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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: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

Amping up the gullwing’s performance.

by on Jun.05, 2012

The renamed 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT gets 20 more hp and an upgraded suspension.

Mercedes-Benz plans to amp up the performance of its gullwing sports car next year – a move it will signal by renaming the 2-seater the 2013 Mercedes SLS AMG GT.

It will likely take you almost as much time to get that out of your mouth as it will for the upgraded coupe to launch from 0 to 60, something Mercedes says will now require just 3.6 seconds, a tenth faster than the “old” SLS.

Top speed will be electronically limited at 197 mph, though it would surprise few to see some aftermarket tuners offer a re-flashed chip to help the SLS break that 200 mph barrier.

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As we’ve seen with so many recent German “upgrades,” the 2013 SLS AMG GT maintains its current drivetrain, but enhancements to the 6.2-liter V-8 help squeeze out another 20 horsepower, boosting the figure to an impressive 583, with torque holding at the same 479 lb-ft.

Meanwhile, the big eight-banger is mated to a “recalibrated” version of its AMG Speedshift dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox. The changes are designed to reduce shifts in manual mode “significantly,” which Mercedes suggests “is ideal when striving to achieve some ambitious lap times on a closed-off race circuit.”

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What Troubled Economy? Scottsdale Classic Auctions Rake in Over $180 Million

First-off Corvette 427 Convertible nabs $600,000; Mercedes gullwing nears $5 mil.

by on Jan.23, 2012

The winning bid and fees for this 1955 aluminum-bodied Mercedes Gullwing neared $5 million.

The economy may still be in trouble but one would have had a tough time believing it in tony Scottsdale, Arizona over the weekend, where bidders flashed their cash in a bidding frenzy that generated tens of millions of dollars in sales during the city’s annual classic auction extravaganza.

Final figures from the well-known Barrett-Jackson and five other auctions indicate they generated about $182 million in sales, with a rare aluminum-bodied Mercedes-Benz gullwing coupe commanding $4.62 million after commissions were added in.  Meanwhile, charities netted a cool $600,000 for the first-off-the-line Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible – as much as eight times what it would go for in a dealership later this year.

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The final sales total was up from $157 million in 2011, and was well beyond initial expectations, McKeel Hagerty, head of the classic car insurance firm, Hagerty Insurance, telling TheDetroitBureau.com that, “Across the board, everybody had solid sales.”  Hagerty added that a number of collectors returned to Scottsdale after being out of the market for several years.

On the other hand, he said, there was “definitely not the irrational exuberance (of a decade ago).  It’s a smarter market.”

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First Look: Mercedes-Benz F125! Gullwing Coupe Concept

Hints at how Germans may put hydrogen power into production.

by on Sep.12, 2011

Mercedes will show off the F125!, a gull-winged, plug-in hybrid fuel cell vehicle.

A day ahead of its planned top-secret unveiling, word – and images – of the Mercedes-Benz F125! has leaked out.  The gullwing coupe concept is apparently intended to provide a hint of what a hydrogen-powered sports coupe might look like.

The show car echoes other recent concepts, such as the striking A-Class prototype unveiled last April in New York, with its almost liquid silver paint and high-tech LED lighting.  The flip-open doors are largely borrowed from the Mercedes SLS supercar.

Mercedes has been a diehard proponent of hydrogen technology, betting that it may eventually succeed the battery cars that have lately stolen much of the green powertrain thunder.  The German maker recently launched a prototype, dubbed the F-Cell, which it is leasing to a small number of customers in Southern California – one of the few places in the world with relatively easy access to hydrogen pumps.

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But the German government has authorized a multi-billion Euro effort to put up more than 1,000 hydrogen stations around the country – they will also offer battery chargers – which would make hydrogen power a practical reality as long as one didn’t stray too far over the border.

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