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Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell might be launched in late 2012

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell

According to Ola Källenius who is the boss at AMG, the development of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell is going well and the car might be launched towards the end of next year if everything goes according to the plan.

In an interview given to Autoblog.com, Källenius said that electric powertrains will play an important role in AMG’s future lineup and that some sort of kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) will make it into AMG cars.

As a reminder, the SLS AMG E-Cell features a 48 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that powers four electric motors, generating a total output of 526 hp (533 PS / 392 kW) and 649 lb.-ft (880 Nm) of torque. The car needs only 4 seconds to do the 0-62 mph sprint, which is only 0.2 seconds slower than the regular SLS AMG.

Source: Mercedes-Benz via autoblog.com

2012 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG In The Works

2012 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

Launched back in 1979, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is one of the oldest model series in the German automaker’s lineup but the company’s isn’t planning on retiring the model anytime soon. I’ve always liked the G-Class for its rugged looks and I never considered it to be outdated as far as the styling is concerned.

2012 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

Anyway, it seems that AMG is working on a hot version of the G-Glass and we have proof of that courtesy of our esteemed colleagues from Carscoop who managed to take a couple of spy shots with the upcoming model while undergoing some test in Europe. The prototypes that they got on photo come with the exterior mirrors that you’ll find in the latest passenger models launched by Mercedes, along with a tweaked lower front and that has three large air vents.

2012 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

Although one of the cars had the G55 AMG and V8 Kompressor badges, most likely the car in question was a 2012 G63 AMG.

The outgoing G55 AMG is motivated by a supercharged V8 5.4-liter engine that develops 507 hp @ 6,100 rpm and has a peak torque of 516.3 lb.-ft (700 Nm) which is available between 2,750 and 4,000 rpm. The massive SUV needs only 5.5 seconds to do the 0-62 mph sprint, on its way to a top speed of 131 mph (210 km/h).

2012 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

Probably, the G63 AMG will be fitted with the automaker’s new bi-turbo V8 5.5-liter engine that is more powerful, while being more fuel efficient and cleaner at the same time compared to the outgoing model. This new engine is available already in the CLS 63 AMG where it churns 525 hp at 5,750 rpm and 516.3 lb.-ft (700 Nm) of torque available between 1,750 and 5,000 rpm, but we don’t know at the moment if in the G63 AMG it will have the same output specifications.

Source: Carscoop

Mercedes C Coupe AMG DTM Unleashed

Mercedes C Coupe AMG DTM

A few days ago at the 64th edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show, the German automaker Mercedes-Benz brought its new C Coupe AMG DTM that it will compete in the German Touring Car Championship. It has a curb weight of only 1,050 kg, including the driver and the following dimensions: 5,010 mm length; 1,950 mm width; 1,210 mm height, while the wheelbase measures 2,750 mm.

Mercedes C Coupe AMG DTM

It has a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, carbon fiber body panels, a steel roll cage, while under the hood it hosts a V8 4.4-liter engine that has 4 valves per cylinder, unleashing 500 hp @ 7,500 rpm and a peak torque of 500 Nm. This engine is mated to a six-speed pneumatically-operated sequential gearbox and the driver can change the gear by using the paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.

Mercedes C Coupe AMG DTM

It also has a mechanical differential lock without TC, a carbon fiber driveshaft and a three-plate carbon fiber clutch. At the front it features a double wishbone suspension with dampers and springs, while at the back we find a pushrod suspension.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

Spy Shots – 2012 Mercedes ML63 AMG

2012 Mercedes ML63 AMG

Our esteemed colleagues from WorldCarFans have managed to grab a couple of spy shots with the upcoming AMG version of the Mercedes-Benz ML63. These photos were taken near the automaker’s Nurburgring testing facility and we can see that it will have an updated front grille, restyled bumpers and a very nice four-tailpipe exhaust system. Aside from these, expect to see AMG wheels, bigger brakes and a sport-tuned suspension.

2012 Mercedes ML63 AMG

The 2012 Mercedes ML63 AMG will probably be powered by a twin-turbo V8 5.5-liter that will produce 518 hp (525 PS / 386 kW) and a peak torque of 516 lb.-ft (700 Nm). This engine is going to be mated to a 7-speed Speedshift MCT gearbox which should be enough for a 0-62 mph sprint in less than 5 seconds.

2012 Mercedes ML63 AMG

Source: WCF

Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series Unleashed

Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series

The most powerful C-Class is here. Set to go on sale next spring, the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series will have a base price of around 100,000 pounds. Under the hood of this monster rests a massive AMG 6.3-liter V8 aspirated engine that has a new engine control unit, crankshaft and conrods, forged pistons as well as 50% bigger oil cooler.

Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series

This engine produces 619 hp and the power is sent via a 7-speed AMG Speedshift gearbox that uses a wet, dual-clutch instead of the regular fluid coupling. The transmission comes with four control settings and is able to change the gears in 100 miliseconds while in the Manual and Sport Plus modes. The C63 AMG Black Series benefits from a limited slip differential that improves handling and increases traction while the ESP stability control has three stages (one of these disables the system).

Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series

The chassis of the car has been updated and it now has wider tracks (40 mm more in the front and 75 mm in the rear), along with stiffer suspension anti-roll bars as well as “numerous setting options.” More hp requires more braking power and for this reason the German engineers have fitted the car with 390 mm disc brakes that are stopped by the 6-piston calipers for the front wheels while the ones in the back have 360 mm discs with 4-piston calipers.

Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series

As standard, the car comes with a two-seat cabin but customers are able to order it with a rear bench that has individual seats. Speaking of the race-style bucket seats, these have red-trimmed seatbelts with contrasting stitching.

Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series

The car will be available with an optional Track Package, a premiere for the Black Series, which consists of very sticky Dunlop tires along with a revised cooler installed in the rear bumper apron. In addition, it can also be equipped with the AMG Aerodynamic Package that has carbon fiber aerodynamic addons for the front bumper as well as a fixed, rear spoiler made out of carbon.

Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series

Source: Mercedes-Benz via Autocar.co.uk

Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG Will Get New V8 5.5-Liter Engine

It seems that the new generation of the Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG is going to be powered by a new V8 5.5-liter engine. The car with this engine is set to make an official debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show which will be organized this September. This hand-built 5461 cc power unit is in fact a normally aspirated version of the massive V8 5.5-liter twin-turbo unit that powers the CLS63 AMG as well as the E63 AMG models.

They had to remove the twin turbos in order to keep the weight of the engine down to a minimum and now it weighs only 187 kg. In addition, according to a Mercedes-Benz inside, they didn’t want to make the more affordable SLK faster than the SL.

In comparison to the old V8 5.5-liter engine, the new engine is 60 hp more powerful which means that it is able to generate 416 hp and torque has also risen from the previous 376 lb.-ft to 398 lb.-ft. The good news don’t end here as the German engineers have managed to improve fuel economy by a whopping 30% while the CO2 emissions stand at 199 g/km. As standard, the new SLK55 AMG gets the stop/start system.

The new generation of the Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG is going to be offered with a brand new exhaust system with two independent silencer flaps in the back that at engine speeds below 2,000 rpm will stay closed and after that progressively open as the driver of the car applies more throttle. The aforementioned new V8 engine benefits from an F1-inspired AMG Cylinder Management shut-off system that allows the power unit to run on only four cylinders under partial loads in order to reduce the fuel consumption.

Also at Frankfurt, the German automaker will present a diesel version of the SLK, which will be a premiere as Mercedes has never installed a diesel engine in the sexy roadster. This SLK 250 CDI is going to be powered by a 4-cylinder turbodiesel that generates 201 hp, an engine that the company has been using on a lot of its models.

Both cars will arrive in the showrooms in early next year. According to various reports, the SLK55 AMG will have a base price of about 55,000 pounds while the diesel version will cost from 34,000 pounds.

Source: Mercedes-Benz via Autocar.co.uk

2011 Mercedes C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition

2011 Mercedes C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition

Instead of displaying it at the Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes decided to present the C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition at the Montreal International Auto Show. Only 30 units of this beauty will be ever made, each one priced at about $82,360. The car will be available exclusively for the Canadian market.

It is a very interesting car, mostly because it will come with some features that are not available for the standard C63 AMG model, like the rear lip spoiler, carbon-fiber mirror housings, 19-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels painted in black, AMG brakes with red-painted calipers and a special MAGNO Allanite Grey paint. In addition, it will pack 30 hp more thanks to the AMG Premium Package which will also remove the annoying speed limiter.

2011 Mercedes C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition

The car will come packed with other goodies, like the keyless-go system, Harman Kardon LOGIC7 surround sound system, rear window sunshade, multi-media interface, DVD changer, HDD navigation, parktronic and a rear view camera.

2011 Mercedes C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition

The impressive hand-built 6.2-liter V8 power unit develops 481 hp and a massive 443 lb.-ft of torque. The car is able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds.

Moving inside the cabin, this special edition will offer the AMG carbon-fiber trim, the sports seats will be covered in black AMG Nappa leather, floor mats with red leather piping, the Affalterbach logo on the headrests and gearshift plus a cool badge that will identify every car with the unique “1 of 30” designation.

