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PostHeaderIcon AMG Emblem LED Projector Now Available for Most Mercs

AMG fans always mock those in the BMW M camp for their love of silly accessories and show-offy garnish M cars are famous for. That’s something they cannot do anymore, thanks to this new AMG Emblem LED Projector. If you think this features is cool, you need to take a long look at your life choices. 

We’re sorry, maybe we should explain what AMG Emblem LED Projector is before dissing it. It’s a projector in the bottom of the doors that shines a 3D AMG emblem on the floor when you open them. There probably isn’t a more surefire way to announce publicly you are a complete and utter dork, most likely with a comic book fixation and superhero underwear. It appears Mercedes-Benz sponsorship of the Justice League movie has affected them deeply.

Features like AMG Emblem LED Projector are not natural for a Mercedes-Benz, much less for an AMG. And they wouldn’t have come up with it had it not been for the success of the Illuminated Mercedes Star, another embarrassingly vulgar feature which actually appealed to a lot of their younger customers. So, you know, if there is money to be made, MB is willing to put on a geeky face for a while. They are offering the emblem projector for most production models know, from A to GLS class, and it’s an easy upgrade to do as well. They just replace the factory-installed entrance lighting at the bottom of the front doors.

So yes, it can get more embarrassing. As bad as this thing is on a real AMG, it’s hilariously terrible to have it on an A-Class diesel.








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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG G 65 Final Edition

With almost 40 years of history now in the books, it’s time for the Merc G-Wagen to get a substantial update. But before that happens (the new-gen is expected to show at the Detroit Motor Show next year), the German automaker is releasing a new, glossier, limited production run dubbed the G 65 Final Edition. Bearing the same AMG-branded bones as the standard G 65, the Final Edition adds a host of aesthetic enhancements to help it stand out from the crowd. Outside, you’ll find large wheels, specialized trim pieces, and black and bronze coloring, while the interior comes decked out in nappa leather, carbon fiber, and unique badging, all set in the traditional top-shelf G-Wagen luxury.

Merc says over a third of its G-Class vehicle sales are the AMG variants, so it makes total sense to release this spruced-up special edition before we wave goodbye. With only 65 units slated for production, Mercedes is banking on exclusivity to move this thing, because they certainly won’t come cheap. Pricing starts at a whopping 310,233 Euros, which is around $368,000 at current exchange rates (10/19/2017). And in case you’re keeping track, that’s about $150,000 more than the standard AMG G 65. Seriously. So what the hell makes it worth all that extra outlay? Read on for the details.

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What Makes The Mercedes-AMG G 65 Final Edition Special?

What’s It Got Under The Hood?


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Note: standard Mercedes-AMG G 65 pictured here.

“The V-12 gets a double-dose of turbocharging to produce 630 horsepower, plus 738 pound-feet of torque between 2,300 and 4,300 rpm”

Take a peek behind that three-pointed star on the grille, and you’ll find the same AMG-tuned 6.0-liter V-12 engine that you’d get in the standard model. Once again, the V-12 gets a double-dose of turbocharging to produce 630 horsepower, plus 1,000 Nm (738 pound-feet) of torque between 2,300 and 4,300 rpm. Lighting the fire is a multi-spark ignition system, with 12 individual twin-sparking ignition units. Adding some underhood glitz is a carbon fiber and aluminum engine cover.

That’s a lot of go, and although the AMG G 65 weighs in at a ground-pounding 3 tons (6,050 pounds), it’s got the right stuff to hit 62 mph in 5.3 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited at 230 km/h (143 mph).

“Top speed is electronically limited at 230 km/h (143 mph).”

Routing the muscle is an AMG-tuned seven-speed automatic transmission, which feeds a standard AWD system. The Final Edition also gets the same off-roading chops as the standard models, rocking high-travel suspension that enables slope climbing up to 80 percent, the ability to wade through water 60 cm (24 inches) deep, stability while driving at 28 degrees, a 27-degree angle of approach and departure, and a 22-degree breakover angle.

Sounds Pretty Standard, So Why Is It So Expensive?


