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Archive for the ‘mercedes S-Class’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Launched in 2013, the current Mercedes-Benz S-Class has brought many innovations to the market. It also arrived in dealerships as a sportier, yet more comfortable proposition to the previous-gen S-Class, being praised for its fantastic ride, effortless acceleration, and the enormous amount of luxury and tech. In 2013, it had no rival, but BMW launched a new 7 Series in 2016, while Cadillac joined the full-size segment with the CT6. As a result, Mercedes-Benz updated the S-Class for the 2018 model year.

Although it’s safe to say that the outgoing S-Class was still competitive against its newer rivals, an update was necessary, especially in the tech department. That’s not to say that the S-Class was outdated, it’s just that Merc launched a range of new features with the latest E-Class, including semi-autonomous driving, that had to be offered in the top-of-the-line sedan too. Alongside the new tech, Mercedes also introduced a couple of new engines for the U.S. market and a new diesel for Europe. The facelift is rounded off by mild design upgrades and a revised model lineup.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Mercedes S-Class.


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 The Mercedes S-Class Gets the Facelift it Deserves in Shanghai

When Mercedes-Benz introduced the latest-generation S-Class in 2013, a new benchmark in the luxury class was established. And although BMW launched a redesigned 7 Series just last year, the S-Class remained the top-selling sedan in this class thanks to its imposing looks, tremendous interior, and state-of-the-art tech. But the sedan is already three years old as of 2017 and Mercedes has now rolled out a facelifted version with even more goodies.

Unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, the revised S-Class is almost identical to the outgoing model as far as looks go. Novelties include a redesigned grille with three twin louvers and vertical strips in high-gloss black, new LED lights, and lower rear bumper section. However, modifications are more notable inside and under the hood.

The cabin now comes with the company’s latest 12.3-inch screens in the instrument cluster and center stack. The full-size also gained the Touch Control Buttons on the steering wheel that respond to swiping motions like the screen of a smartphone. This feature debuted on the latest E-Class last year. Additionally, the S-Class received all the semi-autonomous driving tech from its smaller sibling, including Distronic Active Proximity Control, which uses GPS data to slow the car down for roundabouts, junctions, and corners, among others.

As far as materials go, there are two new natural grain ash wood trim offerings and three new upholstery color combinations, Silk Beige/Deep-Sea Blue, Magma Grey/Espresso Brown and Mahogany/Silk Beige.

There’s even bigger news under the hood, especially for customers in Europe. A 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel replaced the existing V-6. The new mill cranks out 282 horsepower and 443 pound-feet in the S350d (a 27-horsepower increase and 14-pound-foot decrease) and 335 horses and 516 pound-feet in the S400d. The latter is the most powerful diesel Mercedes-Benz ever. In the gasoline department, the S500 model was replaced by the S560, with the old 4.7-liter V-8 ditched in favor of the newer, twin-turbo, 4.0-liter with 463 horsepower, and 516 pound-feet, and cylinder deactivation for enhanced fuel economy.

The revised sedan will hit showrooms in July, likely with a slightly higher price tag.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe S By Fostla

In standard configuration, the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe S packs a mean punch. It’s powered by a 5.5-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine that spits out 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds to go with an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph. By most metrics, those numbers add up to a car that’s as potent as they come. Then again, that sentiment doesn’t mean much when you’re talking about a tuner like Fostla whose business has always been about giving cars like the AMG S63 Coupe S more power at their disposal. And so, the German tuner is here to present its latest tuning kit, a walloping program for the high-performance Merc that comes with an increased output of 740 horsepower and 885 pound-feet of torque.

The numbers are attention-grabbing, but they’re not the only things worth mentioning about this program. It also has some snazzy visual effects meant to bring out more personality out of the AMG S63 Coupe S. There are also a new set of wheels and tires that Fostla received from aftermarket peer Prior Design.

All told, the engine upgrade is the unquestioned showpiece of the program. Not only does it bring the output of the AMG S63 Coupe S to supercar levels, but those numbers are enough to actually up-end competing tuners and their own takes on the Mercedes.

