A little more than three years ago, Mercedes-Benz revealed its SLS AMG, and Benz’s performance division is in high gear working on a smaller and more nimble sports car designed to complement its high-performance supercar. It will most likely be called SLC, even though that model designation previously served to denote the oversized, slightly lethargic four-seat version of the 1970s SL roadster, which was built until 1981.
The SLC, which we previewed a year ago, will use a shortened version of the aluminum frame and structure of the SLS it will be sold alongside. The SLC will be a two-seater and feature traditional doors—no SLS gullwings or SLR McLaren scissor doors here. While we originally anticipated that the company would make use of the M159 6.2-liter V-8, or its detuned M156 variation, British publication Car reports that the SLC will receive an entry-level 3.0-liter V-6, which would make around 330 horsepower and bring the price right down into base-model Porsche 911 territory.
There also will be two V-8–powered versions, writes Car, motivated by two variations of a new 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8: the first is known internally as M177 and will produce nearly 500 horsepower, and the second, M178, will make close to 600 horsepower. Another engine that would fit the package well is the M157 naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V-8 that currently powers the SLK55 AMG. All-wheel drive will not be offered, while an automatic transmission will be standard. Down the road, AMG could offer a roadster version of the SLC. All of this seems to be squarely aimed at the Porsche 911 and its various derivatives, and Mercedes clearly wants to get as much out of the architecture as possible.
As certainly as day follows night and Kreme follows Krispy, the launch of a new Mercedes-Benz model will be followed by the intro of its AMG version. It’s been almost a year since we first drove the new SL550, which was followed up a few months later by the SL63 AMG and its 5.5-liter direct-injected twin-cam 32-valve V-8 with twin turbos, 530 horsepower, and 590 lb-ft of torque.
Much of the SL63’s mechanicals carries over to the new SL65—except, of course, for the latter car’s 6.0-liter V-12. That engine is also fitted with two turbos, but it features a single cam atop each head and three valves per cylinder. Developed from the previous twin-turbo V-12, this one has new turbos and manifolds, better airflow through the wastegate, a new engine-management system, and “optimized” cylinder heads, which bring an increase of 17 horsepower over the previous SL65 engine. That adds up to 621 horses; the V-12 still makes 738 lb-ft of torque and, yes, fans of the metric system, that equates to 1000 newton meters. All this runs though a new seven-speed automatic with four performance maps: Manual, Sport Plus, Sport, and Controlled Efficiency. The latter incorporates an engine stop/start function for robber barons stricken by the faintest tinge of eco-guilt.
Mash the gas on an SL65 and the turbos take about as long to spool up as you need to think “What the?” The 4450-pound Mercedes then summarily blitzes for the horizon as if you’d engaged hyperdrive. We estimate the 60-mph run in 3.5 seconds, just a tenth slower than the gullwinged SLS AMG GT. Mercedes trims the top speed at 186 mph. Fuel-economy numbers are 14 mpg city/21 highway, which is a tad more efficient than the 12/20 EPA estimates for the Bentley Continental GTC.
Then again, the SL65 is even pricier than a Continental GTC. In fact, it’s the most expensive Mercedes sports car, not counting the hyper-limited SL65 45th Anniversary Edition, of which just 45 will be built. Only the $ 216,205 CL65 is dearer in the three-pointed star’s stable.
The SL65 has some external changes, although the SL550 is already fairly aggressive. The biggest upgrades are inside where you can enjoy them, relaxed in AMG sport seats with unique diamond stitching. In cooler climes, you can raise the side windows and rear wind blocker, turn on the Airscarf heating system behind your neck, and be comfy top down. Top up, the cockpit is well-sealed against the elements and noise, all the better to hear the Bang & Olufsen sound system. Above you is Magic Sky Control—who thinks up these names? But it’s cool, the glass ceiling going from near-transparent to near-opaque at a button’s touch thanks to electrochromatic technology.
German powerhouse Mercedes has taken the wraps off the latest high-performance addition to its C-Class range, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507, ahead of its world premiere at next month’s 2013 Geneva motor show.
Referring to the new model’s enhanced engine output (507hp), the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507’s naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 features technology from the SLS AMG supercar to reach new performance heights.
Forged pistons from the SLS Gullwing, as well as new connecting rods and a lightweight crankshaft translate to a 3kg weight saving, while a titanium grey-painted variable intake manifold and a new engine control unit complete the engine upgrades.
The enhancements see power rise to 373kW and torque to 610Nm – up 37kW/10Nm over the standard C63 AMG and 15kW/10Nm over the Performance Pack – leaving it just 7kW/10Nm shy of the coupe-only C63 AMG Black Series.
