Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition

The name of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition reveals its soul – SLR stands for “Sport, Leicht, Rennsport”or“Sport, Light, Racing”.  Apart from the amazing performance figures of this exclusive sports car, “722” reminds of a start time of 07:22 when the of a glorious Mercedes-Benz 300 won the 1955 Mille Miglia race.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren special edition

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition Performance

The McLaren 722 Edition pumps out 650 hp and 605lb ft of torque coming from a supercharged 5.5-litre AMG V8 engine. In comparison with the standard Mercedes-Benz SLR it gets an 33 hp extra power. The sports car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. The top speed of the 722 Edition is 209 mph.

The better performance has been achieved by using a new front spoiler and rear diffuser. Another improvement that differs the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition from a production SLR model is the lowered suspension, new 19-inch alloy wheels, dampers with aluminium casings, and bigger carbon-ceramic brake discs.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition Design

The interior of the Mercedes SLR McLaren 722 Edition combines carbon trim and leather-and-Alcantara upholstery.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition price and numbers

The German car maker produced 150 722 units of this exclusive sports car. The base price of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition is 529 000 U.S. dollars (£350,000).

Image credit: Georg Schwalbach (GS1311)

Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gull-Winged Bird of Prey Concept

The Mercedes flagship 300SL is very popular in the aftermarket industry. One of the most striking and dramatic conversions has been created by a designer and car enthusiast who named his project Bird of Prey Concept. The futuristic Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gull-Winged Bird of Prey Concept features gull-wing doors, elongated nose, low roof, and wide stance.

Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gull-Winged Bird Prey Concept

The main hallmark of the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gull-Winged Bird of Prey Concept is its door opening mechanism. The technology benefits the performance and the styling of the car. The The 300 SL is one of the most successful Mercedes-Benz models. The car had been produced in 50`s and during this period the German brand was targeting mainly the US sports cars market.

Gull-winged Bird of Prey Mercedes-Benz 300SL

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was the fastest production car of its time.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Technical specifications

Engine&Performance

Cylinders L6
Displacement2996 cm3
Power158 KW @ 5800 RPM
215 HP @ 5800 RPM
212 BHP @ 5800 RPMTorque203 lb-ft @ 4600 RPM
275 Nm @ 4600 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Top Speed162 mph(261 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)

Tires

Size 6.50-15

Dimensions

Length178 in(4521 mm)
Width70.5 in(1791 mm)
Height 51.2 in (1300 mm)
Wheelbase 94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance5 in (127 mm)

Gull-winged Bird of Prey Mercedes-Benz 300SL

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG by tuner Mode Carbon

Owners of Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG tuned by Mode Carbon met together in Montauk Point State Park in New York. Here are some amazing pictures of C63 AMG which is emphasize Magno Night Black and Matte White finish. New York-based tuner added carbon fibre elements to the regular C63 AMG such as front spoiler, rear diffuser, and spoiler on the trunk.

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG  by tuner Mode Carbon

More than 500 owners are members of the AMG club in New York.

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG  by tuner Mode Carbon

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG  by tuner Mode Carbon

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG  by tuner Mode Carbon

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG  by tuner Mode Carbon

Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force concept

The athletic Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force concept is a civilian interpretation of a military vehicle. The futuristic concept Ener-G-Force mixes many elements seen on the G-Class such as sunk-in headlights, long, flat roof-line and the low, rectangular taillights.

Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept Vehicle
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One of the highlights of the concept is the unique roof rack. It is designed to collect water and transfer it to a converter that creates hydrogen to power the fuel cells. The environmentally friendly SUV is fitted with batteries placed into the rocker panels.

Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force concept

For off-road mode, the drive system uses four independent motors at each wheel and a roof-mounted scanner that adjusts the suspension.

Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force concept

Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force concept

Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Official information

MONTVALE, NJ – Is it possible that the Mercedes-Benz G-Class will still be around in 2025? A cool design study from Mercedes-Benz demonstrates how the genes of the classic off-roader from 1979 may still assert themselves far into the future. It is based on the concept of a future police car developed for the Los Angeles Design Challenge.

The Los Angeles Design Challenge 2012 looks far ahead with a quest for the “Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025”. Law enforcement will have to prepare for even more crowded roads with electronically monitored and guided traffic, a much larger population and changes in human behavior. People will still feel young and active even later in life. Outdoor activities will dominate leisure, as will the desire for freedom and adventure. The new times will also call for new police vehicles. They must be able to reach any place conceivable quickly and reliably – even far away from any pavement. And they must do so in an exceptionally environmentally friendly way using alternative energy sources. Enhanced green-car characteristics and off-road capabilities will be among the fundamental virtues of a police car in 2025.

