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PostHeaderIcon Is Mercedes Going To Set The Fastest Ever Nurburgring Record?

It has been reported that Mercedes-AMG’s upcoming Project One will break the six-minute barrier at the Nurburgring.

We need to start out with a disclaimer that none of this information is reliable, so please find a grain of salt big enough to melt the iceberg that sank the Titanic. With that out of the way, let’s look at the rumor and what it might mean.

PostHeaderIcon Brabus Once Again Proves It’s The King Of Mercedes-AMG Tuning

Unless we’re in for a surprise in the next coming days, it looks like the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show will only have one major aftermarket tuning company in attendance. It’s a little bit of a surprise, but then again, the tuner that did show up is Brabus, and we all know its place in the tuning hierarchy. Suffice to say, it’s the go-to tuner for Mercedes-Benz models. This week Brabus showed solidified this with not one, not two, but three different programs for three different Mercedes-AMG models, all of which, mind you, received insane levels of power and performance, among other things.

These are the kinds of things that we can expect from Brabus. As a matter of fact, these are the kinds of things that we’ve already expected out of the tuner. I’ve already detailed my thoughts about the Rocket 900 program for the AMG S 65 Cabrio and the 700 kit for the AMG E 63 S last week. But guess what; Brabus wasn’t done. Rather, it followed those two major reveals with another program, the 900PS, for the AMG G 65 V12. All that and the tuner even had the time to build and develop a concept for smart called the Ultimate E Concept and had one of its sub-brands – Startech – come up with an aero kit for the Land Rover Discovery. Those two aside, the three Mercedes-AMG tuning kits are prime examples of why everyone regards Brabus as one of the best tuners in the game today. It may be far from being the only one, but rest assured, if there’s somebody out there with a Mercedes or a Mercedes-AMG in his garage that’s dying to get some aftermarket tuning love, Brabus should be one of the first, if not the first, tuners he should call.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG G 65 Brabus 900PS

On one hand, a go-anywhere, do-everything car like the Mercedes-AMG G65 is already fine on its own. There’s not a lot this hulking machine can’t do. It’s fast, powerful, luxurious, and has all the utility chops to literally go places others can only dream about going. On the other hand, there is something appealing about having a car like the AMG G65 and still have options to do something with it. Maybe slap on an aerodynamic kit? Perhaps an engine tune? The possibilities are all there, and these possibilities are being brought to life – yet again – by Brabus.

I don’t suppose it deserves another mention as being one of the best Mercedes-AMG tuners in the business, and yet, here we are again. Brabus’ new program for the Mercedes-AMG G65 V12 touched down at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show and as you might expect, it’s dripping in modifications. It features a wide-body aerodynamic body kit, a fancy-schmancy interior dress-up, a new set of wheels, and a massive engine upgrade that, at least according to Brabus, makes this vehicle “the world’s most powerful twelve-cylinder off-road vehicle.” At some point, all of Brabus’ claims become irrelevant because we already start to expect greatness out of its programs without the tuner telling us all about it. That’s what it feels like looking at the AMG G65 Brabus 900PS. The tuner may as well be right in saying that no other 12-cylinder off-roader is as powerful as this beast, but we expected that already to begin with. That’s clout that only years of excellence can justify.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell

Man-made climate change is a hot topic and, regardless of your beliefs about the effect of man-made emissions on the global climate, it’s inevitable that the internal combustion engine will eventually be all but wiped out of existence. With various world governments committing to an all-out ban of non-electric vehicles, automakers aren’t slowing down the process either, with just about every major manufacturer having jumped on the alternative fuels wagon in one way or another in recent years. Mercedes, for example, is following Toyota’s lead and looking to hydrogen as a viable solution to combat emissions and has already proven its viability with cars like the B-Class F-CELL and the Citaro FuelCELL-Hybrid – two vehicles that have logged more than seven million miles in test runs. Now, Mercedes has introduced the GLC F-Cell, the world’s first plug-in fuel-cell vehicle. As such, the GLC F-Cell promises as much as 301 miles from just 9.7 pounds of hydrogen and the 13.8-kWh battery. And, it does so while producing around 200 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque– more than enough to get you up to speed.

