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Mercedes AMG Petronas Launches 2013 Silver Arrow

Mercedes AMG Petronas Launches 2013 Silver Arrow

The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team unveiled the 2013 Formula One car, the F1 W04, earlier this week at the Jerez Circuit in Southern Spain.

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton arrived at the official photo call at the wheel of two Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Black Series, the fifth Black Series model from Mercedes-AMG.

The new Mercedes F1 W04 has been going through a series of test this week in Jerez, in the hands of Nico and Lewis.

The 2013 Mercedes F1 W04 is an evolution of last year’s car owing to the relatively stable regulations changes from 2012 to 2013.

Led by Engineering Director Aldo Costa, under the coordination of Technical Director Bob Bell, the project commenced with initial aerodynamic testing in early summer 2012.

The aerodynamic design philosophy has been optimised around a new five-element front wing design and a second-generation Coanda exhaust at the rear. The car retains pushrod front suspension and a pullrod rear suspension, aimed at optimising tyre life and performance, while the rear end has been aggressively packaged to optimise aerodynamic development potential. The Mercedes F1 W04 also does away with the stepped nose design of its predecessor thanks to a small ‘vanity panel’, which was found to offer a small gain during aerodynamic testing. The car completed its final mandatory FIA crash test on 15 January.

Nico Rosberg is stated as having spent a significant amount of time over winter physically preparing for the season, running, climbing, biking and swimming. During this time he has also visited the team at the factory and spent some time on the simulator.

According to Nico Rosberg,“The car seems to be performing well in the virtual world but we have a very busy and intense programme ahead of us during testing to make sure we can deliver that performance on track. The atmosphere in the team is very positive and the people are highly motivated to succeed.”

Lewis Hamilton having recently joined the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team is already excited abouit driving for the team. ” I’ve been at the factory for a few days now, getting to know the guys, meeting my mechanics and engineers, learning myself into the team and I have never seen a group of people that is hungrier for success than this one. They have been flat out this winter trying to pack more performance into the new car and I can’t wait to drive it and see where I can make a difference to help push the team forward with Nico.”

Well with only a few weeks left before the start of the season, we are already anticipating a very interesting season ahead.

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Merry Christmas from the Mercedes-AMG Family [Video]

Merry Christmas from the Mercedes-AMG Family [Video]

Even the guys at AMG appreciate the fact that the festive season is upon us. The last thing we imagined was that the guys at AMG would release a Christmas video, but we are not complaining.

Enjoy the video.

 

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Building an AMG Engine! [Motor Trend Video]

Building an AMG Engine! [Motor Trend Video]

Motor Trend’s Senior Features Editor Jonny Lieberman had the opportunity to go to Affalterbach, the home of AMG, to build his own twin-turbo V8 by hand. An experience I think a number of people out there wouldn’t mind doing.

Enjoy the video!

Source: Motor Trend

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Anyone Notice the Difference in The Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe TV Commercials?

Anyone Notice the Difference in The Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe TV Commercials?

As we browsed through the Mercedes AMG YouTube channel we saw that they had uploaded a new video of the SLS AMG TV commercial. Being amused we clicked away and were greeted with a very familiar TV commercial, but at the same time something seemed a bit different. We spent a couple of minutes crawling through the different SLS AMG  TV commercial and finally spotted the difference/s.

Watch the different SLS AMG TV commercials below and let us know what you think the differences are.

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Watch The SLS AMG Coupe Black Series Clay Model Come To Life [Video]

Watch The SLS AMG Coupe Black Series Clay Model Come To Life [Video]

This time lapse video of the Mercedes  SLS AMG Coupe Black Series shows the third design phase in which the SLS AMG Coupe Black Series clay model is crafted into it’s final shape and wrapped in foil.

For more information on the SLS AMG Coupe Black Series, read our previous article.

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The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Black Series [With Video]

The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Black Series [With Video]

Mercedes-AMG last week Friday released information on the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Black Series, inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 racing version.

“The new SLS AMG Coupé Black Series is a perfect study in the one hundred percent transfer of technology and engineering from motorsport to the road. We have drawn inspiration from the worldwide success of the SLS AMG GT3 customer sport racing car on both a conceptual and a technological level. Boasting numerous lightweight components and fascinating driving dynamics, our fifth Black Series model guarantees pure, unadulterated ‘Driving Performance’. The SLS AMG Coupé Black Series is the ultimate choice for fast laps and highly emotional driving experiences”, says Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

With a DIN kerb weight of 1550 kilograms (70kgs lighter than the SLS AMG), the SLS AMG Black Series achieves a power/weight ratio of 2.45 kg/hp. The uprated AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine generates a power output of 464 kW at 7400 rpm (additional 44 kW of power in comparison to the 420 kW offered by the SLS AMG) and accelerates the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds.

The sound of the V8 engine is bolstered by a newly designed AMG sports exhaust system, made from titanium, features a distinctive centre and rear mufflers which provide for a more powerful and even more striking engine sound.

The power to weight ratio of 2.45kg/hp is the highest power to weight ratio of all AMG Black Series vehicles, and this is achieved by the systematic application of the “AMG Lightweight Performance” strategy. This sees the use of numerous weight saving elements such as the; bonnet, rear panel behind the AMG sports bucket seats, the diagonal braces on the underbody and the torque tube between engine and transmission consist entirely of the motorsport material carbon fibre.

