A Closer Look at the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion Concept Car – With the S500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE and the Future Truck 2025, Mercedes-Benz has already made the vision of autonomous driving become reality. The new research vehicle F015 Luxury in Motion has its world premiere at the Consumer Electronics Show, and provides a concrete example of the visionary ideas the company is developing with regard to autonomous driving of the future. With this self-driving luxury saloon Mercedes-Benz illustrates how the car is growing beyond its role as a mere means of transport and will ultimately become a private retreating space. This new way of travelling gives passengers the freedom to use their valuable time on the road in manifold ways.
Progressing from the self-propelled (“automotive”) to the self-reliant (“autonomous”) vehicle, Mercedes-Benz as a pioneer goes far beyond the purely technical realisation of automated driving. The company’s experts also have to anticipate different outlooks and social trends. People are always at the centre of such considerations. Just as the 1886 Benz Patent Motor Car and its successors revolutionised personal mobility and, as a consequence, society as a whole, the first self-driving cars will also bring about major changes.
“Anyone who focuses solely on the technology has not yet grasped how autonomous driving will change our society. The car is growing beyond its role as a mere means of transport and will ultimately become a mobile living space,” explains Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
The new Mercedes-AMG GT is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG. Its front mid-engine design with a rear transaxle and use of intelligent aluminum lightweight construction form the basis for a highly dynamic driving experience. Its newly developed AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine underscores the hallmark of AMG driving performance.
The first sports car engine from AMG with internally mounted turbochargers and dry sump lubrication is configured in two output ratings: as a GT with 456 hp and as a GT S with 503 hp. It has everything you would expect from an authentic Mercedes-AMG sports car – from the characteristic styling, thoroughbred motorsport technology, to the optimum weight distribution. Figures such as 3.7 seconds from 0-60 mph and a top speed of 193 mph, combined with the outstanding driving dynamics will undoubtedly translate into extremely fast laps on the racetrack.
At the same time, this two-seater is a comfortable and reliable companion for everyday motoring thanks to its practical decklid, easily accessible luggage compartment, and high level of comfort on long journeys. It also features an extensive list of Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive assistance systems which ensure the high level of safety expected from Mercedes-AMG.
The Mercedes-AMG GT S is equipped as standard with an AMG performance exhaust system with fully variable exhaust vanes. This allows the driver to vary the engine sound depending on the selected DYNAMIC SELECT mode. The driver may experience the V8 with a focus on comfort and relaxed, long-distance journeys or with a more powerful, emotive, motorsport-inspired touch. The GT S comes with even more sophisticated equipment and appointments, including instrument cluster with 220 mph speedometer scale and red color highlights, performance steering wheel, black nappa leather/DINAMICA microfiber, AMG Affalterbach Crest embossed in the center armrest, and nappa leather.
The U.S. will launch first with the 2016 AMG GT S in the spring of 2015. The AMG GT will launch in the following year.
The new 2015 Mercedes AMG GT supercar has been revealed. Here’s everything you need to know about the 503bhp V8 beast
The new Mercedes AMG GT has been revealed, complete with an SLS-inspired silhouette, a stunning design and a brand new turbocharged 4.0-litre V8. It becomes the flagship sports car in Mercedes’ range but isn’t a direct replacement for the SLS, focusing instead on rivalling models like the Porsche 911 Turbo and Jaguar F-Type R.
The new sports car will be offered from launch in two flavours: the GT and the GT S. Both are powered by the same engine but where the GT gets a 456bhp version, the GT S is upgraded to 503bhp. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, with the GT S able to accelerate from 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds and the GT taking two-tenths longer.
The more powerful car comes with a selectable exhaust as standard, allowing you to hear more or less of the V8’s growl depending on which mode the Dynamic Select system is in. Buyers can specify the system as an option on the standard GT.
Mercedes AMG GT price & release date
Set to be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in early October, the AMG GT will go on sale at the start of 2015 with prices thought to be around £110,000 for the GT and £120,000 for the GT S.
It’s a good thing Mercedes-Benz’s compact front-wheel-drive platform is versatile. The foundation for the brand’s A-class hatchback, the high-roof B-class, and the U.S.-bound CLA-class, this architecture serves as the basis for Benz’s assault on BMW’s X1 and Audi’s upcoming Q3: the GLA-class
The GLA’s platform makes use of a strut-type front suspension and a multilink rear setup, as well as electric power steering. We’ve found Benz’s electric-assisted steering to feel precise in the brand’s other compact models, but we do question the Germans’ insistence that it provides “better feedback” than a conventional hydraulic power-steering unit. Regardless of how the steering is assisted, its inputs are directed to standard 18-inch wheels, while 19-inchers are optional.
