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      Published on 12-17-2011 07:00 AM
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      This is the vehicle that is supposed to be the Mercedes rival for the BMW X6. We do not officially know what the name will officially be but it seems many are now leaning toward GLC over MLC. Regardless, Autospies posted this picture that came from a magazine which is supposed to reveal the design. It looks like an artist's interpretation to us but if the real thing looks half as good Mercedes is definitely onto something. Notice the headlights share inspiration from the new R231 SL. ...
      Published on 12-17-2011 01:35 AM
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      By now you know the new R231 SL was revealed by Mercedes unless you live under a rock. Here are a handful of official videos highlighting the car. The top one shows off the design inside and out of a car with an interesting matte grey paintjob. The seconds features driving footage which shows off the exhaust sound as well as some of the features such as the automatically opening and closing trunk. The rest are self explanatory, enjoy. ...
      Published on 12-15-2011 06:30 PM
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      IND is known for our E9x M3 Portfolio Project cars, but in reality we are not biased and are car enthusiasts at heart. We've created quite a few Audi, Lamborghini, and Mercedes cars for our clients as well. Our client is a true car enthusiast also, and loves many marques. His summer car is a modified Audi R8 V10, but knew he had to make a more practical purchase to get him through the always brutal Chicago winter. Although his new CLS63 AMG was already a work of art directly from Mercedes, our client had to make a few additions to make the car right for his style. Just after taking delivery of the car, our client headed to IND for help with his new daily driver. ...
      Published on 12-15-2011 03:01 AM
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      We are going to be seeing the M5 compared to a lot of different vehicles over the next few months. Let's be real here though, the main competition in the segment is from Mercedes. We would have chosen the E63 to pit against the M5 but the CLS63 was used for whatever reason. The result? The F10 M5 lapped the circuit in 1:59.71 vs. the CLS63 at 2:00.41. No surprise the M5 is more at home on the racetrack as BMW's always have been but both vehicles went into limp mode on the second lap showing that these turbo motors with tons of torque moving heavy cars do have drawbacks. ...
      Published on 12-13-2011 11:30 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 04:51 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 10:51 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 08:42 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 07:35 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 02:30 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 07:43 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 06:30 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 08:51 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 03:52 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 03:40 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. ...

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