Mercedes has announced details on the next AMG Sport model. The C450 AMG sport makes an additional 38 hp and 29 lb-ft over the C400 4Matic that it is based on. From the press release, “Driving Performance – the AMG brand claim and typical character traits can now be experienced by an even broader target group. The new C 450 AMG 4MATIC expands the product range of the sports car and performance brand within Mercedes-Benz with another new AMG sports model. As an attractive entry into the world of AMG, the C 450 AMG 4MATIC combines a 270 kW (367 hp) 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine with a permanent Performance all-wheel-drive system and sophisticated suspension technology adopted from the Mercedes-AMG C 63. This all results in fascinating driving performance and the hallmark emotional expressiveness of the brand. The new AMG sports model is available as a Saloon and an Estate model, and makes the extensive product line-up within the C-Class range even more attractive.
Stuttgart, Feb 24, 2015 — The new AMG sports models boast impressive product features. Even at first glance, the characteristic AMG body styling leaves no doubt that this model is part of the Mercedes-AMG model family. Another indication of the new model strategy is found in the form of a special AMG badge on the front wings. From an engineering standpoint, the AMG sports models deliver perfectly on the visual promise of a sporty character, with a powerful engine, the standard-fit AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive system with rear-biased torque split, and sophisticated suspension solutions.
In addition to the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG Coupé, the C 450 AMG 4MATIC represents the second stage of the new model initiative. Further emotionally inspiring AMG sports models will follow.”
As stated in the last sentence, there are going to be more AMG sports models to follow. Stay tuned!
Mercedes has stopped production of the AMG G63 6×6 after building a little more than 100 of them
The roughly $430,000 G63 6×6 has sold out. Mercedes Benz is limiting production of this model to keep this model as special as possible. While we know that a version of this truck is going to be available in the normal body style, we prefer the 3 axle version over the 2 axle kind.
Mercedes creates a special edition SL Roadster in tribute to the 1955 Mille Miglia
Mercedes is paying tribute to the 1995 Mille Miglia and its performance in that race with a special edition SL. Dubbed the “SL Special Edition Mille Miglia 417,” which basically starts life as a SL550 with dynamic stability management and adaptive damping. Adding to those features, the car adds designo night black magno matte paint finish, a red/black interior, red brake calipers, and AMG Black edition wheels.
According to Mercedes, “Mercedes-Benz celebrates the 60th anniversary of a memorable motor racing success with an extraordinary special model of the SL Roadster. Its name commemorates the unexpected victory of a 300 SL in the production sports cars class at the 1955 “Mille Miglia”, one of the world’s most challenging long-distance races. What’s more: the SL Special Edition “Mille Miglia 417” provides a special experience of the unique symbiosis of maximum comfort and motor racing spirit that traditionally characterizes every SL. The Special Edition adds a distinctive note, among other things, with red exterior highlights and fine materials in the exclusively appointed interior.
The Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster is more than an icon. Passion shapes its character and its charisma – in the past and today. Legendary vehicles and their stories dominate the model history. One of them is told by the SL that started the famous “Mille Miglia” in 1955 with race number 417 at 4:17 am. After 11 hours, 29 minutes and 21 seconds it had completed the race distance of 1597 kilometres on public roads from Brescia to Rome and back. Driven by the American private driver John Fitch with assistance from his co-driver Kurt Gessl, it crossed the finish line to great acclaim in fifth place of the overall standings and as the winner of the production sports cars, leaving numerous racing prototypes behind. Production 300 SL cars also took second and third place in this class.”
Mercedes has launched the G500 4×4², a hardcore 4×4 version of their luxury G Wagen.
Mercedes has beefed up its true SUV, the G Wagen with what it calls the G500 4×4². The G500 4×4² has the same suspension found on the extreme G63 AMG 6×6, but with one fewer axle. This platform being over 30 years old, still seems really fresh and uber cool, at least according to our eyes. The flared wheel arches and HellGrun (bright green) paint help its image as well. Look for more details when the car is officially revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.
China’s dealers are still selling US made R-Class vehicles
Since Mercedes-Benz wants to free up manufacturing space at its Tuscaloosa, AL plant, the company has outsourced AM General to manufacture the R-Class for the Chinese market. A German car brand, building cars at the former Hummer plant, for the Chinese market. Who would have ever guessed that was possible? Either way, Mercedes probably wants to free up space for its lucrative SUV and SAV offerings.