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      Published on 05-12-2011 04:00 AM
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      Autoscoops.be is reporting that it has the exclusive leaked images of the production A-class. You will notice that it differs a bit from the concept which is not really a shock as it is toned down for production. The design is almost a bit boring compared to the hot hatch coupe concept. It is also reported to be front wheel drive which is disappointing to say the least. ...
      Published on 05-11-2011 06:00 AM
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      We know you have been waiting for dyno numbers for the M157 with baited breath just like we have. Now, the sleepless nights can finally come to an end. Insideline dyno tested the S63 AMG featuring the new twin turbo V8 powerplant with the optional Performance Package and all we have to say is: TORQUE, A LOT OF TORQUE. Wow, over 600 pound-feet at the wheels. They also overlaid the graph with the M159 naturally aspirated v8 out of the Mercedes SLS AMG and once you see the curves compared we don't think you or anyone else is going to miss the M156/M159 motor very much. ...
      Published on 05-11-2011 04:00 AM
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      The SLK isn't the manliest car to begin with but Piecha Design has managed to add some aggression to the new R172 SLK. From the quad exhaust to the front lip this car does a good job previewing what the AMG version may look like. If you are wondering why you see the sideskirts lightning up it is because there is an LED light option for the sideskirs. Yes, it seems tuners aren't satisfied with just sticking LED's in the front bumper but now are trying to put them anywhere they can. Price and part list is below. ...
      Published on 05-10-2011 08:30 PM
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      Here is the Carlsson offering for the new E-class convertible. Pretty standard fair as expected with the usual body pieces. Carlsson offers a front lip, sideskirts, diffuser, and trunk spoiler. Carlsson exhaust tips are included with their exhaust offering. An ECU upgrade is available for the diesel model thus far (which is not available in the USA) with others coming shortly. Carlsson wheels and lowering springs round out the overall well done package which we like although we could do without the huge Carlsson grille badge. ...
      Published on 05-09-2011 04:00 AM
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      We would like to thank BenzBoost user 220S for helping us obtain the dealer order guide. There are some very interesting things in the dealer document namely that the E550 will only come in 4Matic. No rear wheel drive E550? Yes, sounds very odd but look at the document yourself. The guide also confirms that the W212 E63 wagon with the M157 twin turbo motor will be coming to the USA. Very cool, but we still do not understand why the decision was made for the E550 to be all wheel drive only. ...
      Published on 05-08-2011 04:12 PM
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      The Turskish Grand Prix has come and gone and Mercedes continues to struggle. Sebastian Vettel, on the other hand, continues to dominate leading the Turkish GP from start to finish. There have only been 4 races this season and Vettel has won 3 of them for Red Bull. For Mercedes-Petronas, Rosberg and Schumacher finished in 5th and 12th place respectively. Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button finished in 4th and 6th for McLaren-Mercedes. Full results and videos below. ...
      Published on 05-07-2011 11:20 PM
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      Now, you might be scratching your head, why 573 whp when the previous dyno released was 640 whp? Well, this dyno no longer has the dip the 640 whp dyno had which leads us to believe the boost was turned down to not have torque limiter issues. We were told this dyno was 10-11 psi vs. the previous 14 psi. The dyno was done on C16 race gas as well, just like the previous dyno. What we gather from this is that going over 10 psi created issues for the torque limiters in the ECU and transmission software. So while this dyno does not make as much power, it is cleaner and provides a steady curve until redline. ...
      Published on 05-06-2011 04:00 AM
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      Hot on the heals of the reveal that the E63 AMG would be making the switch to the M157 turbo V8, Mercedes has announced that the E550 for 2012 will receive the M278 4.7 liter direct injected V8 turbo. This motor produces 402 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque at 13 psi. What is interesting is that the BMW 550i produces about the same horsepower from 4.4 liters at only 10 psi. Audi will also be putting a turbo V8 in its upcoming S6 so the competition in this segment is going to be quite interesting. ...
      Published on 05-05-2011 10:43 PM
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      We have seen this type of thing before. A car manufacturer creates a short action film to promote one of their vehicles. In this case, Mercedes-Benz TV created the short actoin film "Drive and Seek" to promote the new C-class coupe. This reminds us of the classic BMW Films but the execution just isn't quite as good in our opinion. The film is longer clearly with a large budget yet it is does not get anywhere near to approaching the effect of the famous BMW "Star" video with Madonna. ...
      Published on 05-05-2011 01:20 PM
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      AMG was not always a part of Mercedes-Benz. It was originally an independent tuning house founded by former MB engineers but in 1990 AMG would officially become a part of Mercedes-Benz. The first car was the C36 AMG and you all know the story from there. AMG was really a response from Mercedes to BMW's M as they wanted an internal dedicated performance division as well with a name that would become symbolic with high performance models. ...
      Published on 05-04-2011 08:11 AM
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      DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) touring car racing is extremely popular in Europe. Most people in the United States are not familiar with it but with DTM racing coming to North America in 2013 it is time to start getting acquainted. There is a good reason they are bringing it here and the video below illustrates it perfectly. The action is intense and the racing is very close with a lot of passing. The race was won by Mercedes with Audi coming in second. ...
      Published on 05-03-2011 06:56 AM
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      The 2011 DTM season kicked off this past weekend. Mercedes had a strong showing, with driver Bruno Spengler winning the race. In addition, he set the pole as well as fastest lap. Ralf Schumacher, yes, Michael's little brother, finished in third place for Mercedes. The Mercedes showing was so strong that 5 C-class drivers finished in the top 8 spots. The next race is on the 15th of May in Holland at Zandvoort. ...
      Published on 05-02-2011 06:51 AM
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      The G55 AMG is a car that makes a statement to begin with. It is shaped like a brick with a large supercharged V8. Add a Hamann Typhoon kit to it painted with red accents and you get a car about as subtle as using a sledgehammer to knock on a door. The kit by itself isn't terrible by any means but the custom paintwork here just screams, "Look at me!" and does not do it in a good way. The car is owned by Anton Kasabov who apparently is a well known Martial Arts fighter. Check out the photos and see what you think for yourself. ...
      Published on 05-01-2011 10:24 AM
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      Congratulations to member Rarfinancial who set a new personal best as well as the W219 CLS 1/4 mile record. This is also the overall CLS63 AMG 1/4 mile record but with the new M157 turbo cars hitting the road it will become necessary to differentiate between the generations. For now though, this is the overall record and we congratulate Rick (the owner). The record was also set at the drag strip in Fontana which is notoriously slow meaning there is likely more left in it. Run was on nitrous, full mod list is below. ...
      Published on 05-01-2011 02:14 AM
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      After recently releasing a new series of engine tuning packages Brabus has now focused on the body of the W221 S-class. It is typical Brabus fare not being overdone but still muscular and refined. LED's grace the front bumper as is typical from just about everyone these days. Modified side skirts, a rear spoiler, and modified diffuser round out the package for a subtle but solid improvement. ...

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