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Slowly but surely Kia is transforming itself from a provider of inexpensive transportation appliances to a purveyor of premium automobiles. Further pushing the brand up-market, reports indicate the South Korean firm will build a production version of its dramatic GT concept.
Vehicle names are hard to get right (Remember the Ford Probe?). Mercedes-Benz has been using a letter and number naming scheme to help differentiate its cars from one another. However, it’s been causing some confusion with car buyers and journalists alike.
According to UK’s CAR Magazine, it seems like the luxury German automaker is looking to change up its three-letter naming style to help make its niche products a bit more friendly with consumers.
Mercedes-Benz announced the opening of a new assembly plant today in Kecskemét, Hungary and at the opening ceremonies let slip that a new small four door coupe, probably called the CLA, will be produced at the new plant.
We have already seen spy photos of this new Merc, which further stirred rumors of when and where the car would be produced. Now we know that it will be produced in the Hungarian plant, along side the car that is shares its platform with, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class.
Sharing with the B-Class should lead to most CLA models running with front wheel drive, although a premium all wheel drive and AMG models have been rumored as options. For base engines, the CLA will likely feature the 201-hp turbocharged 1.8-liter four cylinder sourced from the C-Class.
This new plant marks a €1.4 billion investment from Daimler into production plants, with €800 million going to the new Kecskemét plant and €600 million going to expand the Rastatt plant.
We should see a close to production concept version at an upcoming auto show, possibly the Beijing Auto Show or the L.A. Auto Show.
Based on the current Mercedes-Benz CLS, the ‘Rocket’ apparently boasts a a V-12 under the hood that develops approximately 800 horsepower and a whopping 811 lb-ft of torque (1,100 NM in Euro parlance).
According to German automotive source Motorvision.de, that’s enough to enable this four-door leviathan to do the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) dash in just 3.7 seconds, while a top speed of some 370 km/h (230 mph) is apparently possible.
Of course being a Brabus, besides the outrageous performance, the exterior has naturally been tweaked, an in-your-face front fascia sports massive air intakes on the lower valance; while a forward thrusting grille with a big ‘B’ logo; along with bulging front and rear fenders plus a rear deck spoiler and diffuser complete the ensemble. Massive, yet ultra-light Brabus Monoblock F-Platinum Edition cross spoke rims, fill the wheel wells in true Brabus style.
Inside, cabin upgrades are par for the course, though with official details from Brabus not yet revealed we can’t say exactly what they are. Nevertheless, for a projected MSRP of some € 429,000 (roughly $592,800) for the car; excluding taxes, they ought to be rather special.
Weighing in at around two tons, the 800 ‘Rocket’ promises to be the fastest four-door sedan in the world when it goes on sale. If you want one, you’d better contact Brabus as soon as possible.
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So many of us has been waiting anxiously for Brabus to show the world their Mercedes CLS Rocket successor, and it looks like one enthusiast took matters into their own hands.
Dan Buzdugan did his own rendering of what he thinks the new Brabus Rocket will look like, giving a Brabus style to the entire project. There’s little to no details surrounding the new Rocket, but we’re positive Brabus will improve on their 2005 rendition that featured 720-hp from its 6.3L twin turbo V12 powerplant. At the time it set all sorts of records for a vehicle in its class, including the top speed of a street-legal sedan at 225.2-mph. It won’t be long until we see its successor and we hope it’s worth every minute of the wait.
The complete Black Bison kit will come with an all new front bumper, complete with LED daytime running lights, sport front fenders, side skirts, a rear bumper with LED brake light, exhaust tips, plus a trunk and roof spoiler. You’ll be able to pair the styling package up with available Wald wheels for the new-generation CLS, though we personally wouldn’t go for the ones on the demo car.
Many of Wald’s designs have been misses in the past, but this kit is undoubtedly a hit!
GALLERY: Wald Black Bison Mercedes-Benz CLS
Lorinser has finally sent out previews for their upcoming styling package for the new-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS. There’s never a doubt that Lorinser wouldn’t be offering something for the new CLS, we’re just surprised it took this long - Lorinser originally released sketches over a year ago.
No exact details were released with the photos, but it’s clear to see Lorinser has added a full kit to the CLS, with front and rear bumper changes, side air vents, side skirts and rear boot lid and roof spoilers. For their demo car, Lorinser also gave the CLS a matte gray finish, suspension changes and outfit the CLS with a set of their own wheels.
We’re more excited to see what performance upgrades Lorinser has up their sleeve, so we’ll stay tuned for the official release.
GALLERY: Lorinser Mercedes-Benz CLS
Sure there’s the NEW Mercedes CLS, but let’s not forget about the car that started it all. Without the original we probably wouldn’t have the Panamera, or the A7, or the half-dozen other coupe-style luxury sedans that are rumored to roll out over the next few years.
So as everyone in Orange Country trades in their OMG-thats-so-last-year CLS, the aftermarket continues to churn out some wildly modified versions of the original. Included in that list is MEC Design, which has just unveiled its new styling package for the W219 CLS body, and it’s looking menacing.
Aside from the full matte black wrap, MEC Design has outfitted its CLS with a body kit titled “2Face”. The kit comes with a new front bumper (which includes LED lights), a rear bumper with a carbon fiber “Extreme” diffuser, side skirts with LED lamps, a three-piece trunklid spoiler and a rear window spoiler.
To complement the kit, MEC equipped the CLS with a set of 20-inch mecxtremeIII wheels in a flat black finish. The CLS also receives a lowering module, giving it a more aggressive stance while a stainless exhaust system gives it an all new note – a note that MEC calls “sound version Apocalypse”. Finishing off the exterior modifications are MEC Design’s 2010 grill and LED mirrors covers.
