BenzInsider.com - A Mercedes-Benz Fan Blog http://www.benzinsider.com Latest Mercedes-Benz news, reviews and rumors Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:22:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 8,279 Sprinter Vans Recalled by Mercedes-Benz http://www.benzinsider.com/2014/12/8279-sprinter-vans-recalled-mercedes-benz/ http://www.benzinsider.com/2014/12/8279-sprinter-vans-recalled-mercedes-benz/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:22:03 +0000 http://www.benzinsider.com/?p=40449 It seems the new recall of Mercedes-Benz, which was announced a few days ago, does not only cover the E-Class, M-Class, and GLK-Class ranges as we reported earlier. According to Reuters Canada, even the commercial vans of the three-pointed star brand were affected. The report said Mercedes-Benz is recalling 8,729 of its Sprinter vans in the United States. The figure is in addition to the 4,871 sedans and SUVs, which were subject for recall following the recent probe of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Potential Oil Leak Detected by NHTSA Based from the source, NHTSA cited similar concerns over a potential oil leak in the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans. The MB vans that were affected by the... Continue Reading »

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A new report reveals that Mercedez-Benz is recalling 8,079 Sprinter vans sold in the U.S. due to potential gas leak.

It seems the new recall of Mercedes-Benz, which was announced a few days ago, does not only cover the E-Class, M-Class, and GLK-Class ranges as we reported earlier. According to Reuters Canada, even the commercial vans of the three-pointed star brand were affected.

The report said Mercedes-Benz is recalling 8,729 of its Sprinter vans in the United States. The figure is in addition to the 4,871 sedans and SUVs, which were subject for recall following the recent probe of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Potential Oil Leak Detected by NHTSA

Based from the source, NHTSA cited similar concerns over a potential oil leak in the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans. The MB vans that were affected by the recall were the Sprinter 2500 and 3500 with model years of 2014 and 2015.

The same problem was found around the chain tensioner gasket in the four-cylinder diesel engine of the van. As mentioned by the agency in our previous article about the same subject, the leaking oil may cause road hazard for other motorists, which would most probably lead to vehicle crash.

The spokesman of Mercedes-Benz stated that affected customers can have their chain tensioner replaced without paying for anything. He also noted that the company will be sending notifications to concerned parties on December 26.

The Mercedes official claimed that they haven’t received any reports of accidents or injuries that could be linked to the problem.

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Mercedez-Benz of Burlington has a Surprise for Shoppers http://www.benzinsider.com/2014/12/mercedez-benz-burlington-surprise-shoppers/ http://www.benzinsider.com/2014/12/mercedez-benz-burlington-surprise-shoppers/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:40:46 +0000 http://www.benzinsider.com/?p=40443 The main issue about going to malls during the holidays is that it is packed with a lot of people. Well, it is expected because it is indeed the ideal time to buy things with all the discounts being given by shops, and of course, Christmas is a time of giving so we are really obligated to buy presents during this season. One of the problems that crop up with the gathering of a huge crowd in malls is that parking our vehicles can become quite a hassle. Recognizing the issue every holiday season, Mercedes-Benz of Burlington came up with a couple of surprises for the shoppers of the Burlington Mall. The first surprise given by Mercedes-Benz of... Continue Reading »

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The main issue about going to malls during the holidays is that it is packed with a lot of people. Well, it is expected because it is indeed the ideal time to buy things with all the discounts being given by shops, and of course, Christmas is a time of giving so we are really obligated to buy presents during this season.

One of the problems that crop up with the gathering of a huge crowd in malls is that parking our vehicles can become quite a hassle. Recognizing the issue every holiday season, Mercedes-Benz of Burlington came up with a couple of surprises for the shoppers of the Burlington Mall.

The first surprise given by Mercedes-Benz of Burlington was a free valet parking. The customers were all-smiles with the convenience brought about by Mercedes to them. However, the second surprise was a lot more awesome than the former.

Mercedes-Benz of Burlington gave four shoppers the surprise of a lifetime when the valet secretly swapped their old car with a new Mercedes-Benz. It was only lent to them for the holiday season though. However, the act surely elicited an overwhelming reaction from the four lucky individuals.

At the end of the video, Mercedes-Benz of Burlington said it was just the start. So, keep your eyes peeled for more surprises from them later.

