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Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX Shows How Capable Electric Cars Can Really Be

Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX Shows How Capable Electric Cars Can Really Be

It added another 200 kilometers to its previous record

When Mercedes announced the Vision EQXX back in January 2022 it boasted a range of 620 miles. People were of course skeptical, so the car had to prove itself - something it did in April 2022 when it completed a 1,008-kilometer (626 miles) road trip across European highways on a single charge. And, if you need more proof that the Vision EQXX is a very efficient car, Mercedes has just announced the concept broke its own record with another trip of 1,202 kilometers.

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Confirmed: This Really is a $142 Million Mercedes 300 SLR

Confirmed: This Really is a $142 Million Mercedes 300 SLR

This Mercedes 300 SLR is now the most expensive classic car in the world

Another day, another broken record. A legendary, 1955 Mercedes 300 SLR was recently sold at an auction in Germany, for the record price of €135 million, which equals $142.9 million at current exchange rates. This makes the 300 SLR the most expensive car in the world, easily dethroning the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, which was sold for $78.0 million back in 2018.

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Mercedes-AMG Made Sure You Can't Dispute the GT Black Series' Nurburgring Record

Mercedes-AMG Made Sure You Can’t Dispute the GT Black Series’ Nurburgring Record

Mercedes sets new Nurburgring record with AMG GT Black Series

Remember that rumor from October 2020 that Mercedes might have set a new Nurburgring lap record with the AMG GT Black Series? Well, it’s been almost a month since then and the German company finally released the car’s Nordschleife run on video.

And it’s true, the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is now the quickest production car on the Green Hell. The Black Series was driven by GT3 pilot Maro Engel to a new record of 6:43.616 minutes, more than a second quicker than the previous benchmark.

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The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 4-Door S Set a New Nürburgring Record

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 4-Door S Set a New Nürburgring Record

There’s a new king of luxury cars at the Green Hell

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door has a new (old) record to add to its shelf after reclaiming the fastest lap around the Nurburgring Nordschleife in the “luxury class” segment.

The AMG GT 63 S 4-Door reclaimed the title from the Porsche Panamera Turbo S after AMG development engineer Demian Schaffert clocked a time ofseven minutes and 27.8 seconds (7:27.8) for the 12.944-mile-long version of the race track with straight-line measurement for track section T13 and seven minutes and 23.009 seconds for the old 12.8-mile-long version without the straight-line measurement for track section T13.

The new record serves as validation for Mercedes-AMG after the automaker took to social media to suggest that “it’s high time to hit the track again” after the Panamera Turbo S beat the GT 63 S 4-Door’s old record by 0.3 seconds. Mission accomplished, Mercedes-AMG.

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Mercedes-AMG Wants to Eat Porsche's Nurburgring Cake

Mercedes-AMG Wants to Eat Porsche’s Nurburgring Cake

The Silver Arrow sets its sights on the Panamera’s Nurburgring record

Barely a few weeks have passed since the all-new 2021 Porsche Panamera — a car that has yet to make its debut, by the way — usurped the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S as the fastest "executive car" at the Nurburgring. The four-door saloon posted a record-breaking time of 7:29.81, edging out the AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe by a slim 0.3-second margin. It didn’t take long for Mercedes-AMG to hear about the new record, and, in true competitive form, the Affalterbach-based outfit didn’t take the challenge of reclaiming the record lying down. In a Facebook post, Mercedes-AMG hinted that a return to the track might be in the automaker’s future in response to "a recent record time you may have heard about." We know that Mercedes-AMG is referencing Porsche and the all-new Panamera. What’s unclear at this point is what version of the AMG GT S 63 4-Door Coupe is Mercedes-AMG planning to unleash to try to beat the new Panamera. No timetable has been set for the performance brand’s return to the ’Ring, but with the record now in Porsche’s hands, don’t expect Mercedes-AMG to wait too long to reclaim its throne.