With hydrogen availability expanding, that’s certainly good news, but we’re not there quite yet. Outside of the electric and hydrogen powertrain, the GLC F-Cell also sports its own unique look in comparison to the ICE-powered GLC-Class, so it will even stand out in the crowd. Now, it may not have that internal combustion engine or even the 241 horsepower afforded by the standard model’s 2.0-liter, but it will still please all of you purists out there as it does have all of the Mercedes DNA that you’ve come to love and find it impossible to live without. So, now that the GLC F-Cell has made its official debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show, let’s take a good look at it and see what it’s all about.

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PostHeaderIcon Here’s Why Mercedes Is Doing the Right Thing with the Hydrogen GLC F-Cell

Hybrid and all-electric cars are slowly integrating among conventional production vehicles, but automakers still have some challenges to overcome. While hybrids are still relying on gasoline to work, electric cars still need better range and larger refill networks. Sure, we have quite a few capable EVs, like everything Tesla makes, the Chevy Bolt, and the new Nissan Leaf, but range can still be an issue in large countries and most continents outside the United States. But this is where Mercedes’ new solution, the hydrogen hybrid, comes in.

Unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the company’s latest F-Cell model is built around the GLC crossover, and it’s slated to go into production. And unlike other green attempts, this vehicle pairs plug-in battery power with hydrogen fuel cells for what could become the most sustainable zero-emissions solution. It’s not yet ready to hit dealerships, mostly because there’s no hydrogen infrastructure, but the Germans have a plan, and this project could become feasible in five to six years. So why do I think that hydrogen power is a better solution that electricity?

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PostHeaderIcon Hybrid All The Things

In case you didn’t hear, Mercedes-Benz just released the world’s very first hybrid hydrogen car. Dubbed the GLC F-Cell, the technology involved is mighty impressive indeed – in addition to a traditional fuel cell power source, which converts hydrogen into electricity and water vapor, the GLC F-Cell comes equipped with a large plug-in lithium-ion battery pack that adds another 30 miles of all-electric range when fully charged. Working in concert, the two power sources aim to complement one another by offering both the quick-fill convenience of hydrogen with the long-range capabilities of a hybrid system. It makes a lot of sense, even if H2 power is still a longs ways off from widespread adoption, and given the industry-wide tendency towards ever-greater numbers of hybrid offerings, it got us thinking – is there anything that wouldn’t benefit from hybridization?

Naturally, given the association hybrids enjoy with green sensibilities, sports cars might seem like an odd segment for the application of hybrid technology – at least until you read up on the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, and Ferrari LaFerrari. The Mercedes-AMG Project One is another, more-recent example of hybrid power used in the name of speed.

Indeed, hybrid systems seem to do just about everything better – they go farther, go faster, and go more efficiently, all good stuff. However, no technology is perfect, and these systems still have their disadvantages. For starters, they add weight, and a lot of it. Those batteries and electric motors aren’t exactly trivial when it comes to extra mass. Secondly, they add a good deal of complication as well, which means more stuff to break or go wrong, which can be a problem when shooting for affordability.

However, in terms of power performance and efficiency and greenness, hybrids are just better. And with more automakers throwing their hat into the hybrid ring, we can bet there will be significant advances in terms of weight reduction and simplification. Indeed, like early production turbocharged engines, hybrids are looking more and more like a panacea for many of the industry’s ills.

What do you think?

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes Launches First Production Hydrogen Hybrid With GLC F-Cell

The latest crop of green alternative passenger vehicles is making the rounds at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, and Mercedes is getting in on the action with a brand-new hybrid SUV. It’s called the GLC F-Cell, and it’s touted as the world’s very first production-ready hydrogen hybrid vehicle. Flying the German automaker’s EQ Power banner, also known as the go-to branding for Merc’s various green solutions, the GLC F-Cell is essentially an SUV that combines plug-in all-electric battery power with hydrogen fuel cell power. The marriage of these two alternative power sources hopes to find a synergy whereby benefits are maximized and disadvantages are minimized, combining the quick refill times of hydrogen power and the long-range capability of electrified assistance, all without the traditional explodey dino juice normally associated with “typical” hybrid vehicles.

