red or white contrast stitching. The dashboard and upper door panels receive the same Alcantara and stitching treatment with the steering wheel seeing Alcantara and Nappa leather.
Press release after the jump.</p
Mercedes UK has revealed a new commercial for the new SLS AMG sports car. In the UK the car is priced at £157,500. The SLS AMG is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine located front-mid that develops 571 hp and up to 650 Nm of torque. The engine will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 3.7 seconds, while top speed goes up to 197 mph.
2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Coupe and 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster fetch a combined £1.1 million at the RM Auctions
While most of us are drooling over the prospect of driving off into the sunset with the supercar of our dreams, two people who attended the recent RM Auction in London went home with their own supercars that they can now proudly call their own.
Two of the main attractions at the said auction were a pair Mercedes-Benz CLK GTRs – one was a 2005 Coupe version and the other was of the 2006 Roadster variety. Expensive and rare – only 20 coupes and five roadsters were ever built – at the same time, the CLK GTRs sold for a combined £1.1 million – a ‘somewhat’ bargain price considering the ‘beyond exclusive’ tag attached to these two cars.
While the two new – and lucky – owners of these cars were not identified, we do know that the 2005 CLK GTR Coupe sold for £522,500 while the 2006 Roadster version fetched a pretty cool £616,000.
It also goes without saying that the GTRs are not your prototypical Mercedeses. Fine-tuned by no less than HWA, the cars come with a 6.9-liter V12 engine that’s capable of churning out up to 612 horsepower. In addition to that, the two models also came with reinforced features including a six-speed sequential manual gearbox, a dual independent double-wishbone suspension, and carbon fiber brakes.
For the record, we don’t have that kind of money so the very idea of purchasing these cars shall, and will forever be a pipe dream for us. But in the wishful scenario that we did have £1.1 million to throw around, then investing on not one, but two cars of this stature is something that we’d also do in a heartbeat.
Press Release after the jump
The luxury German automaker Mercedes Benz is releasing a special edition of their class creating four door coupe the CLS. This ultra exclusive CLS Grand Edition is limited to only 560 units, and for the first time ever is available in palladium silver.
Not only is the CLS being offered in this bold shade of gray, there is also a unique Designo Palladium Silver Matt Paint, finally a factory super with a flat paint job. This even more exclusive finish also has he benefit of being highly scratch and dirt-resistant. The color choice goes well with the car’s 18 inch AMG forged 5 spoke alloy wheels finished in Titanium Grey. There is also a pretty trick lighting kit.
However, a little show would be nothing without a little go. So the Mercedes Benz engineers managed to find and extra 48 HP out of the CLS 350 CDI’s turbo diesel V6 that now makes 272 HP. The added power allows the coupe-like sedan to go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 6.5 seconds while still getting a pretty economical 37 MPG.
If the diesel part didn’t tip you off, then we are sad to inform you that this limited edition CLS is another vehicle that won’t be imported into the U.S. Like the desired Ford Focus RS, this ultra excusive four door coupe is a U.K. only car. Like the Volkswagen Corrado Storm and so many other great classics, we can only dream about a left hand drive version of special editions like the Mercedes Benz CLS Grand Edition.
Press release after the jump.
Mercedes-Benz has announced prices for its C-Class flagship models, the C 63 AMG saloon and estate. Available to order now and on the road in spring, the latest additions to the highly acclaimed range will retail at £51,317 for the saloon and £52,567 for the estate, increases of just four and 4.5 per cent respectively over the previous generation C 55 AMG. That’s despite a substantially more powerful engine and enhanced equipment levels.
Mercedes UK has added a new special edition to their C-Class line-up: the Executive SE model, offered in both the Saloon and Estate bodystyle. It will be available starting November with prices starting at £23,190.
The C-Class Executive SE will feature the Sport Grille with the integrated Mercedes-Benz star, 16" ‘Pristix’ alloy wheels, boot lid and chrome exhaust. On the inside the Executive SE really comes into its own with COMAND fitted as standard. The multimedia system includes hard disk drive navigation, Linguatronic voice control, a 6 GB music register and a PCMCIA slot. All of which can be fully controlled through the Executive SE’s upgraded multi-function steering wheel.
The Executive SE is powered by the C180 KOMPRESSOR BlueEFFICIENCY 156 hp engine and returns 44.8 mpg on the combined cycle.
Press release after the jump.