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      Published on 10-02-2011 12:53 AM
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      Aston Martin was supposed to help the struggling Maybach brand with the next range of models. Well, apparently someone was asking for a bit too much in the deal and the talks have now ceased. In return for helping the Maybach brand with new styling and model expansion, Aston was supposed to get some nice technological updates from Daimler including M and S class chassis on which to build models on as well as the M278 twin turbo V8. This partnership never made much sense to us but then again neither did the Maybach revival to begin with. It appears the luxury brand may go back to being dead.
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      Published on 10-01-2011 02:42 AM
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      Never heard of the Mercedes Citaro? Don't sweat it, as we did not either until we saw this ad. It is a bus introduced in 1997 manufactured in Germany and designed with a low floor for easy access. It is not available in the USA but that should not stop you from watching this commercial. The BMW is depicted as being overdone and riced out with an owner who just looks kind of greasy. He pulls up on the VW with girls sitting in the back and revs to which the VW driver responds with a rev of his own. This goes on until the Citaro... well, we won't spoil it for you.
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      Published on 09-29-2011 09:53 PM
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      Mercedes has launched a new line of fragrances for men and women. We are not sure how popular these will be with the ladies but chances are Mercedes dorks can not wait to get their hands on this. We doubt it makes you smell like a new Mercedes (which with how women react to them is not a bad idea) as Mercedes says the sent features a cool top note of Calabrian bergamot, lemon essence and Italian mandarin while the base note provides a spicy finish to the perfume and includes American cedar wood, vetyver grass, and patchouli. Available 1st quarter of 2012.
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      Published on 09-28-2011 11:42 PM
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      Yes, the CLC is coming. This will be a big volume car for Mercedes who will be moving down market in search of greater sales volume likely to keep pace with BMW and AUDI. This model also coincides with the new entry level SLA roadster as both are designed to appeal to greater masses. As reported previously, the standard car will be front wheel drive but there will also likely be an all wheel drive option. Engine choices will likely be limited (no huge V8's) so expect the new turbo four cylinder as one of the engine choices.
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      Published on 09-27-2011 11:03 PM
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      This is a rumor going around on a few sites now and we are posting it due to the switch being a logical move by Mercedes. The M113 supercharged V8 has really only remained in the lineup due to the G55 AMG. It makes all these sense in the world for Mercedes to switch to their new twin turbo M157 V8. These spy photos were taken of the model testing and photographers reported the sound was completely different. Then again, we trust these guys ability to take pictures a lot more than their ability to discern motors based on their hearing alone as they have made mistakes in the past such as stating the C63 Black Series sounded like a twin turbo V8.
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      Published on 09-26-2011 05:38 AM
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      Nico finished the Singapore Grand Prix in seventh place this evening whilst Michael retired from the race following a collision with Sergio Perez on lap 28. Sebastian Vettel yet again dominated another grand prix, adding a tally of nine grand prix wins in a season to his resume. This time he was able to fend off a late charge from Mclaren's Jenson Button. With this victory, Button is the only driver left that has a chance at the championship, even if it is a slim one. Vettel now, only needs to finish ahead of Button in Japan to secure the title.
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      Published on 09-26-2011 02:57 AM
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      W216 CL63 AMG owners now have a new long tube header option courtesy of Renntech. As most know, the header is a good place to pick up power on the M156 motors. The Renntech solution features T-304 stainless steel with 2 inch diameter tubing. 200 cell cats are included in the headers which we believe robs some power. No word on a catless race option which also would likely drop the cost from the VERY steep $8200. Check out photos and the video below.
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      Published on 09-23-2011 11:55 PM
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      We like seeing Mercedes M275 V12 swaps and we especially like seeing them swapped into the Mercedes SUV's as they were never produced with the M275 V12's. So MKB puts the motor into the GL and tweaks it to 658 horsepower which is very respectable. What is the problem with this swap? MKB takes 6 months and wants $294,000 for the swap not including the price of the car. Uh, not exactly cost effective. If one is serious, this can be done for far less money. Certainly less than over a 1/4 million dollars.
