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 |  Dec 02 2013, 5:31 PM


The stunning Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo debuted at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, but what inspired the design of the supercar that will make its virtual debut in Gran Turismo 6 this week?

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 |  Nov 25 2013, 1:45 PM

mercedes-concept-gla45-amg-la-auto-showIs there a market for high-performance, compact crossovers? AMG sure thinks so, unveiling the Concept GLA45 AMG at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show.

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 |  Nov 25 2013, 9:01 AM


From virtual to reality, Mercedes arguably stole the show in Los Angeles this year with its Vision Gran Turismo concept.

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 |  Nov 20 2013, 3:37 PM


From virtual to reality, Mercedes-AMG showed off its ground-clinging Vision Gran Turismo at the Los Angeles Auto Show today.

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 |  Nov 17 2013, 3:00 AM


Mercedes-AMG has revealed its wild Vision Gran Turismo concept that will be making its official debut at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show.

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 |  Nov 13 2013, 4:39 PM


Mercedes AMG has posted a teaser image on its Twitter account of what is likely the SLS Final Edition.

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 |  Oct 24 2013, 8:46 AM


As Mercedes-AMG looks towards the future, CEO Tobias Moers believes that smaller turbocharged engines will be the direction the brand will head.

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 |  Jun 17 2013, 12:11 PM


Mercedes-Benz has announced pricing for the latest addition to its AMG sport-performance lineup, the CLA45 AMG, which comes with a starting MSRP of $48,375, including delivery.

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 |  Feb 15 2013, 8:31 AM

Joining the Cigarette 42′ Huntress inspired by the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG is the Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept, an electrically-driven motor boat inspired by the SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive.

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 |  Feb 02 2013, 10:01 AM

The AMG Black Series lineup has done a fantastic job at dominating the German performance scene, a segment that BMW has, for decades, been the dominant force in with its M models.

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 |  Sep 13 2012, 7:32 PM

F1 driver David Coulthard has become quite the spokesperson for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG model, recently catching a 178-mph golf ball in an SLS AMG Roadster model. Now Coulthard has taken the new SLS AMG GT out onto the Nürburgring GP track to see how it performs.

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 |  Aug 16 2012, 2:02 PM

Mercedes-Benz is adding a new color option into it’s AMG line which it has yet to name, turning to the recent crowd sourcing trend for the answer. 

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 |  Jun 27 2012, 12:06 PM

The Mercedes-Benz in-house tuning company AMG takes regular luxury cars, and turns them into high-performance vehicles, that are more at home on the track than on the streets. Today, Mercedes shows us exactly what goes on behind the scenes when making an AMG.

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 |  May 14 2012, 9:31 AM

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.

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 |  Apr 24 2012, 7:45 PM

Last week we finally got official details on the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG, despite having known almost everything in advance. Now a series of promotional videos are giving a detailed look at the SUV inside, out and in action.

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 |  Apr 19 2012, 7:32 PM

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.

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 |  Apr 15 2012, 3:40 PM

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


 |  Apr 13 2012, 9:31 AM

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.

[Source: Evo]

 |  Feb 20 2012, 2:00 PM

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]

 |  Jul 21 2011, 9:00 PM

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.

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 |  Nov 19 2010, 2:26 PM

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.

 |  May 25 2010, 11:42 AM


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.

[Source: Autoblog]