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Mercedes Launching More Affordable AMG Sport Line

New performance models will offer AWD as standard feature.

by on Dec.01, 2014

The first two AMG Sport models are set to make their debut at the Detroit Auto Show next month.

It will cost you a modest $29,900 to slip inside the popular Mercedes-Benz CLA, the maker’s entry-level sedan. But should you want to pump up the power and performance, expect to push that price tag up to $47,450 for the AMG-badged CLA45.

But as part of its bid to double sales over the next few years, the German maker is launching an all-new line of performance models that will slot between the “base” Mercedes family and the top-end performance division. To be called AMG Sport, we’ll get a first look at two new models when the Detroit Auto Show rolls into town a little more than a month from now.

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“The new Sport models represent a convincing proposition for our customers: genuine sports car technology becomes accessible, appealing to an even broader-ranging clientele worldwide,” explains Tobias Moers, chairman of the Mercedes-AMG management board. “In the next three years we aim to more than double our total sales for 2013.”


Mercedes Pumps Up Performance with AMG C63

“Power spectrum” runs up to 503 hp.

by on Sep.24, 2014

Mercedes will deliver up to 503 hp with the new AMG C63 - along with 32% better fuel economy.

Mercedes-Benz wants to pump you up – at least if you’re looking to buy one of its new C-class models. With the addition of the AMG C63 line next year, you’ll be able to order a package that tips the scales at more than 500 horsepower.

That’s a far cry from the old Baby Benz, but the latest C-Class is larger and far more luxurious than ever, undergoing a number of significant changes for the 2015 model-year, as has already reported. The AMG treatment takes it up a significant notch, both in terms of features and performance.

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What Mercedes describes as the “pinnacle” of the C-Class spectrum will be powered by an all-new biturbo 4.0-liter V-8. It’s a derivative of the engine that will be powering the maker’s new AMG GT sports car. Officially set to debut at the Paris Motor Show in little more than a week, the C63 will be offered with a “power spectrum” of choices.


First Look: 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe

Two doors, no waiting.

by on Mar.19, 2014

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe loses 140 pounds but gains 41 horsepower.

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We got our first look at the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe a few weeks back at the Geneva Motor Show.  What could be the ultimate version of the top-line two-door will rocket into the next big event on the auto circuit when the Mercedes S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe makes its debut at the New York Auto Show in April – before reaching U.S. showrooms this coming autumn.

As with the only slightly less exclusive S550 Coupe, the S63 AMG picks up on the dynamic appearance of the S-Class Coupe Concept Mercedes first unveiled in Detroit at the beginning of the year.  And like the S550 Coupe, the AMG edition adopts a more athletic stance than the S-Class sedan – even as it abandons the old CL nameplate.

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You might be tempted to call the S63 AMG Coupe a lightweight, and in one critical sense you’d be right. Through a variety of steps – from the extensive use of aluminum to the new lithium-ion battery – Mercedes engineers have shaved 140 pounds off the weight of the new two-door.  But don’t think that makes it a pushover.  Not with its 5.5-liter biturbo V-8 punching out a full 577-horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque through all four wheels.


BMW Launches New M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe

Lighter, more powerful, faster.

by on Dec.12, 2013

The new BMW 4-Series will soon get the M treatment.

BMW is giving us a sneak peek at two of its new M pocket rockets with the first official images of the new 2015 M3 and M4 models.

Set to make their formal debuts at next month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the two M cars will deliver more power and improved performance, BMW claims, even while they lose mass compared to the old M3 sedan and coupe models they’re meant to replace.

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It will mark the first-ever M4, in fact, following the Bavarian makers decision to split off the coupe and convertible models as part of a new naming strategy. Going forward, odd numbers, like the familiar 3-Series, will be reserved for sedans, with coupes and cabriolets getting even designations, ala the M4 and 4-Series.


Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Images Leak Out

NY debut planned for smallest performance Benz.

by on Mar.22, 2013

Mercedes will provide a first look at the new CLA 45 AMG next week in New York.

We’ll have to say “cpacebo” to the Russian website that has kindly jumped the embargo and leaked out images of the new CLA 45 AMG. Set to debut at the New York Auto Show next week, it will become the smallest performance model in the Mercedes-Benz line-up.

The coupe-like CLA will be joining Mercedes’ U.S. line-up later this year, and observers are expecting big things, despite its diminutive size, considering the sedan’s distinctive styling, range of standard features and a starting price of less than $30,000.

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But the CLA 45 AMG could target its own distinct niche among those who want an affordable luxury performance car.  It’s expected to be powered by a 355-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. That will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.


First Look: 2012 BMW M6

Most powerful M model ever.

by on Feb.13, 2012


BMW will launch the new M6 Convertible first.

The BMW M6 is back after a two-year absence, with the performance version of the German convertible scheduled to reach U.S. showrooms in June, just in time for open air weather.

The BMW M6 Convertible will bear a 2012 designation, the M6 Coupe will be badged a 2013 model, however, when it lands in the States late this coming Summer.  Both models, the maker claims, will deliver track-level performance while setting “new benchmarks in dialing driving comfort…and fuel efficiency.”


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The third-generation M6 models – which go into production a quarter-century after the original – will share the most powerful engine ever fitting into a production model from BMW M GmbH and will introduce an innovative Active M Differential to optimize rear axle power transfer.  But while the new engine will bump up horsepower by 10% over the prior M6 V-10, and torque by 30%, fuel economy is also expected to improve by 30%,


First Look: Next-gen BMW M5

“I’ve never taken the corners like that before.”

by on Aug.17, 2011

BMW's new M5 will make an impressive 560 horsepower out of its new V8.

BMW offered a quick peek at the next-generation M5 sedan, a rocket on wheels that it plans to bring to market next year.

While journalists weren’t given a chance to drive the prototype briefly revealed during a presentation at the Laguna Seca Raceway, near Monterey, California, BMW officials offered up some critical information on what M-fans can expect.

It has not yet been determined whether the new muscle car will be designated a 2012 or 2013, but model-years aside, it will feature a new 4.4-liter V-8 using dual twin-scroll turbos designed to both eliminate initial turbo lag and maximize performance once those boosters “spool up.”

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That translates into 560 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque, the next-generation BMW M5 expected to launch from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds.  Notably, while horsepower will be up 10% and torque increased 20% from the prior-generation BMW M5, the upcoming model is expected to deliver as much as a 30% improvement in fuel economy due to the introduction of a variety of advanced technologies.


BMW’s New 1 M Will Be Pulled After Only One Year

A replacement? Stay tuned, Bavarians hint.

by on May.23, 2011

BMW has introduced the smallest and least expensive M-Series model, but it won't be around long.

If you’re hoping to get your hands on the 335-horsepower version of BMW’s pint-sized 1 Series, better put your $46,135 down fast.  The maker plans to only have the newest offering from its vaunted M division on sale in U.S. showrooms for a matter of months.

In decades past, it wasn’t uncommon for BMW M – or rival Mercedes-Benz, with its AMG division – to offer a limited number of vehicles and make them available for only short runs.  But more recently, the makers have discovered there’s strong enough demand – along with the huge profits – to justify making models like the BMW M3 or Mercedes CLS63 AMG a regular part of the line-up.

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But due to a variety of reasons, the 1M, as BMW is calling it, “will be a one-year car,” Matt Russell, the U.S. M brand manager, told

Designated a 2011 model, the 1M is just rolling into showrooms, but it will go out of production no later than December of this year.