A Look at the Four Lucky Shoppers’ Reactions

Watch the video below to see the surprised look of customers when they found out that they will be driving a new Mercedes-Benz during the holidays:

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A Mercedes-Benz Recall is Underway Again http://www.benzinsider.com/2014/12/a-mercedes-benz-recall-is-underway-again/ http://www.benzinsider.com/2014/12/a-mercedes-benz-recall-is-underway-again/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:30:14 +0000 http://www.benzinsider.com/?p=40437 Mercedes-Benz has recently been put in a bad light again to U.S. customers. According to Yahoo! News, some vehicles of the three-pointed star brand have been found by U.S. safety regulators to be in danger of oil leaks. Due to the findings of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the report said Mercedes-Benz is recalling 4,871 of its sedans and SUV models. The affected units were from the E-Class, M-Class, and GLK-Class ranges. The model years of the vehicle’s mentioned were from 2014 to 2015. The source explained that there is a potential leak along the chain tensioner gasket in the four-cylinder diesel engines of the said autos. The problem... Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz has recently been put in a bad light again to U.S. customers. According to Yahoo! News, some vehicles of the three-pointed star brand have been found by U.S. safety regulators to be in danger of oil leaks.

Due to the findings of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the report said Mercedes-Benz is recalling 4,871 of its sedans and SUV models. The affected units were from the E-Class, M-Class, and GLK-Class ranges. The model years of the vehicle’s mentioned were from 2014 to 2015.

The source explained that there is a potential leak along the chain tensioner gasket in the four-cylinder diesel engines of the said autos. The problem could cause fire or increase the probability of stalling the engine, the agency stated. The leaking oil would also be a cause of road hazards for other vehicles, increasing the risk of a crash, added the report.

A spokesman from Mercedes claimed the company was not aware of any incidents in the U.S. that may be connected with the issue. However, he pointed out that owners of the affected units can proceed to their dealers to have their chain tensioner gasket replaced.

The cost of the replacement will not be shouldered by the customers, the official cleared out. Then, for those unaware of the recall yet, the company will start sending the affected parties letters through email on Friday, he said.

The NHTSA documents identified the 2014-2015 models of the E250 BlueTEC, E250 BlueTEC 4MATIC, GLK250 4MATIC, and ML250 4MATIC BlueTEC, as the vehicles that have the potential of an oil leak.

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Hamilton and Rosberg Rivalry Brewing Again in 2015 http://www.benzinsider.com/2014/12/hamilton-and-rosberg-rivalry-brewing-again-in-2015/ http://www.benzinsider.com/2014/12/hamilton-and-rosberg-rivalry-brewing-again-in-2015/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:57:55 +0000 http://www.benzinsider.com/?p=40394 Formula One analysts and even rival team bosses still consider Mercedes-AMG Petronas as a major threat in the sport this 2015. With the talks about the easing of the engine freeze rule breaking down due to Mercedes’ disapproval of the terms proposed by other teams, Red Bull and Ferrari admitted that they are expecting the 2014 Constructors’ Champion to retain its dominance in the coming season. Add into the equation the very skilled drivers of the team—Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg—and Mercedes is likely gearing for a title win again next year. If Mercedes matches or surpasses its amazing performance in the season that just ended, we are looking at... Continue Reading »

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Formula One analysts and even rival team bosses still consider Mercedes-AMG Petronas as a major threat in the sport this 2015. With the talks about the easing of the engine freeze rule breaking down due to Mercedes’ disapproval of the terms proposed by other teams, Red Bull and Ferrari admitted that they are expecting the 2014 Constructors’ Champion to retain its dominance in the coming season. Add into the equation the very skilled drivers of the team—Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg—and Mercedes is likely gearing for a title win again next year.

If Mercedes matches or surpasses its amazing performance in the season that just ended, we are looking at another Hamilton and Rosberg rivalry again. With the Rosberg deprived of the last race that could have tipped the balance in the F1 drivers’ rankings, or at least would have enabled him to put on an incredible race in the final leg of the season, it can’t be denied that he is hungrier than ever for the world title. On the other hand, Hamilton is currently in his best shape this year and is certainly driven to replicate his success in the upcoming season.

What’s more interesting in the part two of the Hamilton and Rosberg rivalry is that we will see the aftermath of their actions this year—putting a special mention to the incidents in Monaco and Bahrain. We are particularly pointing out to the emotions running between the two following some controversial issues that have cropped up in this year’s races. It should be noted that major personalities in F1 intervened to prevent the in-team rivalry from getting out of hand.

While races next year don’t start until March, the refreshing win of Mercedes and the new lineups within the other teams will surely guarantee a hell lot of excitement in 2015.

