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      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. ...
      Published on 04-29-2011 08:43 AM
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      We are going to go out on a limb here and state that this package will be an either love it or hate it type of thing. Personally, we feel it is a bit overdone. The SLS is a gorgeous car, and hard to improve upon, but FAB Design tried. It is up to you whether they failed or succeeded. Beyond just the bodywork the motor is upped to 607 horsepower. This is the result of a new exhaust and tuning. So did the Swiss tuner hit the mark? Did they miss it? You be the judge. ...
      Published on 04-27-2011 07:49 PM
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      We all knew with Mercedes going to twin turbo V8's that tuning would naturally follow. Brabus in getting in on the act with their PowerXtra kit which depending on engine spec has different outputs. For the standard M157 without the performance package power is raised to 584 horsepower. For performance package cars, the gain is up to 620 horsepower. We don't see why both can not hit 620 since they have the same turbos and the main difference between the performance package and standard is mostly software tuning to begin with. ...
      Published on 04-27-2011 04:11 AM
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      Renntech continues to raise the bar. Just recently, they set the new overall Mercedes 1/4 mile record and now they have set a new record for the supercharged M113 55 motors. Renntech did not post the slip, which is unfortunate, but does have video showing the run below. It was done at Palm Beach International Raceway which isn't known as being the fastest track making this all the more impressive. We hope Renntech posts the full mod list soon, car appeared to be on drag radials. ...
      Published on 04-25-2011 08:52 PM
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      We have seen a lot of back and forth regarding the C63 Black Series motor. Will it have the M157 twin turbo V8? Will it get the M156? Well, an e-mail has gone out to a select few sources suggesting the M156 is confirmed. It is said to have 507 horsepower, exactly what the CLK63 Black Series had. Mercedes has not confirmed this but all sites reporting are pointing toward an M156 derivative now with some saying internal sources have confirmed this. We would have liked the M157, but we will reserve judgement until we see the final product. ...
      Published on 04-23-2011 05:07 AM
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      The 2012 SLS AMG Roadster is coming very, very soon. We have seen it testing for a while in camo which is kind of funny considering the SLS coupe is on the market already. Anyway, here are photos of it undisguised. We prefer the coupe the coupe, there is something special about the gullwing doors that this roadster just can't match. ...
      Published on 04-21-2011 11:32 PM
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      WOW! The records just keep up on falling. Here is the first C63 AMG to break into the 10.3 range setting a new quickest 1/4 mile record in the process. By now everyone should be familiar with Keith's C63 (goes by the name DadsC63). Car has MHP modifications and nitrous. To be noted, this pass would done Bradenton Motorsports Park which is in Florida. This could very well have been a new overall Mercedes record at MIR. Congratulations to DadsC63 and MHP, more details to come, stay tuned. ...

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