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      Published on 12-13-2011 10:30 PM
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      Well, hot on the heels of the SL leak we now have official photos from Mercedes. So, what do you think about the styling? There has already been some debate on the forums regarding the looks. Is it enough of a change? Too mild? The car certainly looks good and has a lot of CLS inspiration in its lightning. The new SL is going to be much more fun to drive with less weight and more power from turbocharged V8's. Let the debate on the styling rage. ...
      Published on 12-13-2011 03:51 PM
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      If you guys have not heard of Velos Designwerks definitely get accustomed to the name, you are going to be hearing it frequently. Velos is the new project of Omar Murray (formerly of Active Autowerke) along with several other key individuals in the aftermarket automotive industry. This is their M157 tune and the results are impressive with gains of 94 horsepower to the wheels along with 126 wheel torque. We are sourcing a larger dynojet graph than what is shown which should be posted shortly. ...
      Published on 12-12-2011 09:51 PM
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      Well, thanks to the internet we get to see another new model early before its official debut. Here is the official 2013 R231 Mercedes SL. These are not the best pictures but we'll take what we can get. The design isn't all that revolutionary and is clearly inspired by the new CLS. Frankly, the update is a bit mild and the R230 SL won't look outdated by the new car. The main changes seem to be under the hood and with the chassis which will drop the weight of the car by around 300 pounds. ...
      Published on 12-11-2011 07:42 AM
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      And the records continue to be broken in the cold Winter weather! Congratulations to BenzBoost member lowprofile for raising the bar for the W211 E55 platform. At MIR (Maryland International Raceway) he was able to run a 10.59@130. This is the quickest ET achieved to date although not the fastest trap achieved on the platform but there is some controversy over the accuracy of the recorded record trap. ...
      Published on 12-10-2011 06:35 AM
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      A big congratulations to BenzBoost member Dodger63. He raised the bar significantly turning a 10.6@130 all motor at Maryland International Raceway this week. This is the quickest naturally aspirated pass to date for any M156 equipped vehicle. The vehicle essentially has bolt on's with a new race gas tune and was run on drag radials with skinnies up front. There is also a bit of weight reduction provided by carbon fiber body pieces. Congratulations once again! ...
      Published on 12-10-2011 01:30 AM
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      Mercedes seems to be quite serious about expanding its all wheel drive offerings on all their vehicles. Just recently we announced that the AMG models would be more widely adopting 4Matic and Mercedes intends to put it on entry level cars as well. The 2012 C350 coupe will have optional all wheel drive and we expect it to make it to the sedan as well. Some Mercedes cars are 4Matic only already such as the E550 and CL550. ...
      Published on 12-08-2011 06:43 AM
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      This is not a joke although we wish it was. This "modified" (more like destroyed) Mercedes SLR belongs to Swiss entrepreneur Ueli Anliker who is selling it for a cool $11 million dollars. Nope, no typo. 30,000 hours of work were apparently put into this SLR that features 24 carat gold accents and 600 rubies. The vehicle will be brought to the Middle East next month which is the only place on the planet someone might have bad enough taste combined with deep enough pockets to buy this. Ronald McDonald apparently is not on the potential client list even though this SLR would fit his color scheme perfectly. Our advice? Get a stock SLR if you are in the market and keep the change. ...
      Published on 12-07-2011 05:30 PM
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      Mercedes clearly has a desire to promote the AMG brand name as much as possible as that is fine by us. The name of the Mercedes Formula 1 team for 2012 will now include AMG in the title. There is more to this name change than just brand awareness however. The Mercedes Formula 1 powertrain facility in Brixworth, UK has worked closely with the AMG division for a number of years now so it is great to see AMG get the credit they deserve. ...
      Published on 12-06-2011 07:51 AM
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      Here is a little teaser of the upcoming M113K supercharger upgrade from Weistec Engineering. The supercharger used will be a 3.0 liter unit which is larger than the blower used for the M156 kits. It will produce much more power with much less heat than the stock unit. In addition, Weistec will be seeking CARB approval for the Stage I which considering the precedent set with the M156 kit they should able to achieve again making for 2 CARB legal Mercedes supercharger offerings. ...
      Published on 12-06-2011 02:52 AM
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      There are internal discussions at AMG regarding moving AMG vehicles to all wheel drive. This is not all that shocking considering how high the power output is getting on AMG vehicles and that they have been traction limited in 0-60 sprints for some time now. Better traction control has helped but Mercedes has already moved to all wheel drive on certain models such as the E550 which is available in 4matic all wheel drive only. ...
      Published on 12-04-2011 02:40 AM
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      The race for luxury leader in the USA is getting tighter. November sales had Mercedes coming out on top of BMW. Mercedes is now just 1600 units behind BMW for all of 2011. BMW moved 21,521 units in November which was an increase of 7%. This makes two months in a row that Mercedes has topped BMW despite BMW increasing its sales. If Mercedes had a December to remember (yes, the rhyming was intentional) they can beat out BMW for the year. ...
      Published on 12-02-2011 08:23 PM
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      We thought this eventually might come but not so soon. Weistec has decided to sell a naturally aspirated tune for the M156 V8 which offers gains of 47 wheel horsepower on 91 octane, impressive. In addition to the horsepower gain torque is upped by 32 wheel, the speed limiter is removed, and the throttle response is optimized. The price is a very reasonable $990 which also is credited toward a supercharger purchase should one decide they want more power. ...
      Published on 12-02-2011 02:30 AM
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      Congratulations yet again to Renntech. Not too long ago a Renntech tuned CLS 63 AMG ran 11.3@125 which stood for almost 2 months as the M157 record. The record is now 11.2@126 with a run in negative density altitude at Palm Beach International Raceway. The vehicle was listed as running on slicks and we do not know the fuel but assume race gas. Regardless, well done. 10's are right around the corner for this platform which is just barely getting warmed up. ...
      Published on 11-30-2011 08:01 PM
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      The Mercedes SL is a great touring car with a folding hard top. That folding hard top however added a ton of weight to the car. A 2 seat pseudo-sports car should not weigh more than a mid size sedan. This is the reason why the E55 AMG was actually faster than the SL55 AMG since it was lighter. Mercedes intends to drop the weight of the car by 300 pounds which should put it around the 4100 pound mark. How are they doing this? Through extensive use of aluminum in the frame and body shell. SL is supposed to stand for sport-lightweight and although over 4000 pounds is not light dropping weight is the right move. ...
      Published on 11-29-2011 06:04 AM
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      Um, this seems to be an answer to a question nobody asked. We have already received the coupe and the sedan is likely coming as well but we just can not figure out why Mercedes would want to do an estate version. The Black Series is supposed to be a hardcore and more track focused version of the base AMG car and we just can not imagine too many station wagon owners wishing their vehicle carved corners better. The pictures do not lie and Mercedes is testing it but the European market is likely where this will have any appeal. ...

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