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  •   Adam Towler reacted to this post about 1 year ago
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    2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 Prototype - Jay Leno's Garage
    Jay gets an exclusive first drive of Mercedes-Benz's new electric prototype SUV with Powertrain Testing Engineer, Bastian Schult.
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  •   votren911 reacted to this post about 2 years ago
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    / #2019-Mercedes-AMG-GT-4-Door-Coupe / #Mercedes-AMG-GT / #Mercedes-AMG / #2019 / #Mercedes-Benz / #Mercedes-AMG-GT-4-Door / #Mercedes-AMG-GT63-S-4Matic+ / #Mercedes-AMG-GT63-4Matic+ /

    If you’re the kind of person who likes truly unique fast cars and procreation, your options can be limited when it comes to combining your two passions. Yes, you can get M cars, RS cars, and AMGs, but they’re all faster versions of already existing cars. Maybe you want something that was designed from the off as a fast car and adapted to suit your needs, not a slow car turned fast. You’re in luck with the new #Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe then. I’m a fan, and evidently I’m not alone.

    The 2019 #Mercedes -AMG GT 4-Door Coupe Is How You Haul The Kids To School With 630 HP

    Around these parts, we are big fans of the Mercedes-AMG GT, because we have eyes and ears and utter
    Here at Geneva, the shiny Merc is drawing quite a crowd. So much of one, in fact, that even getting near the damn thing is difficult. The 63 and 63S were swarmed with people, so much so that getting any semblance of clean picture or even a look at them was never going to happen. Cameras, cameraphones, videographers, people just gawping all surrounded them and never seemed to leave a gap for new spectators to join in.

    The smaller engined inline-six hybrid 53 was tucked a little further away and wasn’t quite as busy, but as the pictures should show, getting a clean shot wasn’t going to happen.

    This dude didn’t enjoy having his picture taken, but if he was going to hog the hot seat...

    If you can’t beat them, join them, and all that. So I decided to stand in the way and have a good look around.
    The rear of the car, in white, is a bit awkward — it absorbs the show’s light and it can look flat form some angles. The front is hugely imposing and will be something you’ll get out of the way of on the motorway, that’s for sure.

    Inside it’s standard Mercedes. Lots of screens, lots of tech, lots of pretty. But also full of people who were selectively deaf to the phrase “excuse me.” The #AMG #GT-Four-Door is now high on my list of things to drive.

    What I did learn, other than the fact that pretty much everyone wants to stare at every small detail of the thing, is that the doors are amazingly light. A good thing.
    2019 Mercedes-AMG-GT63-S-4Matic+ on the road and presentation
    The all new serial Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door model delivers driving experiences in new dimensions and extends the AMG model family. The new coupé is the first four-door sports car from Affalterbach and draws directly on the legendary SLS and AMG GT...
    The all new serial Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door model delivers driving experiences in new dimensions and extends the AMG model family. The new coupé is the first four-door sports car from Affalterbach and draws directly on the legendary SLS and AMG GT models of success.The exciting AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine is already used in numerous AMG models. Its output has been enhanced yet further for the new Mercedes‑AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ and ensures superior performance on a par with a sports car. It delivers 639 horsepower (470 kW) and a maximum torque of 900 Nm, which is available over a wide engine speed range from 2500 to 4500 rpm. The top engine of the new four-door AMG GT thus exudes effortless superiority in every engine speed range. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62mph) in 3.2 seconds clearly illustrates this, as does the maximum speed of 315 km/h (195mph).Alongside the two V8 engines the new four-door sports car is also available as the Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4MATIC+ with the innovative AMG six-cylinder inline engine. The 435 hp (320 kW) 3.0-litre unit is characterised by high performance, supported by a boost effect with an output of up to 22 hp (16 kW) and 250 newton metres of torque. The EQ Boost starter-alternator combines a starter motor and alternator in a powerful electric motor and is between the engine and transmission. This intelligent combination, along with efficient charging with the electric additional compressor (eZV) and exhaust air turbocharger helps ensure the hallmark AMG performance and driving dynamics but also cuts consumption and emissions at the same time. The four-door AMG GT 53 accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.5 seconds, and achieves a top speed of 285 km/h (177mph).
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  •   Andy Everett reacted to this post about 2 years ago
    / #1965-Mercedes-Benz-23SL-W113 vs. #1977-Mercedes-Benz-350SL-R107 / #1995-Mercedes-Benz-SL320-R129 / #2000-Mercedes-Benz-SLK230K / #Mercedes-Benz / #Mercedes-Benz-R170 and #2003-Mercedes-Benz-SL55-AMG-R230 / #Mercedes-Benz-SL / #Mercedes-Benz-R230 / #Mercedes-Benz-R170 / #2000-Mercedes-Benz-SLK230K-R170 / #Mercedes-Benz-SLK230K-R170 / #Mercedes-Benz-R107 / #Mercedes-Benz-350SL-R107 / #Mercedes-Benz-350SL / #Mercedes-Benz-R129 / #Mercedes-Benz-R230 / #Mercedes-Benz-SL320-R129 / #Mercedes-Benz-SL320 / #Mercedes-Benz-SLK230 / #Mercedes-Benz-W113