It’s true that Fostla is entering a competitive field with this program since a lot of other tuners have kits for the same high-performance Mercedes-AMG model. Rest assured, though, Fostla makes a good account of itself with an engine upgrade that should make an impression to owners of the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe S.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes S-Class Coupe

Mercedes brought back the S-Class Coupe for the 2015 model year and with it came the best design, technology, and luxury features the German automaker had to offer at the time. It was heavily based on the S-Class Coupe Concept that debuted in Frankfurt back in 2014 and came with one of two engines: a 3.0-liter V-6 with 367 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque or a 4.7-liter V-8 with 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. It’s only been a couple of years since the new S-Class entered the market, and Mercedes is now busy preparing the car’s first facelift – a venture that should manifest itself for the 2018 model year. Little is known about the facelift at this point but considering it’s Mercedes that we’re talking about, there isn’t going to be much. Expect to see new exterior light units, new front and rear fascias, and a few minor changes inside – maybe even a new instrument cluster or steering wheel.

With that said, we’ve already seen shots of the sedan test mule putting in work, and now we’re finally laying our eyes on its Coupe sibling. It’s not wearing any camo, but it does sport an unfinished front fascia and a little bit of tape over the rear lights. It’s time of debut has yet to be announced, but considering this facelift will be of the minimalist nature, and it’s slated for the 2018 model year, sometime in the third quarter of this year sounds like a good prediction. So, let’s dive on in and see what the updated S-Class Coupe is working with.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet

Revived by Mercedes-Benz in 1997 after more than five decades since it stopped building automobiles, the Maybach brand and its modern limousines, the 57 and 62, were received with great enthusiasm. However, both cars were seen as slightly fancied-up versions of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class as soon as they hit the market and the company’s sales expectations were never met. When it was shut down in 2012, Maybach has only sold around 3,000 units. By comparison, Rolls-Royce sold more than 2,700 vehicles in 2010. The luxury brand was once again revived in 2015, but this time around as Mercedes-Maybach and as a sub-brand of the S-Class model. Two four-door models were launched immediately, following by sleek looking concept coupe. Although the latter has yet to be confirmed for production as of December 2016, Mercedes did launch a convertible version based on the S-Class. It’s called the Mercedes-Maybach S650 and its the first Maybach drop-top since the 1930s.

Although based on the standard S-Class inside and out, the Maybach S650 is actually pretty unique in the lineup. Its body features are heavily based on the AMG S65 model, thus having a sportier appearance, while the interior comes with bespoke leather upholstery and numerous accessories. Under the hood, the convertible is more than just a standard S-Class, using the most powerful engine available for the nameplate at this point. This makes the S650 the quickest and most powerful Maybach ever built.

The luxury convertible is also available in very limited numbers, with just 300 units to be built and sold globally. Naturally, these specs also make it highly expensive, to the point where a Maybach could cost more than its Rolls-Royce competitor. Find out more about it in my comprehensive review below.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe "Night Edition"

Mercedes ushered in the sixth-generation S-Class for the 2014 model year. Inspired by the F700 concept car, the S-Class came correct with a large front grille, LED lighting (inside and out,) loads of luxurious leather, and a decent list of driver assistance features. Not long after the S-Class Sedan went on sale, Mercedes ushered in the first S-Class Coupe since the 1990s and it was one of the best moves the brand has made in a while. Offered here in the U.S. with a 4.7-liter V-8 in entry-level form, a 5.5-liter V-8 in AMG S63 form, or a 6.0-liter V-12 in AMG S65 form, the S-Class Coupe can be had with anywhere between 449 horsepower and 621 ponies on tap and can hit a 60-mph sprint in as quick as 3.8 seconds when properly equipped. Now that BMW and Audi have updated the 7 Series and A8, respectively, Mercedes has been working on a facelift for the S-Class, but before that happens, it’s introducing a darker model to the S-Class lineup.

