“Compact insanity”. These are the two words chosen by German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz to describe the new Mercedes A 45 AMG in its latest promotional video. In this footage, last addition to the muascular AMG family is driven by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg - of the Mercedes Formula 1 team - who happen to run into the usual good fairy granting them the obvious three wishes. Well, we are going to stop right here: you will need to watch the video to find out what the two F1 stars will ask for.
Just as quick reminder, we would like to remind you the basic figures of the sportiest A-Class there is: under the bonnet pulses a four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 360 horsepower and 450 Nm of peak torque. All this power gets to the ground through the performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive and AMG Speed Shift DCT 7-speed sports transmission. Performance figures are obviously pretty impressive for a car of this class: the A 45 AMG accelerates from zero to 100 km/k (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds, while its top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph (250 km/h).
Other highlights include a three-stage ESP, high-performance braking system with ventilated and perforated brake discs all round in size 350 x 32 millimetres at the front and 330 x 22 millimetres at the rear, AMG Performance suspension with tauter spring/damper tuning, dedicated exhaust system with tailpipe trims in specific design, planty of carbon fiber both inside and outside and so forth.
It’s no secret that Mercedes-Benz is currently working on a small A-Class-based compact SUV called GLA, and it’s also not a secret that the AMG guys are working on the A-Class to create their own ultra-aggressive version, the A45 AMG. What we did not know is that there is going to be an AMG version of the GLA as well. The three-pointed star house tried to keep that quiet, but that’s no secret anymore as this new set of spy shots show us for the first time a prototype of what will become the Mercedes GLA45 AMG.
Since the aforementioned models are both based on the same platform it should be a rather easy step to make for the German brand, and there is no doubt that an AMG version would fit into the GLA lineup just right. And since we know that Audi is working on a RS version of their Q3, we can say that the GLA45 AMG will meet some tough competition as well.This prototype was spotted during winter testing in the freezing cold of Nothern Sweden. With its dual exhaust pipes, the bigger wheels and drilled brakes it was easy to rule this out as a ‘regular’ GLA. And hearing it driveing off in full throttle made our photographers 100% sure of that.
Assuming that there will be an AMG-enhanced 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine under that bonnet, the GLA45 AMG should be able to deliver something like 350 horsepower. A seven-speed AMG Speedshift MCT dual-clutch gearbox is likely to be in charge of bringing all that power down to all four wheels. We expect the normal GLA to debut in Frankfurt in September so maybe we can look forward to the official reveal of the GLA45 AMG in early 2014.
Mercedes-Benz introduces the new Mercedes E 63 AMG, that for the first time will be made available with 4Matic all-wheel drive and in an extra-powerful ‘S’ variant. The new model will come in sedan and station wagon body types, both of which will be powered by the same 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 engine of the previous generation, that has been slightly updated to improve performance and efficiency. This unit develops 577 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 720 Nm of torque between 1,750 and 5,250 rpm. The previous performance kit has been replaced by a brand new E 63 AMG 4Matic S package, which ensures more power and performance than the ‘regular’ Mercedes E63 AMG.
The sedan will be the only one to be offered with rear-wheel drive, and in this configuration the car would sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds reaching a self-imposed top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). With the all-wheel drive configuration instead the acceleration from standstill to 100 km/h is considerably lower, 3.7 seconds, whereas the station wagon would cover that in 3.8 seconds. As for the gearbox, the 2013 Mercedes E 63 AMG comes with a 7-speed AMG Speedshift MCT dual-clutch transmission which uses four driving modes: Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Manual modes.
Needless to say, all that comes at a price: the rear wheel-drive sedan boasts an average fuel consumption of 9.8 liters per 100 km, with 230 g/km of CO2 emissions, while the 4Matic version has a consumption of 10.3 l/100km with CO2 emissions rated at 242 g/km. These figures obviously go up for the wagon one: 10.5 l/100km of fuel consumption and 246 g/km of carbon footprint.
As most kids know just too well, the countdown for the next Christmas has already begun, and so we expect to be showered with all sorts of cards and Xmas greetings coming from basically everyone. AMG - the racing and tuning division of German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz - is among the first entities of the automotive business to do that through this very nice video: ingredients are a beautiful racecar from the 3-pointed star house, the roar of an AMG-enhanced engine and … well, we are not going to spoil the surpise here, we just recommend you watch the whole thing start-to-end as it will surely bring a smile on your face.
The Mercedes stand at the 2012 Bologna Motor Show is one of the most crowded at the Italian event, especially rich in news and previews Italian. In addition to the various Smarts, the new Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive and B-Class 200 Natural Gas Drive (which we have thoroughly introduced in our previous dedicated posts), the Italians are being treated with the Mercedes ML 63 AMG, Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake and quite a few variants of the brand new Mercedes A-Class.