    It’s not always possible to live your life by the sentiments in song lyrics, but choosing the right car can help…

    Whenever I find myself driving a #Mercedes SL, the chorus to Joe Walsh’s Life’s Been Good lows around inside my head. Ignoring the fact that the song is a satirical play on the challenges of being a rock star, my brain hijacks that lyric and easy-going vibe because it crystalises the overwhelming sense of wellbeing that I absorb from the well-hewn cabin, confident surge of power and predictable dynamics. What’s remarkable is that for each generation of #SL from the Seventies R107 onwards, life doesn’t have to have been exceptionally good for you to afford one now. #SLK aside, these were all mightily expensive cars when new, and even the baby SL was no one’s idea of a bargain. Fortunately for us, their prioritisation of civilised and swift touring over hardcore sporting pretensions has allowed them to be gently overlooked by the market, and that includes the ‘ #Mercedes-Benz-Pagoda#Mercedes-Benz-230SL-W113 . I won’t make the case for it actually being cheap, but compare it to a Jaguar E-type Series 1 and you’ll see what I mean.

    So, curiosity got the better of us – just how much Mercedes SL wellbeing can you buy for how little, and which variants of the numerous generations are looking better value than the rest? Our student of the market, Russ Smith, went after the answers with his usual terrier-like zeal, and came back with more than he expected. This is a man who lives under the spell of zesty Italian sports cars, but he returned enthusing about how much he’d enjoyed pushing the SLs through some testing sequences of corners, dips and crests.

    I expected the younger guys in the office to be less excited, but reined dynamics and the power of the three-pointed star resonate strongly with new generations of enthusiasts whose expectations of painless car ownership are rather higher than ours. We can’t expect SLs to remain such good value for ever.

    In the meantime we can rewind Life’s Been Good and play it out once more.

    Enjoy the issue.

    Across several generations, the Mercedes SL has always offered luxury, reliability and panache. These variants are the best value
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  •   Phil Bell reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    STARRY LORRY / #Mercedes-Benz / #Mercedes-Benz-X-Class / #2016 / #X-Class / #Mercedes-Benz

    Mercedes-Benz will enter the “farmer/ contractor” segment next year when it launches its X-Class line of premium pickups. The X-Class will have two versions: Stylish Explorer and Powerful Adventurer. As their monikers indicate, the former is aimed at buyers who want a vehicle that makes them stand out, while the latter caters to customers who require greater off-roading ability.

    Although the X-Class is a luxury vehicle, it will have body-on-frame construction, which is less comfortable than a monocoque. All-wheel-drive is standard, and the range-topping model will be powered by a #turbo-diesel #V6 motor.

    Mercedes says that the X-Class will have a payload of at least 1.1 tonnes and a towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes. That’s the equivalent of carrying a Volkswagen Polo while hauling two E-Class W213 saloons.
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  •   Chris Nicholls reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    Mercedes enters hypercar game / #Formula-1-engined road car gets green light for #2018 / #Mercedes-AMG / #Mercedes-Benz / #Mercedes / #Mercedes-Benz-Hypercar /

    Mercedes-AMG is to enter the hypercar sector with an F1-engined, carbonfibre road car scheduled to arrive in time for AMG’s 50th anniversary in 2018. the ambitious plan was confirmed at the Belgian Grand Prix by a Mercedes-AMG-Petronas team member, who also explained that the project is close to starting its first road tests but that neither Lewis Hamilton nor Nico Rosberg are expected to be involved.

    Powered by the 1.6-litre turbo V6 engine that’s fitted to this season’s F1 W07 hybrid, the #AMG hypercar is expected to have in the region of 900hp, with an additional 500hp produced by four 160hp electric motors – one fitted to each wheel. The responsibility of developing the F1 World championship-winning engine into a power unit that can be used by a road car is expected to be handed to Mercedes AMG high Performance Powertrains in Brixworth, Northamptonshire, and with no FIA technical regulations to adhere to, the engine’s capacity could increase. those responsible for the project will also need to develop a cooling system more complex than that used by an F1 car, a startup system that doesn’t require a man with an air gun to start it externally, and a more conventional gearbox than an #F1 car’s hydraulic unit.

    You’ve probably already started to draw parallels with the Aston Martin-Red Bull 001 hypercar, and like the British effort, AMG’s contender will rely on motorsport-derived aero. To this end, expect a design similar to that of today’s lMP1 endurance racers, with active aero and systems such as drs to manage the downforce required to keep the 1000-1300kg car on the ground when it leaves showrooms in 2018.
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  • The Great #Mercedes-Benz-C111 #Wankel torpedo

    The Mercedes-Benz Museum is currently staging an exhibition on the C111 that runs until 15 November #2015 . It’s a chance to find out about the exciting career of a vehicle whose design and performance figures caused a furore lasting a whole decade.

    The #1969 will go down as a special year for the company. Rumours had been circulating for a long time that the inventor of the motor car was working on a sensation. At the Frankfurt show the secret was finally revealed, and it really was a sensation: the C111, a super sports car with gullwing doors and a Wankel rotary engine. The industry was dumbstruck, the press couldn’t get enough of it and the public were bowled over. Not long after, in the spring of #1970 , the even more attractive and even more powerful variant of the #C111 experimental vehicle was unveiled, and it quickly became the dream car of an entire generation.