The new SUV is part of the latest Mercedes product strategy to produce 10 new battery-electric models by the year 2022. The GLC F-Cell is also a modern addition to the Mercedes CASE strategy, an acronym that stands for, Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Services, and Electric. And while the SUV has yet to show anything terribly noteworthy in terms of connected, autonomous, or sharing features, the novel hybrid stuff is more than worthy of the attention of anyone interested in powertrain technology development. Read on for the specs and details.

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PostHeaderIcon The Mercedes S-Class Family Grows with the Addition of the S 560 e Plug-in Hybrid

When the W222, sixth-gen Mercedes S-Class came to the market in 2013, it sat in a niche that was completely void of any real competition. But, after just a few years that changed, with long-time rival BMW introducing the new 7 Series and GM’s luxury division, Cadillac, introducing the full-size CT6 to the market. The S-Class was already competitive enough to hold its own in the full-size luxury segment and was even praised for its superior ride quality, seemingly effortless acceleration, and all of that fancy tech that brought it one step closer to being a true-to-life spaceship on wheels. With the new E-Class coming before this mid-cycle update, Merc had a lot of new tech on its hands, and you certainly can’t have a lesser model sporting better features, so this was the icing on the cake and triggered Mercedes to revamp the S-Class in time for 2018. Now that we’re approaching the holiday season and the new year, Mercedes saw fit to introduce the newest member of the S-Class family: The S 560 e – a plug-in hybrid that promises to be a huge improvement over the outgoing model.

So, now that we’re looking at the facelifted S-Class hybrid, it’s important to note that it also comes with a new name. Previously known as the S550 Plug-in Hybrid, the 2018 model will now go by the nomenclature of S560 e Plug-in Hybrid. Highlights of the facelifted model include an increase in system output of more than 50 horsepower, increased all-electric range thanks to a revised battery, relocated electric components, and increased luggage room in the rear. An ECO assist feature will help you drive more efficiently, while pre-entry climate control will have the temperature just right before you even sit down inside the vehicle. I guess that’s pretty commendable and right in line with what you should expect for a car of this stature. With that said, let’s take a closer look at what kind of improvements the revised hybrid brings to the market. Something tells me, you might want to consider trading in that old plug-in for a new one, but we’ll see.

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 Teases Project One Rear End Bodywork Ahead Of Frankfurt Debut

Scheduled for a full reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this week, Mercedes-AMG just released a new teaser image of its upcoming Project One hypercar, showing off some wide hips and some very sporty cues. Scheduled for release in conjunction with AMG’s 50th anniversary celebration, the Project One promises “the very latest and efficient, fully-fledged Formula 1 hybrid technology to the road.” We’ve already got a good amount of info on the mechanical details, with now that the debut is only a few days away, we’re getting a better look at the exterior styling with this still somewhat-murky teaser image. The new image shows off a large central exhaust pipe, geometric angles for the ultra-wide rear fenders, super thin taillights, a roof-mounted intake, aggressive engine cover louvers, and a rounded roof curve.

We’re chomping at the bit to get a look at this thing in the light. Previously, Mercedes only gave us a look at the Project One by way of a few stylish white lines laid on top of a black background. We also recently got a less-than-clear look inside the cabin, which apparently will include a square steering wheel, digital gauges, and a screen mounted high on the dash. As far exterior styling is concerned, we’re expecting a look reminiscent of the old Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR – super wide, low, and a little closer to a Le Mans prototype than an open-wheel Formula car. Either way, stay tuned as we cover all the big reveals from Frankfurt.