As an environmentally friendly SUV, the Ener-G-Force, which Mercedes-Benz is presenting in Los Angeles as a design study, meets these requirements and would be fully capable of supporting police and emergency services in every corner of the world. Gorden Wagener, Director of Design at Mercedes-Benz Cars: “The Ener-G-Force is the vision of an off-roader that, while reflecting tomorrow’s adventures, also invokes the genes of the Mercedes-Benz off-road icon, the G-Class. Modern and cool, it could also be a clue about a new beginning for the off-road design idiom of Mercedes-Benz”.

The small glass areas make the police vehicle a safe cocoon for law enforcement officers who are faced with many dangers. Emergency lights integrated into the roof are impossible to ignore; the striking front leaves no doubt as to the commanding presence of the police, and the gigantic wheels guarantee the right-of-way even where no way exists.

Back from the future – clean concept for beyond tomorrow
Of course the concept of the Ener-G-Force for the Los Angeles Design Challenge is pure, rendered science fiction. However, the notion of designing tomorrow’s off-roader intrigued the designers at the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Carlsbad, California to such an extent that they evolved the vision of a police version into a civilian version and even built a 1:1-scale model. Like the “Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025”, the shape of the civilian Ener-G-Force is modeled after the G-Class, the off-road icon whose continuous history goes all the way back to the 1970s and that to this very day still tackles the future as a stylistically and technologically advanced SUV.

Like the police version, the model of the civilian Ener-G-Force is unmistakably inspired by the G-Class, which has long been considered an automotive icon.However, it presents a radical reinterpretation of this classic that looks far into the future. Important genes such as proportions and design elements were completely redesigned and updated in a clean concept for beyond tomorrow.Ener-G-Force Designer Hubert Lee: “Of course we wanted to take a clear step forward, but we also wanted the G’s characteristic features”. The Ener-G-Forcehas a similar profile, however with a high shoulder line and scaled-down glass areas.

While the clear design idiom of the G-Class has remained, all surfaces are designed to express intensity and tension. The meticulously executed details are also a clear indication that the Ener-G-Force is the product of modern times. Like the G-Class, the Ener-G-Force sports a front with an expressive radiator grille that incorporates the headlamps. The LEDs in the headlamps form the shape of the letter ‘G’, which gives the Ener-G-Force a bold, dominating appearance. The front turn signals and running lights are mounted on top of the fenders, a trademark G-Class element.

The distinctive roof and the 3-panel greenhouse also echo fundamental genes of the classic G-Class from Mercedes-Benz, but represent a clear step forward.This is also evident in the large wheels, whose 20-inch rims give the Ener-G-Force a powerful, towering stance. The Ener-G-Force also plays on the utility factor in an entirely new way. For instance, the distinctive feature in the rear is a slightly off-center pull-out compartment whose cover occupies the traditional location of the spare wheel cover of the classic G-Class. This pull-out tool box can hold a wide variety of equipment that are quickly within reach without having to open the entire tailgate.

Bursting with energy
The Ener-G-Force stores recycled water in tanks on the roof, and transfers it to the “hydro-tech converter,” where natural and renewable resources are converted into hydrogen for operating the fuel cells. The storage units for the electricity generated in this process are housed easily accessible in the striking side skirts. The Ener-G-Force emits nothing but water, has an operating range of about 500 miles and as a result truly is a green car. Four wheel-hub motors, whose output for each individual wheel is adapted precisely to the respective terrain by high-performance electronics, provide the pulling power. A “Terra-Scan” 360-degree topography scanner on the roof permanently scans the surroundings and uses the results to adjust the spring and damping rates as well as other suspension parameters for maximum traction on the respective surface, regardless of whether it is on- or off-road.

The strikingly styled side skirts house either the energy storage units or hot-swappable battery packs. Changes in the color of the illumination of the side skirts indicate the operating and charge status of the energy packs. A roof rack and additional lamps are integrated into the roof. The entire design appears to have been carved from a single piece. The overall presentation of the Ener-G-Force is clean – stylistically and functionally.

Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force concept

2012 Los Angeles Auto Show car models

Many new editions of popular models were on display at 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. A large number of auto manufacturers revealed new technologies and styling. The expo presented next year debutantes in North America.

Convertibles and sports cars shown during the event were amongst the most anticipated new models in the US.

