AMG GT is the New DTM Saftey Car

Debuting at the Lausitzring speedway, the AMG GT S safety car is very similar to the road-going model, but it’s been modified for use as a safety-car.
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The AMG GT S is a very powerful and striking car to look at. We think it looks even more cool when being used as the DTM safety car. The livery and the low profile light bar and carbon air scoop on the roof have been wind tested for ultimate efficiency. This on top of the existing aerodynamics package from AMG. This car replaces the previous C63 AMG Black coupe that was used for this same effort.

According to the press release from Mercedes-Benz:

“Mercedes-AMG GT S: new Safety Car for the DTM: From Formula 1® to the DTM

Affalterbach. A new Safety Car celebrates its DTM premiere: at the second DTM race at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz (29 to 31 May 2015), the Mercedes-AMG GT S is set to be deployed for the very first time. The new sports car will help to ensure maximum safety on the race track in the world’s most popular touring car series. In technical terms, the 375 kW (510 hp) eight-cylinder sports car is for the most part the same as the series production vehicle – just like its counterpart from the FIA Formula 1 World Championship™, the Official Safety Car.

In its road-going guise the Mercedes-AMG GT S has turned heads since its market launch in March 2015 and now the sports car is also taking to the DTM stage. The new season of the German Touring Car Masters (DTM) got under way during the first weekend of May in Hockenheim. The second DTM race taking place at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz at the end of May will see the Mercedes-AMG GT S make its first appearance as the official Safety Car. As part of the DTM, the three manufacturers regularly switch their Safety Cars, meaning that the GT S will also be deployed at the fourth race in Zandvoort, Netherlands (10 to 12 July) and at the final race in Hockenheim (16 to 18 October).

At the wheel of the official Safety Car will be racing driver Jürgen Kastenholz (47). He takes to the track when dangerous situations, such as an accident, extreme weather conditions or other incidents make it necessary for the vehicle to be deployed. The objective is to achieve maximum safety for the drivers, spectators and track marshals. After receiving a radio message from the race organisers, the Safety Car takes up its position at the head of the DTM field and guides the cars around the track until the normal course of the race can be resumed once more.”

We hope Mercedes continues this tradition of safety cars!\

Mercedes Testing Updated A45 AMG

Mercedes has been testing updates for the A45 AMG

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To keep up with upcoming hot hatches and the likes of the Audi S3, Mercedes has been testing updates for its A45 AMG. The spy images show the car with some revamped bumpers, an upcoming A45 AMG S with a rumored 400 HP engine, to tackle the Golf R400. We’re hoping the updates come to the USA via the CLA45 AMG!

Mercedes adds APP for Apple Watch

15c645-10-1 (1)The MB Companion APP for Apple Watch adds seamless integration of the navigation system for the new electronic watch. All you have to do is enter the destination on the Apple Watch and the APP sends the information to the vehicle and you’re ready to go. Once you reach the location and park, the directions will go back to your watch to give you walking directions to the final destination. Originally planned for the C-Class and the S-Class, it will eventually get to all models with the Command System.

New 4.0L Twin Turbo V8 for the G500

Mercedes has announced a new V8 power plant for the G-Wagen

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Mercedes has announced a new V8 power plant for the G-Wagen. The new V8 engine, based on the engine found in the C63 AMG and AMG-GT, will be used in the G500. The engine is re-tuned in the G to produce 416 horsepower and 450 ft. lbs of torque.

According to the Mercedes press release: “he new 8-cylinder powerplant in the G 500 can point to an exclusive heritage. It is based on the new generation of Mercedes-AMG V8 engines that have already coaxed exceptional levels of performance out of the Mercedes-AMG GT and Mercedes-AMG C 63. For use in the G-Class, the V8 has been modified to deliver 310 kW (422 hp) with torque of 610 Nm. Other standout attributes include a spontaneous response and high tractive power which are made possible, for example, by two turbochargers, which instead of being configured on the outside of the cylinder banks are arranged between them in the V – the so-called “hot inside V”. This layout allows a compact design, optimal response and low exhaust emissions. High efficiency is ensured by Mercedes-Benz’s use of piezo direct petrol injection with spray-guided combustion. Maximum strength with lowest possible weight is guaranteed by the aluminium crankcase of the V8 engine. The cylinder bore surfaces feature Daimler’s NANOSLIDE® technology, which makes them twice as hard as conventional cast-iron linings. This minimises both internal friction and fuel demand.

Technical data

Cylinders V8
Cylinder angle 90°
Valves per cylinder 4
Displacement 3982 cc
Bore x stroke 83.0 x 92.0 mm
Cylinder spacing 90 mm
Compression ratio 10.5 : 1
Output 310 kW (422 hp) at 5250 to 5500 rpm
Torque 610 Nm at 2250 to 4750 rpm

More power, lower fuel consumption

The engines of the other G-Class models have likewise been further developed and improved in the interests of superior tractive power and optimised fuel economy:
– the G 350 d benefits from a hike in output from 155 kW/211 hp to 180 kW/245 hp, with its torque climbing from 540 to 600 Nm.
– The AMG G 63 now delivers 420 kW/571 hp (i.e. an extra 20 kW/27 hp) with torque of 760 Nm.
– Instead of 450 kW/612 hp, the 12-cylinder powerplant in the AMG G 65 now puts out 463 kW/630 hp with torque of 1000 Nm.

The G 350 d, G 500 and AMG G 63 are equipped as standard with an ECO start/stop function that reduces fuel consumption and emissions by switching off the engine when the vehicle is at rest, e.g. in a traffic jam or at traffic lights.

As is typical of the G-Class, the new models retain the familiar sturdy basis of body and ladder-type frame, which still offers generous reserves to cope with the increased power. Also retained is the unrivalled off-road performance with permanent all-wheel drive, low-range gearbox and three differential locks that can be engaged/disengaged while on the move.

The standard suspension setup has been revised with optimised shock absorbers for improved control of body movements and even greater on-road ride comfort. An adapted ESP® setup makes for enhanced driving dynamics together with increased driving stability and road safety. Optimisations to ASR and ABS result in improved traction while shortening the stopping distance when braking.

In addition, the G 500 is optionally available with a new adaptive damping system with Sport and Comfort modes. This provides a significantly more agile on-road performance in Sport mode with undiminished off-road capability while at the same time reducing the typical SUV roll on corners.”

Mercedes ended the press release by providing a table of the performance data for the G-wagen:

 

The models at a glance

Model Cyl. cc kW/hp Nm 0-100 km/h
in sec*
G 350 d V6 2987 180/245 600 8.9
G 500 V8 3982 310/422 610 5.9
AMG G 63 V8 5461 420/571 760 5.4
AMG G 65 V12 5980 463/630 1000 5.3

All in all, it’s a great update for the awesome G-wagen and we hope it stays around for a long time!