Details: Mercedes-AMG GT4 Race Car

The GT4 is based on the AMG GT R and has been homologated for FIA GT4-spec racing series

This is Mercedes and AMG’s first GT4-spec model. GT4 will be used from everything to short sprint series and day-long endurance races. The GT4 uses the same 4.0-liter biturbo V8 in the road-going car, making up to 503 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential transaxle, not the 7 speed dual-clutch unit seen in the road-going model. The GT4 rides on 18-inch forged wheels with 305/660/18 section tires up front and 305/680/18 section tires in the rear. The GT4 will be $232,000 of race car goodness! Adjustable ABS and traction control, along with six-piston fixed brake calipers up front with four-piston calipers in the rear allow for truly adjustable driving.

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The X-Factor: The new Mercedes-Benz X-Class Truck

Based on the Nissan Navarra, will the X-Class have what it takes to compete?

The X-Class has a very confident style from front to rear. Mercedes designers really made a premium looking pickup truck. The three-pointed star grille, LED accented headlights, premium sill plates, and sculpted rear end certainly create an aura of luxury. The truck looks very nice to our eyes, having a premium yet rugged look.

The interior of the X-Class is certainly looks top-notch. It has a very nice contemporary design, with lots of hard-wearing leather and aluminum trim. The dash is flanked with circular air vents that give the X-Class a premium look, while the 3 spoke steering wheel and top mounted infotainment screen mimic the look of more luxurious Mercedes-Benz models. Most of the interior has been fitted with Mercedes parts, not Nissan parts, which is a good thing.

As for power plants, there are two 2.3-liter inline-four diesel engines (one with a single turbo and one with a bi-turbo): a single-turbo engine will produce 163 horsepower and the bi-turbo engine will produce 190 horsepower. The bi-turbo has two different-sized turbos, which help improve power across the full rev range. There is one gasoline engine available, a 160-horsepower inline-four. Lastly, there’s a Mercedes-sourced 258 horsepower diesel V6. There will be a six-speed manual and two seven-speed automatics available. The X-Class comes in rear-wheel drive as the basic configuration. There is also selectable or permanent four-wheel drive, depending on the trim. The V6 only comes with Mercedes’ 7G-Tronic Plus automatic and permanent four-wheel drive.

The truck is available with lane-keep assist, active emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, and a 360-degree camera.

Shoppers in Europe, South Africa, Australia, Argentina, and Brazil will have the opportunity to purchase an X-Class.

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