Published on 10-26-2011 07:20 PM
No surprise, everyone knows the new ML63 AMG is coming. Mercedes is choosing to reveal it at this years Los Angeles International Auto Show. The 2012 model will be dropping its naturally aspirated M156 6.2 liter V8 for the new turbocharged M157 twin turbo 5.5 liter unit. The performance package will surely be available for this car as well since the package is really nothing more than an ECU tune. BenzBoost will be at the show for the official reveal to bring you photos and details.
...Published on 10-26-2011 08:24 AM
All the German luxury auto makers are trying to squeeze as many niche models in as possible to up volume. Mercedes is no exception announcing they intend to add a new model at their Tuscaloosa US plant. The model is likely to be an MLC sport utility crossover which will target the BMW X6. Why would this likely be the case? Well, the X6 left Audi and Mercedes scrambling to come up with an answer. Secondly, the plant already produces ML, GL, and R class models making this crossover which would share its platform with the ML the most logical addition to the production capacity. We will know for sure soon.
...Published on 10-26-2011 04:50 AM
Unfortunately for Mercedes fans, Audi already pretty much wrapped up team and driver titles in the previous race. Jamie Green won the final race of the 2011 season in fairly dominant fashion finishing 7.6 seconds ahead of second place. Second place went to the 2011 champion, Audi's Martin Tomczyk who clearly is no slouch. Miguel Molina of Audi finished in third place to round out the podium. Better luck to Mercedes next year when BMW enters the fray for what will make for an exciting BMW vs. Audi vs. Mercedes 2012 season.
...Published on 10-25-2011 06:46 AM
A major congratulations is in order for Weistec who managed to pull off what many said would be impossible. CARB certification (California Air Resource Board) is extremely difficult due to the strict emission controls employed in the state. It is usually only large manufacturers making parts for domestics that have any luck with CARB certification using aftermarket superchargers (Magnusson, NOVI, Stillen) and we searched but could not find another modern example of a CARB certified aftermarket supercharger system for a Mercedes, BMW, or Audi. Not Dinan, not Renntech, not Active Autowerke, not VF-Engineering, not APR, not ESS, not Gintani, nobody producing superchargers for the aforementioned makes has achieved this on a platform produced in the last decade. That should put things in perspective.
...Published on 10-25-2011 04:00 AM
The Buddh International Circuit, the newest addition to Formula One. This race is the first new race in four years (Singapore & Valencia 2008, Abu Dhabi 2009, Korea 2010). Formula One heads to new territory next week with the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2011 World Championship, taking place at the Buddh International Circuit on the outskirts of New Delhi, on Sunday 30 October. Designed by acclaimed circuit designer Hermann Tilke, the circuit cost $188 million to build and features a 5.141km long track that incorporates 16 corners and runs in a Clockwise direction. ...Published on 10-24-2011 06:20 PM
The SLS Black Series is coming, hope everyone is up to speed with that. Autoevolution caught the vehicle testing and the spyshots have been making their way around the web. What is obviously most striking is the wider carbon fiber body work. The vehicle simply looks mean and aggressive, as has been the case for all Black Series vehicles produced thus far. Rumors about what is under the hood abound but we expect a tweaked M156. How tweaked? Well, 650 horsepower is the current rumor which we find hard to believe due to being well over 100 hp/per liter for a fairly large motor. Would be nice though.
...Published on 10-23-2011 08:11 PM
We brought you news last week of MBUSA CEO Ernst Lieb being removed by Mercedes but speculation ran rampant as to why. Reports are coming out that Lieb abused the company expense account. What type of abuse? Apparently he renovated his home on Daimler's dime and charged his wife's country club membership to the company. In addition, he would charge personal flights to the expense account as well such as one such flight to Australia. Lieb was warned but another incident was too much for the brass to stand and he was let go. We are guessing the Mercedes USA CEO is paid pretty well so we have to simply say Lieb was an idiot for abusing the company expense account.