The sole engine available in the U.S. is the same 2.0-liter turbo four that’s found in the CLA250, which produces 208 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque from 1200 revs. It’s a smooth and quiet powerplant, part of a new engine generation that has been proliferating Benz’s larger, rear-wheel-drive models in other markets. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, but all-wheel drive can be optioned.
Despite the relatively small engine, performance is beyond reproach: Mercedes says that the all-wheel-drive GLA reaches 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, and it tops out at a lofty 145 mph. Figures for the standard front-drive variant haven’t been made available yet. Benz’s American arm hasn’t revealed any fuel-economy estimates, either, but in the notoriously optimistic European cycle, the GLA250 4MATIC receives a mark of 33.1 mpg.
At 173.9 inches long, 71.0 inches wide, and 58.8 inches tall, the GLA-class has dimensions that make it a formidable city car. Even still, rear-passenger room should be sufficient for most trips, and cargo space swells when the rear seats are folded down. The interior treatment borrows heavily from the GLA’s compact sister models, but it does feature distinct color combinations and decorative trim. Benz’s MB-Tex synthetic leather is the standard upholstery, while the genuine article is available as an option. The dash panel can be specified in aluminum, or a choice in wood finishes: high-gloss or a matte that we find exquisite. Galvanized switchgear is abundant and generates a premium look that’s reminiscent of more-upmarket vehicles.
Of course, what would a new Mercedes be if it wasn’t stuffed full of the latest telematics and assistance systems? The brand’s new-gen telematics platform, mbrace2, offers connectivity and the infotainment features we’ve come to expect in a free-standing display that sits atop the dash. Mercedes’ Collision Prevention Assist provides autonomous braking from speeds of up to 124 mph if the system detects an imminent collision—the system only works at speeds up to 18 mph if the object you’re about to collide with is stationary. The standard Benz fare of blind-spot detection, lane-keeping, park assist, and adaptive cruise control all are available, too.
To the typical crossover customer, style matters a lot, and the GLA-class is sure to trigger heated discussions. Its curvaceous body, highlighted with multifarious decorative accents, might be slightly disturbing to those Mercedes aficionados who harbor some nostalgia for the sober and ultra-clean models of the Bruno Sacco era. Benz’s press release says that the GLA’s design is “youthful, sculptural, and full of drama.” For those of you who could do with a lesser degree of drama and clutter, we’re sure Mercedes would be more than happy to sell you a G-wagen.
The GLA250 4MATIC will appear at dealerships in the fall of 2014, and the front-drive GLA250 will follow in early 2015. Pricing information hasn’t been made available yet, but we expect to see base prices in the low- to mid-$30,000 range.
Watch the video below: DESIGN Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4Matic 2015
The grand finale: the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition brings an impressive era to an end in exclusive style. The Final Edition model, built in a limited run of just 350 units, represents the last opportunity for customers to order a SLS AMG – while at the same time reflecting the unrivalled success story and unique scope offered by the first vehicle to be completely built by Mercedes-AMG. The super sports car, with its 435 kW (591 hp) AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid engine, offers a fascinating combination of truly exceptional design and equipment features. Exclusively developed Cup tyres enhance its dynamic performance.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition is celebrating its twin world premiere at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show and the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The market launch will begin in March 2014. The super sports car will be available as either a Coupé or a Roadster and, once 350 units have been built, production of the SLS AMG model series will come to an end.
Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “As the first car to be completely developed by AMG, the SLS AMG marked the beginning of a new era for our company. And now, in the form of the SLS AMG GT Final Edition, we are offering our customers one final and extremely attractive variant of our super sports car. With its numerous carbon fibre-look body components, a further optimised aerodynamic balance and optional Cup tyres, the SLS AMG GT Final Edition has the absolute potential to fascinate.”
Mercedes-Benz has developed a visionary concept of a super sports car in the form of the AMG Vision Gran Turismo to commemorate the release of Gran Turismo 6 for the PlayStation 3. Due to premiere November 19 at the opening of the new Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Center in Sunnyvale, California, the super sports car will be taking to the virtual racetrack when the game goes on sale in December as the first of the “Vision Gran Turismo” series of vehicles. To mark the 15th birthday of the Gran Turismo series this year, Kazunori Yamauchi, Producer of Gran Turismo and President of Polyphony Digital Inc., called upon the world’s leading automotive manufacturers and design studios to look forward into the future. Using the theme “Vision Gran Turismo,” these creative teams developed concept models which give a unique insight into the further development of the automobile. As virtual vehicles that function just like real cars, the concepts will be gradually unveiled in and integrated into the new game through online updates.