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Mercedes-Benz CLA Pricing Continues to Spike Up http://www.benzinsider.com/2014/12/mercedes-benz-cla-pricing-continues-to-spike-up/ http://www.benzinsider.com/2014/12/mercedes-benz-cla-pricing-continues-to-spike-up/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:43:43 +0000 http://www.benzinsider.com/?p=40421 The Mercedes-Benz CLA is very popular because it boasts the luxury appeal of the three-pointed star brand while catering to a wider array of buyers. It is MB’s most affordable car in its existing lineup. The car immediately grabbed headlines when it was introduced because of the said factors, and customers were quick to notice it. Originally, the car was advertised with a starting price of $29,990, making its tag lesser than its rivals in the market. However, it should be mentioned that it also came with added fees like destination charges. Notwithstanding the additional costs for buyers, the car was still better in terms of pricing compared to other luxury car alternatives making its demand very... Continue Reading »

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The Mercedes-Benz CLA is very popular because it boasts the luxury appeal of the three-pointed star brand while catering to a wider array of buyers. It is MB’s most affordable car in its existing lineup. The car immediately grabbed headlines when it was introduced because of the said factors, and customers were quick to notice it.

Originally, the car was advertised with a starting price of $29,990, making its tag lesser than its rivals in the market. However, it should be mentioned that it also came with added fees like destination charges. Notwithstanding the additional costs for buyers, the car was still better in terms of pricing compared to other luxury car alternatives making its demand very high.

The launching of the 2015 model of the Mercedes-Benz CLA raked the starting price of the car up to $31,500. Add to that the usual fees and the tag goes up to $32,425. It is still a good deal because of its features, but its cost is already significantly up from its brand’s initial offering. Now, the numbers have risen once more according to Motor Authority.

Based from the source, Mercedes spiked up the prices across the CLA range. The CLA250 increased its price up by $1,600 for a total tag of $34,425, including destination charges. On the other hand, the CLA45 AMG 4MATIC has risen its price by $1,050 making its overall cost $49,425, including the destination charges.

The increase in prices of the Mercedes-Benz CLA was primarily attributed to the very high demand for the car. The year to date figures of Mercedes revealed that it sold 24,701 units of the segment in the U.S., making it the brand’s fifth most popular model across the board. It should be noted as well that the demand of the car was such that its company had trouble keeping up with its demand since it was rolled out in showrooms.

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TopCar Shows New Interior Package for the Mercedes S600 Guard http://www.benzinsider.com/2014/12/topcar-shows-new-interior-package-for-the-mercedes-s600-guard/ http://www.benzinsider.com/2014/12/topcar-shows-new-interior-package-for-the-mercedes-s600-guard/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:24:24 +0000 http://www.benzinsider.com/?p=40407 TopCar just released its special interior package exclusive for the Mercedes S600 Guard a couple of months ago. The product certainly boosted the cabin design of the armored luxury car to another level with its high-class leather surfaces and amazing handicraft on the fabric. Recently, the tuner once again introduced a few improvements for the inside of the unit, which boasts more flair and making the car a worthy ride for an ultra-rich oligarch or big boss like Tony Montana. The usual styling offered by TopCar is considered by many as a bit excessive. However, its work with the Mercedes S-Guard is neither extreme nor cheap this time as it was able to balance... Continue Reading »

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The interior of the TopCar-tuned Mercedes S600 Guard.

TopCar just released its special interior package exclusive for the Mercedes S600 Guard a couple of months ago. The product certainly boosted the cabin design of the armored luxury car to another level with its high-class leather surfaces and amazing handicraft on the fabric. Recently, the tuner once again introduced a few improvements for the inside of the unit, which boasts more flair and making the car a worthy ride for an ultra-rich oligarch or big boss like Tony Montana.

The usual styling offered by TopCar is considered by many as a bit excessive. However, its work with the Mercedes S-Guard is neither extreme nor cheap this time as it was able to balance everything without ruining the original ambiance provided by the stock interior design of the car.

The special customization of the tuner for the S600 Guard includes Nappa leather emerald green and Alcantara. The tuner also uses Karelian birch decorative panels combined with golden accents on the dashboard and roof. One might notice the Arabian writings on the car’s ceiling, which hints that it might belong to someone from the Middle East.

TopCar Mercedes S600 Guard Interior Photos

Here’s a sneak peek at the interior of the Mercedes S600 Guard, which benefited from the latest tuning package of TopCar:

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About the Mercedes S600 Guard

The Mercedes S600 Guard carries a powerful 6.0-liter V12 engine with a standard output of 523 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. Its armor carries a VR9 level of ballistic protection and ERV 2010 defense against explosives. The ratings mean it can withstand several shots from the M60 machine gun, plus detonations brought about by standard grenades and landmines.

