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      Published on 02-29-2012 05:17 PM
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      There is no Black Series for the Mercedes CL and that is likely a good thing as first of all the CL is too heavy for such treatment and secondly if too many models got Black Series editions it would make the special edition cars far less special. Those who want a Black Series look for their CL however are covered with this new Prior Design wide body kit. It is clearly influenced by the SL 65 Black Series and that is not a bad thing. ...
      Published on 02-28-2012 06:56 AM
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      Mercedes AMG Black Series cars are awesome. Cigarette speedboats are awesome. What is not to like with combining the two? Introducing the Black Series Marauder 50 foot speedboat. The boat has twin Mercury engines good for a combined 2700 horsepower. So what does the boat have in common with the C63 AMG Black Series that is said to serve as the inspiration other than the paint scheme and Alcantara touches? Who cares, stupid question, this boat is just plain badass whether it shares much of anything with the car or not. ...
      Published on 02-28-2012 03:58 AM
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      Before we get into the numbers for this performance package M157 CLS63 AMG we want to mention the dyno used here. Insideline uses the MD Automotive dynojet which usually reads high even for a dynojet. We posted a dyno comparison done by Renntech of a 2012 CLS 63 AMG stock, with the performance package, and with a tune, and the performance package number was 516 wheel horsepower so right inline with what Insideline hit. ...
      Published on 02-25-2012 09:31 AM
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      Well, this is something we would have never predicted. An SLS turned into a sedan? Really? Well, that is if you believe these patent drawing which sure seem to be authentic and are creating quite a bit of buzz. Mercedes seems to be considering meshing the gullwing doors with a traditional hinged door design for the rear. Mercedes will not confirm or deny the car but we think this would be an awkward and unnecessary step. However, at least they have the guts to try different things though and expand their model lineup every which way it can go. Even areas nobody would have guessed. ...
      Published on 02-24-2012 08:00 AM
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      Congratulations to Renntech who simply keeps raising the bar on the M157 platform seemingly week after week. Renntech hit 602 wheel horsepower with STD correction on 93 octane pump gas. Yes, incredible. The CLS63 has a revised tune, intercooler upgrade, and a downpipe modification with 200 CEL cats. This provides 119 wheel horsepower over stock and 188 pound-feet of torque over stock. The best part? M157 tuning is just getting warmed up. ...
      Published on 02-24-2012 03:50 AM
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      Insideline tested the new C63 AMG coupe and the results are what we expected and pretty darn good. 12.3@116 is no surprise but they managed to do this on street tires at California Speedway in Fontana. On better rubber and in better weather along with a P31 package will propel the car well into the 11's, stock. The curb weight is pretty much the same as the sedan although Mercedes quoted numbers have the sedan at 3,924. The coupe does not offer any performance advantage over the sedan other than center of gravity. ...
      Published on 02-22-2012 05:00 AM
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      The 2011 Formula 1 season did not exactly go as planned for Mercedes. No point dwelling on the past as it is time to focus on the 2012 season and how Mercedes will fare with their new car. The main changes in the W03 are different maximum bodywork heights which create the "interesting" new nose style and exhaust placement changes. The new car has 4500 parts compared to 4300 of the old car. How will Mercedes fare this season and will Nico finally clearly surpass the aging Schumacher or will Michael prove his talent is timeless? We can not wait to find out. ...
      Published on 02-21-2012 05:22 PM
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      Here it is, the new Mercedes SL63 AMG. The finished product looks almost identical to the renderings BenzBoost provided. So, any surprises? Nope, not really, the car features the M157 twin turbo 5.5 liter V8 in a state of tune of 529 horsepower. With more power and torque than the previous SL63 combined with 242 pounds less weight, this should be an easy 11 second and 120+ mph car in stock form especially if equipped with the performance package. Job well done Mercedes, more power, better efficiency, and less weight.

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      Published on 02-21-2012 02:51 AM
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      Everyone should know how great the M156 naturally aspirated V8 E63 AMG sounds. A great growl with a slight exotic touch that only gets more and more glorious as it approaches its 7200 rpm redline. The switch to turbo motors in BMW's has removed much of the aural pleasure associated with the powerplants. We are happy to say the E63 AMG switching to turbos has not diminished its sound quality and the M157 sounds amazing. Check the videos below for proof and to compare to the M156. ...
      Published on 02-18-2012 10:05 PM
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      AMG acquiring Ducati is an interesting proposition. There have already been a couple partnerships between AMG and Ducati namely the R172 SLK55 AMG Ducati Edition as well as the Duacti Diavel AMG. The natural choice for Ducati is AMG due to past partnerships and also considering that Mercedes has no motorcycle division. Acquiring one to compete with BMW would work much in the same fashion as when Mercedes acquired AMG to compete with BMW's M division. ...
      Published on 02-17-2012 12:04 AM
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      First of all, only one car is the true winner here. That vehicle is the C63 Black Series. Why? Because it is the only one out of the two that can be purchased in the United States. The M3 GTS might as well be a unicorn. It is also worth mentioning that Clarkson owns a Black Series. He ends up picking the Black Series here but his reasoning is sound. The M3 is a scalpel, an already fine machine further sharpened. He likens the C63 Black Series to more of a large caliber machine gun to the M3 sniper rifle and that it is a far greater improvement over the standard C63 AMG which he does not find as noteworthy as the standard M3. Sound reasoning in our view. ...
      Published on 02-14-2012 09:00 AM
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      Most of you should know that the Mercedes 1.8 liter M271 DE18ML engine lost its supercharger in favor of a turbo creating the 1.8 liter M271 DE18LA turbocharged and direct injected four cylinder. AMG is enlisting help of its internal HPE (High Performance Engine) division to raise the output beyond what the BMW 1M and Audi RS3 offer. This means they are shooting for over 340 horsepower which will require a substantial reworking of the 201 horsepower 1.8 liter engine. ...
      Published on 02-14-2012 02:33 AM
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      Mercedes seems intent to produce their Shooting Break (not a typo, Mercedes used Break in the concept's name) C218 CLS. We doubt this vehicle will make it to the USA which historically has not taken a liking to these style of vehicles. This winter testing should be the last round of testing before production and we can expect the vehicle in the European market by the end of the year. Expect a CLS550 version as well as an AMG version to make for the ultimate grocery getter. ...
      Published on 02-11-2012 10:37 PM
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      We showed you Part I of the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 production a couple weeks ago. Mercedes has now released Parts II and III. We are glad Mercedes is detailing the build process so enthusiasts can see what goes into these race cars. Part II is a timelapse piece. Part III shows the seat customization. Where and how you sit is an incredibly important part of the build as each car can and is tailored to the driver. Remember, with the cage in place there is not exactly a ton of room to work with. ...
      Published on 02-11-2012 01:01 AM
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      We find this report from CAR a bit tough to believe. The Maybach sedans were based on the old W220 S-Class platform. It is not as if Daimler created a new design from the ground up. It was basically an expensive S-Class even sharing the drivetrain with the same old M275 twin turbo V12 and transmission already found in other 600 Mercedes models. Where Maybach likely lost money was not due to engineering costs, as it was a parts bin sedan, but on the marketing and dealer network support. ...

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