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Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series Unveiled

23 Jul

By Matt McCarron

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series: Courtesy MB North America.

Just days after Mercedes AMG revealed their all-new powerful and fuel efficient, naturally aspirated V8 engine the M152, they have unveiled an all-new vehicle.

The 2012 C63 AMG coupe Black Series is the most powerful C-Class ever produced and has the performance to back up its aggressive styling and looks. As with the other three Black Series models that have been released since 2006, the 2012 C63 Black Series is a no-holds-barred version of AMG’s regular C63 coupe.

Unlike the fuel efficient 5.5-liter in the 2012 SLK55 the engine in the C63 Black Series is designed with one thing in mind, high performance. The 6.2-liter, naturally aspirated V8 cranks out a whopping 510 hp at 6,800 rpm and 457 lb-ft at 5,200 rpm, accelerating the two-door from 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. This power and torque is handled by the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports gearbox, with four driving modes including the fastest “Sport Plus” and “Manual” modes for lightning quick shifts.

6.2-liter V8 engine producing 510 hp: Courtesy MB North America.

Numerous styling and engineering cues were taking directly from the racetrack in an attempt to save weight and make the C63 AMG coupe Black Series as aerodynamic as possible.

The AMG Aerodynamics Package includes exterior winglets and a fixed spoiler at the rear. Both pieces are made from carbon-fiber and help to increase the downforce at the front and rear axle. Accompanying the weight-saving carbon-fiber elements are lightweight alloy wheels. The 19-inch titanium gray wheels use a special forging process that results in a weight reduction of 24.2 pounds when compared to conventional wheels. To make the special forged wheels perform to their maximum one might opt for the AMG Track Package. This package is made up of Dunlop sport tires measuring 255/35 R 19 in the front and 285/30 R 19 in the rear, and aid to increase the overall grip of the vehicle during spirited driving on road or at track days.

Despite not being easily visible, the undercarriage of the C63 AMG Black Series is just as focused as the exterior. This particular Black Series features a specially designed AMG sports coil-over suspension, along with a locking rear-axle differential as standard. The coil-over suspension allows the driver to choose a number of different settings and options to suit the individual’s specific needs and demands. The differential lock also enables the operator to choose from various setups depending on their driving conditions.

Rear View of 2012 MB C63 AMG Coupe Black Series: Courtesy MB North America.

Finishing off the C63 AMG Black Series is the motorsport-inspired interior. The two front AMG sport seats keep the occupants secure and planted during even the most demanding driving conditions. Interior sections such as the red seat belts and dashboard finished in high-gloss black piano lacquer give sharp contrast to the steering wheel, seats, door trim, door armrests, center console and shift lever, all of which feature red stitching.

The 2012 C63 AMG coupe Black Series made its world premiere today at the famous Nurburgring and is scheduled to make its debut in the U.S. beginning in early 2012.

Interior 2012 Merc C63 AMG Coupe Black Series: Courtesy MB North America.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon

15 May

By Matt McCarron

Spirited driving and taking the family on the annual summer vacation are not something that usually go hand-in-hand. However, Mercedes-Benz has managed to create a vehicle that’s capable of fulfilling both of these desires at the same time.

Mercedes-Benz announced it will produced the 2012 E63 AMG Wagon for the U.S. market,  joining the E63 AMG Sedan which is already on sale. The E63 AMG wagon will be in direct competition with Cadillac CTS-V Wagon.

Photo Courtesy Mercedes-Benz North America

To counter the CTS-V Wagon, and its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 which produces 556 hp and 551 lb-ft, the 2012 E63 AMG Wagon will feature the same powertrain as the sedan variant. This means a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, producing 518 hp and 516 lb-ft or 550 hp and 590 lb-ft with the optional AMG performance package.

The 2012 E63 AMG Wagon also shares a number of other characteristics with the Sedan, including the AMG seven-speed MCT transmission, ECO stop/start technology and 19-inch AMG 10-spoke wheels. In addition to the above mention features the Wagon also gets a standard panorama sunroof.