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“It comes equipped with new 21-inch wheels, complete with a five twin-spoke design, alloy construction, and bronzed color finish”

For starters, it comes equipped with new 21-inch wheels, complete with a five twin-spoke design, alloy construction, and bronzed color finish. Under the plus-sized rollers, you’ll find calipers finished in silver, while AMG Sport trim strips were added to the flanks. Additional matte bronze detailing was added to the skid plates, bumper trim, and side view mirrors housings. The radiator grille gets a black mesh insert and matte bronze surround, while high-gloss black was added to the protective strips. In the rear, the spare wheel cover is covered in glossy obsidian black paint, while matte black was added to the running boards and exhaust tips.

What About The Interior?


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“The Final Edition adds stuff inside as well, tossing in the design Exclusive Package and adding nappa leather to the seats, plus carbon fiber to the seat side bolsters”

The Final Edition adds stuff inside as well, tossing in the design Exclusive Package and adding nappa leather to the seats, plus carbon fiber to the seat side bolsters. Light brown stitching is prevalent everywhere. Additional carbon fiber was added for the trim, while further bronze stitching adds a little more color. The grab handles get the Edition lettering milled right into them, while the floor mats get light brown leather edging. There’s also a flat-bottom AMG Performance steering wheel, which comes covered in black nappa leather, as well as the Seat Comfort package with “climatised” seats.

Conclusion


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Granted, only European pricing has been announced at this point, but even then, the price tag on this thing is rather ridiculous. When you break it down, you’re basically paying an extra six-figures for some wheels, black and bronze trim, and the bragging rights to say you own one of 65 limited edition G-Wagens. But to be frank, that’s more than enough for Merc’s customers in this segment. Expect it to sell out fast.

References

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Read our full review on the 2016 Mercedes-AMG G 65.


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Read our full speculative review for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class.


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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG Project ONE Officially Unveiled

So finally, after what seemed like ages, Daimler finally unveiled the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE rather unceremoniously at the IAA 2017. Well, they brought out Lewis Hamilton who ridiculous new pair of glasses, but other than that the 1000+ horsepower hyper machine didn’t get much special treatment.

This Mercedes-AMG Project ONE is still a showcar and the final customer version may differ slightly. But the specs are confirmed, and boy are they amazing. The ONE gets a high-performance plug-in hybrid drive system with a 1.6-liter V6 single turbo engine and a couple of electric motors. They work in extremely complicated ways, but enable the engine to rev up to 11,000 rpm. The F1-based system has an output of more than 1,000 horsepower while remaining very, very fuel efficient.

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The job of propelling the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE forward is trusted to Variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with hybrid-drive rear axle, electrically driven front axle and torque vectoring, coupled with an Automated AMG SPEEDSHIFT 8-speed manual transmission. Together they give the car a 0 to 200 km/h (yes, 200) sprint time of (in Race Start mode) under 6 seconds! Top speed is limited to 350 km/h, but you get 25 km of pure electric range.

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Being an F1-wannabe for the road, Mercedes-AMG Project ONE features a tonne of carbon fiber in its construction – even in the wheels – and benefits from racing-grade chassis and suspension systems. And of course, it looks the part with a spaceship-like exterior and F1-like interior complete with a racing steering wheel. But because it’s a Mercedes you also get air conditioning system, power windows and COMAND infotainment. Pricing and availability are yet to be confirmed.

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PostHeaderIcon Selective Breeding Brings About an Ugly Supercar – The Mercedes-AMG Project One

The Mercedes-AMG Project One is here, and the first thing that comes to mind for me is that Mercedes really needs to quit playing with people’s emotions. Under the metal, you’ll find a 1.6-liter V-6 that features a unique setup straight from Formula One. It features a single turbo charger that is assisted by an electric motor to go with another electric motor in the crankcase and two motors at the front axle. The motor inside the turbocharger (not sure how that’s going to stand up to the excessive heat of the exhaust) spools up the turbo while the electric motor attached to the crankshaft via a spur gear. It delivers as much as 120 kW of power while the turbo charger is spooled by a 90kW motor. The engine sits in the middle of the vehicle, just ahead of the rear axle, and can handle speeds as high as 11,000 rpm. This is made possible by pneumatic valve springs instead of the typical mechanical springs. Meanwhile, the motors on the front wheels drive each wheel individually and can reach speeds as high as 50,000 rpm – 30,000 more than cure “state of the art technology.” All told, the Project One promises a system output of over 1,000 horsepower and a top speed “beyond” 217 mph all from that tiny engine and four electric motors.