The model goes by the name “Night Edition” and will be based on the U.K.-market S500 Coupe (We have the S550 Coupe here in the U.S.) Mercedes says this went into effect on December 9th, 2016, which means it’s making its world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show. It comes with a number of dark enhancements that give it a somewhat menacing appearance while officially getting the S-Class Coupe onto the dark-themed bandwagon that every manufacturer has been jumping on lately. When the Detroit Auto Show kicks off, we’ll be sure to bring you a host of images and information on this special S-Class Coupe, but until then, let’s take a look at the few images we have and talk a little about it.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet "Diospyros" By Carlsson

Rolling in the lap of luxury usually requires a few things, not the least of which is a car that rise to the level of a person’s status. The Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet certainly qualifies as one of those cars. The convertible is everything you want in a luxury car, boasting an effortlessly elegant design matched only by a surprisingly powerful V-8 engine sitting under its hood. But like every car in existence today, the S-Class Cabriolet is by no means a “perfect” car. It can still be improved – or wasted – in some form or fashion. Depending on what your perception to Carlsson’s “Diospyros” program for the S-Class Cabriolet is, rest assured, we can all agree that the luxury drop-top looks, well, different.

To Carlsson’s credit, it swung for the fences with this one. The German tuner is known more for its impressive engine upgrades, but to be fair, it has, on occasion, developed eye-watering programs in the past. Remember the 2011 Super GT Carlsson Royale R25? Whoop. That one was, for a lack of a better description, an acquired taste.

A lot of you might even feel the same way towards the S-Class Cabrio Diospyros. It wasn’t exactly dressed to attend galas and balls, that much I’m sure of. But it sure looks different, that is if a mint chip ice cream-looking color finish qualifies as your description of “different.”

For better or worse, the Diospyros tuning program is going to turn a lot of heads, and while the model being touted here is the S550 variant of the S-Class Cabriolet, Carlsson says that it can install the program on any trim of the model, including the pair of high-performance AMG models.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet “Diospyros” by Carlsson.


PostHeaderIcon If You're Not A "Top Customer" Of Mercedes, Don't Expect To Get Your Hands On The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet

The math involving the production of the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet is tricky when you consider that the German automaker is only building 300 units of the luxury convertible and that of those 300 units, only 75 will go to the U.S. market. That’s not a lot of models to offer, so in lieu of making the S650 Cabriolet available to everyone, Mercedes is instead going to its VIP customers first and giving them, in the words of Mercedes-Benz USA Dietmar Exler, “the right of first refusal.”

Not that Mercedes USA is going to sweat trying to sell the 75 units of the S650 Cabriolet – the automaker has already received plenty of interest in the special edition convertible during its debut party last week. All 75 available units are expected to sell out quickly in the U.S., even if model comes with a pretty steep $320,000-plus price tag.

Given the car’s status and exclusivity, the price is where you expect it to be. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s inundated with the most luxurious of features and amenities, not to mention at 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 engine that produces 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough power to propel the luxury convertible from 0-to-60 mph in 4.0 seconds to go with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

It’s unclear how long Mercedes USA is going to take to sell out the Maybach S650 Cabriolet, but considering the demand for the car and the fact the super-luxury convertible will likely only last a model year or less, all 75 units should be scooped up faster than it takes to write all those zeros in the checkbook. Or as Exler proudly told Automotive News: “We’ll be running out. We’re pretty happy with the way it’s going.” 

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG S63 Big Bang by Wheelsandmore

Despite already packing a 5.5-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine that produces 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque and costing over $160,000, the Mercedes-AMG S 63 is still considered a favorite among aftermarket tuners. This year alone, we’ve seen more than a handful of tuning companies build programs for the luxury sports coupe, including luminaries like Mansory, G-Power, and Renntech. So before the year ends, how about we shine the spotlight on another tuner that has a new program for the AMG S 63? This one comes by way of Wheelsandmore and it packs upgrades that increase engine output to a potent 792 horsepower and 848 pound-feet of torque.