Pricing for the 2012 E63 AMG Wagon has not been released. However, judging by the 2011 sedan’s base MSRP of $87,600, you can expect the 2012 E63 AMG Wagon to have a slightly higher starting price when it goes on sale this October.

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SLS AMG Roadster revealed, finally.

5 May

By Matt McCarron

After many rumors that the 2012 SLS AMG Roadster was among one of the three vehicles Mercedes-Benz was scheduled to debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show, it turned out to be a no-show. So, if it wasn’t debuted at the New York show, then when would Mercedes finally lift the veil of secrecy and show the SLS AMG Roadster to the world. Well, the automotive world got their answer on Thursday when Mercedes revealed the drop-top version of their SLS AMG supercar will make its world premiere at the 2011 Frankfurt International Auto Show in September.

The final details of the SLS AMG Roadster are still being hammered out by AMG engineers, but numerous things have been set in stone. One of the most unusual and intriguing aspects to the roadster is its soft-top. Mercedes claims the soft-top can be deployed or retracted in just 11 seconds, at speeds up to 31 mph, with just the touch of a button.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster testing in Papenburg, Germany: Courtesy MB USA

The soft-top, which is comprised of three layers of fabric has been engineered with a weight-optimized magnesium,steel and aluminum construction, capable of with withstanding the vehicle’s top speed of 197 mph, regardless of whether or not the soft-top is covering the interior cabin, or neatly hidden behind the passenger seats. To ensure this structural integrity the SLS AMG Roadster has undergone high speed testing at three different high-speed tracks, in Papenburg, Germany, Nardo, Italy and Idiada, Spain.

In addition to the high-speed testing, the SLS AMG Roadster and its high-tech soft-top has endured a plethora of other testing including a high-intensity rain test and climate change tests where the vehicle was exposed to a variety of extreme climates around the world.

Mercedes says the SLS AMG Roadster still needs to undergo a number of quality test on other parts of the vehicle before it makes its world premiere on September 13 in Frankfurt. However, if the soft-top has survived such extensive and extreme testing, chances are the rest of the vehicle will also stack up to Mercedes’ and customer’s demands. But only time will tell if this version of the SLS AMG holds up to the reviews and acclaim of its hard-top sibling.

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Video: Onboard 1991 E30 M3 with 270 horsepower

3 May

Here’s a video of a very agile and powerful E30 M3. This vehicle has at least 78 more horsepower than a stock North American spec E30 M3, which has 192 hp.  This E30 M3 is a replica of the Sport Evolution (Evo III) version of the E30 M3. The Sport Evo was limited to 600 units and featured an enlarged 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine. It produced 238 horsepower and is considered to be the epitome of the legendary E3o model line.

Photos and story will follow soon.

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Version of F10 M5 to have four-wheel-drive

3 May

By Matt McCarron

British automotive magazine Autocar has reported BMW officials have verified reports that a four-wheel-drive version of the new F10 M5 will be produced. It is unclear at this time if the four-wheel-drive version of BMW’s top-of-the-line performance sedan will make its way to the U.S.

The final production version of the F10 M5 is scheduled to make its world debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.

For more information on the F10 M5 visit Autocar’s Web site.

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Porsche GT3 RS 4.0: Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better

28 Apr

By Matt McCarron

Porsche GT3 RS 4.0: Courtesy Porsche North America

Car manufacturers often make special or limited production vehicles. However, very few take it to the level and extreme Porsche has. First they released the model 997.2 GT3, then the critically acclaimed and even more extreme GT3 RS. But now they’ve really done it. Porsche has taken the GT3 model line to the very limits of what seems possible with a flat six-cylinder engine, producing what could be, the very essence of a street and track car.

Enter the GT3 RS 4.0. The vehicle, which will be limited to only 600 units worldwide, has the largest displacement engine ever offered in a 911, a 4.0-liter flat six punching out 500 hp at 8,250 rpm and 337 lb/ft at 5,750 rpm. That’s 50 horsepower more than the GT3 RS with a 3.8-liter flat six. In addition to having the largest engine the GT3 RS 4.0 has the most powerful output per-liter of any 911 engine ever produced, with 125 horsepower per liter.

