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 |  Mar 05 2012, 10:21 AM


Mercedes-Benz is introducing it’s 60th anniversary CL Grand Edition at the Geneva Auto Show this week. We managed to grab a sneak peek today before tomorrow’s official press event.

The special edition CL500 comes standard in an AMG Sports Package with a more aggressive front fascia, rocker panel extensions, a rear bumper cover and larger wheels in either five- or 10-spoke designs.

The commemorative package is available in Europe on the V8 CL500, CL500 4MATIC all-wheel-drive models (shown above) and the V12 CL600.

Customers may choose from special leather upholstery in one of three color schemes: armagnac, deep black and porcelain, though the regular CL trim may be integrated as well.

Those interested in buying a Grand Edition CL should expect to pay 4,850 Euros before tax (roughly $6,402) plus an extra 1,500 Euros for the car with paint as in our pictures, roughly totaling an additional $8,400 above the base price CL.

GALLERY: 2012 Mercedes-Benz CL500 Grand Edition


 |  Mar 02 2012, 8:45 AM

It’s sometimes hard to believe how quickly time flies. In Mercedes‘ case that certainly rings true for it’s large coupe models. Back in 1952, M-B launched the six-cylinder 300 S, which paved the way for a range of increasingly powerful and more luxurious SE, SEC and ultimately CL coupe derivatives of its S-class sedan.

Recognizing that 60 years have now passed since the debut of the 300 S, Stuttgart has released a special edition CL Grand Edition. Setting this one apart, are the inclusion of designo paint, standard AMG Sports Package (more aggressive front fascia, rocker panel extensions and rear bumper cover, plus 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels with a choice of five or 10-spoke designs), along with unique Grand Edition appliqués.

Inside, exclusive touches include special designo aniline leather upholstery, offered in three finishes, armagnac, deep black and porcelain (complementing the available exterior hues of  platinum black metallic, mocha black metallic and matte magno cashmere white), which can be combined with any of the regular CL’s trim finishes including black ash and burr walnut.

In Europe, the Grand Edition package is available on the V8 CL500 and CL500 4MATIC all-wheel-drive models plus the v12 engined CL600. Cost, in addition to the base car is 4,850 Euros plus value added tax ($6,402), though the matte finished magno exterior paint (shown above), adds another 1500 Euros ($1,980) to the tally.

 |  Dec 01 2011, 3:30 PM

At this year’s Bologna Motor Show, both Mercedes-Benz and Ducati displayed machines finished in a striking “Streetfighter Yellow” color scheme, in this case a SLK 55 AMG and 848 Streetfighter.

The idea behind it is to highlight increasing cooperation between both manufacturers and follows on from a similar setup at the 2011 Frankfurt show, where Mercedes showcased a CLS 63 AMG and Ducati a Diavel AMG Special Edition.

Although at this time, the “Streetfighter Yellow” paint scheme for the SLK and contrasting black interior with yellow stitching is purely a one-off, Mercedes says that provided there is favorable response to the show car and sufficient demand, it could be made available as an individual option from the AMG Performance studio.

As for the Ducati 848 Streetfighter, it’s been one of the most well received performance motorcycles in recent years, bowing to favorable reviews at the 2008 EICMA Show in Milan, so much so that it won the award for “Most Beautiful Bike” at the event.  Besides the yellow paint and black frame as seen here, the Streetfighter 848 is also available in traditional Red with a red frame and Dark Stealth with a black one.

Besides the cooperation in jointly presenting themed vehicles, the partnership between AMG and Ducati also extends to the MotoGP series where AMG is the “official partner” of the factory Ducati racing team; riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden feature AMG logos prominently on their overalls. In addition, Ducati’s fleet of vehicles are slowly being replaced by Mercedes-Benz models.

 |  Sep 02 2011, 5:15 PM

Teaming up with Activision Publishing, creators of the famed Call of Duty video game series, Jeep has introduced the MW3 Special Edition Wrangler.

Signifying Modern Warfare 3, the latest in the Call of Duty saga which goes on sale this November, the 2012 Wrangler MW3 is offered in exterior hues of either Black or Bright Silver and is based on the Rubicon and features the Rubicon wheels finished in black. Other features include a ‘Power Dome’ hood, and a raft of Mopar accessories, such as winch configured front bumper,  special rear bumper, rock rails, taillight guards,  Mopar fuel filler door and special MW3 rear mounted tire cover.

Designed for boonie bashing, the Wrangler MW3 sports 32-inch tires mounted on its Rubicon wheels as well as locking front and rear differentials, plus a two speed transfer case. Dealer installed options include a front winch and 2-inch lift kit.

Timed with the introduction of the game, the Call of Duty MW3 Special Edition Wrangler, available in two-door Limited and four-door Unlimited configurations  is slated to arrive at Jeep retailers this November.