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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 What’s The Best Sporty Luxury Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?

At its most basic, a sport sedan should be a happy balance between two competing philosophies. The “sport” half of the equation should make it engaging, both in the way it drives, and the way it looks. A sport sedan should issue a dose of adrenaline when the hammer is down, and be a willing dance partner in the corners. It’s also gotta draw attention, turning heads as it goes, making its owner pause momentarily after exiting and locking the doors. Then there’s the “sedan” bit. A sport sedan isn’t supposed to be stripped down and basic – practicality and comfort are paramount. Often used as a daily driver, backside coddling should be there in abundance, complementing the car’s speed potential, rather than taking away from it. All told, it’s a big ask, but this segment has plenty of contenders vying for the title of best. In this comparison, we look at six of the top entries and sort them out, from first to last.

Listed in alphabetical order, this comparison will take a look at the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Chrysler 300, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. We’ve evaluated each in terms of exterior aesthetics, interior comfort and technology, powertrain and drivetrain specs, and chassis and handling. We’ve also included a glut of info in chart and graph form to help you make a quick comparison. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the best sporty luxury sedan you can get for less than $50,000.

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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. 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.

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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 Mercedes Concept A Sedan Confirms Four-Door A-Class

Mercedes-Benz can be credited with inventing several niches in the auto market recently, most notably with the CLS and CLA four-door coupes (and their Shooting Brake/wagon variants). However, the German firm fell behind the competition in the smaller sedan market. While Audi has been selling the A3 Sedan since 2013 and BMW recently introduced the 1 Series Sedan in China, Stuttgart has yet to launch a similar offering. But, this will end soon and the Concept A Sedan that Mercedes unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show proves that a four-door smaller than the CLA is in the works.

As you might have already guessed from the name, the Concept A Sedan previews a sedan version of the familiar A-Class. However, the production model won’t arrive until the fourth-generation hatchback is launched, which should happen in a couple of years. Although Mercedes-Benz didn’t actually confirm the A-Class sedan, the concept is described as “an outlook of the next generation of compact vehicles and a potential new body type.” Take this statement and the fact that both Audi, and BMW have cars in this segment, and the A-Class sedan is pretty certain to happen.

As with all concepts, the Concept A Sedan is rather futuristic compared to the current-generation A-Class. While the front bumper and grille are very familiar, the styling is decidedly sportier and has an AMG-GT vibe to it. In the company’s own words, the concept “shows that the time of creases is over” and is “the next milestone of ’Sensual Purity’ and has the potential to introduce a new design era.”

All told, the show car could very well preview the design of the upcoming A-Class hatchback before finding its way onto the production sedan. On the other hand, I wouldn’t bet on them being as aggressive as the concept. I also don’t expect the UV-treated headlamps, which “glow” in different colors depending on light, to become a production feature.

However, Mercedes gives us a few hints as to how large this compact sedan will be. At 179.9 inches long and 73.6 inches wide, it’s almost 11 inches longer and 3.5 inches wider than the current A-Class sedan. Compared to the CLA, it’s only three inches shorter, but 3.5 inches wider. As expected, it slots right below the CLA, but the production model will probably be a bit shorter than the concept. On the other hand, a similar length could work as the CLA is marketed as a four-door coupe, while the A-Class sedan will be sold as a conventional four-door.

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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 GLC63 Coupe

The GLC Coupe is a baby in Mercedes’ lineup, featuring a hatchback body with raised suspension to go with a 241-horsepower engine and all the luxury features one has come to expect from German vehicles. The GLC Coupe has barely started gracing showrooms, but the lineup is now complete with the GCL43 Coupe and the newly announced GLC63 and GLC63 S Coupe. Powered by an AMG, 4.0-liter V-8, you can stare down the competition with either 476 horsepower in standard form or 510 horsepower in S form. Keep in mind that this is the same engine used in the AMG GT family as is that prominent Panamericana grille that graces the nose of the beast. Add the motivation together with the grille and the more aggressive fascias, and you’ve got yourself the perfect mix of power, style, space, comfort, and agility all in one Germanly sexy package.