All of this horspower, and a power to weight ratio of just 5.99 lbs/hp allows this special 911 to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, unchanged from the regular GT3 RS. However, while the 0-60 times might be the same, the difference in track times between the GT3 RS 3.8 and 4.0 on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife racetrack are drastic. The GT3 RS 3.8 recorded an official time of 7 minutes and 33 seconds, while the 4.0 lapped the famous “Green Hell” in 7 minutes and 27 seconds. Six seconds might not seem like a lot, but in the world of motorsports it’s a lifetime.

This improvement is possible because of weight reduction. With carbon fiber sport bucket seats, carbon fiber front fenders and luggage compartment lid the GT3 RS 4.0 weighs in at only 2,998 lbs (full tank of fuel). Other cosmetic changes include large rear wing and speical “4.0” badging on the engine lid and lower left-hand corner of the doors. The GT3 RS 4.0 also has a unique gray line, with red accents running from the nose of the hood all the way back to the rear.

The GT3 RS 4.0 is available in Carrera White and will go on sale in the U.S. beginning in late 2011 at a base MSRP of $185,000 (plus destination).

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One-off BMW M3 pickup unveiled

1 Apr

By Matt McCarron

BMW Motorsport has secretly developed a number of one-off vehicles deep inside the bowels of Munich over the years. Some of these vehicles, from the ill-fated E34 convertible, E39 M5 touring and M8 have been exposed over time.

One-off BMW M3 Pickup: Courtesy BMW

Today BMW M unveiled their most recent and public one-off vehicle. The BMW M3 pickup truck was finally revealed after months of candid spy photos have been distributed over the Internet. The one-off M3 has the same high-revving V8 as in the other three versions of the current M3, producing 420 hp. However, unlike the other three variants, the M3 pickup has a rear axle load capacity of 990 lbs. The roof of the M3 pickup is also unique in that it has a removable targa covering.

It’s probably a good thing the M3 pickup will be the one and only M3 to feature a tow hitch and, according to BMW, be able “to carry up to 20 standard 46-inch golf bags.”

Unfortunately, like all of the other secret one-off creations that have emerged from BMW’s motorsport division, the M3 pickup truck will once again recede into the secret storage rooms within BMW headquarters.

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The Panamera Turbo S: Porsche’s latest and greatest four-door super sedan

30 Mar

By Matt McCarron

If you think a Panamera Turbo is just not fast enough, then your in luck. Porsche has announced the new Panamera Turbo S will make its first official North American debut next month at the 2011 New York International Auto Show.

2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S: Courtesy Porsche North America

The Panamera Turbo S separates itself from the regular Panamera Turbo courtesy of various performances enhancements that have been made throughout the vehicle. The turbochargers have been enhanced with lighter titanium-aluminum turbines, resulting in quicker engine response. With these changes the Panamera Turbo S has a peak  output of 550 horspower, as opposed to the 500 from the Panamera Turbo. The torque has also increased from 516 lb-ft to 553 lb-ft. Torque can be increased even further for short periods of time when “Sport” or “Sport Plus” modes are engaged. The Panamera Turbo S can accelerate from 0-60 in just 3.6 seconds, four tenths quicker than the Panamera Turbo.

The exterior of the Panamera Turbo S features new 20-inch Turbo II wheels with increased rear axle track width, while the interior offers new leather color combinations, including a standard bi-color leather finish. Optional black and cream leather interior is unique to the Panamera Turbo S. Gray and cream optional interior will appear later in the year. The same gray color is available as an exterior color via Porsche exclusive. The Panamera Turbo S goes on sale in the U.S. later this spring at a base MSRP of $174,175.

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One very expensive hybrid: Porsche 918 Spyder to cost $845,000

22 Mar

Matt McCarron

 

Porsche 918 Spyder: Courtesy Porsche GmbH

Hybrids are becoming more and more common on today’s roads and highways. However, there’s one hybrid you will not be seeing often, maybe ever. Porsche announced today they will begin production of the plug-in 918 Spyder hybrid on Sept. 18, 2013 (9/18), with each vehicle expected to cost a hefty $845,000.