The battery system itself is an 800-volt system, so that’s double the usual voltage associated with plug-in hybrids, is stored in the floorboard just behind the front axle. The actual capacity of the battery is unknown at this time, but Mercedes promises that maximum acceleration will get you up to 112 mph in “under six seconds” thanks to the electric motors and V-6 engine. Shifting duties are handled by an automated, eight-speed manual transmission that is said to have been developed from scratch for the Project one. It can shift itself or be shifted by the paddles ahead of the steering wheel. So, with that in mind, it’s basically an automatic transmission so don’t let the previous wording fool you – there’s no clutch pedal here. The onboard electrics are powered by that massive lithium-ion battery as well, but it is done by a converter that’s built into the battery system to prevent oversupply by the high-voltage system. There’s a lot more to this car than power output and performance, though, so let’s talk a little more about the exterior and interior design below.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG S63-S65

The S-Class is an old nameplate for Mercedes, dating all the way back to the ‘50s. Back then, Merc called it the Sonderklasse (“Special Class” in its native German), adopting the current “S-Class” badge in the early ‘70s. These days, you can get a variety of S-Class variants, but the quickest of the bunch tout the letters “AMG” on the trunk lid. Tuned by the automaker’s independent performance division, these titans of European motoring offer all the traditional comfort and luxury you’d expect, but add a dollop of furious DTM-themed performance on top, creating one serious slice of automobile as a result. Available in several different body styles, two-door variants include a coupe and a cabriolet, with either the twin-turbo V-8-powered S63 or the twin-turbo V-12-powerd S65 rounding out the powertrain options. Keeping things fresh, Merc just announced updates for the 2018 model year, including tweaked styling and a new V-8 for the S63, once again continuing the tradition established over six decades in the past.

However, this latest refresh brings with it a few questions, the most pressing of which pertains to the S63’s new engine. While the eight gets a displacement downgrade, power is up, challenging the twelve in terms of peak output and straight up trouncing the S65 in terms of acceleration numbers. Which begs the question – why get the S65 when the S63 is arguably the better buy? Read on to find out, plus learn about all the updates for 2018.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: Mercedes-AMG GT4 Customer Racing Car

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They may have become businessmen in recent years, the masters of the luxury segment and the makers of some of the most lavishly equipped super saloons, but AMG engineers are still racing guys at heart. That’s why they just went ahead and made a new customer racing car in form of Mercedes-AMG GT4, even though no one really asked for it!

AMG basically saw the success of the GT3 model and decided what the hell, let’s make a GT4 version too for those who are into this category. The Mercedes-AMG GT4 is based on the production GT R and uses the same basic engine, but it’s been lightened and tuned and fitted with racing paraphernalia to meet the requirements and regulations of the international GT4 racing series.

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And it’s because of those regulations that the R-based GT4 makes the same kind of power as a GT S, 375 kW (510 hp) and a maximum torque of over 600 Nm. The motor is mated to a sequential six-speed competition gearbox (transaxle) from the GT3 version, and a differential that is adjustable from the outside is employed for competition. Safety features include rollcage of high-strength steel, screwed onto the aluminium spaceframe, carbon driver safety cell compatible with the HANS (Head And Neck Support), extrication hatch in the roof and a powerful fire extinguishing system.

Mercedes-AMG GT4 customer racing car will be handed over to the buyers at the end of 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 Gets AMG V8 Engine

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Taking their relationship with Mercedes-AMG to the next level, Aston Martin is releasing a new version of the DB11 super GT with the V8 engine out of the AMG GT. The 2018 Aston Martin DB11 V8 bi-turbo expands the model’s range and should attract new buyers with its blend of performance and efficiency. 

They haven’t even modified the AMG engine for use in the Aston Martin DB11 V8. It makes the same 510 horsepower as in the Mercedes. It is lighter than the V12 though (a saving of 115kg) and so it is still capable of decent performance with a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 187 mph. Meanwhile this big Grand Tourer returns CO2 emissions of 230g/km and an EU Combined fuel economy figure of 28.5mpg.

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Aston Martin DB11 V8 is re-tuned to make use of its lighter weight compared to the V12 version. It comes with revised suspension bushing, geometry, anti-roll bars, springs, dampers and ESP software, all of which should give it a more sports car-like feel. Visual distinctions include a unique alloy wheel finish, dark headlamp bezels and a pair of bonnet vents instead of the quartet featured on the V12. The interior design and options are the same as the V12 model.