Bentley revealed its GT3 race car at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Bentley revealed its GT3 race car at Los Angeles Auto Show

Chevrolet presented an electric variation of the Spark minicar.

The production version of the Acura RLX was introduced.

Acura RLX at Los Angeles Auto Show

The German giant Audi promoted a diesel engines in the A6, A7, A8 and Q5.

BMW revealed a sporty, coupe-like modification of the four-door i3 electric vehicle.

The powerful Jaguar XFR-S was the star of the LA show.

Jaguar XFR-S at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Another German automaker – Mercedes-Benz presented a revolutionary model in the G-Class called the Ener-G-Force.

Last, but not least, Porsche introduced a hardtop version of the Boxster roadster.

Porsche sports car at  2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance 2012

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McLaren-Pebble-beach

The prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance on the Monterey Peninsula of California this year meets the proud owners of the most desirable supercars and collectibles in the world. The event brings together the legendary 1953 Glasspar G2 and contemporary brands like Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Collectors from all over the globe come to compete in or simply enjoy the event.
Thousands of enthusiasts celebrate these exclusive vehicles and enjoy the company of others who share their passion.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is organized every year in August. About 200 of the most popular collector cars and motorcycles are shown in the automotive event.

The Concours is a contest of excellence. Cars are judged for their technical characteristics and their style.

The racing sports car Glasspar G2 was built in 1951. This project was developed by designer Bill Tritt, the owner of the company Glasspar, that produced vehicle’s fiberglass body. Actually, the car was crafted to promote the company. It was fitted with a flathead V-8 engine boasting an impressive 230 horsepower, and a rigid steel frame.

Another sensational models are Six Mercedes-Benz variations from the 1950′s. The retro collection includes three 1952 W194 vehicles, and vintage SL Roadsters. The mixture of vintage and new Mercedes vehicles is completed by 2013 SL63 AMG. In addition, new and vintage SL Roadsters will lead the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance on August 16.

Examples from the Mercedes-Benz Museum collection in Stuttgart share the field on the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 18th Fairway – a restored 1930 Mercedes-Benz 27/140/200 Type SS which was originally commissioned by a Maharaja and an 1885 Daimler Reitwagen.

2012 Hamann Hawk Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Press Release

HAMANN HAWK Roadster – Attractive deluxe convertible with 636 hp

A powerful engine packed into an exclusive body design with matte-red lacquer from HAMANN Motorsport. After the Gran-Turismo-Coupé, HAMANN is now also customising the Roadster version of this top-class sports car. The result is a genuine treat for both the eyes and the ears: Upthrust-reducing aerodynamic components, powerful performance enhancements, stainless-steel exhaust systems with a sporty sound, striking 21-inch light-metal rims and deluxe interior modifications bring an individual character to this series vehicle.

Already in its basis version, the SLS provides a significant engine output. But the HAMANN engine department puts some additional power reserves into the V8 engine. Part of the power enhancement is the high-performance exhaust system made out of stainless steel. In combination with a sports air filter, this system also renders the earthy and powerful sound of the 6.2 litre aggregate. The components are precisely adjusted with the help of a new engine characteristic map for motor electronics. With a top performance of 636 hp / 468 kW and a maximum torque of 680 Nm at 4,850 r.p.m, the HAMANN engine exactly meets the wishes of its sports ambitious clientele. The performance enhanced wing door automobile provides first class measures. In race start mode, the two-seater accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.6 seconds and with a top speed of 320 km/h, the HAMANN HAWK Roadster also surpasses the basis model.

The superior driving performance is matched with a striking appearance and aerodynamics tested in the wind tunnel. The HAMANN HAWK Roadster front apron replaces the serial bumper and due to its shape it reduces the uplifting forces at the front axle. Larger air inlets in connection with a new LED lights unit give the two-seater an even more dynamic look. In addition, the enlarged air inlets provide better access for the engine’s increased need for fresh air. Subsequently, the air is drawn out of new bonnet made of checkered flag carbon. Striking wing, 60mm on each front side and 70mm on each rear side, already render an impressive appearance even while the car has not started moving yet. Side skirts make the Convertible look additionally lower and more stretched and underline the rims. The new rear apron with the diffuser enhances the air flow under the bottom of the car and provides room for four enormous end pipes each measuring 90 mm in diameter.

In order to perfectly combine comfort and control, HAMANN uses the single-part, especially light forged wheels “Unique Forged Anodized” in 21 inches. These are fitted in 9Jx21 with tyres measuring 245/30 ZR 21 at the front and 12.5Jx21 with tyres measuring 345/25 ZR 21 at the rear axle.