In true Wheelsandmore fashion, the program even comes with the “Big Bang” moniker, and if you remember the tuner’s “Seven-11” program for the same car, these two programs are actually connected to one another with the “Seven-11” serving as the Stage 2 program for the AMG S 63 whereas the “Big Bang” is the Stage 3 program.

Taking from the previous kit, this new one from Wheelsandmore packs the same features, with the highlight being the upgrades to the AMG S 63’s twin-turbo V-8. But there are also other important items included in the program, most notably the suspension upgrades, new exhaust systems, and last but certainly not least, a new set of wheel options that come in a variety of different shapes and styles.

All told, the “Big Bang” program is the typical Wheelsandmore program, which really means that those who avail of it won’t regret it the least bit.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Launched in 2013, the current Mercedes-Benz S-Class has brought many innovations to the market, especially in the safety department. It also arrived in dealerships as a sportier, yet more comfortable proposition to the previous-gen S-Class, being praised for its fantastic ride, effortless acceleration, and the enormous amount of luxury and tech. In 2013, it had no rival, as both the BMW 7 Series and Audi A8 were more than three years old. Come 2016, and BMW has a new 7 Series in showrooms, while Cadillac just joined the full-size segment with a brand-new model called the CT6.

As a result, Mercedes-Benz is looking to update the S-Class for the 2018 model year and has already begun testing the facelift model.

Spotted on public roads by our paparazzi with very little camouflage on its body, the revised S-Class seems to be identical to the model it replaces on the outside. This could change by the time the sedan gets closer to production, but we don’t expect it to get a significant redesign. Instead, the Germans will focus on the interior, where the S-Class will get many of the technologies Mercedes introduced on other models over the last two years. The engines are also in for upgrades, but don’t expect more than just a few extra horses as the S-Class is powerful compared to its competitors.

Keep reading to find out more and make sure you stick around for updates on the upcoming S-Class facelift.

Updated 09/27/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Mercedes S-Class out for a new testing session.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard

When you’re wealthy and in power, people want to kill you. So, how do you get out of the mansion or office without fear of being shot up or blown up by a roadside bomb? You ride in something like the car you see here, the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard. The S 600 Pullman Guard is based on the S600 Guard but has been extended to accommodate four rear passengers. The S 600 Guard was the first non-civilian vehicle to be rated with ballistics protection level VR10, but due to the extended length, the Pullman Guard is only rated at VR9. Be that as it may, it’s still certified for blast resistance in accordance with Directive ERV 2010 and, at ballistics rating VR9, it can sustain multiple shots from high-powered weapons such as the M60 machine gun, M14 rifle, or FAL FN chambered in 7.62 x 51mm NATO (.308).

To go along with this protection, the occupants of the S 600 Pullman Guard ride in the definition of luxury, comfort, and exclusiveness. There are two executive seats in the rear for the man of the hour and his VIP guest and two fold-down seats for the less-important – you know military advisors, translators, etc. With healthy doses of leather inside as standard, and extended length and height, there’s lots of open space for conducting business.

The world is a crazy place, and high-profile people need the utmost in protection. That’s why cars like the Audi A8L, BMW 7-Series High-Security, and the S 600 Pullman Guard exist. The bombs can go off, and the bullets can fly, but chances are that if you’re inside, you’ll be just fine. And, if not, at least you’ll die comfortably, right? Either way, let’s dive on in and take a closer look at the new Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe by Renntech

Noted Mercedes tuner Renntech isn’t averse to building all sorts of tuning programs for vehicles bearing the Silver Arrows badge. In recent months alone, the German tuner has released programs for the Mercedes-AMG GT S, Mercedes S550, and even the already departed SLS AMG Black Series. Now, Renntech is back with a new aftermarket kit for the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe that peaks in excess of 700 horsepower and almost 850 pound-feet of torque.

The program is defined by the engine upgrade that is being offered in a number of levels depending on what a customer wants. There’s an ECU upgrade that already adds power by itself. There are also new downpipes and sports mufflers that tacks on even more power. And there’s a choice to get all of it put together in order to maximize the program’s full potential. It’s not evident because the car’s body didn’t receive anything other than the decklid spoiler. But that’s the beauty of this Renntech program. The substance of the kit is mostly felt away from the eyes of the customer so it would be hard to identify it as a Renntech kit unless the car gets going.

