Mercedes-Benz celebrates racing history with the decked out ‘Mille Miglia’ SL-Class

Mercedes-Benz celebrates racing history with the decked out ‘Mille Miglia’ SL-Class

Mercedes has unveiled a special edition of its SL Roadster. The SL Special Edition Mille Miglia 417 celebrates the unexpected victory of a 300 SL in the Mille Miglia endurance race 60 years ago. Among its features are improved performance and upgraded comfort features.

Mercedes says that the 300 SL started Italy’s 1955 Mille Miglia at 4:17 am and with race number 417, hence the number in the name of the new special edition. Driven by American John Fitch, the car is said to have completed the 1,597 km (992 mi) route on public roads from Brescia to Rome and back in 11 hours, 29 minutes and 21 seconds, beating a number of racing prototypes in the process. It finished first out of the production sports cars and fifth overall.

The SL Special Edition Mille Miglia 417 is being made available as SL 400 and SL 500 models. The SL 400 is powered by a six-cylinder engine that produces 245 kW (333 hp), while the SL 500 is powered by an eight-cylinder engine that produces 335 kW (455 hp).

Both models will come with ESP Curve Dynamic Assist, that applies brief braking on the inside wheels to improve cornering at high speeds, and an adaptive adjustable damping system as standard. Optional Active Body Control is also available with each model, which uses sensors to monitor the pitch and roll of the car’s body so that it can be hydraulically stabilized.

The Special Edition has a “magnetite black metallic” paint-job as standard, which can be changed to “designo night black magno,” “designo cashmere white magno matte,” or “designo diamond white bright shiny” paintwork. Red highlights feature, including on the lip of the front spoiler, the rear spoiler and the brake calipers. Elsewhere, red edging is also used for the AMG seats and the black center console. The car features leather headrests and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The The SL Special Edition Mille Miglia 417 will be available to order from April 7 2015. The Special Edition Mille Miglia 417 package will cost €14,800 (about US$16,800) for the SL 400 and €12,800 ($14,600) for the SL 500

2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S “Fable” Commercial

The new commercial released by Mercedes-Benz advertises the monstrous 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S. The clever ad features charming animation and takes a modern spin on the classic Aesop’s fable, The Tortoise and the Hare, where the two woodland creatures try to use speed and ingenuity as they race for winning title. The 2016 GT S is a high-speed, high performance sports car that’s scheduled to release April 2015. Watch the video above and enjoy it!

A Closer Look at the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion Concept Car

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.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG GT

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.

Mercedes AMG GT revealed: new 503bhp supercar in full

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.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4Matic

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.

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