Prices for the V8-powered DB11 star from £144.900 in the UK, €184,000 in Germany and $198,995 in the US.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG Turns 50 – The Highlghts

50 Jahre Mercedes-AMG Feier im Rahmen des 24-Stunden-Rennen am Nürburgring

Daimler has planned many celebratory events for the 50th anniversary of Mercedes-AMG, the Affalterbach-tuner which was incorporated into the company half a century ago and since then has become the byword for high-quality performance driving. And they are kicking things off with a handy video highlighting the best products of the past 50 years. 

Mercedes-AMG will also mark the 50th anniversary of the brand with a number of limited editions and collector’s version of current models such as AMG GT3 Edition 50 with only five copies featuring bespoke exterior and interior appointments.

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“Our strategic expansion of the product range has put us on course for success around the world. With more than 400 Performance Centres, we have also continued our expansion at the point of sales. The 63 series models still constitute our core model series, and delight car enthusiasts around the world. In addition, our sports car series, which was developed entirely in-house, is now available as a broad-based family, to which we will add a four-door variant next year, once more demonstrating our competence as a sports car brand. We will further expand our broad product range with a new product line in the compact segment. In this way we have set the course for continued sustainable growth. It is up to us to not only celebrate the success story of Mercedes-AMG now, but to help shape the performance of the future during one of the most exciting periods of automotive history,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG C63

AMG began meddling with the C-Class in 1995 — one year after the C-Class debuted — when it released the C36 AMG and its 268-horsepower V-6. The 1998 model year brought about the release of the C43 AMG, which featured a larger V-8 engine rated at 302 ponies. AMG then followed that up with the 349-horsepower C32 AMG in 2002, and then with the 362-horsepower C55 AMG in 2005. Finally, in 2008, the C63 AMG sent the sedan into 450-horsepower territory with a huge 6.2-liter V-8 tweaked to generate 451 horses. With the standard 2015 C-Class having arrived in dealerships in early 2014, Mercedes-Benz is rolling out a brand-new iteration of the AMG-prepped C63.This time around dubbed Mercedes-AMG C63, with the Germans dropping the Benz moniker from the official name, the new-generation vehicle marks the beginning of a new era for the sedan.

Much like its predecessor did in 2008, the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 gets a brand-new engine in the form of a biturbo, 4.0-liter V-8. The unit is identical with the one previously launched in the AMG GT sports car and comes not with just more horsepower, but with improved fuel efficiency as well. Read on for the full details surrounding AMG’s new high-performance compact.

Update 5/26/2017:The Mercedes C-Class is up for a mid-cycle update, and now we’re finally getting the first look at the facelifted version of the C63. The spy shots still show some camo, but give us an idea of what to expect later this year when the updated C-Class makes its debut. Check out the spy shots section below to hear about what we know so far.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG S 63 And S 65 Updated In Shanghai; Still Silly Fast

Merc’s flagship four-door just got a buncha upgrades at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show, and while the German automaker puts fuel efficiency and a cylinder deactivation system at the top of its list, fear not – both models are still crazy fast. Tweaks were applied to the engine, transmission, and AWD system, not to mention the exterior styling and interior design, and the result is a mighty slab of Teutonic speed and luxury that’s every inch worthy of bearing the Mercedes torch.

Let’s jump straight into the greasy bits, starting with the S 63 4Matic+. This thing gets a new 4.0-liter turbo V-8, ditching the old 5.5-liter turbo V-8 and replacing the lost displacement with more boost. Final output figures come to 612 horsepower, which is 27 horses more than the old 5.5-liter lump. The 4.0-liter also makes an impressive 554 pound-feet of torque starting at just 2,750 rpm. Apply all that power, and you’ll go 0-to-62 mph in 3.5 seconds.

Cog swaps are handled by a 9-seed automatic gearbox, which replaces the old 7-speed box. Top speed is limited to 155 mph, although the optional Driver’s Package raises the limit to 186 mph.