Now before you go off the deep end over the vehicle’s exorbitant sticker price, consider this. The Porsche 918 Spyder is a hybrid, but it is as far from a Toyota Prius as you could possibly imagine. The Prius’ 1.8-liter I-4 develops a minute 98 horsepower, while the 918 Spyder is powered by a high-revving V8, producing in excess of 500 horsepower. The 918’s two electric engines also produce at least 218 horsepower, for a total output of 718 bhp. Porsche estimates all of this power will enable the 918 Spyder to accelerate from 0-60 mph in a blistering 3.1 seconds, achieve a top speed in excess of 199 mph and complete a projected sub-7 min, 30 sec Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time.

Yes, the 918 Spyder has lots of horsepower with supercar performance and stunning looks, and will be one of, if not the fastest street legal hybrid vehicle in existence when it arrives in the U.S. in late 2013. But here is the figure that is truly stunning. Porsche estimates the 918 Spyder will achieve a mind-blowing 94 mpg.

The 918 Spyder is scheduled to make its first appearance in U.S. showrooms in late 2013. However, those lucky individuals who put in orders for the supercar have the opportunity to purchase a very exclusive special edition 911 Turbo S with the same acid-green interior and exterior accents as the 918 Spyder. It will also feature a matching production number as their 918 Spyder. The special 911 Turbo S will cost them though. Depending on whether the individual decides on a coupe or convertible the special 911 Turbo S will cost between $160,700 and $172,100.

 

911 Turbo S 918 Spyder Edition: Courtesy Porsche GmbH

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2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe unveiled

20 Mar

By Matt McCarron

Just months after the world premiere of the 2012 C-Class coupe at the Geneva Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the car which they hope will lay waste to competitors such as the Audi RS5, and current benchmark of two-door sports cars, the BMW M3.

The C63 AMG coupe will be powered by the same 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine in the C63 AMG sedan. The hand assembled power plant produces 451 hp and 443 lb-ft. This allows the C63 AMG coupe to accelerate from 0-60 in 4.4 seconds. Although the C63 AMG coupe produces more horsepower than either the M3 or RS5, the real difference is with the amount of torque. The 443 lb-ft in the C63 AMG coupe is significantly more than the M3 or Rs5, with 295 and 317 lb-ft respectively.

The C63 AMG coupe can become even more potent with the addition of the optional Mercedes-Benz Performance Package. The package utilizes technology from the SLS AMG including forged pistons, connecting rods and lightweight crankshaft. This reduces the weight by 6.6 pounds. The addition of this high-tech equipment results in a total horsepower output of 481 hp and reduces the 0-60 time to 4.3 seconds. Other benefits include an increase in top speed from 155 to 174 mph (electronically limited). In addition to the performance modifications, the Performance Package features a number of cosmetic changes to the exterior of the vehicle. This includes the variable intake manifold finished in titanium gray, the AMG high-performance braking system with two-piece front rotors and red painted brake calipers, a carbon fiber spoiler and the AMG performance steering wheel.

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe: Courtesy Mercedes-Benz USA.

Ironically, for a car having so much power and torque the C63 AMG coupe also has a greener side. The high-revving V8 is mated with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission. The transmission allows the driver to select from a variety of driving modes, including the Controlled Efficiency or “C” mode. This limits the amount of acceleration and makes the transmission shift early, resulting in improved fuel economy.

However, most customers who are in the market for a world-class high-performance coupe are not concerned about the amount of gasoline being consumed, and do not want to be driving around with slow, conservative transmission settings. Luckily the transmission in the C63 AMG coupe has faster and more aggressive settings. The “S”, “S+” and “M” modes are available at the touch of a button, with the gear changes in the “S+” and “M” modes taking only 100 milliseconds. The C63 AMG coupe also has a Race Start function to provide the best possible launch.

If the lighter and more nimble C63 AMG coupe is anything like it’s four-door sibling then BMW and Audi will be forced to take notice. Mercedes AMG seems to have its eyes on taking the top spot in the two-door sports car category and continues to develop and produce vehicles which are getting closer to doing just that. The C63 AMG coupe is scheduled to make its first appearance in U.S. showrooms starting in September.

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