If there’s one thing we can be sure of, it’s that humans, as a species, are never happy with what they have and always want more. It’s the same reason brands like Microsoft and Sony can get away with producing a gaming system, then producing a “slimmer” model just a few years later. It’s also one of the reasons why your cell phone is outdated just a few months after you buy it – manufacturers know that you’ll be willing to pay again to get the next big thing.

Getting back on topic, that’s also why the world now has a handful of coupes that ride on SUV suspensions like the Mercedes GLC Coupe, the F-Pace, and the Porsche Macan – the latter of which both compete with the GLC Coupe in one way or another. And, despite there being a limited number of these coupe crossovers on the market, the competition is actually pretty stiff between the models that are available.

The Mercedes-AMG GLC63 is a pretty wild ride in its own regard, but the GLC63 Coupe pushes that performance and styling to a whole new level – one that’s synonymous with the other “63” models from the AMG world. So, let’s dive on in a take a look at AMG’s latest and greatest.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz CLS

Introduced in 2010, the current Mercedes-Benz CLS is getting a bit long in the tooth. Now that the German firm has already launched the new E-Class on redesigned underpinnings, it’s time for the CLS to get a makeover too. Spotted on public roads several times over the last few months, the third-generation CLS is still under camouflage, but on its way to an official unveiling by the end of year.

Not much is known about the upcoming four-door coupe, but the spy shots suggests that the new CLS will once again be based on the E-Class. The midsize sedan was redesigned last year and received new underpinnings, an S-Class inspired design, and the company’s latest technology. It’s safe to assume that the CLS will get similar features, while the styling appears to blend the appearance of the E-Class with minor touches from the AMG GT sports car.

The third-generation CLS is expected to retain the main features of its predecessors, which pair the strong, emotive stance of a coupe with the comfort and practicality of a four-door sedan. First launched in 2004, the CLS invented a new niche and enjoyed the glory on its own for around five years, until Audi, BMW, and Porsche developed their own offerings. Needless to say, Mercedes-Benz wants to stay on top with the new CLS and these new spy shots suggest that the upcoming coupe is up for the task.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 And GLC 63 Coupe Arrive With Healthy Turbo V-8 Power

Mercedes-AMG just dropped cover on the newGLC 63 and GLC 63 Coupe about a week before both vehicles were scheduled to appear in the metal at the New York International Auto Show. The mid-size SUV can be had in two separate flavors, including the 476-horsepower base model, or the 510-horsepower S model, both of which employ a double dose of turbo’d induction to make the go. Torque is rated at 479 pound-feet and 516 pound-feet, respectively.

Keeping it tight in the bends is a three-chamber air suspension system with adaptive components, including a four-link set-up in front and a multi-link set-up in the rear. Turns come courtesy of speed-sensitive steering.

Outside, you’ll find standard 19-inch wheels in a titanium grey finish, plus a new fascia with a grille AMG has dubbed Panamericana as a nod to the brand’s sports cars.

Inside, the pumped-up GLC’s get sport seating and leatherette upholstery, plus AMG-specific touches like badges and a performance gauge cluster.

Handling the cog swaps is an AMG Speedshift nine-speed automatic transmission, which feeds a rear-biased 4Matic+ high-performance AWD system. Big upgraded brakes are in place to make it stop.

Drivers will enjoy multiple drive modes, which affect numerous vehicle characteristics, including the sound it makes thanks to an active flap in the exhaust. Turn it up to enhance the aural enjoyment, or turn it down for a more appropriate note for whatever the situation may be.

Look for the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 and GLC 63 Coupe to premier next week in the Big Apple. Sales are scheduled for June, with a market launch in September.


PostHeaderIcon BMW And Mercedes Are Now Realizing What Their Customers Have Known For A Long Time

A lot of people knew that this was bound to happen. The only question was when it was going to. Turns out, both BMW and Mercedes-Benz are finally realizing the consequences of their actions with regards to having too many models and niches in their lineups.

