Mercedes-Benz overall has posted superb annual figures, but its performance arm is also doing great. Mercedes-AMG has just posted the best ever year in its history thanks to a whopping 32,200 units sold in 2013, bolstered by new additions like the A 45 AMG, the CLA 45 AMG, and the GLA 45 AMG to cover more vehicle segments. The results over the past calendar year have exceeded the expectations of company execs, as said by Mercedes-AMG chairman Tobias Moers. He referred to the “AMG Performance 50″ growth strategy, which played a key role in helping the company reach those sales figures. The growth strategy involved introducing new products such as… Continue Reading »
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In line with the announcement from Mercedes-Benz about the 2014 E63 AMG, Mercedes also announced that it is carrying over the same powertrain improvements to its svelte four-door coupe, the CLS63 AMG. The most significant of these changes is the appearance of the 4Matic all-wheel drive system coupled to AMG’s 7-speed Speedshift transmission. And while 557 horsepower is nothing to scoff at, Mercedes’ introduction of the S-Model variants means that even more factory power is available from the twin turbo 5.5-liter V8. As with the E-Class S-trim models, ordering an S-Model CLS63 AMG with give you a car with power boosted to 585 horsepower. With the accompanying all-wheel drive (standard… Continue Reading »
Dear BenzInsider readers, we are proud to present to you the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matics. This mean looking machine hasn’t just changed visually, as we will discover soon. It’s powered by a twin turbocharged 5.5 liter V8 boasting 550 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque as well as an all-new AMG-engineered all-wheel drive system. If that’s somehow not good enough, the S-Model rockets from zero to 60 in a scant 3.5 seconds on a wave of 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Oh, and it comes in a wagon, too. Overview of models for the German market: E 63 AMG Saloon E 63 AMG 4MATIC Saloon/Estate E… Continue Reading »
Thanks to the unending parade of spyshots, Mercedes enthusiasts know that the current E-Class is getting a facelift. And as facelifts go, not much is expected by way of drivetrain improvements. Usually, one sees a modest bump in output, or some extra fuel efficiency in terms of mileage. But a German car forum is reporting that one possible variant of the facelifted E-Class would be an E63 AMG equipped with Mercedes’ dual-clutch transmission. And all-wheel drive via the company’s 4Matic technology. This new rumor is in addition to the ones that circulated last year that AMG would be adopting 4Matic to its vehicles. And according to our rumormonger, this development… Continue Reading »
Mercedes-Benz is slated to debut the all-new 2012 S350 BlueTec 4MATIC at the upcoming 2011 Detroit Auto Show, giving joy to American diesel fans for the new year. The vehicle, touted as an entry-level model for Merc’s S-Class, sports the BlueTec V6 turbo power plant coupled with 4MATIC all-wheel drive functionality. The BlueTec can not only satiate power requirements by fans, but also offers a greener alternative compared to most diesels. The S350 BlueTec 4MATIC is slotted under both the S550 V8 variant and the S400 Hybrid, but with decent figures like 210 horsepower along with 400 lb-ft of torque, it’s not a bad deal at all. Expect more details… Continue Reading »
The first time a Mercedes-Benz Viano was entered in a rally competition, the MPV took first place in the SUV category. Seated at the wheel of the vehicle (for the most part a production model) in this 19th Rally des Gazelles were Irishwoman Jeanette James and FrenchÂwoman Anne-Marie Ortola. The two also won the special prize for first-time competitors in their class. The world’s only women’s rally went through the Moroccan desert, as in previous years. The only difference between the desert Viano and its series counterpart was a roll-over cage, racing-style bucket seats and the six-point seat belts.
Soon it will be time to head for the ski slopes again, and drivers of Mercedes models with the permanent all-wheel-drive system 4MATIC can rest assured as they set off en route to their chosen winter paradise. Mercedes-Benz is demonstrating the high traction reserves coupled with directional stability and safety in the new GLK at its 4MATIC workshop. In extreme winter conditions at a height of 2500 metres on the Austrian Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road this compact SUV is demonstrating that its driving dynamics really are in a class of their own. – 4MATIC control strategies for wintry road conditions – Technology in detail: The permanent all-wheel-drive system 4MATIC -… Continue Reading »