Meanwhile, the even-faster S 65 gets the same 6.0-liter turbo V-12 as before, producing a very mighty 630 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is also a carryover, with a 7–speed automatic onboard to route the muscle.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG S 63 And S 65 Updated In Shanghai; Still Silly Fast

Merc’s flagship four-door just got a buncha upgrades at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show, and while the German automaker puts fuel efficiency and a cylinder deactivation system at the top of its list, fear not – both models are still crazy fast. Tweaks were applied to the engine, transmission, and AWD system, not to mention the exterior styling and interior design, and the result is a mighty slab of Teutonic speed and luxury that’s every inch worthy of bearing the Mercedes torch.

Let’s jump straight into the greasy bits, starting with the S 63 4Matic+. This thing gets a new 4.0-liter turbo V-8, ditching the old 5.5-liter turbo V-8 and replacing the lost displacement with more boost. Final output figures come to 612 horsepower, which is 27 horses more than the old 5.5-liter lump. The 4.0-liter also makes an impressive 554 pound-feet of torque starting at just 2,750 rpm. Apply all that power, and you’ll go 0-to-62 mph in 3.5 seconds.

Cog swaps are handled by a 9-seed automatic gearbox, which replaces the old 7-speed box. Top speed is limited to 155 mph, although the optional Driver’s Package raises the limit to 186 mph.

Meanwhile, the even-faster S 65 gets the same 6.0-liter turbo V-12 as before, producing a very mighty 630 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is also a carryover, with a 7–speed automatic onboard to route the muscle.

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PostHeaderIcon It's Time To Weep For The Sold Out Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar

Are those sniffles we’re hearing? Do you need some tissue to wipe those tears away? It’s unfortunate, but we do understand how you’re feeling in this particular case. Sure, it was probably a pipe dream from the very beginning, but all those hopes and dreams of owning a Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar will remain in the state of longing. Sadly, it’s not going to happen anymore – not here in the U.S. at least – now that Mercedes-AMG has closed down applications for the hypercar.

News of Mercedes-AMG’s decision to stop compiling a list of prospective U.S. customers was on the rumor mill for quite some time, but one of the hypercar’s project managers, Melissa Witek, essentially confirmed the rumors at the New York Auto Show. This effectively shut the door on prospective customers who have yet to make their reservations for the multi-million dollar machine. Worse, a customer isn’t guaranteed a car even if he or she managed to squeeze into making a reservation for the car. The Project One’s limited volume means that only a handful of these customers will be lucky enough to buy one of the 275 units that Mercedes-AMG will be building. Considering that 275 is the total number of units of the Project One hypercar, expect America’s allocation to be significantly lower than that, possibly around 50 or so units, or maybe even less.

That makes the Project One hypercar all the more desirable, which largely explains why a lot of people are going stir-crazy over it, even at the cost of paying $2.4 million for the yet-to-be-officially-named performance machine. It’s a lot of money for a car that will end up costing at least two times that of the first trinity of hypercars. What’s that? The Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder, of course. If the car lives up to the hype Mercedes-AMG is building up on it, then expect more people to start reaching for the tissues if they don’t end up getting their hands on one.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Poised For AMG Buyout, German-Tuned Mustang Possibly In The Works

Last October, German officials took steps to ban the production of new internal combustion-powered cars by the year 2030. Although mounting pressure to create ever more efficient green vehicles is expected over the next few decades, an outright ICE ban is considered an extreme measure that could pose a huge challenge to the established German automakers. As such, AMG, the performance engineering firm best known for churning out high-spec Mercedes vehicles, might head stateside to circumvent the looming ban. Ford has been tapped as one possible buyer, prompting rumors that the Blue Oval’s next pony car could see a high-performance AMG iteration sometime in the near future.

According to insiders, Ford is eager to pick up AMG to help bolster its line of sports cars, and in particular the Mustang. “The Mustang is a global product now,” a source familiar with the matter told TopSpeed. “It’s important that Ford gives customers the sense they are buying something sporty, but also of the highest quality. An AMG badge would help monumentally in that regard.”

Whether or not Ford will go through with the purchase remains to be seen. There still remains a possibility that a rival like General Motors could pick up the wayward tuning company instead, but it’s unlikely given Ford’s reported interest in the deal.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon

Practicality, comfort, and speed. It’s a difficult combination to achieve, especially in the U.S., where customers are usually only offered two of these characteristics, but not the third. Compounding the problem is the fact that on these shores, practicality is almost always equated with a crossover or SUV body style, which is obviously less than ideal when it comes to performance duties. Mercifully, Mercedes-AMG has a whopper of a solution. It’s called the E 63 S Wagon, and it’s based off the four-door rocket sedan of the same name. Merc first introduced the E-Class in 1993, with the latest fifth-gen model ushered in for the 2017 model year, and incredibly, the brand has decided to continue to offer the E-Class Wagon in the U.S. Even more amazing is the fact that stateside high-speed thrill seekers can get their fix with the E 63 S Wagon iteration, which gets all the opulence, interior tech, exterior style, and over-powered performance as the E 63 S sedan, but with extra space in the hatch to boot.

