Published on 10-09-2011 12:01 AM
Many sites around the web are reporting the baby SLS was approved for production as if this was news. We told you about this in May of this year but we are glad everyone else is catching up to BenzBoost finally. The interesting tidbit here is not that the car is coming but the motor it will have under the hood. With a $100k price point it would absolutely crush the 911 with the twin turbo M157. What we think will happen is it will get an M157 variant without the turbos, just like the M152 in the new SLK55, to put it at around 422 horsepower making for a great match-up.
...Published on 10-08-2011 08:56 AM
Mercedes GP didn't seem to put much effort during the Japanese grand prix qualifying session. In Q3 Michael Schumacher aborted a late run to save a set of tires for the race, once he realized he had 7th place by default. Nico Rosberg will start in 23rd place after a hydraulic problem prevented him from making any runs.
...Published on 10-08-2011 03:09 AM
The last time we showed you the Renntech tunes on the on the performance package M157 they were putting down 558 whp on a dynojet with STD correction. On 91 octane Renntech is now closing in on 600 whp putting out 583 whp but the torque numbers slightly dipped to 635 vs. 653 previously. The CLS 63 AMG here was presented to us as a performance package car as well but the baseline dyno is much lower than what a performance package car should put down therefore we feel it is a standard CLS 63 AMG. If so, it just goes to show one can get greater gains for less money by opting not to purchase the performance package. Renntech is still tweaking these tunes but the results thus far are impressive.
...Published on 10-06-2011 08:34 PM
Pictures of these Renntech headers (it was confirmed these are in fact from Renntech Florida) were posted up by a BenzBoost user. We all know MHP makes a high quality product and that is seen here with what is clearly the MHP long tube setup. What is stated as the Renntech header appears to be a modified stock setup and clearly is not a long tube or race setup as we were told the customer asked for. An additional claim is that these are $8000 dollar headers from Renntech but in an article posted last week we showed the Renntech long tube headers which are ceramic coated for that price and they look nothing like these.
...Published on 10-06-2011 08:19 AM
Insideline reports that an MBUSA spokesperson confirmed the new B-class will be coming to the United States. It will come in coupe, sedan, and cross-over models. This car will be the first of 3 entry level Mercedes models that will come to the United States in the next few years. If we were to guess, one of the other two would be the SLA roadster which will slot below the SLK. The global recession has essentially pushes Mercedes to offer more value models for greater sales volume even in the USA.
...Published on 10-05-2011 10:18 PM
Round 15, the Japanese Grand Prix, one of the greatest circuits in the world that pushes both car and driver to the limit, having some of the most challenging corners in the world. It's the only track in F1 to have a figure eight configuration and is a favorite for most drivers. In the last ten years, 75% of races at Suzuka have been won from pole - a higher percentage than in Monaco (70%). This race has seen quite a few battles for the championship.
...Published on 10-05-2011 07:34 AM
Mercedes has acquired the naming rights to the Louisiana Superdome and for the next 10 years it will be referred to as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. In addition, Mercedes is now the exclusive vehicle of the New Orleans Saints. Some might question the deal but the 2012 Men's Final Four, 2012 BCS Championship, and 2013 Super Bowl will be hosted in the Superdome. That makes for some very nice exposure on a very, very large stage so job well done for the first naming rights deal in the USA by Mercedes.
...Published on 10-04-2011 10:03 PM
Congratulations to V12speed and SpeedDriven. As previously reported, SpeedDriven successfully completed an M275 twin turbo V12 swap into a W211 E-class chassis. We have a dyno sheet posted now and the vehicle hit a very impressive 744 wheel horsepower on 93 octane. This was at only 22 psi and they are shooting for 28-29 psi eventually. The turbos used are PT 6262's. Very impressive power and there is definitely much more in it, well done.
...Published on 10-03-2011 01:45 AM
Unfortunately for Mercedes driver Bruno Spengler, Audi driver Martin Tomczyk was able to wrap up the driver's championship before the final race of the season. Mercedes was very gracious in their post race comments showing incredible class. Audi has been dominating the last few races (Including the past race at Valencia with a 1-2-3-4-5-6 finish) but the Mercedes Benz Bank AMG team still has a shot to win overall in the final race at Hockenheim on the 23rd since they are only trailing Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline by 5 points.
...Published on 10-02-2011 01:53 AM
Aston Martin was supposed to help the struggling Maybach brand with the next range of models. Well, apparently someone was asking for a bit too much in the deal and the talks have now ceased. In return for helping the Maybach brand with new styling and model expansion, Aston was supposed to get some nice technological updates from Daimler including M and S class chassis on which to build models on as well as the M278 twin turbo V8. This partnership never made much sense to us but then again neither did the Maybach revival to begin with. It appears the luxury brand may go back to being dead.
...Published on 10-01-2011 03:42 AM
Never heard of the Mercedes Citaro? Don't sweat it, as we did not either until we saw this ad. It is a bus introduced in 1997 manufactured in Germany and designed with a low floor for easy access. It is not available in the USA but that should not stop you from watching this commercial. The BMW is depicted as being overdone and riced out with an owner who just looks kind of greasy. He pulls up on the VW with girls sitting in the back and revs to which the VW driver responds with a rev of his own. This goes on until the Citaro... well, we won't spoil it for you.
...Published on 09-29-2011 10:53 PM
Mercedes has launched a new line of fragrances for men and women. We are not sure how popular these will be with the ladies but chances are Mercedes dorks can not wait to get their hands on this. We doubt it makes you smell like a new Mercedes (which with how women react to them is not a bad idea) as Mercedes says the sent features a cool top note of Calabrian bergamot, lemon essence and Italian mandarin while the base note provides a spicy finish to the perfume and includes American cedar wood, vetyver grass, and patchouli. Available 1st quarter of 2012.
...Published on 09-29-2011 12:42 AM
Yes, the CLC is coming. This will be a big volume car for Mercedes who will be moving down market in search of greater sales volume likely to keep pace with BMW and AUDI. This model also coincides with the new entry level SLA roadster as both are designed to appeal to greater masses. As reported previously, the standard car will be front wheel drive but there will also likely be an all wheel drive option. Engine choices will likely be limited (no huge V8's) so expect the new turbo four cylinder as one of the engine choices.
...Published on 09-28-2011 12:03 AM
This is a rumor going around on a few sites now and we are posting it due to the switch being a logical move by Mercedes. The M113 supercharged V8 has really only remained in the lineup due to the G55 AMG. It makes all these sense in the world for Mercedes to switch to their new twin turbo M157 V8. These spy photos were taken of the model testing and photographers reported the sound was completely different. Then again, we trust these guys ability to take pictures a lot more than their ability to discern motors based on their hearing alone as they have made mistakes in the past such as stating the C63 Black Series sounded like a twin turbo V8.
...Published on 09-26-2011 06:38 AM
Nico finished the Singapore Grand Prix in seventh place this evening whilst Michael retired from the race following a collision with Sergio Perez on lap 28. Sebastian Vettel yet again dominated another grand prix, adding a tally of nine grand prix wins in a season to his resume. This time he was able to fend off a late charge from Mclaren's Jenson Button. With this victory, Button is the only driver left that has a chance at the championship, even if it is a slim one. Vettel now, only needs to finish ahead of Button in Japan to secure the title.