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PostHeaderIcon This is Not the Way to Trade your Mercedes SLK for a Tesla Model S

Imagine for a minute that you’re a Tesla salesman and beautiful San Francisco, California and just got back from your overpriced lunch. You take a deep breath and smell the air that is the glory of your liberated EV showroom. You’ve had a good week so far, sold a couple of cars, then all of the sudden: BAM, Crash, Smack. You look up, and there’s a Mercedes SLK staring you in the face with a (presumably) scared senior citizen behind the wheel rocking out to AC/DC and sporting his bald-man mullet. What the hell just happened here? Well, as much as I would like to report that some Mercedes driver has just had enough with all of this damn EV, ICE-killing drama that’s plaguing the automotive market place, I really have to report that this old man simply made a huge mistake while attempting to overtake some vehicles but using a bus lane.

As the story goes, our old friend was hoping to pass some traffic in a bus lane, but as it turns out that bus lane was about to end. He said that he thought it was a third lane, but come on – we all know better. He then panicked and tried to hit the brake, but put the accelerator to the floor instead. As a result, he jumped a curb, smucked a tree, shot across a crosswalk, took out a mail box, sign, and traffic control box, then wedge his SLK into a Tesla showroom. Fortunately, and we’re not sure how, nobody was seriously injured, but the Tesla showroom is now tasked with replacing a pair of ridiculously large 15-foot tall glass windows. A BMW 5 Series did take some minor damage as a result of the accident too, but it will likely drive another day. As for that SLK, well, It’s not likely it’ll see the light of day again.

On a different note, I have to say this vaguely reminds me of a certain South Park episode that addressed the concern with old folks behind the wheel. Now, not all seniors are bad drivers – I’m not going to be the guy that claims that – but this guy should certainly get an award for reminding us to watch out for Grandpa when he’s trying to find the nearest buffet, don’t you think? Check out the video that shows off the aftermath of this crazy accident below.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG E63 Brabus 700

Days after introducing the new Brabus Rocket 900 for the AMG S 65 Cabriolet, Brabus is getting into the tuning spirit with yet another aftermarket program, this time for the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S. This new kit doesn’t exactly approach the insane levels of the Rocket 900, but make no mistake, with 691 horsepower on tap, don’t think that this AMG E 63 S can’t leave other cars in the dust.

Even better, the German tuner’s program is available for all variants of the AMG E 63. That means that owners of sedan and wagon variants of the AMG E 63 can avail of the Brabus 700 kit, and should they do so, they stand to receive more than just a plug-and-play auxiliary control unit. The whole program also features an aerodynamic kit, a new set of wheels, and enough personalization options for the interior that helps bring out a unique identity to each and every customer who gets the kit. It is fitting that Brabus is presenting the 700 program for the AMG E 63 S at the Frankfurt Motor Show, considered as one of the biggest auto shows in the world. A lot of eyes will be on the tuner to showcase its latest wares. Hardly a surprise then that Brabus is bringing its A-game to the event.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

The current generation of the S-Class Coupe hit the market for 2015 and brought about the best design, technology, and luxury that the German automaker had to offer. It was based heavily on the S-Class Coupe Concept that was showcased in Frankfurt back in 2014 and was offered with a 367-horsepower V-6 and a 449-horsepower V-8. We’re now starting to see 2018 models hit the market, so it should be no surprise that Mercedes has been working hard on a facelift for its resident, full-size coupe. As part of this facelift, you won’t notice too many changes at skin level, but that’s because Mercedes was more focused on bringing about all of the new tech found in the recently revealed E-Class, which includes some semi-autonomous driving features, OLED lighting in the rear, an updated infotainment system, and new V-8 engine meow offers up a little more power next to the updated V-6 that offers better efficiency thanks to a new “gliding function.” Finally, the model lineup has changed a bit as well as a part of this facelift, so there’s that to discuss as well.

