3.4s, 186MPH 2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 Scores Full Drivetrain Makeover

The revised S-Class is out today in Shanghai and the S63 is leading the pack!  The stunning musclecar of a limo gains a new engine, new wet-clutch-launch nine speed automatic and a newly engaging AWD system.  Power is up about to 603 ponies for the S63, while the S65 LWB model sticks at 621HP. The name of the game for the new S63 is POWER.  The 3.4-second number is official for the USA run to 60-mph and is virtually fightin’ words versus Audi and BMW.  How did AMG get the time down even lower? The autobox now has a clever wet clutch for launch engagement like a racecar, when needed.  The torque converter kicks in later for smooth shifts when outside Sport+ mode.  4Matic+ debuts in the new S63 with fully variable splits front and rear, as well as side to side. This will make it corner like a slingshot. …

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3.7s 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63-S – Ready To Stomp Macan?

Who’s got two thumbs and an evolving supercar dream ride? This-guy!  For my dream daily, the vision has gone from a four-door coupe to a proper fast wagon over my 20s as a car enthusiast.  Into my 30s, the evolved dream knows a CUV of some kind is right.  Something F-Pace ish that will fit my dogs in the back seat, and tolerate brief soft-roading. The temptation to offroad my old and very-low Subaru Legacy GT wagon led to countless new wheels and body damage.  I am a guy who loves a fast gravel path to anywhere. I also really want massive straight-line pace, tight cornering and floaty highway manners.  Hard combo. Enter the new GLC63 twins from AMG.  Massive V8, air ride with height settings, remote flaps in exhaust, lenient 4matic and proportions to invite stares.  A grip package like a racecar and bodykit to match. That is the …

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Drive Review – 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic

A thorough video blast-off for this all-new GLC.  Nearly a quarter-hour of hard starts in Sport Plus for the nine-speed auto and 270-some foot-pound boosted tourbo four. Along with the video? A gorgeous photoset of more than three score.  All alongside a gorgeous yacht club on Lake Lanier, Georgia.               2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic You May Also Like:First Drive Review – 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic [HD Video and 66 Pics] GLC with just 241-horsepower?  YES! This RWD crossover is strikingly sexy and well=packacged for 2016 and beyond.  A nine-speed auto and sporty moves are shown in stark relief below……  Click, porfa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AihAx-w57UUFirst Drive Review – 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC By Anthony Fongaro The quintessential hatchback-on-stilts. As luxury automakers continue to make their vehicles bigger and bigger, smaller and cheaper models are created to fill the gap. Case-in-point: the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC. Not only …

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First Drive Review – 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic [HD Video and 66 Pics]

GLC with just 241-horsepower?  YES! This RWD crossover is strikingly sexy and well=packacged for 2016 and beyond.  A nine-speed auto and sporty moves are shown in stark relief below……  Click, porfa. You May Also Like:Drive Review – 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic A thorough video blast-off for this all-new GLC.  Nearly a quarter-hour of hard starts in Sport Plus for the nine-speed auto and 270-some foot-pound boosted tourbo four. Along with the video? A gorgeous photoset of more than three score.  All alongside a gorgeous yacht club on Lake Lanier, Georgia. https://youtu.be/AihAx-w57UU               2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4MaticFirst Drive Review – 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC By Anthony Fongaro The quintessential hatchback-on-stilts. As luxury automakers continue to make their vehicles bigger and bigger, smaller and cheaper models are created to fill the gap. Case-in-point: the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC. Not only is it the smallest crossover in …

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First Drive Review – 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC

By Anthony Fongaro The quintessential hatchback-on-stilts. As luxury automakers continue to make their vehicles bigger and bigger, smaller and cheaper models are created to fill the gap. Case-in-point: the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC. Not only is it the smallest crossover in Mercedes-Benz’s lineup but it’s one of the least expensive. But there’s an immediate problem: it’s basically a tall hatchback. It’s weird to have a vehicle that looks like a hatchback but higher up. That, however; may not be a bad thing. The usability of a hatchback but with AWD and being higher up could prove to be great come wintertime. So let’s see if being a tall hatchback makes it a luxurious crossover or just a cheap Mercedes. Exterior A sculpted front end with a massive Mercedes-Benz logo makes the GLA250 look like a classically designed Mercedes. Moving to the side profile, the 19-inch AMG wheels included in the …

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401HP 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 – New 4Matic Hammer!

