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Forget Hybrids and Hydrogen Cars; Some Just Have to Have a V-12

Mercedes shifts line, boosts 12-cylinder production.

by on Nov.23, 2015

Daimler has moved production of its V-12 engines to Mannheim to boost production.

Facing tough new mileage and emissions standards, automakers have been shifting to smaller and more environmentally friendly powertrains. The V-8s that once dominated the American highway have become more and more uncommon as even performance cars switch to downsized turbo and hybrid alternatives.

Yet, some buyers just aren’t ready to switch, and that’s led to a bit of a renaissance for one type of engine environmentalists would clearly love to see vanish in the junkyard. Demand has been so strong, in fact, that Daimler AG has moved its V-12 engine line to a new plant in order to boost production.

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“Supplying our customers as fast as possible is highly important to us,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “We do not have any possibilities for expansion in Affalterbach at present, so we have decided to transfer the assembly of the twelve-cylinder engines to the Daimler site in Mannheim.”

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Mercedes AMG C63 Ups Ante in Luxury Performance

Small coupe provides stiff competition for rest of segment.

by on Aug.19, 2015

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S is powered by a 4.0-liter V8 putting out 503 horsepower.

Mercedes-Benz gave C-Class AMG aficionados a little glimpse earlier today at what’s to come for the 2017 model with a promise of more information to follow soon. Apparently, the future is now as Mercedes released the specs just hours later.

AMG fans can rest assured that the latest C-Class iteration follows on the high-powered traditions of its predecessors, which have made the C-Class version the best-selling AMG variant in the Mercedes line-up.

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“The new AMG C63 Coupe embodies our conception of progress: It offers impressive longitudinal and lateral dynamics at an extremely high level along with improved fuel economy,” said Tobias Moers, chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. (more…)

Mercedes Revs Up C-Class with New AMG

German maker puts some oomph in the mix for 2017.

by on Aug.19, 2015

The AMG is expected to be powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 putting out as much as 503 horsepower.

Just about a week after Mercedes-Benz gave everyone a peek at the new C-Class Coupe, it’s whetting appetites even more with a look at the 2017 AMG C63.

The automaker rolled out the new C200 and C300 in California and Michigan last weekend and while the newbies looked sporty, they begged the question: when does the AMG get here.

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Well, as the picture shows, the 18-inch wheels from the coupe get bigger 14-spoke models, plus air intakes, a metallic grille and LED headlights on the front giving the AMG version a very distinctive look. (more…)

Mercedes Reveals Track-Ready AMG GT3

"Credible proof of our ambition to lead."

by on Feb.26, 2015

The Mercedes-AMG GT3 will start racing in 2016.

Expect to see some serious track-ready sheet metal make an appearance at the Geneva Motor Show next week, including a track-only offering from Aston Martin, and a dual street and track Cayman GT4 from Porsche.

So, how could Mercedes-Benz be left out of that high-performance pack? It can’t…or won’t, it turns out. Look for the Teutonic maker to bring its own track model to Geneva’s PALExpo convention center in the form of the AMG GT3.

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“We are entering a hard-fought and hotly competitive environment with the new Mercedes-AMG GT3,” declares Tobias Moers, the performance brand’s chairman. “You can only give credible proof of your ambition to lead if you’re beating the very best in the game.

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Mercedes Moving to All-Wheel-Drive with AMG

Focus on performance – but opens doors to Snowbelt markets.

by on Apr.05, 2013

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA45 helps usher in a new AWD strategy for the German maker's AMG brand.

With the launch of its updated 2014 E-Class, CLS and CLA performance models, Mercedes-Benz will begin a dramatic shift at its AMG brand-within-a-brand. Going forward, virtually all of the performance division’s products will come with standard all-wheel-drive.

The strategy should help expand the appeal of models like the 2014 E63 AMG and new CLA45 AMG in snowy northern regions where all-wheel-drive has become a virtual must for buyers.

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But by putting as much emphasis on performance as cold weather traction, Mercedes is betting it will also further enhance demand for AMG models in their traditional “smile state” markets.

“It should widen our footprint,” suggested Rob Moran, manager of the AMG line for Mercedes-Benz USA.

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Mercedes Opens World’s 1st Standalone AMG Dealer in Beijing

Targets booming Chinese market for performance luxury cars.

by on Apr.23, 2012

The new Beijing AMG Performance Center is the first to stand alone and apart from a Mercedes dealership.