...Published on 10-21-2011 11:41 PM
Keep in mind, Mercedes likely has no intention of producing a vehicle like this. A convertible C63 Black Series coupe does not really make much sense for what is intended to be a hardcore track car. Then again, Ferrari did a Scuderia convertible so the idea is not completely out of line. This rendering has popped up around the web and it certainly is cool to see what a convertible version of the C63 Black Series would look like. It definitely has a certain appeal.
...Published on 10-20-2011 02:50 AM
It seems W204 C63 widebodies are becoming quite popular with more and more options in this department. Many already know about the Renntech widebody option but ACG is creating a custom widebody of their own. We do not know if this is a one-off or intended to become kit but if it can be done once it most certainly can be repeated. We look forward to bringing you the completed pictures along with further information such as pricing.
...Published on 10-18-2011 07:10 AM
We are not going to name any names here but chances are there are a few M156 ECU's out there that look exactly like what you see here. This ECU was drenched in epoxy gunk which essentially ruined it without the owner knowing or providing consent for the ECU to be modified in this manner. The only way to remove the material to be able to tune the ECU was to use a CNC machine carefully to remove it over a period of a couple hours. It was a coin flip whether the board would be hit essentially creating an expensive paperweight but the ECU was able to be salvaged and tuned as the material was removed without hitting/damaging the board. Make sure you do not have to go through this ordeal with your ECU and be careful what tuner you go with.
...Published on 10-17-2011 09:13 PM
This story has come out of nowhere and is being reported by Automotive News. Ernts Lieb has been relived from his position that he has held for the last 5 years as head of Mercedes in the USA. Herbert Werner will take over in the interim until an official successor is announced. Mercedes has had strong months this year in the USA so we are not sure what the reason is for Lieb being suddenly removed from his post especially considering he has worked for Daimler for over two decades. This dismissal seemingly coincides with the cancellation of the Mercedes national dealer meeting which was supposed to take place this week. We do not know what Lieb may have done wrong but we do like his taste in women. More on this story to come.
...Published on 10-17-2011 05:55 AM
Low 11's with just a tune in warm 85 degree Florida weather? That is what a CLS63 AMG (non-Performance Package) with the Stage 1 Renntech M157 tune just did. The Stage I tune raises boost from the stock 14.5 psi to about the exact same amount as the performance package, 18.8 psi. The vehicle was completely stock except for Nitto NT05 drag radials. Density altitude was just under 2000 feet which means in winter conditions we can realistically expect high 10's out of tune only M157 cars.
...Published on 10-16-2011 06:27 AM
Despite a promising weekend for Mercedes GP, the team couldn't show it where is counts, the race. Rosberg could only manage to claim eighth place, after battling it out with Jenson Button and the Ferrari's. In the end, he's tires gave out and was passed by Torro Rosso's Alguersuari on the last lap of the race. Michael had an unfortunate race and had to retire after Ranault's Vitaly Petrov completely over-braked and took out Schumacher on turn 3. Petrov and Alonso were battling for position after the first pitstops and both outbraked themselves. Alonso was on the outside and went off the track, but Petrov on the inside, ran into Schumacher, destroying his rear wing and puncturing his rear tire.
...Published on 10-15-2011 08:31 AM
Mercedes GP took a very strategic approach to the Korean weekend. They spent all practice sessions on finding the right setup for race conditions. When qualifying rolled around, both drivers chose to do only one run in each of the qualifying periods in order to save tires for the race. Unfortunatly because of that Schumacher after complaints of vibrations in the car could ony manage 9th before dropping to 12th at the end of Q2. Nico Rosberg on the other hand made it through all three sessions and finished qualifying in 7th place.
...Published on 10-13-2011 08:40 PM
As many of you expected, Renntech is now a vendor on BenzBoost and the entire Boost Network of sites. We wish to welcome Renntech and thank them for their positive and professional approach. Renntech was established in 1989 by Hartmut Feyhl and since then has evolved into one of the premier Mercedes tuning options in the United States. Renntech offers forced induction, body pieces, intakes, exhausts, tuning, you name it. Renntech is also expanding into other markets beyond Mercedes offering Porsche parts and tuning as well as the same for Audi. The Renntech website is http://www.renntechmercedes.com and can also be reached by contacting @mark@renntech here on the forum.