All told, the updated S-Class is now fully prepared to take on the competition, thanks to all of the new tech that Merc introduced with the E-Class and its desire to improve efficiency and supply more power when possible. With that said, there’s still not a lot to talk about as far as aesthetic updates, but there’s plenty of tech and standard features to go over. It’s not a revolution for the S-Class by any means, but it’s still worthy of some dedicated attention, so let’s take a good look at it and how it might stand up in the market once it finally launches.

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PostHeaderIcon This Is What The View Is Like From Inside The Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar

We’re a few days away from finally seeing the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar, and as you might expect, the anticipation is slowly crescendoing up. It also doesn’t help that Mercedes-AMG chief, Tobias Moers, is throwing more wood into the fire by posting a photo of the Project One’s interior from the driver’s perspective.

The photo isn’t much of a revelation for two reasons. One, it doesn’t show the whole cabin, and two, it’s low quality, so even the things we can see don’t tell us a whole lot. That said, any picture of the Project One that we haven’t seen before is gold in our eyes. Quality aside, we do see what looks to be a Formula One-style steering wheel. If that is, in fact, inspired by an F1-type wheel, we can at least expect it to feature its share of buttons and switches, perhaps even its own small display unit. Outside of the steering wheel, the most prominent features in the interior of the Project One hypercar are the pair of display units, one of which looks to be the instrument cluster and a large central infotainment screen in the dashboard. It’s unclear if the latter is integrated into the center console, though I suspect it’s going to be in the production model. That’s as far as what we can tell from the photo posted by Moers. The good news is that all the speculation about the Project One hypercar, including its actual name, will all come to a head at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Consider this a nice little tease before the car officially breaks cover.

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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 Mercedes-AMG G 63 and Mercedes-AMG G 65 Exclusive Editions

The next-generation Mercedes G-Class is on its way for 2018. It’s been a long time coming for the company’s resident off-roader, but after years of updates upon updates, the time has finally come for an all-new G-Class to break cover. But before that happens, the German automaker is going to milk the current G-Class for all of its worth. That includes heading to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show with “Exclusive Editions” for both the Mercedes-AMG G 63 and the Mercedes-AMG G 65.

Now I know that these special editions can wear thin on people, especially if they’re done too often or for the wrong reasons. But I don’t think that’s the case here. I think that of all Mercedes-AMG models in the performance brand’s lineup today, these two titans deserve to have a fitting send-off before the next-gen models arrive in 2018. That’s a big reason why I’m actually looking forward to the AMG G 63 Exclusive Edition and the AMG G 65 Exclusive Editions. And for what they’re worth, both literally and figuratively, so should you. The G-Class, after all, has been a stalwart of Mercedes’ lineup for almost 40 years and while it has received countless updates in the past, it’s rarely been given a next-generation treatment. Now that it’s on the precipice of getting one – arguably just the third time in its history – these Exclusive Editions of the AMG G 63 and G 65 are proper ways of giving the current G-Class the tributes it deserves.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell

Regardless of your beliefs about emissions and global warming, it’s inevitable that eventually gasoline, diesel, and the internal combustion engine will eventually be all but wiped out of existence. It’s only a matter of time and auto manufacturers aren’t exactly slowing the process down as they have all jumped on the alternative fuels wagon in one way or another. For some manufacturers, jumping on that wagon means developing all-electric cars, or highly efficient hybrid systems. Mercedes is on a different track, however. The German automaker is looking to hydrogen as the next big fuel with models like the B-Class F-CELL and the Citaro FuelCELL-hybrid having already clocked more than seven million miles in testing runs. Now, Mercedes is introduction the GLC F-CELL, the world’s first plug-in fuel-cell vehicle and one that has a combined range of 310 miles between hydrogen refills.

To date, Mercedes hasn’t released an incredible amount of information about this new GLC F-CELL, but we do know that it features two carbon-fiber-encased hydrogen tanks that only take a few minutes to fill up, and the onboard battery can be charged via a standard 120-volt wall socket, a Mercedes-Benz wall box, or a public charging station. Furthermore, that onboard battery is also charged on the fly via an energy recuperation system that kicks in during braking and coasting.