Once it does, though, well, that’s when the magic happens. The AMG S63 S’s 5.5-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine may be good for 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque on its own. But thanks to Renntech, there are a lot more horses coming out of that V-8. It will be most certainly felt when the owner pushes the car to its performance limits. That’s power and output taken to an entirely new level, things that a tuner like Renntech has proven to be very good at when it comes to Mercedes models.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz S550 By Renntech

The sixth-generation Mercedes S-Class made its debut in 2013, and in the two full years that it’s been around, it has consistently sold well in the U.S. In fact, the S-Class turned in the second-most sales of any full-sized luxury sedan with 21,934 units sold in 2015, bested only by the Tesla Model S with 25,202 units. When you compare it with its two biggest rivals – the BMW 7 Series and the Audi A8 – the S-Class dominated both cars in terms of sales. The S-Class remains a popular choice for those in the market for a flagship sedan, so much so that Renntech has built a tuning program specifically tailored for the affluent clientele of the full-sized luxury Mercedes S550 (or S500 here in the U.S.).

It’s not a comprehensive kit, but it does include an engine tune that helps the Merc’s 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine increase its output to 530 horsepower and 606 pound-feet of torque. That’s a nice addition to the S550, but it’s far from the only one. Renntech also installed a carbon fiber aerodynamic component to go with a new set of wheels that are only limited to 25 sets. Talk about exclusivity, right?

All told, it’s a modest kit for a not-so-modest car. It may not entice those who prefer to get more aftermarket love for their S550s, but for those who prefer the subtle upgrades that don’t cut too much into the luxury sedan’s identity, this program from Renntech is a suitable option. It’s also affordable, or at least relatively so for those who obviously have the finances that allowed them to buy the S550 in the first place.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Plans To Release Four Electric Vehicles By 2020

Mercedes-Benz is speeding up its development of electric vehicles with a new goal to have four electric models hit the market by the end of 2020. According to Autocar, the German automaker is looking into developing two sedans and two SUVs that will comprise the first wave of EV models to bear the Silver Arrows badge. Each model will share basic elements with models that are already part of the Merc lineup but for the most part, the EV models will also have distinct design touches that will provide a noticeable differentiation from their conventionally powered counterparts.

The company’s decision to expedite the development of electric vehicles was made in part to jump aboard the German government’s new policy of offering sales subsidies on all EVs priced at less than €60,000, or $67,150 based on current exchange rates. The policy is part of a bigger €1.2 billion ($1.35 billion) incentive scheme that was created to attract would-be auto buyers to consider EVs for their next automotive purchases.

The move can also be seen as Mercedes’ attempt to keep up with the fast-rising EV market, something other automakers, especially Tesla, has taken full advantage of. Clearly, news of the Model 3’s incredible 370,000-plus pre-order total didn’t fall on deaf ears. The popularity of EVs have even hit close to home for Mercedes now that Audi has already made plans to begin the development of a production version of the e-tron quattro concept with an eye towards launching it in 2018.

While Mercedes is still in the embryonic stages in the production development of its EVs, the German automaker isn’t sitting idly by anymore as its competitors gear up for the same push. Investments have been made regarding electric vehicles, most notably a €500 million expansion of its existing battery production facilities in Germany.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes 300SL Roadster

The 300SL is often credited for being the world’s first “supercar.” Why? To start, it’s beautiful, with flowing lines that are both elegant and aerodynamic. Climb onboard, and you’ll find premium luxury and top-shelf opulence. But more importantly, there’s a good deal of technological innovation and racing pedigree hiding just under the skin, which blesses the 300SL with truly world-beating speed. Throw in low production numbers and the car’s high desirability amongst collectors, and the formula starts to come together.

