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Mercedes Working Up 1,000 HP Supercar

Two alternate versions reportedly under development.

by on Nov.30, 2015

The Mercedes-McLaren SLR was first unveiled in 2003. It's shown here during a debut drive.

The new Mercedes-AMG GT is an intimidating beast, meant to challenge the likes of the venerable Porsche 911. But it’s not a true replacement for two of the maker’s recent supercars, the SLR and SLS models.

Now, it seems, Mercedes wants to fill that gap and take advantage of the growing demand for vehicles that can deliver as much as 1,000 horsepower or more. According to a report in the well-connected German magazine, Auto Bild, Mercedes is looking at two alternatives that could push the pony count near, and perhaps into the four-figure range.

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It would join a select group of so-called ultracars, including the Koenigsegg Agera and Bugatti Veyron. But it would take a very different approach when it comes to delivering all that muscle.


Mercedes Unleashes its New AMG GT Sports Car

Porsche and Audi have been put on notice.

by on Sep.10, 2014

Mercedes sets out to take on the Porsche 911 Turbo with its new AMG GT S sports car.

Five months after delivering word it would unleash an all-new high-performance sports car, Mercedes-Benz has lifted the covers on its new AMG GT S.

The new model comes shortly after the Teutonic maker ended production of its SLS supercar. But the 2016 Mercedes AMG GT S isn’t a direct replacement. At around $120,000 or less than half the price of the SLS, the new 2-seater will be targeting such German competitors as the Porsche 911 and Audi R8.

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“We are venturing out into a challenging sports car segment with its top-class competitive field,” proclaimed Mercedes’ R&D chief Thomas Weber. “This is an incentive and motivation for us at the same time to prove to sports car enthusiasts around the world the kind of performance that AMG is capable of.”


Mercedes Reveals More About Upcoming GT

Youtube video reveals engine, other key details.

by on Jun.16, 2014

Mercedes offers a clearer look at the new GT sports car it plans to introduce this autumn.

Two months after revealing plans to launch an all-new high-performance sports car, Mercedes-Benz is offering up some intriguing new details – and a first full rendering of the new AMG GT set to make its formal world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next September.

A teaser video released through Youtube tells us the 2-seater will be powered by a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 Mercedes has dubbed the M178. Likely to replace the current 6.2-liter V-8 used in other AMG models such as the Mercedes C63, it is expected to produce a solid 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque.

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That’s about the same torque as the outgoing Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, though the M178 generates around 60 fewer ponies. But the new model is expected to be smaller, lighter – and a lot less expensive, senior Mercedes officials hinting that the new GT will likely start at the upper end of the Porsche 911range.


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.


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.”


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.


First Look: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell

Putting the battery car on steroids.

by on Jan.11, 2011

The battery-powered version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar will reach dealers in 2013.

Who said battery cars are for geeks?  Well, rich geeks, perhaps, because it will take a Silicon Valley entrepreneur to afford the battery-powered supercar Mercedes-Benz is formally introducing at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell is not a Nissan Leaf.  Like the conventionally-powered 2-seater, this is a car designed for those who put a premium on performance, but it will also offer the owner some green bragging rights.

“It’s our most exciting way of cutting emissions ever,” proclaimed Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG and head of its Mercedes brand during a preview at the North American International Auto Show.  “It’s like climbing out of an F4 Phantom jet and into an X-Wing fighter in Star Wars – except this is not science fiction.”

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Ignoring, for the moment, the neon lime green matte paint the prototype revealed at Cobo Center is visually very much in keeping with the gasoline-powered version of the Mercedes SLS, notably including the supercar’s striking gull-wing doors.  There are only subtle revisions to improve the efficiency of what was already a highly aerodynamic body.


Bugatti’s 800 HP Battery Car

Will supercar maker bring it to market?

by on Jun.08, 2010

Bugatti is getting charged up over electric propulsion but would it ever put its prototype battery drive system in a production car like the Veyron, now the world's fastest supercar?

Even high-performance automakers are getting charged up about electric propulsion, it seems, drawn to the technology’s potential performance even more than its environmentally-friendly aspects.

With Mercedes-Benz already developing a battery-based version of its SLS sports car, it was only a matter of time until Bugatti would weigh in.  Already boasting the world’s fastest production car, the Volkswagen AG division is working up its own electric supercar, though it’s unclear if it will ever make it to market.

Reportedly using a Continental chassis borrowed from sibling VW subsidiary Bentley, the prototype Bugatti electric reportedly makes an impressive 800 horsepower.  But that not the truly mind-blowing number.

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One of the key advantages of electric propulsion is torque – and especially the fact that it comes on strong the moment the motor starts turning.  So Bugatti’s as yet-unnamed electric reportedly makes a massive 2,200 pound-feet of torque – which hits peak at 0+ RPMs. In other words, maximum torque the instant the car starts moving.

“Absolutely amazing,” a Bugatti driver told Britain’s Auto Express about the vehicle’s acceleration.


First Look: McLaren MP4-12C

F1 maker taking on Porsche Lamborghini and Ferrari,

by on Mar.19, 2010

A Formula One car in virtually everything but design, claims McLaren about the new MP4-12C, which will reach production early in 2011.

Best known for its Formula One race cars, the British maker McLaren aims to take on long-time rivals like Ferrari and Porsche, but this time on the street with the track-tuned MP4-12C sports car, which will start at nearly $200,000.

McLaren, which recently was embroiled in scandal on the F1 circuit, is entering the luxury car market at a challenging moment, analysts caution, noting that the ongoing global recession has triggered an auto sales slump that has been particularly hard on the luxury segment.  But Ron Dennis, the Chairman of McLaren Automotive, insists it’s a perfect time to launch the MP4-12C.

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“Following any recession, there’s a resurgence,” Dennis stressed, during a news conference announcing the new venture, and, “We intend to catch that wave.”

The 12C will borrow heavily from McLaren’s F1 technology.  Both Jensen Button, previously an F1 world champion, and McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton have been test-driving the new sports car for the British maker.


Spy Shots: 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

New supercar caught along the coast.

by on Aug.20, 2009

The thin disguise does little to hide the shape and dimensions of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS.

The thin disguise does little to hide the shape and dimensions of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS.

Automakers typically go to great pains to keep their future products concealed from the prying eyes of the press.  But sometimes, a simple bit of serendipity comes into play – as happened today, when Mercedes-Benz engineers just happened to take a break during testing, parking a convoy of cars along the legendary Cannery Row, in Monterey, California.

They just happened to pull over in front of the Clement Hotel, where a number of us in the automotive media just happened to be holed up for a preview of the latest Mazda line-up.  The resultant spy shots, shown here, were snapped before the men from Mercedes could get back behind the wheel and move on.

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What you see is the thinly-disguised 2011 Mercedes SLS AMG, the replacement for the German automaker’s SLR supercar, which never came close to living up to its initial expectations – Mercedes hoped to sell 4,000 SLRs during its lifetime, but has to come up with a variety of variants to come close to meeting that demand, including the 722 and a convertible version.