Speaking with Car and Driver at the Geneva Motor Show, Ian Robertson, BMW’s head of sales and marketing, indicated that while Bimmer still has a few models that are in the pipeline, the current lineup – or checkerboard, as he puts it – of body styles and segments is already brimming full. And so, the German automaker is planning to take action by removing some body styles from its current lineup in the future. In a somewhat ironic bit of happenstance, Mercedes-Benz chief Dieter Zetsche admitted that same thing in Geneva when he said that his company is planning to do the same thing in the near future.

Neither BMW nor Mercedes-Benz dived into the specifics of its plans, but the common thread between the two companies appears to be a new-found willingness to trim its current lineup and get rid of models that aren’t selling very well. In both cases, traditional coupes and their open-top counterparts appear to be the ones most likely to be sent to the chopping block.

“The segment that is not really progressing is the roadster segment,”Robertson said.

And so, a future with fewer coupes and roadsters could be in store for the two German titans. It took both companies this long to recognize it; let’s hope then that it doesn’t take either of them as long to take action.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

It’s been known for quite some time now that Mercedes-AMG had its eye on releasing a four-door performance saloon that would compete against the popular Porsche Panamera. It took some time, but the car finally showed its face at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, albeit in concept guise. Called the AMG GT Concept, the four-door coupe was unveiled as a preview model for the upcoming production version that’s expected to arrive in the next few years.

The significance of the AMG GT Concept isn’t limited to the car simply being a production preview of the yet-to-be-named Panamera fighter. The model is also the latest in a growing family of AMG GT models that’s shaping AMG as a legitimate performance brand that’s slowly gaining independence from Mercedes-Benz. So yes, the AMG GT Concept is a big deal in a lot of ways, as it should be considering Mercedes has some claim to pioneering the performance the four-door saloon market when it first launched the CLS-Class back in 2004.

The times are sure different now as the segment has evolved into a pretty competitive one with the likes of the Porsche Panamera, BMW 7 Series, Maserati Quattroporte, and even the Tesla Model S all making legitimate claims for themselves as worthy options. But don’t sleep on Mercedes returning to form and reclaiming its top spot in this segment. It may do so under a different name, but rest assured, the AMG GT Concept, or at least the production version of it, is going to pick up the fight for the Silver Arrows once it arrives. We’re getting a good look at what we can expect from Mercedes-AMG; now we wait and see for the production model to arrive.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz GLE

When Mercedes decided to switch up its naming protocols for its model lineup, things got a little confusing, especially for models that received a new model designation as part of a mid-cycle facelift. And that explains why we’re looking at spy shots of the next-gen GLE-Class despite the fact that the model technically made its world debut for 2016. The first GLE models are soon to be forgotten about as Mercedes is busy prepping and testing an all-new generation to go with the new GLE nomenclature.

At this point, the test mule that we believe to be the next-gen GLE is covered pretty heavily in camo and padding. While this makes it hard for us to determine what kind of changes to expect, the sheer amount of coverings in certain areas tells us that there will likely be some significant change – enough change that the GLE will finally become its own model and not just a rebadged ML. We expect to see a number of changes up front and in the rear, but the side profile will likely change very little. Furthermore, Mercedes may throw a couple new or revamped engines into the equation to give things an even fresher taste.

As of the time of this writing, the timetable for the release of the next-gen GLE has yet to be announced, but it will likely make its world debut sometime in early 2017 and could hit showrooms for the 2018 model year. Until that happens, let’s take a look at these spy shots and talk a little more about the next generation.

Update 03/14/2017: The Mercedes GLE was caught testing in the wild once again, this time wearing a more official front fascia and grille. We also get a first look at the revised interior, so check out our special updates in the exterior and interior sections below to learn all about it.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG Hypercar Will Actually Use F1 Engine Will Cost €2.275m

The secret about the new Mercedes-AMG hypercar came out a long time ago, and we even put together a rendering of it back in 2015. Since then, we’ve gotten little bits of information that included the prospect of F1 powertrain technology. It could be branded as an “EQ” model, and we’ve even seen what could have been a model of said hypercar in a press release in late January 2017. Now, we’re finally getting some more detailed information from Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers via TopGear.com about the upcoming hypercar.