Prior to 1954, Mercedes was seen as a luxury make without much to offer when it came to performance. The 300SL changed that in a hurry. The name is a reference to the engine displacement (3.0-liters), while the SL stands for Sport Leicht, which is German for Sport Light. Originally offered as a coupe, the 300SL was the first of the SL-Class grand tourer models, and eventually, it morphed into an open-top roadster. Although it lost the highly recognizable gullwing doors, the 300SL Roadster managed to keep much of the speed and prestige of its predecessor, all while adding on-demand blue-sky freedom.

These days, Mercedes pays homage to its past with a variety performance models which recall the 300SL’s styling and sporty character, and while the speed and technology are there, none can match the style and grace of the original.

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PostHeaderIcon Prior Design Mercedes S-Class W222 Styling Kit

Prior-Design S-Class W222-0

It was over a year ago when we first came across the unique Prior Design Mercedes S-Class based on the W222 model. So now is probably a good time to examine this package up close and see if it has stood the test of time. There have been many tricked-out W222s since then, but Prior’s kit still seems able to cut the mustard.

The ingredients of Prior Design Mercedes S-Class W222 exterior upgrade kit are familiar to any tuning fan, even if they haven’t seen this car before. It consists of a few simple parts which, joined together, have a profound effect on the way this big, bulky sedan looks. We should not forget, of course, the role played here by the aftermarket wheels and the suspension trickery.

But as for the styling kit itself, Prior Design Mercedes S-Class gets a revised front bumper with a spoiler lip, rear diffuser insert with pronounced fins, chunky side skirts, new side vent on the front wing, and a subtle tail spoiler on the boot lid. Optionally, you can also order fancy new LED lights, a sport exhaust system, a range of 20 inch rims and a full interior package with exotic materials such as crocodile leather.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG S65 Coupe Rocket by Brabus

Like the world-class aftermarket tuner that rises up to the occasion, the tuning prowess of Brabus was at full display at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The German tuner was on hand to present a handful of its latest programs, including kits for the Mercedes-AMG C63 S and the Mercedes G500. As impressive as those programs were, the real showcase project of Brabus was the AMG S65 Coupe 900 Rocket. Yes, the Mercedes-AMG S65 Coupe has just joined the Rocket family.

We already know what being a member of the exclusive Rocket club means. Not only did the AMG S65 Coupe receive a carbon fiber aerodynamic kit, it was also the recipient of one of the most gorgeous interior modifications we’ve seen in a long time. Most importantly, though, was the engine upgrade that Brabus gave to the high-performance coupe’s 6.0-liter biturbo V-12 engine. Suffice to say, the “900” designation is clear indicator on the kind of power the AMG S65 has under its hood.

The Rocket program is when Brabus is at its sickest. As if building impressive kits aren’t enough, the German tuner still has another level to go to when it really wants to put some serious power on its projects. The AMG S65 is the latest to be welcomed to this family and it once again proves that when it comes to turning Mercedes models into veritable rockets on four wheels, few do it better than Brabus.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe By G-Power

G-Power is often considered one of the best BMW tuners in the game. But every so often, it takes a detour and works on models from Bavaria’s biggest rival, Mercedes-Benz. Back in September 2015, the tuner presented a program for the 2015 S63 AMG that put 695 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque into the sedan’s 5.5-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine. That’s notable because it only took a few months for G-Power to go back to the S-Class catalog and build another program for Mercedes’ flagship family.

This time, the focus was put on the AMG S63 Coupe, a car that’s slowly ingratiating itself into the conversation as one of the most popular high-performance variants of the AMG lineup. It’s also become a favorite among tuners so it’s easy to see why G-Power decided to work on its own program for the model.

For this kit, the German tuner opted for something more straight-forward than its usual tuning strategy. The exterior and interior of the car were left mostly alone so all the focus was placed on giving the car’s 5.5-liter biturbo V-8 an upgrade that’s fit for a king. The tuner accomplished that and then some with this program, which goes to show that when it comes to aftermarket skills, G-Power doesn’t discriminate between BMW or Mercedes-Benz models.

All’s fair in love and the tuning game, so to speak.

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