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New York: 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe Unveiled

Mercedes Benz put on yet another great show today at the New York International Auto Show, unveiling the all new S63 AMG Coupe. As seen in our S63 Coupe preview, the car is a technological marvel, offering unreal levels of comfort, refinement, and performance.

It’s hard to believe, but in person, the S63 AMG Coupe looks even better than the press photos. The lines flow perfectly, front to rear, with no traces of awkwardness from any angle. It’s a huge step up compared to the outgoing CL Class that it replaces.

The S63 AMG Coupe follows the AMG Lightweight Performance strategy philosophy, reducing vehicle weight by 150lbs while offering more extensive standard features. This was done through the use of a lightweight lithium ion battery, AMG forged wheels, and an AMG composite braking system. The reduced weight, along with the increased power (585hp) results in improved acceleration performance of 3.9s for a 100km/h sprint, and reduced fuel consumption of 10.1L/100km compared to its CL Class predecessor.

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Mercedes-Benz Debuting the S63 AMG Coupe in New York

We’re not yet sure what Mercedes-Benz AMG is going to surprise us with at the New York International Auto Show, we are expecting to see either the new C63 AMG, or the SLS replacement, the AMG GT. One thing is for sure, we’re going to see this awesome executive coupe at the show this week.

The S63 AMG Coupe is the what a modern Jordan Belfort would drive to work at Wall Street. Fitted with the tried and true 5.5L V8 biturbo AMG motor, the S63 AMG Coupe packs 585hp, although in other AMG vehicles, we’ve seen dyno charts showing power to be closer to 620hp. Unlike the other classes, however, the S63 AMG Coupe is available in both rear wheel drive, as well as all wheel drive. The rear wheel drive version also features Mercedes Benz’s MAGIC BODY CONTROL, an active suspension system that not only smoothens out poor road surfaces, it will “lean” the body in hard cornering to ensure the passengers are comfortable as well.

We will be in New York to bring coverage of the Mercedes-Benz AMG offerings live from the show.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Review

The CLA45 is an interesting vehicle, poised as an entry level 4 door sports sedan coupe yet styled much like the CLS coupe in the higher end of the Mercedes-Benz lineup, it’s an expensive looking vehicle for very little money. Starting at $49k, it’s a bargain for an AMG, but unlike the others, it’s outfitted with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine instead of the mighty V8’s of its bigger brothers. So how does the baby AMG stack up?

With 355hp under the hood and fitted with 4matic AWD, the CLA45 is no slouch. Using the launch control “Race Start” mode, there is no struggle for traction, the car launches without much drama, rocketing to 60mph in a scant 4.5 seconds. Even though the 4matic system is really a front biased setup, the AMG wizards have done wonders to this setup, unlike its competitors. There is not a hint of torque steer as it puts all the power to the ground.

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A V12 For Your Chauffeur, Mercedes Benz S600

What do you do when the S65 AMG is too hardcore, but yet ache for V12 power for your executive sedan to impress your clients? Look no further than the Mercedes-Benz S600, which was introduced at the North American International Auto Show here in Detroit.

Powered by a new 6.0L V12 twin turbo engine, the S600 pumps out a smooth 523hp and 612 lb-ft of torque, which peaks barely above idle at only 1900rpms. Much like its S550, S63 and S65 siblings, the S600 is loaded with MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension which allows drivers to power through speed bumps without feeling it at all. The massive V12 powerplant is mated to the tried and true 7G-Tronic Plus seven speed automatic, providing effortless shifts.

Other standard features include Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, BAS PLUS, DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist, and PRE-SAFE PLUS, allowing the S600 pretty much drives itself, allowing you to enjoy the finer things in life during your drive, such as the fragrances provided by the Air-Balance system, or the hot stone massaging seats.

The S600 will go on sale as an early 2015 model sometime this spring. No word on pricing at this time, but if you have to ask…

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Mercedes-Benz AMG Unveils the GLA45 AMG at NAIAS

Mercedes-Benz has been late to the compact SUV party, a thriving segment dominated for over a decade by the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and more recently in the luxury segment, the BMW X1 and the upcoming Porsche Macan. Being a late-comer isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as long as you make a big entrance. And what an entrance by Mercedes-Benz, with the all new GLA Class, and for the first time being shown to the public here in Detroit, the GLA45 AMG. Much like the Concept GLA45 AMG that premiered in LA, the production version doesn’t lose much from its transformation into a production vehicle.

The compact SUV segment will never be the same with the introduction of the GLA45 AMG. Starting with the drivetrain from the CLA45 and A45 AMG, the four cylinder powerplant pumps out 355hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Coupled to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission, the GLA45 rockets to 60mph in only 4.7 seconds, and if you keep your right foot planted, hit the electronically top speed limiter at 155mph.

Following AMG tradition, the 2.0L four cylinder engine is fully hand built. Loosely based on the engine from the base GLA250, the AMG powerplant features an all-aluminum crankcase, forged pistons and crankshaft, an air to water intercooler, and to boost efficiency, an ECO start/stop function. The twin scroll turbocharger, along with de-throttling of the exhaust system and an innovative injection strategy under load, allows the relatively small powerplant to pump out lots of torque at low rpms, and lots of power up top, to provide the driver with a very wide and dynamic powerband.