GALLERY: MEC Design Mercedes-Benz CLS
BMW may seem to be a little late to the party with their four-door coupe dubbed the Gran Coupe, but it may just be coming in at the right time to battle it out with Mercedes-Benz‘s updated CLS-Class and Audi‘s A7. While we’ve seen the Gran Coupe concept several times now, these renderings indicate the car’s production is underway.
The style of the Gran Coupe is clear: BMW will draw its inspiration from the current 5-Series body while giving it the sporty-style from a 6-Series front end. The body itself is streamlined and elongated to fit the four-door coupe design we have seen with the popular CLS-Class and Audi’s A7.
More interesting is whether or not BMW will compete in the performance department against Mercedes’ highly touted CLS63 and Audi’s upcoming S7. Perhaps BMW will make an M-variant to their Gran Coupe in due time?
GALLERY: BMW Gran Coupe
[Source: Car & Driver]
Clearly Mercedes-Benz‘s newest CLS is going to be the real hot kid on the block and the aftermarket is well aware of this, jumping on it quicker than we’ve seen in recent years. Wald is the latest tuner committing to the new CLS and it looks like they’ll be bringing their oddly-named Black Bison treatment, giving the CLS an even sportier look.
Like most Black Bison kits, Wald will outfit the new generation CLS with a wider body complete with a new front bumper add-on, side skirts and we’ll assume a rear diffuser. From there, it’s safe to assume that the CLS will receive a lowering module of some sort and will be outfitted with a set of Wald wheels.
Changing the sculpted lines of the new CLS quite a bit, it’s not the most attractive offering but is sure to appeal to some. Perhaps more exciting will be the tuning packages that are sure to follow for the new turbocharged V8 engines.
British comedian Sascha Baron Cohen’s character Bruno was a hilarious satire of how seriously the fashion world takes itself (among many other, more lurid themes), and we hope that Mercedes-Benz‘s latest foray into the world of fashion is taking a similar swipe. Probably not.
The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Force has outfitted a CLS63 AMG, in a police-car-style livery and sent it to drive around New York, to look for the chic and beautiful, and offer them rides to the destination of their choice. Passengers will also have the chance for individual photo opportunities, and invites to fashion shows.
“Mercedes-Benz has a natural affinity with the world of fashion with cars that appeal to those with a strong sense of style,” said Lisa Holladay, manager of brand experience for Mercedes-Benz USA. “The 2012 CLS 63 AMG four-door coupe is the perfect vehicle for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Force initiative with its fascinating design and significant curb appeal.”
Whatever. Since AutoGuide staff members like to wear the finest garments from Marshall’s, TJ Maxx and other exclusive retailers, we’ll stick to doing burnouts in inappropriate places rather than preen in overly expensive duds. That is what’s in style for Fall/Winter 2011, isn’t it?
Mercedes-Benz has already shown their CLS sedan/coupe/swoopy elegant car before, but this is the one we’ve been waiting for – the CLS63 AMG.
Looking like a CLS with a bad case of angry, the AMG version packs a 5.5L twin-turbo V8 good for 518 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. If that’s not enough, a factory AMG Performance kit will take that number up to 550 horsepower and 590 lb-ft. Combined with a 7-speed AMG transmission, the CLS63 AMG will hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds (4.3 with the power upgrade) and get 12 mpg city and 18 mpg highway.
The AMG Performance Package brings red brake calipers, a sport suspension, alcantara trim, a carbon fiber engine cover and rear spoiler and an upgraded steering wheel. Expect the new CLS63 to start north of $100,000 when it goes on sale sometime next year.
GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG
Hit the jump for the official press release and live video from the LA Auto Show:
Mercedes-Benz will delight station wagon fans all over the world with their introduction of the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake. The car is set to enter production in 2012, with an on-sale date occuring that same year.
The CLS Shooting Brake is ostensinly positioned against the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, and it should have little trouble finding homes amongst the garages of wealthy buyers in a couple years time. For the extremely wealthy and eccentric, a CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake is supposedly in the works – expect these to be brought over in single digit numbers, much like the R63 AMG.
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake
Hit the jump to see the official press release
ODB famously declared that “Wu-Tang is for the children“, and we’d have to disagree. But one of the beloved cars of rappers everywhere, the Mercedes-Benz CLS, apparently is, if the commercial for the new vehicle is to be believed.
The CLS is responsible for the modern day “four door coupe” genre, and the new one looks even more aggressive than the outgoing version. No wonder its stopping young enthusiasts in their tracks.
Hit the jump to see the official video.
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS must be one of the worst kept secrets in the industry, with a raft of spy pictures leaking out from all corners of the internet. Now, the sales brochure for the ground-breaking luxury sedan has been leaked.
The CLS looks quite a bit like a Hyundai Sonata, which is both a complement and an unfortunate consequence of being inventing the four-door luxury coupe segment. Technical details are scarce, just like our proficiency in German, but expect Mercedes lineup for V6 and V8 engines, as well as the inevitable diesel and AMG twin-turbo V8 versions to appear.
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz CLS
The Mercedes-Benz CLS is one of the decade’s most influential vehicles, responsible for setting in motion the “four door coupe” trend that’s gripping luxury car makers everywhere. The CLS itself ended up selling 170,000 units, cementing its status as a success for the three pointed star.
As Mercedes prepares to roll out the second generation CLS, the company has celebrated the last first gen CLS to roll off production lines.
The last CLS will be sent to the United States, and is outfitted with xenon headlights, premium leather upholstery and an AMG bodykit. Our guess is that the car will be seen on New Jersey’s roads shortly.
[Source: World Car Fans]