Mercedes-Benz is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their victorious 300 SL in the Mille Miglia in 1955. Named after the race number of the SL, the Mille Miglia 417 Edition will feature special hits of red on the front lip spoiler and red trim on the car’s rear spoiler. The wheels will also get red surrounds that wrap the black AMG wheels that also give you a peek at the car’s red brake calipers.
Three paint finishes will be available with each SL: matte night black magno, matte designo cashmere white magno, or designo diamond white. The package will be available in the 333-hp, six-cylinder SL400 or the 455-hp, V8 SL500.
No word on whether or not the trim package will be available Stateside, but European orders can be made on April 7th. More info at mercedes-benz.com.
It’s looking more and more like roads will be filled with hyper-smart, driver-less cars in the future and offering a peek into that future is none other than Mercedes Benz who shows us what driver-less luxury could look like in a couple decades.
The F 105 concept is a new research vehicle for the German automaker filled with grand ideas of where automotive technology is going and some ideas of where it could be in the very near future. Think of the car as more of a luxury transportation pod as the doors open to reveal a technology-filled hub with a unique seating system that can be set up in the traditional arrangement or face to face.
The interior is filled with premium materials from nappa leather seating to polished aluminum and open-pore walnut wood shaped into three-dimensional veneers. The seats can also swing to face outward for easy in and out and doors can open and close independently. The car isn’t completely autonomous, manual driving is available when needed and a steering wheel extends from the dashboard. The LEDs on the outside even indicate whether the car is being autonomously driven with blue lighting for auto and red lighting for manual.
If this all sounds like science fiction, it isn’t. Mercedes is already selling autonomous features in the S-Class with their “Intelligent Drive” package that has self-driving technology such as traffic-jam assist that can essentially drive itself in slow-speed, high-traffic situations. So while this may be a concept, the F 105 might be a reality sooner than we all think.
You would be right if you answered “almost everything with a hatcback in Europe.” Mercedes teases all of us enthusiasts hoping for some wagon action stateside with a new Shooting Brake variant of the popular CLA. The compact four-door gains a bit more room and puts down some high-performance numbers with an AMG model that can produce 360-hp from 2.0L turbo engine.
Our friends overseas will get a number of powertrain options including two diesel models, a CLA 250 with 4Matic all-wheel-drive, and of course, the top-of-the line model you see here, the CLA45 AMG. The AMG model will boast a twin-scroll turbocharger with exhaust flap, an AMG Speedshift 7-speed transmission, and 4-Matic all-wheel-drive to help give you the best traction and performance under any road condition.
Maybach is back. After taking some time off, the popular luxury edition from Mercedes-Benz has returned with an all-new S Class. The Mercedes Maybach S600 once again makes shotgun a thing of the past with their super cozy backseat space. Extra long leg room, flat screen TVs, and for some reason, an intercom system to communicate with the driver because you might hate actually interacting with people. Look for these to release in the early-goings of 2015.
The boys up in Stuttgart are all about speed as of late, first with the unveiling of the AMG GT and now a brand new C 63 with an engine that’s closely related to the one found under the hood of its supercar sibling.
Thew C63 will be split into two models: a C63 model that boasts 469 hp and the range-topping C63 S model that puts out 503 hp. The C63 will get from 0-60 in 4.0 seconds while the C63 S will get there in just 3.9 seconds. Both will be coupled with the 7-speed AMG Speedshift sport transmission which will feature a variety of driving modes from efficiency to sport and of course, race mode (in the C63 S). The new C63 will hit showrooms next spring.
Moving over to the automotive world, another big reveal is happening and that’s the newest supercar to roar out of Germany, the Mercedes Benz AMG GT.
Replacing the SLS, the new super coupe is powered by a 4.0L V8 biturbo that will help launch the car from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds and will reach a top speed of 189 mph in the entry level model. The top of the line S model will hit 193 mph with a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds and has its V8 cranking out 503 hp. America will get the GT S in the spring with the standard model to hit showrooms the year after.