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Video: In-depth Review of the Mercedes-AMG GT http://www.benzinsider.com/2014/12/video-in-depth-review-of-the-mercedes-amg-gt/ http://www.benzinsider.com/2014/12/video-in-depth-review-of-the-mercedes-amg-gt/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 06:14:12 +0000 http://www.benzinsider.com/?p=40281 It seems anyone who has driven the Mercedes-AMG GT has a lot of good things to say about the car. Well, for a sports car hyped as a rival to the Porsche 911 and successor to the Mercedes SLS AMG GT, it better be great right? Although it is hard to beat Chris Harris in his car reviews, particularly that of the Mercedes-AMG GT, we would like to feature another video from a different perspective. The video you are about to see was from the hosts of the German automotive blog Ausfahrt.tv. Although the test drive of the car didn’t involve breathtaking maneuvers in corners or burning AMG tires in Laguna... Continue Reading »

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Mr. Zeeee from a German car portal provides a comprehensive review of the Mercedes-AMG GT.

It seems anyone who has driven the Mercedes-AMG GT has a lot of good things to say about the car. Well, for a sports car hyped as a rival to the Porsche 911 and successor to the Mercedes SLS AMG GT, it better be great right?

Although it is hard to beat Chris Harris in his car reviews, particularly that of the Mercedes-AMG GT, we would like to feature another video from a different perspective. The video you are about to see was from the hosts of the German automotive blog Ausfahrt.tv.

Although the test drive of the car didn’t involve breathtaking maneuvers in corners or burning AMG tires in Laguna Seca, it is still nice to see the car being driven under normal road conditions. That’s because having a Mercedes-AMG GT does not necessarily mean you will be racing other vehicles all the time, does it?

You will likely appreciate the hosts also for providing a very comprehensive review of the Mercedes-AMG GT, despite their admittedly strong German accents. In the 30-minute video, every detail of the car from the engine, styling, trunk, cabin, handling, and other key elements were highlighted, giving the viewer a more personal experience with the auto even he or she hasn’t driven or even got close to it yet.

So, without further ado, here is the said comprehensive review of the Mercedes-AMG GT from the hosts of Ausfahrt.tv:

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Brabus 850 Mercedes S63 AMG Unveiled http://www.benzinsider.com/2014/12/brabus-850-mercedes-s63-amg-unveiled/ http://www.benzinsider.com/2014/12/brabus-850-mercedes-s63-amg-unveiled/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:29:18 +0000 http://www.benzinsider.com/?p=40342 Brabus just unveiled its new tuning package for the Mercedes S63 AMG. The latest product of the popular Mercedes-Benz tuner includes a performance upgrade coupled with some styling tweaks. Outside of the car dubbed as the Brabus 850 Mercedes S63 AMG, the tuner finished its coating with a striking combination of matte/satin shade of gold paint. Then, its front was given a dark-tinted grille and air intakes. Its sides were equipped with new vents, and skirts. Going to the rear, you can find a new boot lid spoiler and diffuser. Everything on the exterior were complimented by a new set of stainless steel alloy monoblock wheels. Inside, the aftermarket tuner adorned the... Continue Reading »

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The Brabus 850 Mercedes s63 AMG comes with a dirty-gold finish plus aerodynamic and performance upgrades.

Brabus just unveiled its new tuning package for the Mercedes S63 AMG. The latest product of the popular Mercedes-Benz tuner includes a performance upgrade coupled with some styling tweaks.

Outside of the car dubbed as the Brabus 850 Mercedes S63 AMG, the tuner finished its coating with a striking combination of matte/satin shade of gold paint. Then, its front was given a dark-tinted grille and air intakes. Its sides were equipped with new vents, and skirts. Going to the rear, you can find a new boot lid spoiler and diffuser. Everything on the exterior were complimented by a new set of stainless steel alloy monoblock wheels.

Inside, the aftermarket tuner adorned the surfaces of the seats with soft white leather with contrasting gold accents and stitches. It was also fitted with an Alcantara headliner plus carbon trim package for the steering wheels, consoles and dashboards.

That’s not all though, because the feature defining the Brabus 850 Mercedes S63 AMG is really found under the hood. The tuner configured the 5.5-liter biturbo V8 engine of the S63 to improve its original output of 585 hp to a massive 850 hp. Its torque climbed up to 1,450 Nm too. All these enable the car to build speed up to 400 km/h. The zero to 100 km/h sprint of the car was estimated to be at 3.5 seconds as well.