Stating the obvious, the new A-Class is the real star of the 3-pointed star stand, and among the several versions on display in Bologna there is also one that has been signed by Mercedes Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg, which features a special livery inspired by tthe car racing in the Formula 1 World Championship.
Other cool models on display in bologna are the Mercedes ML63 AMG and CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake: these two cars, while being totally different in terms of aesthetics, are powered by the same 5.5-liter biturbo V8, capable to deliver 525 hp and 700 Nm of maximum torque. However, both cars can be ordered with a Performance package, which provides for different set-up, brakes and differential (no pun intended) to increase the output up to 557 hp and 800 Nm for the Mercedes CLS and up to 557 hp and 760 Nm for the Mercedes ML.
The eagerly awaited 2013 Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series made its official debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Motor Show. Presented to the world in a pretty original color exclusive to this special version, the new Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series is powered by the same M159 V8 unit equipping the Mercedes SLS, which AMG engineers have refined to achieve the 8,000 rpm by replacing some of its internal parts.
Consequently, power has gone up to 631 hp, allowing an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds, with a top speed of 315 km/h (196 mph). Engine asode, however, the engineers in Affalterbach have also studied a new aerodynamic kit made of carbon that allows the Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series to get the maximum possible downforce, ensuring tightness and handling usually reserved for racing cars.
AMG also proposes some other pretty peculiar aerodynamic bits as an optional extra, which would further increase the downforce of the car and improve the air-flows for the cooling of both engine and brakes. At the rear there is also a large carbon wing with aluminum supports, lifted directly from the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.
Here is the first bunch of spy photos picturing the next Mercedes C-Class already receiving some of that special AMG treatment. An all new C-Class range from Mercedes is expected to see the light of the day in about a year or so, and this model is the one that will end up sitting at the top of that range.
The new Mercedes C63 AMG will be powered by a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 engine (which would replace the current 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V8), thereby carrying on with a trend that involved all of the latest members of the fierce AMG family. Even if this prototype is still wearing some quite heavy camouflage, we can still clearlyy make out the bigger brakes, the wider fenders and a front bumper sporting much bigger air-intakes.
As the development of the Mercedes C63 AMG moves on and all that cammo will drop, we would expect to see the whole AMG package to shine: special aerodynamic kit, cool alloys, quad exhaust pipes fitted somewhere at the back and the rest of the lot.
We have already seen Mercedes testing the facelifted E-Class, now but now it is time for AMG to test their own extreme version of the sporty sedan, the E63 AMG, which our photographers caught on film while lapping - once again - at the notorious Nurburgring, in Germany.
The fact that the pictured mule is so heavily disguised at the front tells us that the model will be restyled with newly designed air intakes that will let its 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 unit breath better than ever. The rear bumper is also about to get some upgrade as well as newly styled exhaust pipes. As for the powertrain, the fact that the model is being tested on the track doesn’t mean AMG is also working on new engine options, though that’s not an option we would rule out as for yet.
It goes without saying that the E63 AMG will get all those new E-Class features such as the one-piece headlights, a more upright standing grille, the new bonnet and the new tail lights layout, and it will also drop the ponton-style lines at the rear doors which will make the side view more harmonious.
Before you think this is just another set of photos showing the new Mercedes CLA 4-door coupe, please look again, and look closely: this is not the ‘regular’ CLA, what we have here is the CLA 45 AMG, which got caught on camera for the very first time. The AMG-powered CLA will come with the same 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that will also equip the A45 AMG, and is credited with an output of 325 horsepower.
And just like in the A45 AMG, the CLA 45 AMG will also get four-wheel-drive from the Swedish company Haldex to make sure the power will not just make your tires smoke. On these photos we can see that this prototype has the deep spoiler at the front, wider track and wheels, massive braking system, chunky side sills and a flashy spoiler on the trunk.
The exhaust pipes we see in these pics are just temporary, but - from what we are told by our photogtaphers - they couldn’t disguise the powerful sound that came out from them. The Mercedes CLA 45 AMG is expected to make its debut at some point next year.
Mercedes-Benz introduces an exclusive version of the SLS AMG aimed at the Japanese market and dubbed ‘Matt Special Edition’. As its name suggest, this special series is characterized by a special matt paint job, which will be made available for both Coupe and Roadster variantss of the famous German model. There will be three color options available, including the combination of black paint with red inserts (including the three-pointed star on the grille, fender gills, fuel cap and details of the wheels) and white paint with blacks inserts, with the same two-tone scheme that will be used for the interior of the car as well.
Standard equipment includes AMG Ride Control sports suspension, leather and Alcantara interior, performance steering wheel and a nice set of 10-spoke alloy wheels (19″ front and 20″ rear). The price of this special “Matt” edition in Japan will range between the equivalent of 293,500 and 303,500 Euros.