But let’s just jump right into the specs that matter most, shall we? Under the hood of the AMG E 63 S Wagon is a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 gas burner, pumping out an astonishing 603 horsepower. Routing output to the ground is a nine-speed automatic transmission. It’s enough muscle to push this wagon to 60 mph in as little as 3.4 seconds, while the upgraded performance suspension system keeps it all in control. Step inside, and you get a familiar look and layout, infotainment system, and the usual premium features.

Sounds amazing, if you ask us. But the wagon body style can still be a tough sell in the U.S., even with just over 600 ponies on tap, which begs the question – what’s this thing really bring to the table?

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG CLA45 By Schmidt Revolution

A lot of people love the Mercedes-AMG CLA45. At the same time, a lot of other people don’t like it (hate’s a strong word, isn’t it?). Whichever side of the fence you’re on, there’s no denying that the AMG CLA45 is a car that’s ripe for an aftermarket program. Schmidt Revolution isn’t the biggest tuning name in the business, but it has developed a few humdingers over the years. Safe to say, the tuner knows what it’s doing, and that’s all coming to play with its new program for the AMG CLA45 that’s highlighted by an engine upgrade that gives the sedan a stout 400 horsepower.

The program as a whole is simple yet refined. That’s a good mix for a car that suffers from its own identity crisis, albeit through no fault of its own. Schmidt smartly went against overdoing the modifications in lieu of a more purposeful upgrade that gave the AMG CLA45 a consistent look to go with improved performance credentials.

The kit isn’t going to set any speed records, but with the changes in place, it helps turn the AMG CLA45 become the kind of high-performance sedan that can live up to its AMG name.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG E43 4Matic Estate

Mercedes has finally released the estate version of its tenth-generation E-Class, and to go with it, the AMG E43 4Matic variant. In typical Mercedes fashion, the new E43 Estate features a more aggressive front end with the standard AMG grille, a set of stylish wheels on the side, and a nice diffuser element with revised exhaust outlets in the rear. Inside, you’ll find a black interior with red accents, sport seats, lots of leather, and a multifunction configurable double color display that features its own AMG graphics. Under the hood, you’ll find AMG’s 3.0-liter Biturbo engine with a significant increase in horsepower and torque over the standard model, plus a nine-speed automatic transmission that feeds power to all four wheels.

Tobias Moers, the Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, said, “In recent months we have considerably expanded our model range for performance-oriented customers with our new 43 models, creating numerous new ways of entering the world of Mercedes-AMG. The new E43 4Matic Estate adds a particularly versatile alternative for business and recreation to this portfolio.”

It’s no secret that the station wagon segment has seen better days, with the current market only offering a handful of wagon or estate models to choose from. Be that as it may, brands like Audi, Subaru, and in this case, Mercedes, have all managed to continuously give a breath of life into the estate market. The announcement of the E-Class wagon was a pretty big deal, bringing yet another model to the E-Class lineup, but now that Mercedes has also announced the E43 Estate, the lineup gets even better with a new performance wagon for a pretty bland market. So, let’s take a good look at the new Mercedes-AMG E43 Wagon and how it breathes new life into the market.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG Considering Adding Another AMG Model

The success of the Mercedes-AMG GT coupe is giving the German automaker reason to believe that another dedicated AMG model could be offered, one that would sit above the popular sports car. AMG boss Tobias Moers touched on that possibility in a recent conversation with Autocar, hinting that if the model does hit production, it would take up the slot vacated by the SLS AMG.

If the model does get the approval of Mercedes management, Moers indicated that AMG could go in a number of different directions on how it wants to model to come out. The common belief though, in addition to it sitting above the AMG GT, is that it could be packaged as a mid-engine hybrid supercar that would draw technologies from both the automaker’s current crop of road cars and its Formula One operation. A lightweight construction and electrical power are believed to be the most important elements of the car and taking into account the circumstances, such a proposal wouldn’t be difficult to execute considering that Mercedes already has the resources and the technology to make it work.

