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Every car, whether it has a big V8 engine or an electric motor powering the wheels, is being equipped with fuel saving technologies.
Recall variable-valve timing. Introduced on the Acura NSX, and at one time a revolutionary technology, now practically all cars have some form of VVT. Now more technologies are being introduced as innovations for saving fuel. Let’s take a look at some of the more important and popular features being introduced on new models; many of which will soon be as prevalent as variable valve timing.
Earlier this month we reported details of an upcoming AMG hot-rod version of the iconic G-Class SUV. Now, Mercedes‘ AMG division has given us official information on the thing, essentially confirming much of what we already knew.
The G63 AMG sports a 5.5-liter twin-turbo (or as Mercedes calls it Bi-Turbo) V8 cranking out 544 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque, teamed with the AMG Speed-Shift Plus seven-speed automatic transmission. If that isn’t enough, there’s always the option of stepping up to the even more powerful G65, which sports a 6.0-liter Bi-Turbo V12, rated at 612 hp and a monstrous 737 lb-ft of torque.
Luxury styling, AMG performance and compact car sensibility will all be rolled into one package as the Mercedes-Benz A25 AMG, something that has the breadth of enthusiasts excited. Rumored to be in the works, these spy photos are the first confirmation that such a car is being prepped for launch.
The Spy photos that show us almost unmasked details of the new hot hatch came our way today. Last week we reported that the A25 AMG would have all-wheel drive and a turbocharged four cylinder engine making 335 hp.
Those figures place the little Merc in line to outpace the Audi RS3′s performance, though it isn’t clear exactly when we’ll be graced with the little hotrod.
We received confirmation from the automaker last month during the Geneva Motor Show that the coveted A-Class would, in fact, be coming to market in the U.S., but we’re not sure exactly when.
If history is anything to base assumptions on, we probably won’t get a sip of the hotter AMG version until European consumers get a long drink from the well.
For now, have a look at our first glance of what’s sure to be an interesting entrant to the compact segment.
GALLERY: 2013 Mercedes-Benz A25 AMG spy photos
The A25 AMG is Mercedes-Benz‘s take on a sport tuned version of the A-Class hot hatch, and more details concerning the makeup of the car are out.
According to AMG boss Ola Kallenius, the A25 will be powered by a turbocharged four cylinder engine that will produce more than 335 hp. Original forecasts for engine power claimed that the A25 would outpower the Audi RS3, which makes 335 hp, so it seems AMG is on track to make the most powerful luxury hot hatch on the market.
Originally it was speculated that the A-Class would be a front wheel drive car, which would have compromised the handling of the car and “create oversteer,” says Kallenius. The A25 will come sporting an all wheel drive setup, likely to be sourced from the ML 63 AMG. “Pure front-wheel drive I would be extremely sceptical of from a performance point of view,” Kallenius said.
When the A25 AMG arrives, it will likely look close to the original A-Class concept, which adds some extra curving body lines and ground effects kit to make the car look the part of a turbocharged hot hatch. We may have already seen the A25 in this cyclists video, although we can’t be to sure.
America has missed out on some nice Euro cars in the past, but the A25 AMG should be making its way to the US, based on the fact that Mercedes has confirmed that the A-Class will definitely by sold here.
AMG, the high-performance subsidiary for German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz, is poised to establish itself as a real player in the sports car industry by unveiling 17 new models and variants over the next four years.
Most noticeable of the upcoming models by AMG will be their SLC model which is slated to hit showrooms by 2014 with a roadster variant to come 18 months later. It is believed the SLC is a “baby SLS” but will still be powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine with 550 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque with an estimated price of $150,000 to $200,000.
In addition to the new models, AMG and Mercedes are working together for lightweight aluminum chassis and a new generation of powerplants for their models. The German automaker hopes to reduce the total number of platforms by sharing them across all segments. Their end goal is to have one platform for rear-wheel drive vehicles, one for compact front-wheel drive cars, and one for SUVs.
As for engines, AMG is currently working on a 2.0L, four-cylinder for the A-, CLC-, and GLC-Class models. They are hoping to squeeze out an impressive 340-hp out of the small powerplant. It is also rumored that AMG is working on a more powerful 4.0L V8, and a possible inline-six engine.
There are also rumors of an SLS successor floating around. A car that will pack plenty more carbon fiber than the current SLS AMG and will be powered by a 6.2L V8 with 650-hp. With the aid of plenty more carbon throughout the car and a new lightweight aluminum chassis, this successor could weight almost 600 lbs lighter than the current generation model. Now that would be a supercar.
And we are already well aware that AMG is working on a lightweight and Black Series variant of the SLS AMG. And upcoming is the new SL 63 AMG with a 571-hp V8, while the SL 65 AMG will see a 625-hp V12. Upcoming in the near future are AMG variants of the new S-Class and a V12-powered G-Class.
[Source: GT Spirit]
Mercedes-Benz wants you to buy an AMG, but they also want you to not suck at driving it. Hence, the AMG Driving Academy makes its leap from Lime Rock Park onto Youtube, to prepare us for that day of handbuilt-engine-ownership.
Hosted by Tommy Kendall, four-time Trans Am champion and AMG instructor, it’s a primer in the high-buck AMG Driving Academy program, where the well-heeled zoom off to Europe and learn hands-on behind the wheel of the entire Benz lineup.
But since not everybody sleeps on a bed of money, the series covers everything you need to know about performance driving, short of actually stepping into a performance car: from adjusting mirrors and seats to the differences between oversteer and understeer, from threshold braking to weight distribution during a slalom. The cars shown include a CLS and C63 AMG, as well as the occasional cameo from the SLS.
Click the jump to view the 4-part series.
Formula 1′s ubiquitous safety car, deployed whenever an accident takes place, was present for its 250th Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi last weekend.
Known as a pace car in American race series, the safety car has been used on and off since 1973 but became a permanent fixture in 1996. The safety cars have generally been Mercedes-Benz AMG vehicles, including a C36, SLK55, CL63, SL63 and finally, an SLS AMG Gullwing. Over the 250 races, the safety car has been deployed 135 times.
Infiniti is set to launch its new go-fast division, Infiniti Performance Line, later this year, promising an enticing list of performance parts, set to include mundane things like air filters, and stretching all the way to “automotive engine parts, namely turbochargers and superchargers.”
The first IPL car is set to debut at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance, and rumor has it that it will be a G37 Coupe decked out to the nines. If the car ends up with forced induction, it could make for an interesting competitor to cars like the BMW M3 while serving as a 2-door alternative to the Lexus IS-F. Nissan’s NISMO division is one of the leading factory-affiliated tuners (Nissan even sells a NISMO 370Z), and we wouldn’t be surprised if they gave IPL a hand in concocting some very potent performance cars.