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      Published on 09-22-2011 07:33 PM
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      Here is Benz-O-Rama's (Clayton's) Mercedes SL with his new 20 inch Vossen rims. The finished product simply looks great, gorgeous. The wheels are 20x9 - Offset +25 in front and 20x10.5 – Offset +30 in back. The front and back weigh 27 and 28 pounds respectively, not bad at all. These are a direct bolt in with no spacers, hub centric, low pressure cast, featuring a 5 inch inner lip as well. The finish on Clayton's set here is matte black with the face being machined. Vossen offers a 5 year workmanship warranty and a lifetime structural warranty. Oh, and they are a great value to boot. Check out the pictures and video below.
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      Published on 09-21-2011 06:40 AM
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      The Singapore Grand Prix, Round 14 of the 2011 Formula One season and the first of the season-ending flyaway races, takes place on Sunday 25 September. The season’s only night race, with a 20:00 local start time, takes place around the city streets of Singapore’s Marina Bay area, lit up by 1500 specialist light projectors around the 5.073 km circuit. All three Singapore Grand Prix so far have featured Safety Car deployments, with an average of 6.7 laps per race. The drivers change gear 71 times per lap for a race total of at least 4331, nearly twice as many as in Spa.
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      Published on 09-20-2011 09:31 PM
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      A class action suit is being brought against Mercedes / Daimler AG due to alleged defects in the M156 V8 motor. The suit states that these defects are due to premature wear. The premature wear taking place as a result of the material used in the camshafts. The camshafts used are made of cast nodular iron. The valve lifters used however are made of 9310 grade steel. In the official complaint it is stated that the combination of these metals as designed is contributing to premature wear of the M156 motors. This can be due to improper heat treating of the metals or improper offset. The main sticking point is that Mercedes and AMG have known about this since 2007 when service bulletin S-B 05.20/20b was released. We will keep you updated on the details as this goes forward.
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      Published on 09-19-2011 07:52 PM
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      We already reported that an SLS Black Series was in the works. Nice to see the mainstream sites confirm it as Motortrend reports AMG confirmed the production and development of the car. “We absolutely have to do a Black Series” Tobias Moers, head of AMG vehicle development, stated to Motor Trend. What changes will the SLS Black Series bring? Well, expect more power and less weight hopefully. It will be at home on the track and likely have many of the same changes the C63 AMG Black Series will be seeing versus its standard counterpart.
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      Published on 09-17-2011 07:16 AM
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      As reported, Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher unveilved the new Mercedes DTM car at the Frankfurt auto show. The car looks stunning and like a worthy rival to the recently revealed 2012 Audi A5 DTM car. The 2011 season is still winding down (with Audi taking the lead from Mercedes) but with BMW in the mix and the new cars for 2012 the next season is shaping up very, very nicely.
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      Published on 09-17-2011 12:02 AM
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      Mercedes has put up a web special and site for the upcoming C63 Black Series Coupe. The site contains an overview of the car, styling, drivetrain, performance, specs, etc. Mercedes also confirms that the motor uses all forged internals from the SLS just as we reported. A very nice high resolution gallery (pictures posted below) as well as the official press release for the car are also on the site. Definitely worth checking out even if only to drool and dream about this car: http://www.mercedes-amg.com/#/c63blackseries
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      Published on 09-16-2011 12:12 AM
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      This is a very nicely executed modification package from Carlsson for the new W218 Mercedes CLS. The styling is not overdone like others (Hamann anyone?) and sophisticated adding aggression without going overboard. They add a carbon fiber front lip, carbon fiber spoiler, and a new rear bumper with an integrated diffuser. Engine output is boosted to 649 horses which we do not doubt considering the gains on the M157 twin turbo tuners are getting. A Carlsson C-tronic suspension module which lowers the car rounds out the package.
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