    The following quotes are taken from press reports of the time: ‘The C111 epitomises the special inventiveness and passion of the Mercedes-Benz designers and engineers. Their mission: to come up with the superlative sports car. To this end they have developed a vehicle body made of fibreglass-reinforced plastic, which is riveted and glued to a steel frame floor. This technology makes it possible to build a very light and stable vehicle.’ ‘Solid roadholding is assured by the chassis, which is up to motorsports standard and has impressed even professional racing drivers. The second version of this 300 km/h thunderbolt is propelled by a 350 hp (257 kW) fourrotor Wankel engine. Its turbine-like characteristics and incredible output figures make this vehicle concept perfect. Mission accomplished.’

    ‘Mercedes-Benz writes automotive history with the distinctive gullwing doors. The 300 SL Gullwing was the first sports car to include this spectacular design feature that is also such a highlight of the C111. The unique and striking appearance of the C111 is unmistakable and cutting-edge even today. Together with its distinctive orange metallic paint finish, its design idiom is that of the super sports car. The vehicle interior is more functional, but no less striking for that: contoured bucket seats, a well-arranged dashboard and countless display instruments make it clear that the driver is truly in control here.’

    ‘The presentation of the C111 to the public and its ascent to style icon status is pulling in the customers fast. The experimental vehicle, which #Mercedes-Benz is using to test out innovative technologies and develop them to series production readiness, embodies sportiness, progress and visions of the future like no other motor car of its era.’

    And the aura of this super sports car permeates through to the present – the trade press and lifestyle media continue to write about this exceptional car to this day. But there is one fact about this dream car that will never change: it is not for sale, to anyone.
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  • Design by numbers #2015

    The spotlight on #Mercedes from within the motoring industry - this month. Mercedes should have tried harder to distinguish its new GLE coupe from its rival, argues our controversial insider, but the ‘SUC will be a success anyway.
    I’ve been away for a week, and arrive back at my desk to find Mercedes-Benz has revealed yet another new niche model. The GLE coupe, in this case. Mercedes-Benz has long been determined to fill every niche imaginable, but in this case it’s playing catch up. That’s unusual, the three- pointed star usually leading with great success (if you quietly set aside the R-Class), the GLE coupe slotting into the same niche that BMW’s X6 created back in #2007 .

    The thing is, the #GLE not only fits into the #BMW ’s slot, but appears to have been pulled from the same mould as the X6. It’s inevitable that a pair of four-door #SUV coupes might share something of a similar shape, but I think the GLE coupe and #X6 #E71 / #F16 really could have been separated at birth. There are some design identifiers for each brand - headlamps, grilles and tail lights - but take those away and you could possibly get away with swapping badges.

    It’s not just the GLE coupe and X6 either, squint at the #C-Class and #3-Series and I think there are striking similarities, proportionally and in their details and finish. Indeed, start really lining up respective ranges and there’s a lot of commonality in design, despite each claiming to have their own visual brand identity. That’s perhaps unfair, as yes there are distinctions, but to many they might just not be distinctive enough to mark them out as individual.

    Who to blame then? The designers? Surely it’s down to them, but the real reason behind visual convergence - not just between #Mercedes-Benz and BMW, I might add - is efficiency. The ever increasing demand to eke out as much fuel as possible from a car means their shapes are dictated by the flow of air in a wind tunnel, as much as they are by the stylist’s pen. Design is no longer merely an art, it’s a science that’s as much about creating as little drag as possible, while still looking good.

    It’s perhaps easier to retain some distinction when coming from a previous model and instilling some common features to underline the new car’s heritage. But with a new model and a new niche, it's pretty much inevitable that two different design teams produce similar results.

    That creates a problem, as demands on economy will only become greater, which will only exacerbate the problem further. There will, of course, always be ways around this. As demanding as the need is for efficient air flow, the designer will always find a way to add some flair. Innovation helps too-active aerodynamics allow a car to change its shape at differing speeds, granting compromises that wouldn’t be possible if the shape was fixed.

    New lighting technology also helps, LEDs allowing designers to build a visual identity with light and the shape of the light housings. There’s material surfacing too, highlighting some body panels in different materials, be it glass, carbon fibre, plastic or any other for that matter. Then there’s paint and livery choices - the ability to personalise via decal packs and contrasting colour choices offering not just visual distinction, but allowing owners some degree of personalisation, too.

    It’s already happening - the A-Class can be had with sticker packs to change its appearance. And the base model is a blank canvas for customers to choose their style, trim levels no longer merely a badge, but bringing reprofiled bumpers, different wheels and alternative cabin detailing. That allows the A-Class to stand out among all the other two-box hatchbacks on the market. The #Mercedes-Benz-GLE coupe is another story, however. To my eyes, it simply doesn’t look different enough - niche or not.

    Our insider is a globe-trotting road tester driving the latest cars from Mercedes-Benz and its rivals.
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