Forget rickshaws and bicycles, China is already the world’s largest auto market – and rapidly overtaking the United States when it comes to luxury car sales, as well. No surprise, then, that Mercedes-Benz is breaking ground with the world’s first store specifically dedicated to the maker’s high-performance brand-within-a-brand AMG.

The opening of the new Beijing Sanlitun AMG Performance Center conveniently marks the start of the 2012 Beijing Motor Show where, appropriately enough, the German maker formally took the wraps off the new G63 and G65 AMG sport-utility vehicles.

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Once happy to trot out the occasional AMG model for a limited run, Mercedes today offers more than a dozen different models in the performance sub-brand – with 16 planned for the U.S. market by the end of this year.  And it is using the new AMG Performance Centers to more directly target interested buyer.  But of the 195 global locations, the one in the upscale Beijing neighborhood is unique in selling only AMG products, rather than mixing them in with mere pedestrian Mercedes products.

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Mercedes Adding Coupe-Like SUV to Alabama Line-up

Maker also introducing its most powerful compact ever.

by on Jul.25, 2011

Mercedes unveils the most powerful C-Class ever.

Mercedes-Benz isn’t slowing down its product proliferation program.  The maker, once limited to a handful of models such as the C, E and S-Class sedans, now has a broad range of sedans, coupes, crossovers and SUVs – and will add a new model that apparently blends the off-road capabilities of its M-Class line with the sleek coupe-like shape of its CLS sedan.

Reports indicate the new model will be one of the new additions to go into the Mercedes plant in Vance, Alabama.  The maker has announced that it will spent about $2 billion to upgrade the factory – more than twice the original cost of the plant.  Among other things, the investment will permit Mercedes to produce its C-Class model in Alabama, as well.

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The C-Class line-up will also be getting bigger, the German maker revealed, with the 2012 launch of the new C63 AMG Coupe Black Series.  It will be the most powerful version ever in the compact line – originally known as the Baby Benz.  Powered by a 6.3-liter V-8 developed specifically for the AMG brand-within-a-brand, the Black Series coupe will make 510 horsepower and should launch from 0 to 60 in about 4.2 seconds, Mercedes says.

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New Mercedes AMG V-8 Delivering Near-I-4 Mileage

Green performance without the hybrid?

by on Jul.21, 2011

Mercedes's AMG division claims the new M152 engine going into the SLK55 AMG will deliver big gains in power - and a 30% bump in fuel economy.

With the upcoming launch of its latest powertrain, AMG, the Mercedes-Benz performance division, claims it will be able to deliver the muscle of a traditional AMG V-8 with the mileage of a compact 4-cylinder powertrain.

While that might be a mild exaggeration, the claims are nonetheless impressive if the new 5.5-liter V-8 – developed specifically by AMG – actually can yield a 30% improvement in fuel economy compared to the brand-within-a-brand’s current 5.5-liter V-8.

Until recently, fuel economy was way down the list of attributes Mercedes officials were likely to emphasize – especially at AMG – but studies show that even the affluent buyers who ante up for cars like the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar now list mileage as a concern.

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The new powertrain will find its first application on the AMG-upgraded version of Mercedes’ compact roadster, the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG.  Significantly, the 30% mileage improvement comes despite a 60 horsepower bump, to 415 hp, with torque jumping from 376 to 398 lb-ft on the new model.

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First Look: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG

New look for Mercedes’s premier coupe.

by on Jul.26, 2010

The changes to the 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG are subtle but significant.

While it may not be quite as familiar as the well-known S-Class, the Mercedes-Benz CL coupe is arguably the brand’s flagship, both a styling and technology showcase.

And the top-line German coupe will be getting an updated look for 2011, as you can see from these, a pair of the first shots to emerge from Mercedes headquarters, in Stuttgart.

As with most AMG versions, the details are surprisingly subtle.  The most obvious changes for 2011 with the Mercedes-Benz CL63 include a more aggressive front fascia, new side skirts and the distinctive new quad exhaust ports.

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Of course, what real performance aficionados are most likely to care about is what AMG has done under the hood, and for 2011, it seems, the CL63 nomenclature is a bit misleading.  The coupe will now be powered by a 5.5-liter biturbo V8 making an impressive 563 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque – with the optional AMG Performance Package.

In standard trim, output is a still-solid 536 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque.

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