The model’s status is still be in its infancy and there are still a lot of things that could happen on how the model will be shaped. But according to Moers, don’t expect it to veer into the direction of a limited-edition hypercar like the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1, or Ferrari LaFerrari. That’s a non-starter, according to the AMG chief, largely because Mercedes-AMG isn’t planning to enter that ultra exclusive market anytime soon.

So with that avenue out of the question, the likely scenario for this model would be as tech-loaded rival to the McLaren 650S and the Ferrari 488 GTB. It’s worth noting that the SLS AMG served as direct rivals to the 650S and the 488 GTB’s predecessors, the McLaren 12C and the Ferrari 458 Italia, respectively.

In the event the project is approved, there is a scenario that it could be offered in a number of different variants. This could include coupe, convertible, and special edition models, similar to the strategy being employed by its rivals. There’s no production timetable for the supercar, but if Mercedes-AMG is as serious about it as Moers appears to be, expect an announcement to arrive sometime within 2016.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG Looking To Add "At Least" 10 New Models By Year's End

Mercedes is cooking up some big plans for its high-performance division and if the fruits come to bear, we could be in line for at least 10 new models bearing the AMG nameplate. This exciting development came from no less than Mercedes-AMG chairman Tobias Moers, who spoke to Automotive News and elaborated on plans to beef up the AMG lineup in light of the division’s growing sales volume.

Moers didn’t specify which existing AMG variants will receive new members to their families, but he did say that at least 10 will be added before 2016 ends. What’s clear is that the big wigs over at Daimler are toasting the peaking popularity of AMG. In 2015 alone, sales of AMG models reached 68,875 units, an impressive increase of 40 percent from its sales numbers the year before.

Demand is definitely on the uptick and Mercedes is smart to take advantage of maximizing that potential. Adding more models to its lineup will go a long way in addressing that, but the German automaker is also exploring other ways to leverage AMG’s popularity to reach more audiences.

According to Moers, one way of doing that is increasing the profile of AMG among its massive Mercedes dealership network. Dedicated AMG showroom areas are increasing and Mercedes itself is considering setting up stand-alone AMG showrooms. One is already scheduled to open in Japan and another one could follow in Australia, if it’s determined feasible for that market.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG C63 S Estate "Rottweiler" by Piecha

It doesn’t take someone of high intellect to understand that wagons aren’t as sexy as sports cars. That’s never been the case and that’ll never be the case unless automakers completely reinvent the way we look at these cars. But, just because they don’t look sporty in the traditional sense, that doesn’t mean they can’t perform like a sports car. Take the case of the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate. On the surface, you won’t mistake it for its two-door brother. But, pop open the hood, and it becomes a different story.

Now take that story and add another chapter to it in the form of Piecha Design. The German tuner knows Mercedes models like the back of its hand and that disposition has led it to create some of the fiercest programs for Affalterbach’s finest. This time, it’s set its sights on the aforementioned AMG C63 S Estate, the kind of car that runs like a sports car, despite its grocery-getter body.

The kit, appropriately dubbed the “Rottweiler,” is comprehensive. It’s got an aerodynamic kit, a new set of wheels, and most importantly, an engine upgrade that gives it enough power to shame some of the industry’s finest sports cars. That’s saying a lot for an estate, but the proof is in the pudding. Go check it out and see how angry this Piecha-tuned AMG C63 S Estate can be.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet

Mercedes is debuting a ton of AMG products in New York this year, including the GLC43, E43, and CLA45. The latest addition to the roster is the new C63 Cabriolet, which follows hot on the heels of the C-Class Cabriolet and C43 Cabriolet that dropped in Geneva earlier this month. The C63 Cab adds the usual high-performance AMG’d bits and pieces, like an aggressive exterior package and an upgraded interior. The biggest news, however, is what’s making the go, as this range-topper replaces the C43’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 with a twin-turbo V-8.

Buyers can choose between two levels of C63 Cab – the standard version, or the even-crazier C63 S. Both are fire-breathing tire-shredders with a zeal for velocity, very much in line with the established AMG go-faster philosophy. But does the open-top design dilute the formula?

Updated 03/23/2016: The 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 was officially revealed in New York! Read on for all the details.

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