Other noteworthy features include the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission installed ten millimetres lower in order to achieve a lower centre of gravity, the newly developed, electronically controlled AMG rear-axle differential lock, updates to the AMG RIDE CONTROL performance suspension and sports tyres, and AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system

The exterior look of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series is unmistakenly all business, sporting a rather muscular and menacing look that would get one to quickly get out-of-the-way on the freeway.

The SLS AMG Coupé Black Series sports wide flared wings at the front and the back, darkened headlamps and black surrounds for the rear lights, front and rear apron with diffuser with diffusor along with side sill panels in Black Series-specific design featuring carbon fibre-reinforced plastic front splitter, carbon inserts in the side sills and the rear apron made of carbon fibre.

The enlarged air intakes with carbon-fibre flics additionally ensure an optimum air inflow into the cooling modules at the front.

As on the SLS AMG GT3, the carbon-fibre bonnet features a central air outlet. Apart from effectively discharging the engine heat, this outlet also increases downforce at the front axle and improves the Cd value.

The rear of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series presents a brawny appearance on a par with that of the front end. The wide wings, the striking rear diffuser, and the two sets of twin chrome tailpipes with a square cross-section provide are the predominant features.

An optional AMG Aerodynamics package will also be available to customers willing to fork out a bit more cash.

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The Limited Edition SLS AMG GT3 "45th ANNIVERSARY"

The Limited Edition SLS AMG GT3 “45th ANNIVERSARY”

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The Electrifying Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric drive

The Electrifying Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric drive

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Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake

Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake

Mercedes released information on its new CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake a few days ago and we have to admit that we like it a lot. But then again we need to point out that we’ve been fans of the CLS since it was first launched globally in 2004 so we could be biased, well that and the fact that we generally love the sonorous sound of the 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine.

Just like the Mercedes CLS did in 2004, the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake is also seen as a first in terms of “establishing a completely new, small and select niche sector,” according to Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake fills the gap for individuals wanting an executive size sports coupe with an added level of practicality. This is revealed by the generous interior and luggage compartment size with a volume of up to 1550 litres.

The AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine mated to the the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission serves out power output and torque levels of 386 kW and 700 Nm respectively, with the Edition 1 package offering up power output and torque levels of 410 kW and 800 Nm respectively. Both variants offer driving performance of the highest calibre: accelerating from zero to 100 kph takes 4.4 and 4.3 seconds respectively, and the top speed is electronically limited to 250 kph.

Despite the superb power offered by the engine the fuel consumption figures are claimed to be 10.1 litres per 100 kilometres according to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). These relatively low fuel consumption figures are partly possible due to the use of an electromechanical AMG sports parameter steering which only draws power when the vehicle is actually being steered.

The ride and handling of the car has not been ignored either and the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake comes fitted with the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension, which allows the driver to choose between 3 suspension modes of “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport plus” at the press of a button. The 3-stage -ESP® with SPORT Handling mode also enables three individual control strategies to be selected at the press of a button.

Some of the notable elements on the exterior styling of the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake include the AMG front apron with cross strut finished in high-gloss black, the AMG radiator grille with single slat and the AMG-specific design of the bonnet. Whilst at the AMG-specific rear apron with diffuser look and the AMG sports exhaust system with two chrome twin tailpipes add some level of dynamism to the rear of the car.

Okay so it has all the AMG trademark exterior and interior features. So what really stands out for us out of all the extensive range of optional extras? It’s the designo wooden luggage compartment floor. This luggage compartment floor is made of open-pore American cherry wood, a decorative fine wood traditionally used in superior interior design work, high-quality furniture and exclusive ship outfitting applications. The rubber inserts incorporated in the floor, not only help to protect the wooden floor but also feature anti-slip properties which help make the luggage space more usable. The floors look lovely but were not sure as yet what that will set you back, but then again to be considering the purchase of such a car money can’t be such a big issue right?

Have a look at the videos below for a bit more info on the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake.

 

 

 

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2012 Mercedes Benz SL 63 AMG

2012 Mercedes Benz SL 63 AMG

The All new SL 63 AMG was revealed two weeks ago at the Geneva Motor Show, the SL 63 AMG has an all aluminium bodyshell which leads to a 125 kilogram weight saving compared to its predecessor.

The AMG 5.5litre V8 twin-turbocharged engine delivers 395 kW and 800 Nm of torque or 415 kW and 900 Nm If the AMG Performance package is specified. The claimed acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is 4.3 or 4.2 seconds with the Performance package added.

The SL 63 AMG comes equipped with the AMG sports suspension based on Active Body Control (ABC), new AMG speed-sensitive sports steering, the AMG high-performance compound brake system and the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission.

From an exterior styling perspective the SL 63 AMG is differentiated from the standard SL by an extensive AMG body kit which gives it a more aggressive purposeful look. Some of the styling details include the larger front apron with larger air dams, AMG specific LED daytime running lights, the AMG radiator grille with double louvres in silver chrome, AMG spoiler lip, and the diffuser-style rear apron.

The interior styling options are equally as appealing with AMG sports seats, AMG carbon fibre trim, AMG illuminated door sill panels, with one of the stand out details being the AMG Logo in the lower metal insert of the AMG performance steering wheel.

A plethora of options for the SL 63 AMG are available such as weight-optimised AMG ceramic high-performance compound brake system, AMG forged light-alloy wheels and AMG Performance Media with telemetry function.

To top it all off the retractable roof which easily converts the SL 63 AMG into a roadster in under 20 seconds. The retractable roof is available in 3 versions in the form of; a painted roof, glass roof, or the unique panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL whose transparency can be switched to light or dark at the push of a button.

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