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Mercedes-Benz A-Class concept to be unveiled at 2011 NY auto show

7 Apr

By Matt McCarron

Mercedes-Benz has announced the all-new A-Class concept will make its North American debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show later this month. In addition, the A-Class concept will also make its world debut at the Shanghai auto show this month.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class concept: Courtesy MB USA

The A-Class concept is a front wheel drive vehicle, powered by a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, producing 210 horsepower. The new engine is part of Mercedes’ BlueEFFICIENCY line, meaning the A-Class concept will be able to deliver the performance Mercedes owners have come to expect, while have low emissions and excellent fuel economy. The turbocharged power plant isn’t the only new piece of technology on the A-Class concept. All 210 horses are transferred to the wheels via the new Mercedes duel clutch transmission.

Other technological firsts on the A-Class concept include being the first compact car to feature a radar-based collision warning system, that is backed up with Mercedes’ brake assist technology.

If size, appearance and horsepower count for anything, then you can expect the production version of the A-Class concept to compete directly with the BMW 128i and Audi A3.

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A Tight Squeeze: SLS AMG at the Connecticut International Auto Show

22 Nov

All content by Matt McCarron

Not many people get the chance to sit in a car worth $200,000, so when I was presented with the opportunity to do so at the Connecticut International Auto Show on Nov. 20 I took full advantage. I found myself sitting in a two-seat, Autobahn blistering, 563 horsepower, $200,000 ballistic missile, also known as the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

As I first moved towards the vehicle the first thing that caught my eye was the gullwing door. A gullwing door is very different than a conventional car doors, in that it opens upwards to an angle of 70 degrees and the door hinge is located at the top of the door, as opposed to the left side with most vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

As I moved closer I started to smell leather, lots and lots of leather. The interior of this particular SLS AMG was covered from head to toe. It was a moving masterpiece. The entire dash, from the top of the instrument cluster to the air vents, was covered in leather. So was the vast majority of the gullwing doors. The steering wheel consisted of leather and polished aluminum and portions of the top of the center console were leather, as was both sides. All of this leather, which smelled of high quality and class, was carefully held together with striking white contrast stitching.

After viewing the stylish interior I decided it was time to actually sit in the driver’s seat. After seeing the interior from outside the car I thought sitting in it would send me into automotive bliss. However looks can be deceiving and getting into the car wasn’t as easy as expected. The car was slightly elevated on a display stand, and although the car sits very low to the ground, I had to sit on the edge of the seat and swing my legs in.

So the entry didn’t go as smoothly as I expected, surely sitting in the driver’s seat would erase any memories of the seconds before…wrong! When I finally wrestled my way into the driver’s seat I was shocked to find myself somewhat confined and cramped. I had heard that anyone six feet or taller could have a hard time sitting in a supercar, but I didn’t think that would apply to me. Here I was, sitting in a $200,000 supercar, capable of reaching a top speed of 197 miles-per-hour, and all I was thinking about was how the top of my head was sitting above the roofline.

After my experience inside the car I took my video camera and explored the outside of the car. However I couldn’t get my thoughts of the interior out of my mind. Looking back on it, I’m sure if given the opportunity to actually drive the SLS AMG I would’ve made myself fit, no matter how confined and cramped the interior was.

Now, looking back on my first experience sitting in a supercar I realize it wasn’t as bad as originally thought. After all if I was actually driving the car I’m sure the acceleration from the 6.2-liter V8 would push me down in my seat, giving me enough space for my head to squeeze under the gullwing door. I’d be smiling from ear to ear.

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