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      Published on 01-24-2012 07:42 AM
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      Hybrid versus diesel. We tend to stand on the side of diesel when these two are brought up and we wish there were more diesel options from German manufacturers in the USA. One would expect a turbo diesel motor making a bunch of torque to have no problem with a hybrid. Well, that was not the case here. Insideline tested the two different approaches against once another which made for a very interesting comparison. ...
      Published on 01-23-2012 05:51 PM
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      Mercedes has set the lofty goal of raising sales by 20%. How are they going to get that increase? Well, in a variety of ways but they intend for plug-in hybrids to be a part of it. The plug-in hybrid B-Class variant will be a USA only car. With BMW barely outselling Mercedes 247,907 to 245,192 in the USA Mercedes seems to want to push to the top by offering more efficient and entry level models. Should enthusiasts start to panic? Not while Mercedes is still able to deliver awesome Black Series cars to us. ...
      Published on 01-22-2012 08:06 AM
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      AMS, known very well for their Nissan GTR work, intends to get into the Mercedes tuning scene with the new twin turbo M157 powerplant. They recently picked up a 2012 E63 AMG that was not equipped with the performance package. They got a baseline for the car on a dynojet dyno and it put down 463 wheel horsepower. This is 20 wheel horsepower less than the baseline Renntech got for their CLS 63 AMG. One possible explanation is that the Renntech dyno is in STD and the AMS dyno is in SAE. Regardless, we look forward to more dyno runs to help put these numbers into context.

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      Published on 01-22-2012 02:42 AM
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      What we have here is a wrecked W221 S65 AMG from Russia (surprise, surprise). The owner apparently took some passengers out to show them what the car could do even though road conditions were wet and icy. The driver lost control when going through an intersection at about 130 miles per hour flying into a metal fence belonging to a Lada dealership. Amazingly, the driver and passengers were able to all walk away under their own power. ...
      Published on 01-19-2012 10:08 PM
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      The A25 AMG is clearly on the way as seen here. The model testing comes very quickly on the heels of its production being announced and that the A-Class would be coming to the USA. As stated in the previous report, the car will get a 340 horsepower 2.0 liter direct injected turbo 4 cylinder. It will compete with the Volkswagen Golf R and Audi S3. With no 1 Series in the USA it would seem Mercedes will have an advantage over BMW in this segment. ...
      Published on 01-18-2012 06:52 PM
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      This is good news. Mercedes is embracing diesel motors in the USA and intends to expand their lineup due to strong diesel demand and sales in 2011. The GLK will likely get the 2.2 Mercedes 4 cylinder diesel motor that puts out 167 horsepower and and 295 pound-feet of torque. This would make for the sixth diesel in the Mercedes lineup (the ML, GL, R, S, and E all have diesel options) and competitors like BMW with the X3 do not have an answer for it at the moment. We just wish they would give it the 6 cylinder diesel but we are just happy Mercedes is expanding the diesel offering. ...
      Published on 01-18-2012 02:27 AM
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      The Renntech Stage 2 tune made an impressive debut on the drag strip propelling the first CLS63 AMG into the 10's as well as the first M157 5.5 liter twin turbo V8. That was done with a run of 10.98@129.4. Renntech has managed to improve on this by almost one full tenth with a run of 10.90@128.96. The 60 foot in this latest run is 1.703 versus the previous 1.797 which explains the better ET as well as the slight drop in trap speed. Congratulations on the new overall M157 record! ...
      Published on 01-17-2012 12:51 AM
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      Congratulations to Team Abu Dhabi Black Falcon for winning the 24 Hours of Dubai. The Heico Motorsports SLS GT3's finished in 2nd and 3rd place. That means Mercedes SLS GT3 cars swept the podium at the first major endurance race of the season. This marks the first victory for the SLS GT3 race car in a 24 hour race. There were a total of 4 SLS GT3's in the race, the last of which finished in 7th place meaning all four cars were in the top 10, impressive. ...
      Published on 01-15-2012 08:00 AM
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      The Weistec Engineering offering for the SLS AMG is not just limited to their supercharger. Wesitec expanded their naturally aspirated tune offering with an M159 V8 tune. The tune adds 27 horsepower at the wheels as well as 36 wheel torque on 91 octane pump gas. The top speed limiter is removed along with a change in the throttle mapping for sharper response. The tune retails for $1900, specs and dyno sheet below. ...
      Published on 01-15-2012 12:45 AM
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      Well this is definitely interesting, an S-Class convertible? With the demise of Maybach Mercedes intends to fill the gap with several S-class variants. Dr. Uwe Ernstberger (next gen S-class project leader) stated the following in a recent interview, "We want to broaden the range of the S-Class and we'll have additional variants of that car. The next generation gets a lot of technical features that allow it to improve in extreme ways, so in a way, we need to broaden the range to accommodate that. We can go in more directions with it." ...
      Published on 01-14-2012 12:01 AM
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      Veilside is a Japanese tuner that builds some extravagant body kits. Their "Fortune" kits in particular tend to make a bold statement. The word fortune being accurate as this kit is going to cost exactly that. 3,000,000 yen is roughly $39,000 at current exchange rates. That is a lot of dough for what will essentially be another R230 body kit inspired by the SL65 Black Series. This kit will be limited to 300 units which we think they will be hard pressed to sell anywhere near that number. We look forward to seeing the final product unveiled at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon but will not hesitate to mention there are much more affordable options out there to get this same look. ...
      Published on 01-13-2012 06:32 AM
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      This is great news especially considering that the A-Class is coming to the USA. The A25 AMG will be sporting 340 horsepower from a new 2.0 liter direct injected turbo 4 cylinder. This same motor will likely power AMG variants of the upcoming CLC25 AMG as well as GLC25 AMG. It will make for a great entry level AMG tuning platform and with 340 horsepower will offer strong competition to its rivals namely the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3. ...
      Published on 01-10-2012 07:41 AM
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      Here it is, what everyone anticipated was right on the heels of the Weistec M156 superchargers, the Weistec Mercedes SLS AMG 750 Supercharger Kit. This supercharger is the same 2.3 liter twin screw unit used on the M156 motors however the setup on the SLS is much stronger. 638 wheel horsepower for a Weistec M159 SLS 750 supercharger vs. 538 for a Weistec Stage I+ M156 supercharger. A 100 wheel horsepower difference is nothing to sneeze at and anything over 600 wheel is simply incredibly powerful. ...
      Published on 01-10-2012 03:55 AM
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      Well, it didn't take long for M157's to start running 10's in the 1/4 mile now did it? 10.9@129.40, absolutely incredible. The Renntech tune on the M157 in Stage I form previously powered a car to 11.3135 in the 1/4 mile. This was the Stage II package which is rated at more horsepower with a "conservative" 688 horsepower crank rating. Expect more details to come shortly on the Renntech Stage II package for the M157. For now, enjoy the World Record 1/4 mile run video below. ...
      Published on 01-08-2012 11:31 PM
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      The new R231 SL was recently revealed and naturally the design was debated. This led to us wondering about what a new AMG SL would look like and BenzBoost with the help of our graphic design artist Wild-Speed decided to render it. You should find the final result pleasing with the car looking much more aggressive in the front as well as the rear which takes a styling cue in the exhaust tips from the C63 Black Series. Expect the new SL63 AMG next year and for it to sport the new M157 twin turbo V8 with with a performance package option to boost the horsepower well over 500. ...

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