Here’s a cool dream gig—driving the official Mercedes-AMG GT R FIA Safety Car for the current 2018 Formula 1 season.The sporty silver and black coupe will make its debut at the World Championship at the Grand Prix in Melbourne, Australia this week.If you like what you see—it’ll be seen in all 20-race weekends says AMG. The monstrous GT R packs a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that produces 585 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.The GT R can sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and has a top speed around 198 mph—so it ought to be able to hold its own while it is out on track duty.Mercedes claims it’s “the most powerful and fastest Official FIA F1 Safety Car of all time” and who’s to say it’s not.“I am very much looking forward to my new company car. It is an absolute highlight in terms of driving dynamics and is one level higher up still than the AMG GT S of recent years,” said driver Bernd Mayländer, in a … [Read more...] about Mercedes-AMG Official FIA F1 Safety Car Revealed
Mercedes-Benz never has quite given up on its quest to become the purveyor of relatively affordable, commodity cars. It soon will expand its lineup of entry-luxury models that start at a middle-class point. If you can find a 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 with absolutely no options, not even an extra-cost paint color, it will set you back $33,695 retail, about the average price of a new vehicle in the U.S. today. That’s a notch above Mercedes’ past commodity efforts, which include the Smart brand it initially shared with the Swatch watch company, and its nine-year ownership of Chrysler. Now, the A-Class lineup is expanding according to Ola Källenius, Mercedes-Benz’s vehicle research & development chief. The lineup consists of the CLA-Class and the GLA-Class crossover/utility in North America, as well as the new A-Class hatchback recently launched in Europe. We scooped the Mercedes A-Class sedan for the U.S. in our August 2016 Future Cars print issue. It’s an … [Read more...] about Mercedes Plans a Family of FWD-Based Compacts for the U.S.
The all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been teased in a new official image ahead of its unveiling early next month. The car will be shown in public for the first time at the Geneva motor show in March before a scheduled start to UK sales by mid-2018.The latest image, shown on the Mercedes-Benz Twitter account, shows an uncamoflagued, darkly-lit A-Class, revealing new headlights, which echo those on the recently launched CLS. Autocar has lightened the photo, giving the clearest indication yet of the revamped front end, which has been designed to give the car a bold, aggressive look. Mercedes has already shown the interior of the car, and at the CES show recently outlined the revamped Mercedes-Benz User Experience infotainment system that will feature in the car. Autocar's prototype ride in new 'driver-focused' new A-Class The spearhead of an expanded eight-model-strong compact car line-up set to be revealed over the next three years, the new … [Read more...] about New Mercedes A-Class teased ahead of February reveal
► Baby Mercedes GLB scooped► Spy photos from winter test► Due in 2019, chunkier GLA sibling Talk about convenient timing: no sooner has Mercedes shown the new G-class, than we've scooped its little brother. Codenamed X247, the new Mercedes GLB is due to enter production in September 2019 and is in essence a compact GLA dressed up like a baby G-Wagen. Yes, they're preparing a baby G-wagen to bring the chunky SUV look to the masses. The GLB badge is the likely name earmarked for this junior 4x4, which is openly referred to in the corridors of power in Stuttgart as a smaller G-wagen. Our new spy photos confirm the brick-like silhouette we predicted back in 2014 when we first scooped the car - necessary to squeeze in three rows of seats.It's a tougher, rougher SUV compared with the GLA’s smooth, school-run focus. Just compare it with the regular G-wagen and the Ener-G Force concept car (below) - the latter was an outlandish … [Read more...] about New 2019 Mercedes GLB scooped: a baby G-wagen is coming!
Mercedes-Benz will display an original Geländewagen encased in 44.4 tons of synthetic resin at the Detroit auto show. The stunt coincides with the reveal of the all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-class.The amber block measures approximately 18 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 10 feet tall and took 90 days to create. Holed up within the resin is a first-year Geländewagen, a 1979 280GE. The four-door SUV earned its 280 badge courtesy of its 2.8-liter inline-six. With approximately 150 horsepower and just under 170 lb-ft of torque, the four-wheel-drive Benz wasn’t particularly quick, but it was mighty capable.Extra, Extra! The Inside Scoop on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-class!We Retrace Cold War Spy Routes in a Mercedes G-wagen and an SRT Jeep2019 Mercedes-Benz G-class: We Barrel Down a Mountain in Benz’s All-New GeländewagenWhile we don’t yet know much about the new G-class, a recent ride in a prototype showed that the next-generation Mercedes-Benz flagship SUV is … [Read more...] about A Stunt that Resin-ates: Mercedes-Benz Encases an Original G-class in Synthetic Resin