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Mercedes Drops the Covers on the 2017 SL Roadster

The emphasis is on high-tech dynamics.

by on Nov.18, 2015

The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL hardtop is more likely to stir up a positive review than its predecessor.

The Los Angeles Auto Show has long been known for its emphasis on green technology, and models like the new Toyota Prius will be putting in appearances this year. But the show has something of a split personality, the other side of the coin best defined by the debut of the newly updated Mercedes-Benz SL.

The sixth generation of the two-seater made its debut in 2012, generating some grumbles and groans from critics who decried its lackluster styling. So, Mercedes designers set out to give the Mercedes SL a little bit more of a dramatic flare, in keeping with the legendary roadsters that have been a brand mainstay since 1954.

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And with its folding hardtop, Active Body Control and new five-mode transmission system, the German maker is playing up the roadster as “an all-season vehicle that is fully suited for daily use,” according to Ola Kallenius, the Daimler AG board member overseeing Mercedes car sales and marketing. (more…)

Mercedes Reveals its Porsche-Fighting AMG GT

Tri-Star’s new entry borrows from its foe.

by on Oct.03, 2014

Mercedes new AMG GT is designed to take on the Porsche 911, in part, because it bears a striking resemblance to it.

Fight your way through the crowds at the Mercedes-Benz stand at this year’s Paris Motor Show, then spend a couple minutes circling the new Mercedes-AMG GT, and you are likely to get a sense of déjà vu.

Of course, the three-pointed star is as familiar as the classic Coke bottle. But it’s something more. Standing at the back of the new sports car you just might be tempted to utter the words, “Porsche 911.” And that’s not entirely by accident. The new Mercedes-AMG GT was designed specifically to target the Porsche two-seater produced only miles from parent Daimler AG’s headquarters in Stuttgart.

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To be kind, the new Mercedes sports car is not a cheap clone. It has, on the whole, a very distinctive design that picks up on the maker’s recently dropped supercar, the SLS – minus the signature gullwing doors. And the broad rear shoulders are common to all high-performance models that need to plant a significant amount of power to the pavement. But the way the rear of the GT rolls into its fenders and roofline, well, the similarities to the current 911 just can’t be missed. (more…)

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.”

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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.

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Mercedes Offers First Hint of New GT Sports Car

“Going into Porsche 911 space.”

by on Apr.16, 2014

A look at the interior of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GT AMG sports car due to debut later this year.

Watch your back, Porsche, you’re about to get a challenge from your cross-town rival, Mercedes-Benz.

Hours before the official opening of the 2014 New York Auto Show, Mercedes offered small group of reporters and dealers a brief tease of the all-new sports car it plans to launch later this year. And a top executive confirmed that the new Mercedes-Benz GT will take direct aim at the segment’s benchmark, the Porsche 911.

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For the moment, there aren’t many details to go on.  Mercedes offered up only a basic sketch of the exterior shape, along with some close-ups of the new GT’s interior, all done up in a seductive red leather.

But Steve Cannon, the CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, later told TheDetroitBureau.com, “We’re going into space the Porsche 911 has had all to itself for all these years.”

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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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New Aluminum Body Will Slash Weight of 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL

Giving meaning to the SL name.

by on Nov.22, 2011

Mercedes will slash the weight of its 2013 SL roadster by using a lightweight aluminum body.

Mercedes-Benz appears to be taking seriously the words its SL roadster is supposed to represent: Sport, Leicht – or Light, in English.  The German maker has revealed that with the planned launch of an all-new version of the SL line, the 2-seater will migrate to a new, lightweight aluminum body.

That should shave nearly 250 pounds off the weight of the sports car, but the maker plans additional efforts that will bring the overall curbweight of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 model down by as much as 310 pounds.

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“The effect is rather as if a heavyweight-class passenger had got out of the car and taken his heavy flight luggage too,” explains Dr Thomas Rudlaff.

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