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Detroit: The All New Mercedes-Benz C Class

As the CLA class was introduced, it created a conundrum for new prospective owners venturing into Mercedes-Benz dealerships. The gap between the entry level CLA and the current entry level C class had become quite small. This was all part of the plans at Mercedes-Benz, as they create a wider gap between the CLA and the E class, and move the new C class into a more upscale vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. The current C class is no slouch, introduced in 2007, it has sold over 2.4 million cars since its introduction, making it Mercedes-Benz’s top selling model. The W204 C class gave us the awesome C63 AMG, a car which finally gave BMW M a run for its money, and the mental C63 AMG Coupe Black Series, which showed the world that AMG cars are serious business.

With that being said, the new C class (W205) is probably the most important launch for Mercedes-Benz in the next few years, as the car has to not only keep its status as Mercedes-Benz’s bread and butter class, but also be more upscale and closer to the luxuries and refinement of the E class.

In North America, the new C class launches with 2 new models, the C300 4MATIC with a 237hp 2.0L turbocharged direct injection four cylinder, and the C400 4MATIC with a 3.0L turbocharged direct injection V6 at 331hp. The engines are mated to the tried and true 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission, as well as 4MATIC full time all-wheel drive system. Sadly, neither the rumored dual clutch transmission, nor the 9G-TRONIC 9 speed automatic transmission made the cut.

Starting with the chassis, the new C increases its wheelbase by 3 inches. In terms of body dimensions, the vehicle is 3.7 inches longer and 1.6 inches wider. This results in more leg room and headroom for the rear passengers, and also improves trunk capacity to 17 cubic feet. All new lightweight aluminum hybrid construction allows Mercedes-Benz engineers to shave 154lbs compared to similar steel construction. Compared to the outgoing C class, the W205 has lost 220 lbs, increased aluminum usage from 10% to 50%, lowered the center of gravity, while increasing stiffness and rigidity which benefits handling and reduces fuel consumption. Further improving on the C class’s efficiency is the new body’s low coefficient of drag. At 43mph, aerodynamic exceeds the sum total of all other driving resistance factors. The standard radiator style grille even closes up completely at speed to improve the vehicle’s Cd value.

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Virtual Reality: Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo

Much like the Redbull X1/X2010/X2011 fictional prototype in Gran Turismo 5, Mercedes-Benz AMG has worked with Polyphony Digital to create this concept supercar to be featured in the upcoming Gran Turismo 6. The Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo will be unveiled on November 19, 2013 in Sunnyvale California at the opening of the new Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Center.

Packed with a 585hp engine and fitted with the SLS’s gullwing doors, the AMG Vision GT will feature a long hood reminiscent of Mercedes-Benz sports cars such as the SLS and SLR, a grille inspired by the 300SL racecars of 1952, and variable LED grille technology introduced with the new A-Class.

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The GLA45 AMG is Just Around the Corner

While still labelled as a concept, Mercedes-Benz AMG released a teaser clip of the all new GLA45 AMG, which features the awesome drivetrain from the CLA45 in a compact SUV class vehicle. Shown in this video, the GLA45 features front flics from the C63 Black Series, wheels from the C63 507 Edition, and a rear hatch spoiler from the A45 AMG.

The GLA45 is expected to make an appearance tomorrow in LA at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show where we will learn more details, possibly pricing.

Watch: GLA45 AMG Teaser Video Clip

First Look: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Final Edition

Mercedes-Benz AMG released a teaser photo of the upcoming SLS AMG Final Edition, set to be unveiled at the 2013 LA International Auto Show. With the upcoming 911 competitor and SLS replacement, the SLC, set to be introduced next year, AMG is sending off the SLS gullwing with the Final Edition loaded with new features. For the North American market, it will be available for the SLS GT, and if rumors are correct, a short run of SLS Black Series Final Editions.

Not much is known on the specs at this time, but from unreleased photos that we’ve seen, we can see that there is a new wheel design, and loaded with carbon fiber, including the front splitter and hood shown in this photo. We will update the post as the photos are officially released.

Update - Tons of leaked photos after the jump.

Quick Review: Mercedes-Benz E63S AMG Wagon

When I first laid eyes on the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 S-Model AMG Wagon in New York, I knew AMG had a winner on their hands. Now, after spending some time with it on the track I can confirm my initial reaction. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the ultimate sleeper. The competition is over. As a big fan of Mercedes-Benz and AMG cars, you might think that I’m being biased. I’m not. This vehicle is that good, and presented in station wagon form, is so subtle on the outside that if not for the red brake calipers (orange when fitted with carbon brakes), you would have no idea what the car is capable of. The only thing missing to make it more discrete are wood side paneling.

How good is the E63S Wagon? Mercedes-Benz AMG brought one out to the Optima Invitational in Las Vegas as a camera car on Saturday, and on an exhibition run, set the fastest lap time of the day. The cars competing were serious machines from SEMA, as Optima Batteries handpicked these cars to compete at the event. But let’s rewind back a week, where I had a chance to sample the E63S Wagon as well as the Sedan for a back to back comparison.

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