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Mercedes Teases Frankfurt Debut of Project One Hypercar

Two-seater will borrow F1 tech to top 1,000 hp.

by on Sep.01, 2017

The AMG Project One will rely on a compact V-6 and four electric motors to reach over 1,000 hp.

How fast is too fast? Is there a limit to the horsepower one needs? We haven’t come close to the limits on either, it seems, and Daimler is set to prove that point with the debut of the eagerly-awaited Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar in just a couple weeks.

Borrowing key powertrain technologies from the German marque’s dominant Formula One program, the limited-edition Project One cars are expected to make in excess of 1,000 horsepower and top out somewhere around 350 kmh, or 217 mph.

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The carefully crafted teaser image released by Mercedes today gives a hint of what the hypercar will look like as it races towards you. One of the most surprising details is the unusual placement of the familiar Mercedes tri-star, almost certainly for aerodynamic benefits. While the Project One may draw from Formula One, the overall look is more like that of a Le Mans prototype. That should be no surprise, of course, as you can’t fit two in an F1 car.

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AMG Quite Literally Uncovers New Project One Hypercar

From track to street with F1-derived 1,020 hp gas-electric drivetrain.

by on May.30, 2017

AMG's F1-derived driveline pairs a 748-hp 1.6-liter turbo V-6 with four electric motors.

When AMG said it was going to uncover its new Project One hypercar at the 24-hour race at Nurburgring over the weekend, it wasn’t kidding.

The Mercedes-Benz performance arm rolled out the platform for the 1,020-horsepower monster, sans body. But it offered a good look at how AMG plans to take Formula One technology from track to street, a move that will not only deliver neck-snapping performance but also give Project One owners bragging rights for operating the cleanest hypercar on the road.

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“We are the first to make pure bred F1 technology roadworthy,” said AMG Chairman Tobias Moers, during the Project One preview, adding that the hypercar “shifts up the boundaries of what is technically feasible.”

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2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST Ushers in Era of Muscle Trucks

Wave of SUV buyers seeking performance they had in sedans, coupes.

by on Apr.06, 2017

The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST with a model of its optional 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8.

General Motors is upping the performance quotient with the debut of the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST. Short for Rally Sport Truck, it will target buyers who want the sort of power from a full-size SUV that they might normally expect from a muscle sedan or coupe.

Some manufacturers are content with cosmetic updates, and the RST does, indeed, add some sporty visual flourishes, like its gloss-black grille and mirror caps. But it’s what’s under the hood that’s likely to matter most to Tahoe buyers. The new version of the big ute offers an optional Performance Package that features a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 capable of launching from 0 to 60 in just 5.7 seconds.

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“Customers are shifting over to crossovers and SUVs” in record numbers, said Sandor Pizar, the Chevy Truck marketing manager, during the Tahoe RST’s debut, “and a portion of them want performance.”

Chevrolet is by no means the only Detroit automaker betting there’s a market for muscle trucks.

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Mercedes Adding 603-hp Wagon to New E-Class Line-Up

2018 Mercedes-AMG e63 S wagon is faster but more fuel-efficient.

by on Feb.01, 2017

The new E-wagon delivers power through a performance version of the 4Matic AWD system.

Only weeks after giving the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe its first public showing at the North American International Auto Show, the German maker is giving us a sneak peek of yet another intriguing variant: an AMG wagon that will offer not just plenty of cargo space but the power to get you where it needs to go in a hurry.

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon will punch out 603 horsepower from its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 – and it will put that power down through all four wheels to ensure maximum launch and grip, it revealed today.

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The new AMG power wagon will be both quicker than its predecessor – able to launch from 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds – but also more fuel efficient. But final U.S. EPA numbers are not yet available.

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AMG, Maybach, Buoying Mercedes as it Takes Global Luxury Lead

Is an all-electric AMG in the cards?

by on Jan.16, 2017

The Mercedes-AMG GT R takes on winter's worst in the latest expansion of the Forza racing game.

Once rare, Daimler’s AMG division seems intent on turning out high-performance versions of just about every possible Mercedes-Benz model – sometimes two or more, as it demonstrated at the Detroit Auto Show with the launch of several new Mercedes-AMG GT variants.

The latest AMG models are not just faster than ever, they’re flying out of showrooms at a record pace, with little indication of any slowdown in sight as the brand that began in a German garage marks its 50th anniversary.

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AMG isn’t the only brand-within-a-brand success story for Daimler. If anything, however, Maybach may be an even bigger surprise, having come back from the dead just two years ago as the marque for Mercedes’ most exclusive models. The reincarnated brand is now selling more cars in China each month than it did worldwide in its previous life.

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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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