Published on 10-05-2011 06:34 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 09:03 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 12:45 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 12:53 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 02:42 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 09:53 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 09-28-2011 11:42 PM
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 09-27-2011 11:03 PM
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 05:38 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.
...Published on 09-26-2011 02:57 AM
W216 CL63 AMG owners now have a new long tube header option courtesy of Renntech. As most know, the header is a good place to pick up power on the M156 motors. The Renntech solution features T-304 stainless steel with 2 inch diameter tubing. 200 cell cats are included in the headers which we believe robs some power. No word on a catless race option which also would likely drop the cost from the VERY steep $8200. Check out photos and the video below.
...Published on 09-23-2011 11:55 PM
We like seeing Mercedes M275 V12 swaps and we especially like seeing them swapped into the Mercedes SUV's as they were never produced with the M275 V12's. So MKB puts the motor into the GL and tweaks it to 658 horsepower which is very respectable. What is the problem with this swap? MKB takes 6 months and wants $294,000 for the swap not including the price of the car. Uh, not exactly cost effective. If one is serious, this can be done for far less money. Certainly less than over a 1/4 million dollars.
...Published on 09-22-2011 07:33 PM
Here is Benz-O-Rama's (Clayton's) Mercedes SL with his new 20 inch Vossen rims. The finished product simply looks great, gorgeous. The wheels are 20x9 - Offset +25 in front and 20x10.5 – Offset +30 in back. The front and back weigh 27 and 28 pounds respectively, not bad at all. These are a direct bolt in with no spacers, hub centric, low pressure cast, featuring a 5 inch inner lip as well. The finish on Clayton's set here is matte black with the face being machined. Vossen offers a 5 year workmanship warranty and a lifetime structural warranty. Oh, and they are a great value to boot. Check out the pictures and video below.
...Published on 09-21-2011 06:40 AM
The Singapore Grand Prix, Round 14 of the 2011 Formula One season and the first of the season-ending flyaway races, takes place on Sunday 25 September. The season’s only night race, with a 20:00 local start time, takes place around the city streets of Singapore’s Marina Bay area, lit up by 1500 specialist light projectors around the 5.073 km circuit. All three Singapore Grand Prix so far have featured Safety Car deployments, with an average of 6.7 laps per race. The drivers change gear 71 times per lap for a race total of at least 4331, nearly twice as many as in Spa.
...Published on 09-20-2011 09:31 PM
A class action suit is being brought against Mercedes / Daimler AG due to alleged defects in the M156 V8 motor. The suit states that these defects are due to premature wear. The premature wear taking place as a result of the material used in the camshafts. The camshafts used are made of cast nodular iron. The valve lifters used however are made of 9310 grade steel. In the official complaint it is stated that the combination of these metals as designed is contributing to premature wear of the M156 motors. This can be due to improper heat treating of the metals or improper offset. The main sticking point is that Mercedes and AMG have known about this since 2007 when service bulletin S-B 05.20/20b was released. We will keep you updated on the details as this goes forward.
...Published on 09-19-2011 07:52 PM
We already reported that an SLS Black Series was in the works. Nice to see the mainstream sites confirm it as Motortrend reports AMG confirmed the production and development of the car. “We absolutely have to do a Black Series” Tobias Moers, head of AMG vehicle development, stated to Motor Trend. What changes will the SLS Black Series bring? Well, expect more power and less weight hopefully. It will be at home on the track and likely have many of the same changes the C63 AMG Black Series will be seeing versus its standard counterpart.