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A Mercedes AMG E63 Just Made the Cannonball Run in a Record 27 Hours and 25 Minutes

A Mercedes AMG E63 Just Made the Cannonball Run in a Record 27 Hours and 25 Minutes

Here’s to hoping this record stays intact for a whle

One of the auto world’s craziest and most sought-after records, the Cannonball Run has been broken. The infamous New-York-to-Los-Angeles run that has been the obsession of a subculture of gear heads for more than 50 years now has a new record time, and it was broken by three guys — Arne Toman, Doug Tabbutt, and Berkeley Chadwick — who managed to accomplish the run while driving a heavily modified 2015 Mercedes-AMG E 63, doing so in a staggering time of 27 hours and 25 minutes. That time eclipsed the previous record of 30 hours that was set only six years ago.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Revealed with Tons of Go-Faster Tech

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Revealed with Tons of Go-Faster Tech

How does a 7:49 ‘Ring time grab ‘ya?

A Nürburgring lap time under the 8-minute mark is an impressive accomplishment, but posting that time in a top-heavy SUV is simply insane. However, that’s exactly what Mercedes-AMG just did with the 2020 GLC 63, claiming the title of fastest SUV in the world at The Green Hell.

Making it possible is a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, which is tuned to produce 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque in the top-trim GLC 63 S. Sixty mph arrives in an astonishing 3.6 seconds, just a few ticks off the 800-horsepower Hellcat Redeye. Top speed is rated at 174 mph.

Go for the base GLC 63, and you’ll get 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, which translates into a 3.8-second run to 60 mph and a top speed of 155 mph.

Managing the heft is an AMG Ride Control+ air suspension system with adaptive dampers, while AMG’s Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive system makes it grip. Output is routed through an AMG Speedshift nine-speed automatic transmission.

Outside, the GLC 63 twins get new styling with revised taillight and headlight housings, both of which come with LEDs, while a pair of trapezoidal tailpipes are found out back. Wheel sizing ranges up to 21 inches in diameter.

The cabin is covered in Nappa leather with yellow contrast stitching, and the infotainment system comes with the latest MBUX features, including the optional MBUX Interior Assistant.

Look for the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 at the 2019 New York International Auto Show this week, and in dealers later this year.

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Mercedes Invents the Nürburgring “4-Door Coupe” Record with the AMG GT 63 S

Mercedes Invents the Nürburgring “4-Door Coupe” Record with the AMG GT 63 S

Seems like Merc is stealing Jaguar’s thunder, doesn’t it?

Nürburgring lap times are pretty damn important these days, with the top manufacturers duking it out at the Green Hell for bragging rights and a momentary spot in the limelight. Now, it looks like Mercedes is inventing its own record to grab more attention for the AMG GT 63 S.

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Is Mercedes Going To Set The Fastest Ever Nurburgring Record?

Is Mercedes Going To Set The Fastest Ever Nurburgring Record?

It has been reported that Mercedes-AMG’s upcoming Project One will break the six-minute barrier at the Nurburgring.

We need to start out with a disclaimer that none of this information is reliable, so please find a grain of salt big enough to melt the iceberg that sank the Titanic. With that out of the way, let’s look at the rumor and what it might mean.

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The Mercedes-AMG GT R Just Walloped A Lap Record Held By The Mercedes-AMG GT S

The Mercedes-AMG GT R Just Walloped A Lap Record Held By The Mercedes-AMG GT S

That’s how you smash a lap record, even if it’s one that was previously held by your little brother

There are records that are broken by the skin of its teeth and there are records that are broken through utter annihilation. The latter scenario played out spectacularly prior to the Bathurst 12 Hours race over the weekend when the Mercedes-AMG GT R obliterated the lap record around Australia’s most famous race circuit when it posted a scintillating time of 2:16.5 to claim the record. To put that time in perspective, the AMG GT R’s new lap record was almost nine seconds quicker than the previous record held by, coincidentally enough, the Mercedes-AMG GT S.

To make the AMG GT R’s lap time more impressive, it managed to lap Bathurst with a time that’s only about 10 seconds slower than a V8 Supercar. Just as important, the range-topping AMG GT’s lap time only ended up being around 15 seconds off the pace of the track’s outright lap record of 2:01.567 that was set by the McLaren 650S GT3 race car back in February 2016.