As we’ve already known, the car will use some F1-derived powertrain technology, but this will be the most direct iteration of F1 technology in a road-going rocket on wheels thus far. Mercedes-AMG is taking its 1.6-liter F1 engine, and transplanting it complete with an 11,000 rpm rev limit. It will use all of the same electric components as well, including the crank motor, split turbo, and electric motors on the front axle. Oh, and the battery that will power all of the electronics? Yup; that’s all F1 technology too. Moers declined to tell TopGear what kind of performance figures to expect, but word has it that it will output somewhere around 1,000 horsepower

As far as top speed and all of that goes, Moers isn’t that concerned, telling TG, “I’m not saying it’s the fastest road car ever, I’m not chasing top speed, I don’t want to put any numbers on the table.” The reasoning behind this is that Moers wants a car that can be driven on the road, so it won’t actually be track-focused: “My task is to make it a car you can use every day. You don’t need an F1 team, you don’t need special gas, you don’t need anything, you just push the button, it fires up, and you drive away. That’s a challenge.”

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes Reveals New E-Class Cab With Bigger Dimensions And Jet-Like Taillights

Mercedes-Benz just revealed its new E-Class Cabriolet ahead of an official world debut in Switzerland, completing the line with a little blue-sky opulence. The updated soft-top grows substantially on the outside, while packing all the usual goodies in the interior and rocking boosted six-cylinder motivation under the hood.

First and foremost, the updated E-Class Cab is larger than before, with a full 5 inches added to the overall length, 4.4 inches added to the wheelbase, almost 3 inches added to the width, and an extra 1.4 inches in height.

The fabric top offers the same profile as the E-Class coupe when raised, and can be had in dark brown, dark blue, red, or black. Opening and closing it takes just 20 seconds, and it can be operated while traveling at speeds up to 30 mph.

LEDs are equipped in the headlights and taillights. By the way, Mercedes says the taillights “exude a glow reminiscent of that given off by a jet engine,” which is hilarious. What’s more, if you get the optional LED Intelligent Light System, you’ll get “a special light show” whenever you walk away or towards the car.

Inside, there’s unlimited-headroom luxury seating for up to four passengers. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, while wireless phone charging is optional. The Aircap and Airscarf systems are also offered to help keep you comfortable and warm when traveling in colder climates with the top down.

A 12.3-inch digital instrument display is optional, while a 12.3-inch infotainment screen is standard. Vehicle features are operated through either the multi-function steering wheel, handwriting touchpad, or voice control.

Leather upholstery is available in one of four individual colors. You can also get Nappa leather in one of three different colors, plus there are seven individual trim options.

Making the go is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, which is mated to a standard nine-speed automatic transmission. RWD is standard, while 4Matic AWD is available for the first time.

The suspension was lowered 0.6 inches compared to the hard-top sedan, and can be had with adjustable damping and an available multi-chamber air set-up. Standard spec includes 18-inch wheels.

Debuting alongside the regular E-Class Cabriolet is a 25th Anniversary special edition model, which gets 19-inch wheels, the Cabriolet Comfort package, upgraded wood trim, and more.

Look for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet in the metal at the Geneva International Motor Show next week. U.S. dealers are expected to get it before the end of the year. Exact pricing will be announced closer to launch.


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 Wait, Mercedes Might Actually Offer X-Class in America?

Mercedes was very clear it had no intentions of offering its upcoming X-Class pickup to North American customers. Adding insult to injury, the German automaker confirmed nearly every other global region outside American and Canada would have access to the luxury pickup, including those in Europe, South Africa, Australia, and South America. But Mercedes might be changing its mind.

News from The Detroit Bureau suggests Mercedes is reevaluating the American pickup market ahead of the X-Class’ launch for the 2019 model year. Volker Mornhingweg, the head of the Mercedes-Benz Vans division, said this at a news conference on February 24, 2017:

“In the past year the (U.S.) mid-sized truck market has come back a bit. We are watching developments very closely, and we will take a decision at the appropriate time.” Mornhingweg was reportedly pointing to the success of General Motors’ mid-size pickups, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

There’s no doubt Mercedes is also watching Honda’s success with its second-generation Ridgeline, along with Ford’s upcoming Ranger and Hyundai’s upcoming Santa Cruz pickup.