A very interesting car but due to the high price tag, not my cup of tea but I’m sure that all the 30 units will be sold in just a couple of days.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell Announced

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell

The most interesting car brought by Mercedes at Detroit is the SLS AMG E-Cell. Except this one, the Germans brought a wide range of eco-friendly cars, like the B-Class F-Cell and many BlueTec diesel engines. Getting back to the E-Cell, you probably have already seen this eye-searing yellow paint before. What is interesting about the car, except for the paintwork is the power it packs – 525 hp and a massive 649 pound-feet of torque, all thanks to the four synchronous electric motors. These are installed close to each of the four wheels which means that there will not be any unsprung mass problems of the hub-mount configuration in order to aid the car’s handling capabilities. These four compact electric motors are capable of achieving a maximum rpm of 12,000 rpm.

According to the official press release, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell is capable of doing 0-60 mph in only 4 seconds, similar to the 563 hp 6.3-liter V8 SLS AMG which does it 0.3 quicker. To stop this electric supercar, the Germans fitted it with AMG ceramic composite brakes. The prototype exhibited at Detroit had these types of brakes which will be offered as an optional feature for the standard production model. The carbon fiber-strengthened ceramic measure 15.8×1.5 inches in the front and 14.2×1.3 in the rear and they feature an integral design all around. In comparison with normal brakes, the ceramic discs are 40% lighter. This significant reduction improves agility and handling but also adds a little bit to the grip of the car and the driver’s comfort.

The front apron of the SLS AMG E-Cell has been brought further forward and it now further optimizes the airflow to the underbody of the supercar, reducing downforce and improving wind resistance at the same time. For the exact same purpose, an extendable front splitter was installed which extends towards by 3 inches when the car is running at speeds of over 75 mph. The E-Cell rides on 10-spoke light-alloy rims developed by AMG, covered by 265/35 R 19 tires in the front and 295/30 R 20 in the back.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell

The model showed at Detroit sports dynamically shaped full-LED headlamps that feature integrated daytime driving lights. The radiator grille of the E-Cell has been updated and is offered with transverse slats unlike the ones found on the normal SLS AMG that have a diamond pattern.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell

Being an electric vehicle, the interior couldn’t have remained the same as the normal SLS AMG. As a consequence, the AMG instrument cluster as well as the center console received a new design. The first one offers information about estimated range, charge status of the battery and speed. The latter offers a 10-inch touch screen for the navigation, climate and audio functions. In addition, the driver can find more about the flow of power from the four electric motors.

Inside, the driver will find a black/white color combination of the high-quality premium leather. The steering wheel was wrapped in alacantara and leather, similar to the door linings and the broad center console.

The car will be available for ordering sometime next year at a yet undisclosed price.

2011 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG with twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 revealed

After plenty of spoon-fed details, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG performance limousine, with its brand new twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8, has finally been revealed.

As most of you know by now, the biggest change is under the bonnet, where the old 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 has been replaced with the aforementioned twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 with direct injection. While capacity may be down, power is way up, as the new engine develops 571 HP and 663 lb-ft of torque. 0 to 62 mph is achieved in 4.5 seconds, or 4.4, if you opt for the AMG Performance package.

For an improved ride handling, the old torque-converter equipped gearbox has been replaced with a multi-clutch unit, taken from the SL63. While EPA numbers have yet to be revealed, the 2011 S63 AMG is capable of achieving 22.4 US mpg on the European combined cycle.

Overall, if you want to go very fast with your high end limousine, then the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG will be more than happy to help. Check it out in the photo gallery below, as well as in a video, after the jump.


2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG gets increased power, better interior

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG super sedan refresh has been revealed, boasting even more power than the 2010 model, and an improved interior.

Even though the outgoing model had more than enough power to go around, thanks to its 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine, for the 2011 model year, Mercedes-Benz and AMG engineers managed to squeeze out 11 more HP. This takes the total output to 525 HP, with 464 lb-ft of torque.

All this power is sent through the MCT SpeedShift seven-speed gearbox, allowing a 0 to 62 mph time of 4.5 seconds and a limited top speed of 155 mph. Power isn’t the only thing increased for the 2011 E63, as the new performance sedan is 12% more efficient than the outgoing edition.

While the exterior is largely unchanged, the interior of the super sedan has been restyled, and new options are now available. Artico leather now decorates the doors and dashboard, while the center console is treated to a piano black finish.

Expect the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG to appear later this year on the market.


Next gen Mercedes-Benz A Class to get AMG performance edition

After hearing at the beginning of the week that the next generation Mercedes-Benz A Class will borrow design cues from concepts like the F800 Style or the Concept Fascination, new details have now been revealed.

According to the rumor mongers from Autocar, the future A Class will also get the performance treatment from Mercedes’ AMG division.