Nailing the fundamentals has always been a Hammer specialty! This new 401-pony AMG E-Class delivers quite a thwack. The E43’s twin-turbo V6 brings 4Matic traction with a 69-percent rear bias, a nine-speed automatic and adjustable AMG air springs.  Sprint pace is mid-4’s for pricing much friendlier than the $85k E63, which has yet to be seen for this next-gen Mercedes-AMG. A menacing black-out for the exterior trims is nicely set off with standard privacy glass and black-spoked alloys.  The polished lip at speed is a nice accent — matching the black-satin effect of the center star. Fairly subtle side intakes for these bumpers so far, but a step above the AMG Sport E550. Tasteful and sporty. Sales start this summer with first arrivals later in the Fall as 2017 model-years.   2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 The new Mercedes-AMG E 43 4MATIC: First high-performance variant of the new E-Class Affalterbach Mar 11, 2016 Affalterbach. …

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Update1 – 367HP 2017 Mercedes-Benz C43 Cabrio Leads Gorgeous New C-Class Convertible Line

 Updated with live photos The new C-Class Cabrio just made its global debut! A gorgeous soft-top makes a sexy fashion statement in contrast colors, while avoiding a folding hardtop makes much more space for backseaters and luggage. The new C300 and C400 Cabriolets will be topped in the USA by a C43 AMG 4Matic.  This top model delivers 367HP through a nine-speed automatic and standard AWD.  Sprint times are comfortably under five seconds for the light AMG and perhaps even the C400 4Matic.  That model puts out 333HP through the same drivetrain, but with less vigor. Aircap, Airscarf and a rear diffuser combine for a seriously serene in-car experience even at high speeds — a big benefit of the new wind tunnel Merc has been using since 2013 or so. And the best part?  Airmatic ride will be available… dialing down into the pavement around corners or floating over bumps …

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367HP, ~4.4s 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 4Matic Coupe

AMG is taking no chances with its hot C-Classes.  That is a hard plural — there are many. C450 AMG, C43, C63 and C63 S are all set to be offered in two or four-door guises.  As well as some wagons and cabriolets in the near future too! This 367HP C43 Coupe looks like a sweet spot. A nine-speed automatic with ‘double declutched’ paddle downshifts sounds fun, as does the default 31-percent front, 69-percent rear torque split for the standard 4MATIC drivetrain. The 100-kph run is promised at 4.7-seconds, and should creep down to the 4.4s ballpark to the shorter 60-mph sprint.     2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 4Matic Coupe   The Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupé: New member of the C-Class Performance family Affalterbach   Affalterbach.  Mercedes-AMG has added another sporty model to its C-Class family: the new C 43 4MATIC Coupé. For the highly dynamic driving experience that is the …

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 – Air-Sprung Crossover In US Dealers Now! $45k Pricing, RWD or 4Matic + 9-Sp Auto

The new GLC just started arriving to Mercedes dealerships here in the USA — and seems like an outstanding all-new SUV for the brand.  The GLK and its boxy look is exiting the lineup of a half-dozen ‘Benz jeeps’ this year, making room for everything from the baby GLA to this GLC, up through the GLE and GLE Coupe and the top GLS for 2017. The GLC, as its name implies, is aligned in shape and tech with the C-Class. This brings a massive set of benefits for performance drivers — particularly in its standard rear-drive setup. Just one engine and style pack makes the GLC300 very simple to buy.  About $40k opens the books for the RWD model, and up to $42k for the GLC300 4Matic. Many, many options will tempt you into bumping that tally into the high 40s/low 50s — but the gorgeous cabin and exterior go far …

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