What’s more, Mornhingweg went on to say Mercedes’ assembly plant in Argentina would not have enough capacity to build X-Class trucks for both South and North America. As a result, the U.S.-spec X-Class would likely be built inside the States. That theory is further backed by President Trump’s threat of tariffs on imported goods, meaning a U.S.-built X-Class would be more cost-effective.

Mercedes has several routs it could take for U.S. production of the X-Class. For one, it could add to its existing assembly plants, including the one Tuscaloosa, Alabama or the plant near Charleston, South Carolina that’s currently under initial construction. Mercedes could also build an entirely new assembly plant with the help of Nissan, which partnered with Mercedes in developing the X-Class. Both the X-Class and upcoming Nissan Frontier will share a similar platform. Conversely, Nissan could expand the Frontier’s assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi to accommodate the X-Class.

Needless to say, Mercedes as a number of options, along with a very wide and untapped customer base in the U.S. And based on the number of high-end trim levels available with current pickups, a luxury-minded Mercedes pickup will likely do rather well.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Teases E-Class Cabrio; Confirms New AMG Concept For Geneva

Mercedes-Benz has just announced its lineup for the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, which will bring two brand-new vehicles into the spotlight. First on the list is the E-Class Cabriolet, of which Mercedes release a teaser photo alongside other members of the nameplate, including the sedan, coupe, wagon, and the All-Terrain. Unlike its predecessor, which was derived from the C-Class, the new E-Class Cabriolet was developed on its own and shares underpinnings with its midsize coupe sibling.

The second global debut is an AMG concept car. The brand refrained from revealing actual details, but did say that the show car is part of AMG’s 50th anniversary and described it as “stunning” and a “glimpse of an alternative drive concept.” Most likely we will see a futuristic, autonomous vehicle.

The Mercedes-Benz booth in Geneva will include another 32 models. The display will include the updated GLA crossover, which will make its European debut, and the new Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet. The German company will also showcase the Concept X-Class pickup truck, the Smart ForTwo Cabrio Brabus Edition #2, and the ForFour Crosstown Edition.

Finally, visitors will also have a closer look at recently unveiled cars like the AMG E 63 S Wagon, AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50, AMG C 63 S Cabriolet Ocean Blue Edition, and AMG Performance Studio Package-equipped C43 Coupe, known as the Night Edition in Europe.

Stay tuned for updates and photos of these cars from the Geneva Motor Show next month.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupé and Cabriolet Night Edition

Fifty years may not seem like a long time in the auto industry when you take into account that a lot of automakers that are still alive today have been around for close to or over 100 years. But five decades is a long time for a performance division that traces its roots to being a developer of racing engines. Humble beginnings, in a nutshell, is the story of AMG, Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance division that’s blowing 50 candles this year. As part of its celebration, Mercedes-AMG is bringing with it three special edition vehicles at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, one of which is the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Night Edition.

The entry-level Mercedes-AMG line of the C-Class family may be new to the auto scene, having only made its debut at last year’s staging of the Geneva Motor Show, but it’s more than proven to be up-to-the-task as an appetizer of sorts to the AMG C 63. That quick ascent in popularity is one of the reasons why Mercedes picked the AMG C 43 as one of the three special edition models it’s bringing with it to Geneva, and for what it’s worth, it picked a pretty sweet car to get the SE treatment.

The model’s SE status is largely tied into the array of exclusive features it received that no other AMG C 43 model has. Even better, Mercedes-AMG is offering the Night Edition on both coupe and cabriolet versions of the car, ensuring that fans of either model can get their fill in the event they choose to get one.

Orders for the Mercedes-AMG C 43 Night Edition will begin before the Geneva Motor Show opens its doors with deliveries scheduled to start sometime in June 2017. Mercedes-AMG didn’t mention how many units of the Night Edition it plans to release, but considering its special edition status, don’t expect to see many of them in dealerships. Most of them might not even make it there because they’re already spoken for.

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