It seems that the German company is so bent on rivaling the BMW 1 Series, a hot hatch version of the A Class has received the green light. Also, in order to rival the 1 Series Coupe, a similar version will also be offered for the A Class AMG.

Both models will benefit from a supercharged four-cylinder engine, complete with direct injection. According to the British magazine, its output will be around 270 HP and 280 lb-ft of torque, more than enough to rival hot hatches like the Volkswagen Golf R or the Ford Focus RS.

Still, don’t expect this performance A Class anytime soon, as the next generation is expect around 2012, so the AMG version will arrive a year later.


Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Thirty-Five meets 300 SEL 6.8 AMG at Spa

Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance division really loves sharing its prestigious racing heritage.

As such, when the company revealed its new twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine, capable of 544 HP and 590 lb-ft, it decided to showcase it in a rather special Mercedes-Benz S63 (don’t ask about the number), decorated in the same livery as the famous 300 SEL 6.8.

For those not familiar, the Mercedes-Benz AMG 300 SEL 6.8 was the first racing luxury sedan revealed by the company, packing an upgraded 6.8-liter engine and, even though it weighed 3,600 pounds, managed to score second place in the 1971 24 Hours of Spa.

As such, the new S Class Thirty-Five (the number the 300 SEL wore during the race), commemorates that achievement. How so? Well, the aforementioned 5.5-liter V8 has been upgraded to 571 HP and 664 lb-ft of torque. As an added bonus, the wet clutch-equipped Speedshift MCT seven-speed gearbox was added.

The two cars went on to do a few laps of the famous Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, in order to celebrate the old and the new.


Mercedes-Benz planning AMG-tuned B Class?

It seems that Mercedes-Benz‘s performance division, AMG, is getting a bit bored these days, and has started working with the next generation B Class compact model, set to arrive sometime next year.

Don’t go thinking this will be just an accessories package or something like that, as Automotive News is reporting that a hot hatchback performance variant will be revealed after the regular model appears. The AMG-tuned compact hatch will take on the Audi S3 or Volkswagen Golf R.

In its battle, the hot B model will use a bespoke four-cylinder unit, create especially by AMG. Besides the powerful engine, the suspension, brakes and overall handling will receive extreme makeovers, in order to make the city car worthy of the AMG badge.

While the new B Class will arrive around 2011, AN reports that the hot hatch model will be seeing the light of day at the beginning of 2012. Do you think an AMG-prepped B Class is the right idea? Share your thoughts below.


Mercedes-Benz reveals new 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 for the S63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance division has just unleashed its newest engine, codenamed the M157, promising increased performance and improved efficiency.

The unit in question, a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8, will gradually replace the aging 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated unit. The first car to feature the new mill will be this summer’s revised Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, and before you ask: no, it’s not going to change its name because of the smaller engine.

But while many of you firmly believe that there’s no replacement for displacement, check out the performance figures of the new engine before you reach for those rocks: in the standard form, the 5.5-liter V8 will develop 544 HP and 586 lb-ft of torque, improving on the old engine. For those who want even more power, a special AMG performance package is available, taking the output to 571 HP and 660 lb-ft.

So, the new engine can certainly develop a huge amount of power, but how about efficiency? Well MB says it, in the S63 AMG, will do 23.5 mpg (US) running on the EU combined cycle, but that might change because of the different testing procedures by the EPA in the USA. Either way, technologies like Auto Start Stop, kinetic energy regeneration and cylinder deactivation will be included. The engine’s efficiency will also be booster by 25% over the old one thanks to the SpeedShift MCT seven-speed gearbox which is already found on the E63 and SL63 models.

The first Mercedes-Benz S63 showcar with the new 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, and, as you can see above, is decorated in the historic livery of a 300 SEL model, which won its class and finished second overall during the 1971 24-hour Spa-Francorchamps race.


More details appear on electric Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, will appear in 2013

There have been plenty of rumors regarding the electric model Mercedes-Benz is preparing, based on its latest SLS AMG supercar. Now, the boss of the AMG division, Volker Mornhinweg, revealed many interesting details, including the fact that it is scheduled to appear in 2013.

First off, he said that the electric SLS will be a proper sportscar, with a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) time of around 4 seconds and with a battery range of around 110 miles (177 km). Its estimated power outputs will be around 525 HP with 649 lb-ft of torque, but given the added weight of the batteries, its performance won’t be on par with the gasoline-powered SLS AMG, but according to Mornhinweg, it will still offer a great experience.

“Effectively being four-wheel-drive does alter its character, but our torque vectoring systems give us opportunities to make it as good,” he said. “It’s important to get the emotional level of an EV right and we have some solutions.”

How do you feel about the electric Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG? Leave a comment with your thoughts.


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