The upgrades cut the sedan and coupe’s 0-100km/h sprint time to 4.2 seconds (two-tenths quicker than the standard variants, and equal to the Black Series) and the Estate’s to 4.3secs (down one-tenth).
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October 8, 2012 at 3:33pm by Andrew Wendler
To mark the sapphire anniversary of AMG, Mercedes-Benz and its subsidiary are releasing the SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary Edition. Based on the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3—the racing version of the roadgoing SLS—the 45th Anniversary model is clearly aimed at collectors with an interest in motorsports. Production will be limited to no more than five examples, all of which will be assembled at AMG’s Affalterbach, Germany, headquarters. The price for this exclusivity is set at €361,463 before value-added tax—that’s roughly $ 470K in U.S. currency—a number certain to keep all but the hard-core enthusiasts at bay.To be sure, though, this is no simple paint-and-sticker job. In addition to the Designo Magno Graphite matte exterior finish, less-than-subtle “45 Years of Driving Performance” graphics on teh gullwing doors, and a rear wing the size of a salad-bar sneeze guard, buyers also get some serious upgrades over a regular SLS for their half-million: Lightweight carbon-reinforced plastic is used for the doors, hood, trunklid, rear fenders, front and rear fascias, front splitter, and rear diffuser. A fully steel roll cage is finished to match the exterior, and six-point harnesses and a carbon-fiber shell racing seat is fitted on the passenger’s side. A logo reading “1 of 5″ appears on the seats and on the center console. Oh, and there’s a special car cover, too!
To add a touch of humanity to the laundry list of cold hardware, AMG spokesman and five-time DTM series champion Bernd Schneider will assist in the installation of each car’s naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V-8 engine. Schneider also will give buyers a personal, in-depth introduction to their SLS AMG GT3 when they take delivery at AMG’s new HQ-based “handover hall.” Per special request, the new owner can also receive track instruction with their new supercar.
If you’re an extroverted type with more money than a third-world country and like your speed mixed with exclusivity, get on the phone to Mercedes, pronto—opportunities to adopt a track-focused racehorse with a pedigree like this don’t come along often.
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Factory Visit, Mercedes, United Kingdom — By MR on August 19, 2012 at 12:12 am — No Comments
The Mercedes-Benz World Brooklands dealership is an unique place in the automotive world. Acting as a dealership in the area of Surrey, United Kingdom, it offers way more than sales and displays of the current Mercedes-Benz line up of passenger and AMG cars.
The building situated next to the Brooklands Museum features its own track for driving experiences and driver’s trainings, a large shop, and conferencing and hospitality possibilities. The Café 1886 and the Gullwing Restaurant offer customers and visitors the change to get some refreshments.
The main building of Mercedes-Benz World has three floors each providing a display of current cars and the history of the Mercedes brand. At the time of our visit a historical SL Class display was shown, parked next to a dark grey Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster and a gold-plated G-Class. The displays change over time and follow a special event calendar.
Car News, Mercedes, Mercedes SLS AMG — By MR on June 17, 2012 at 10:57 pm — No Comments
Patent drawings, which surfaced in February, showed a very special four-door version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. New information stated by Ola Källenius, CEO of AMG, in an interview with Autovisie revealed that a four-door version of the SLS is absolutely not planned.
According to the CEO, the drawings were an old concept, which came up during the development of the SLS AMG. As shown in the picture gallery below it was no ordinary four-door as Mercedes-Benz combined the famous gullwing doors with a set of rear-hinged demi doors.
The three pointed star on any automobile or on a chain around the neck of a ghetto boy means only one thing, the owner has class, which is exactly the impression Daimler AG, owner of the Mercedes-Benz brand wants you to think and is why they have been accused of not making theft-proof badges for their cars.
Those who can afford to drive a Mercedes can also afford to replace the badge, and wearing the badge around the neck gives a form of street cred money can’t buy. There is a reason thieves don’t steal Lada badges. For a time in the 1980s some Mercedes-Benz dealerships in South Africa would replace the badge free of charge if it was stolen, enhancing the image of a company that cares about its customers and brand.
Most of the recent cars of course now sport a badge mounted flush with the hood making it more difficult to remove, aside from the fact Mercedes-Benz branded cars now cover a wider range of sizes and price points than the company is usually known for. Right from the very beginning of the company’s formation the vehicles produced have always been considered only suitable for those who could afford them, the cars have never been a competitor to Ford.
The last two decades of of the 19th century were a golden age for home inventors who were discovering ways to turn carriage wheels without the use of a horse, thankfully they did, and their ideas are the reason modern transport is so ubiquitous now.
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