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Double Debut for Mercedes at LA Auto Show

German maker to reveal S65 AMG and SLS AMG Final Edition.

by on Nov.15, 2013

Wave goodbye to the Mercedes-Benz SLS supercar...and hello to the new S65 AMG.

You’ll have a chance to say both “hello,” and “goodbye” if you stop by the Mercedes-Benz at the L.A. Auto Show next week.

The German maker has confirmed it has two world premieres scheduled for the annual event, including both the new S65 AMG and the final run of its 2-seat supercar, the appropriately named SLS AMG GT Final Edition.

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“The two new AMG high-performance vehicles represent the spectacular next level for our exciting model array,” boasts Tobias Moers, the Chairman of the AMG brand-within-a-brand, adding that, “The S 65 AMG stands for maximum exclusiveness and the unparalleled dynamism of a V12. With the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION we are showing an ultimate, particularly attractive variant of our super sports car.”

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First Look: The Ultimate Mercedes-Benz SLS

Black Series Gullwing brings power up to 622 hp and 0 – 60 times down to 3.5 seconds.

by on Nov.09, 2012

Lighter, stronger, faster, the SLS Black Series.

One thing we’ve learned, over the years, if you wait long enough a manufacturer will always find a way to squeeze out a few more horsepower from your favorite model.  Just look at the latest Shelby Mustang.

Or the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. It’s been difficult to even imagine how much further the maker might go with this two-seater considering the awesome performance of the “base” car. But never bet against German engineers, as we discovered this morning with a news release from Stuttgart.

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It gives us a first look – and some key details – covering the ultimate version of the top-line Benz, the 2014 Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing Black Series.  Consider this: it probably took you longer to pronounce that than the 2-seater will need to get from 0 to 60, or about 3.5 seconds.

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First Look: Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster

Germans give unexpected sneak peek.

by on Feb.09, 2011

Look closely and you'll see several new Mercedes models, including the SLS Roadster and C-Class Coupe.

Sometimes you have to take a closer look at some of the ads automakers roll out.  Over the years, we’ve seen a number of future products put in cameo appearances behind other, more immediately apparent models – as we belatedly realized with the Super Bowl ad for Mercedes-Benz.

Okay, most folks were focused on the classic cars seeming to come to life or, perhaps, P Diddy.  But the rapper wasn’t the real star.  In the background, for those who bothered to look, was the first production version of the new Mercedes SLS Roadster, the latest incarnation of the German marque’s supercar flagship.

Set to come in north of the roughly $250,000 SLS coupe, the Roadster will share the same 6.2-liter V8, with its twin-clutch gearbox, and most of the other mechanicals.

But, obviously, the convertible will have to forego the signature detail of the SLS Coupe.  Gone are the distinctive gullwing doors, long a Mercedes trademark.  In their place, a pair of conventional portals.

The Mercedes SLS Roadster will opt for a relatively traditional canvas top, also foregoing a foldaway metal roof that would have complicated the vehicle’s design – and added a significant amount of weight.

The Mercedes supercar will get another variant, shortly, in the form of the SLS AMG E-Cell, the battery-powered super-coupe that the German maker revealed, in production form, at the Detroit Auto Show, last month.  Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche told TheDetroitBureau.com that production of that model will be extremely limited, perhaps a hundred or so, at most.

Look for the SLS Coupe to make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, later this year.  However, if you go back and check once again, you may see yet another cameo appearance in the Mercedes Super Bowl commercial: the next-generation C-Class Coupe, which will officially debut at the Geneva Motor Show, next month.