According to Mercedes’ recent press release, the model will be launched in 2017, which means it should be available in areas where hydrogen fueling stations are available. Of course, there won’t be much for competition at this time, but Mercedes will take pride in setting up shop before the market explodes with production models from every other manufacturer.

Update 9/5/2017: The Mercedes GLC F-Cell is set to make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor show in just a couple of weeks. Mercedes has released some information regarding the testing of its new plug-in hydrogen vehicle but has yet to provide much else. We did learn a little more about the hydrogen system and the safety structure surrounding it, so cruise on down to the “Drivetrain” section to learn more about that.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

First introduced in 1972, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been the company’s flagship model for more than 40 years and stepped into the 21st century as one of the world’s best-selling luxury models. The sedan’s success prompted the German firm to create numerous body types over the years, including two-door models. But, while the coupe was offered on many occasions, the full-size convertible needed more than four decades to return into dealerships. Launched in 2015, the current-generation S-Class Cabriolet is set to receive its mid-cycle facelift at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Aimed at the popular Bentley Continental GTC, the revised S-Class Cabriolet gains all the new features we’ve seen on the 2018 S-Class sedan. While the exterior design carries over mostly unchanged, the interior gets new tech, including extended driver assistance systems and convenience features. More importantly, the old 4.7-liter V-8 was retired in favor for the newer, 4.0-liter V-8 that debuted in AMG GT sports car and found its way in many Mercedes cars and crossovers in the last couple of years. Find out what’s new in the review below and stay tuned for updates from Frankfurt.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet Brabus Rocket 900

Brabus has dropped the gloves ahead of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show with the presentation of what it claims to be the world’s most powerful four-door cabriolet. The German tuner has been known to use superlatives like this from time to time, but it’s hard to argue against its claim for the tuned up version of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG S65. This gnarly beast packs 888 horsepower and 885 pound-feet of torque, and that’s only one part of the story of the car now known as the Brabus Rocket 900.

We’ve been down this road before with Brabus as the history of its programs wearing the “Rocket” name stretches back to the last decade with the CLS-Class and the SL-Class. Even the coupe version of the Mercedes-AMG S65 has been the recipient of the “world’s fastest” treatment, a testament to the kind of audacity the tuner is capable of. Needless to say, the new Rocket 900 follows along the same path, with almost 900 horsepower in tow to go with a menu of aerodynamic enhancements, suspension improvements, new wheels, and a plush interior offering. The result is a car that not only performs like a car with rockets strapped onto it, but also looks the part of what a fully dressed up AMG S65 should look like. It’s a fitting kit from the tuning company that has given us no shortage of over-the-top tuning programs over the years.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG G63

It’s no secret Mercedes is preparing its next generation of G-Class – the go-anywhere luxury SUV that started life nearly 40 years ago as a military truck. Spy shots and rumors have surfaced regarding the upcoming Geländewagen, or G-Wagen, but no news has surfaced about Mercedes’ sportier version built under the AMG badge. That has changed thanks to our skilled spy photographer who captured a camouflaged test mule running around with minimal camouflage.

The new generation of G-Wagen, even sans-AMG badge, is visibly larger than the outgoing model. Its track is wider, its wheelbase is slightly longer, and the overall height seems to be slightly increased. All this in the name of interior comfort and on-road driving dynamics, rumors suggest. The current G-Wagen is notorious for its cramped, outdated interior. Mercedes is definitely fixing that, as seen in the latest round of spy shots. The cabin takes after the swanky E-Class sedan, which is a very good thing. Expect much more in-dash technology and creature comforts. Concerning the AMG version seen here, it’s wearing a taller bumper with larger air scoops, AMG-specific wheels, and wider fenders that accommodate the wider tires. We’ve compiled all the rumored into a speculative review, so keep reading for the all the info.

Updated 09/04/2017: The upcoming Mercedes-AMG G63 was caught testing once again. The prototype is still wearing lots of camouflage, but we expect it to get the new Panamericana grille that all the AMG models are getting right now.

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