Published on 07-22-2011 03:19 AM
Yes, the Mercedes SLS roadster is one hot ride. Here is a bit of a refresher from the official reveal. The car has the same drivetrain as the coupe with the exact same transmission and motor, no changes. The folding soft top adds only a 40 kilogram weight penalty. Mercedes juxtaposes the coupe against the convertible in the video for some very cool footage, hard to decide which one to like more.
Published on 07-22-2011 03:04 AM
This is rather interesting. Schumacher has been criticized heavily in his comeback as he is not performing as expected and outperformed routinely by 26 year old teammate Nico Rosberg. Schumacher is under contract for 3 years total which means he has another year if he wants it. The comments from Mercedes GP president Ross Brawn are a bit troubling though as he stated, "He has a three-year contract with Mercedes, and we are very happy with him. But if he feels that he doesn't want to do it anymore, then we need to talk about it. You can't force somebody to do something." We have no idea where those comments came from but perhaps Schumacher has lost some heart? Something definitely isn't right at Mercedes GP as Brawn also stated, "Perhaps the situation would be a little easier for Michael if he had a teammate who was not so incredibly strong. But both can learn many things from each other, and everyone is up to the challenge.”
...Published on 07-21-2011 06:53 AM
Well, the rumors about the new naturally aspirated 5.5 liter were true. The SLK55 will be getting an M157 5.5 liter variant but it will be missing the twin turbos. Bummer? We think so, but we all know the reason for it. The SLK with the twin turbo V8 would have simply stomped everything else in the lineup silly so this move is really to protect the other cars. A detuned twin turbo motor that could be uncorked similar to how the detuned C63 can be opened up with a tune is what we would want but this should still be a good amount of power. ...Published on 07-20-2011 07:31 AM
Always good to see these kind of comparison videos. We like real world, head to head, results. The camera car is a 2011 C63 AMG that has Gintani headers and OE Tuning Stage 2 ECU tune. The other C63 features MBH headers and an ASGC Stage 2 tune. Both cars are on 91 octane pump gas. There are several runs mostly from low speeds. The runs all have the OE Tuning car pulling quite hard. We aren't sure why the disparity is quite so large but great to see a real world comparison.
Published on 07-19-2011 03:43 AM
Now, to begin we just want to say we would paint the pieces and not leave the car like this. But, what this scheme does for us is show off pretty well the pieces that Renntech changes with their widebody C63 kit. Yes, it's aggressive but not overboard. The carbon pieces really make the car look mean and flow well. This car has the rear diffuser in carbon fiber along with the front and rear widebody pieces. RennTech states the widebody package starts at $3,750 but realistically you are looking at $15k to replicate this with the full array of widebody pieces. ...Published on 07-18-2011 07:49 AM
Remember the story we brought you about the 15 finalists who would compete to win a real life Mercedes SLS AMG? Well, the contest is over and a 24 year old Spanish student by the name of Marco Calvo was the winner. The 15 competitors were under the instruction of former DTM driver Bern Schneider as well was David Coulthard (former Mercedes F1 driver and current DTM driver). Marco beat out the other 14 drivers and gets to take home an SLS AMG. Kids, lesson to learn is don't listen to your parents when they say playing video games does not pay off. ...Published on 07-17-2011 05:42 PM
This round of DTM racing was unlike any other. For the first time ever, DTM did a knockout racing competition set in a stadium. Odd? Yes, kind of. The video below will give you a better idea of what this looked like but basically on the first day drivers set their times. Then the field was cut and on the second day of racing the top 8 drivers from Audi and Mercedes were pitted against each other in knock-out races for a 16 car field. The final race came down to Bruno Spengler and Audi's Edoardo Mortara with Spengler coming out on top. ...Published on 07-16-2011 05:23 AM