Brabus 850 Mercedes S63 AMG Gallery

For a closer look at the Brabus-tuned Mercedes S63 AMG, check out the photos of the car below:

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MEC Design Teases Project Cerberus for Mercedes E-Class Convertible http://www.benzinsider.com/2014/12/mec-design-teases-project-cerberus-for-mercedes-e-class-convertible/ http://www.benzinsider.com/2014/12/mec-design-teases-project-cerberus-for-mercedes-e-class-convertible/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:11:00 +0000 http://www.benzinsider.com/?p=40336 MEC Design, the renowned aftermarket tuner for Mercedes-Benz vehicles, recently released a teaser video for its new wide-body package, which is set to be released on January 12, 2015. The new product of the tuner was revealed in the video as Project Cerberus. Based from the teaser video of the tuner, the car that will benefit from its upcoming package is the Mercedes E-Class convertible. Although the car in the video was a bit blurred, so as not to spoil the fun before the package is unveiled, the lines and the curves of the vehicle were apparently those found in the E-Class. The video clip also gave a clue on... Continue Reading »

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MEC Design teases its new tuning package for the Mercedes E-Class convertible.

MEC Design, the renowned aftermarket tuner for Mercedes-Benz vehicles, recently released a teaser video for its new wide-body package, which is set to be released on January 12, 2015. The new product of the tuner was revealed in the video as Project Cerberus.

Based from the teaser video of the tuner, the car that will benefit from its upcoming package is the Mercedes E-Class convertible. Although the car in the video was a bit blurred, so as not to spoil the fun before the package is unveiled, the lines and the curves of the vehicle were apparently those found in the E-Class.

The video clip also gave a clue on some of the parts that will be enhanced by the tuning package. Among the hinted modified areas were the grille, bonnet, wheels, air extractors and bumper for the front portion. For the rear, the bumper, diffuser, and quad exhaust system appeared newly-configured.

There was no mention whether MEC Design will tweak the engine of the Mercedes E-Class convertible. However, based from the past works of the tuner, the package might only focus on the styling and aerodynamics. So, expect the output of the car’s engine to be intact.

It should be noted that the E400 carries a 3.0-liter biturbo V6 engine with an output of 329 hp. On the other hand, the E550 is equipped with a 4.7-liter twin-turbo V8 engine capable of giving off 402 hp.

We might have missed a few important details from the video, so you might want to check it out as well to see some other hints about what we can expect from MEC Design’s Project Cerberus for the Mercedes E-Class convertible.

Click the video below for the teaser video of the tuner:

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Mansory Gives the Mercedes S-Class a 800 HP Upgrade http://www.benzinsider.com/2014/12/mansory-gives-the-mercedes-s-class-a-800-hp-upgrade/ http://www.benzinsider.com/2014/12/mansory-gives-the-mercedes-s-class-a-800-hp-upgrade/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 04:50:14 +0000 http://www.benzinsider.com/?p=40317 Mansory is definitely not getting much love from automotive sites for its works involving Mercedes units. Quoting Motor Authority’s comment about the tuner, “The styling is typically far too in-your-face in the worst way, turning exotic, luxury, or high-performance machines into rolling bits of poorly planned pop art.” That is a bit harsh, isn’t it? However, as they say, sometimes beauty is skin deep. So, that means, one has to look what’s inside the shell of something to appreciate the real score within. In the case of the new Mansory Mercedes S-Class, the styling—despite the more subtle approach this time—may still not be winning any beauty contests, but looking under the hood will really... Continue Reading »

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Mansory tunes the engine of this Mercedes S-Class to achieve up to 800 hp output.

Mansory is definitely not getting much love from automotive sites for its works involving Mercedes units. Quoting Motor Authority’s comment about the tuner, “The styling is typically far too in-your-face in the worst way, turning exotic, luxury, or high-performance machines into rolling bits of poorly planned pop art.” That is a bit harsh, isn’t it?

However, as they say, sometimes beauty is skin deep. So, that means, one has to look what’s inside the shell of something to appreciate the real score within. In the case of the new Mansory Mercedes S-Class, the styling—despite the more subtle approach this time—may still not be winning any beauty contests, but looking under the hood will really blow your mind.

Recently, Mansory tuned the already impressive 5.5-liter AMG biturbo V8 engine of the Mercedes S63 AMG. From the original 577 hp output of the sports luxury sedan, the tuner added around 223 hp more to arrive at an overall power of 800 hp. The torque of the unit was also driven up to an overall 1200 Nm.

The top speed of the Mansory-configured Mercedes S-Class is electronically-locked at 186 miles per hour. All the upgrades enable it to go from zero to 60 miles per hour for a span of around 3.2 seconds only. That’s way lower than the stock S63 AMG engine’s 3.9-second sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour.

Mansory Mercedes S63 AMG Photos

Below are more photos of the sinister-looking all-black Mercedes S-Class upgraded by Mansory:

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