Five-time Deutsche Touringwagen Masters (DTM) champion and Mercedes factory driver Bernd Schneider piloted the AMG GT R around the track and if not for some traffic around the track, Schneider could have posted an even quicker time that the one he set the record with. That could’ve really put the production lap record in Bathurst well out of reach for future performance cars. Then again, it’s hard to be surprised about the AMG GT R’s overall potency. This is, after all, the same car that went around the Nurburgring, arguably the world’s most famous race track, in just 7:10.92, good enough to place fourth overall, trailing only the Porsche 918 Spyder (the current record holder), the Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce, and the Nissan GT-R. That’s elite company right there.

For now though, the AMG GT R holds the production lap record at Bathurst. That in itself is an achievement that’s worth its weight in the record books.

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Mercedes C 250d 4MATIC Sets Diesel Record At Pikes Peak

Mercedes C 250d 4MATIC Sets Diesel Record At Pikes Peak

This year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb may have been devoid of eight-minute runs, which left Peugeot’s record from 2013 untouched, but that’s not to say it went into the history books without new benchmarks. Not only did Rhys Millen set a new EV record and become the first driver to win the race in a battery-powered car, but there’s also a new record for diesels to talk about. This one was established by Mercedes-Benz, which brought a diesel-powered C-Class to race up the mountain.

Specifically, the Germans prepared "a near-production" C 250 d 4MATIC for the Exhibition class and completed the "Race to the Clouds" in 11 minutes and 22 seconds. While that may be more than two minutes off the 9:07-minute run of this year’s winner, it’s quite an achievement for a vehicle using a standard production engine, and a record for a diesel-powered car.

"Shoving a series-production diesel sedan with an automatic transmission up Pikes Peak sounds like a crazy idea, but it was a lot of fun," said Uwe Nittel, Mercedes’ driver for the race. "It shows that the preconceived notions about diesel engines are no longer relevant."

According to the company, the C 250 d 4MATIC used its stock 201-horsepower, four-cylinder engine and seven-speed automatic transmission. The only modifications included a stripped out interior and the addition of the obligatory safety features such as a roll cage, racing fuel tank, fire extinguishing system, updated brakes and high-performance tires.

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Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive Laps Nordschleife in 7:56

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive Laps Nordschleife in 7:56

In June, the 2012 Audi R8 E-tron became the fastest electric car around Nürburgring with a lap time of 8:09.099 minutes. The problem with the R8 E-tron, however, is that it will never be offered to customers.

This June, Mercedes decided to show what its SLS AMG Electric Drive can do and brought it to the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife test track. The results put the SLS AMG Electric Drive directly into the Guineas Book of World Records.

The electric SLS lapped the Nordschleife in just 7:56.234 minutes, becoming the fastest electric car in the world around the `Ring, but also the first electrically powered production vehicle to have mastered the legendary racetrack in under eight minutes.

This record comes just 2 weeks after the first overall win for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 in the Nürburgring 24 Hours race.

"For the first time, an electrically-powered series production vehicle has lapped the Nürburgring Nordscheife in under eight minutes. The record for the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive in 7:56.234 minutes on the Nordschleife shows the special position of our innovative and unique drive solution," said Tobias Moers.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive.

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Video: Mercedes releases David Coulthard's record-setting, golf ball catch with the SLS AMG Roadster

Video: Mercedes releases David Coulthard’s record-setting, golf ball catch with the SLS AMG Roadster

Earlier this month, Mercedes announced that they had set a pretty unusual world record. With F1 legend David Coulthard and pro golfer Jake Shepherd supplying the theatrics, Mercedes managed to set the record for the farthest distance a golf ball has been caught in a moving car.

Unusual is probably an understatement to describe the attempt. Nevertheless, it’s a pretty cool record to be involved in.

Mercedes promised to release the video next month, but apparently they couldn’t contain their excitement, releasing it earlier than all of us expected. The record grab, which was independently verified by the Guinness Book of World Records, only needed two takes to accomplish. Very impressive work, indeed.

You can check out the video of Coulthard’s golf ball catch with the SLS AMG Roadster by clicking on the image above. There are also a number of subsequent angles of the catch, so make sure you check those out as well.

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