The SLR really does not need anything done to it to get more attention. Here is an owner who went overboard. Yes, seems this would be vehicle belonging to someone from the Middle East. Surprising, I know. A little bit of research points to Dubai as where the car is registered. It does not look terrible but just seems like a shame to do this to a vehicle that deserves classy modification. This is a McLaren SLR after all. Hey, if getting attention was the goal, it worked. ...Published on 07-15-2011 04:32 AM
Been itching for an upgrade to your SLS AMG? Of course you have. Some may say $8,200 is a lot of money and well, they are right. These headers have 200 cell cats built into them which explains part of the cost. Honestly, hard to justify $8,200 on headers considering the 63 AMG header market but the SLS is a lower production vehicle than say a C63 with a much higher price tag. The headers are also ceramic coated. Gains are claimed as +20 horsepower but we would like to see a dyno. ...Published on 07-15-2011 12:25 AM
The new M278 twin turbo V8 powered Mercedes vehicles are going to have a lot of the previous generation 63 AMG owners scratching their heads when they can't pull away from them at a stoplight. The new 550 models are just about as fast as the previous M156 based 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8's. Case and point, Car and Driver hit 12.8@112 in the 2012 CLS550. In the 2007 CLS63 AMG, they hit 12.6@114. Oh, the new CLS550 is also lighter by almost 200 pounds than the previous generation W219 CLS63 AMG. ...Published on 07-14-2011 02:56 AM
A month ago we brought you CLS550 M278 twin turbo dyno results. That dyno was from a rear wheel drive car. Insideline did a dyno test of the 4Matic CL550 and the results are similar yet higher than the the numbers OE Tuning hit in the rear wheel drive CLS550. Since the 2011 CL550 is all wheel drive, Insideline could not use their usual dynojet and instead used GMG's AWD Mustang dyno. ...Published on 07-12-2011 03:51 PM
This is part 2 of the BenzBoost visit to Weistec Engineering (Part I here). I was fortunate to be able to sample the supercharger installed on BenzBoost member ecampbell's car. As posted previously, the car hit 551 whp on a dynojet and I was told by Steve that the car is a bit stronger now but has not yet been re-dyno'd. The car has been upgraded to the Stage 2 setup which includes their fuel system upgrades. It also runs through through a catless exhaust, features the Weistec heads, and Hennessey headers. ...Published on 07-11-2011 07:38 PM
Alonso won his first race this year in his Ferrari. It was a special victory for the team, They won their first race here 60 years ago. Alonso capitalized on a botched pit stop which saw him pass Vettel, who was the race leader. Vettel finished second after Team Red Bull told Webber, who came in third to back off, which prevented him from passing Vettel for second place. Hamilton came in third mear inches ahead of Massa. Rosberg finished 6th after dropping to 12th place at the start, who had a relatively quiet race. Schumacher, who started 13th, worked his way up to 9th place, On lap 9 he made contact with Kobayashi after trying to pass him and lost his front wing. After getting a new wing and swapping to dry soft tires, he climbed back up to 7th place, but then was slapped with a 10 sec stop and go penalty for his collision earlier. Schumi ended up finishing the race in 9th place. ...Published on 07-10-2011 09:26 PM
Prior Design has released a new body kit for the W215 CL. It consists of a front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper, trunk spoiler, and front fenders. Everything looks pretty good except for the front fenders which we could do without. Probably the same with the trunk spoiler. Maybe they just need to grow on us? All mounting hardware is included and they are TUV certified. ...Published on 07-09-2011 05:44 PM
Mark Webber was able to snatch pole position in the rainy British Grand Prix. Webber ended Vettel's pole position streak with a 1:30.399 beating him by just 0.032s. Alonso earned 3rd and was 0.1s behind, while Massa was forth and Button 5th. Hamilton had a bad day and only managed 10th. While Mercedes GP looked strong during the practice sessions, the rain put a damper on them during qualifying. Nico Rosberg managed to qualify 9th while Schumacher was eliminated in the second qualifying session, he could only manage 13th place. ...