The coilover kit has been especially refined for the HAMANN HAWK Roadster. Equipped with four height-adjustable dampers and four progressively wound springs, the centre of gravity can be lowered by up to 30 millimetres.

HAMANN entirely redesigns the interior of the SLS and turns it into a VIP lounge with motorsports characteristics. Most delicate leather and ultra-suede, applications and embroideries replace the serial interior. HAMANN additionally adorns the air inlets, door sill protectors and centre console with red coloured carbon. Black anodized aluminium pedals render a comfortable grip. The technical highlight of the new interior is the new steering wheel which has been ergonomically redesigned.

For more information about the extensive HAMANN tuning programme, please visit the web site HAMANN-MOTORSPORT.com.

Photos: © 2012 Drew Phillips | AOL.

Mercedes-Benz ML 250 CDI displayed at the 33rd Bangkok International Motorshow

Mercedes-Benz ML 250 CDI Photo

Mercedes-Benz ML 250 CDI Photo

The Mercedes-Benz ML 250 CDI is powered by 2.1-litre engine with a 201bhp power output and 500Nm of torque. The ML 250 CDI features a fuel economy of 48mpg and CO2 emissions of 158g/km. The ML 250 CDI accelerates from 0-62mph in 9.0 seconds.

The newcomer has impressive off-road ability. It is equipped with a hill descent system, lockable differentials and several traction settings as part of an option pack.

 Inside, there are leather-covered dash and unvarnished wood.

 

Mercedes CL Grand Edition 2012

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Mercedes CL “Grand Edition”: The epitome of the luxury coupé

Mercedes-Benz is marking the anniversary of “60 years of the S-Class Coupé” with a new “Grand Edition” model. The features of the CL‑Class “Grand Edition” include exclusive designo paintwork, high-quality designo leather appointments and sportily elegant 20-inch wheels. AMG bodystyling elements add a distinctive touch of sportiness, while a special badge indicates the exclusive nature of this anniversary edition of the luxury coupé.

The launch of the sensational 300 S in 1952 established the lineage of today’s CL-Class. The large S-Class Coupés from Stuttgart have been considered the epitome of automotive refinement ever since. These two-door luxury-class coupés combine the comfort of a prestige luxury saloon with the dynamics of a sports car in the form of an exceptionally elegant tourer. They offer stunning design, exclusive appointments and top-flight technology. For its new “Grand Edition” special edition model, Mercedes-Benz has further honed the sophisticated and unmistakable style of this design icon, adding further to its cachet and maintaining the brand’s leadership status in the luxury car segment.

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In order to emphasise further the exclusive, hand-finished character of the CL‑Class, Mercedes-Benz has furnished the “Grand Edition” with some of the finest ingredients from the exquisite designo range. Customers can choose between the three designo paint finishes of platinum black metallic, mocha black metallic and the currently very voguish matt finish of magno cashmere white. A sporty note is added to the car’s look by the AMG Sports package, with powerful front and rear aprons and distinctive side sill panels. Also included here are 20-inch light-alloy wheels in a choice of five-spoke or filigree 10-spoke designs. A “Grand Edition” badge provides a discreet indication of the CL Coupé’s exclusive-edition status.

In the interior, exquisitely handcrafted, high-quality aniline leather serves to underline the luxurious nature of the “Grand Edition”. Three stunning and tasteful leather colours are available to choose from for the interior appointments: designo aniline leather armagnac, designo aniline leather deep black and the lighter designo aniline leather porcelain. The full range of CL trim finishes is available, including black ash and high-gloss burr walnut.

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As with all CL models, the CL “Grand Edition” is also exceptional in technical terms. The active suspension system Active Body Control (ABC) with crosswind stabilisation, for example, sets the benchmark for driving dynamics and comfort on all rear-wheel drive CL models. Safety systems such as the drowsiness detection system ATTENTION ASSIST, PRE-SAFE® automatic emergency braking and the optional Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Adaptive Highbeam Assist systems, ensure that the CL takes pole position in the luxury coupé segment.

And the same is true of the engine range: the current V8 biturbo with a displacement of 4.6 litres and sophisticated spray-guided direct petrol injection system in the CL 500 BlueEFFICIENCY delivers 320 kW (435 hp), provides torque of 700 newton metres and opens up a whole new dimension of efficiency in the luxury coupé segment (9.5 l/100 km combined; 224 g/km CO2). The same engine is also used in the CL 500 BlueEFFICIENCY with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The pinnacle of the engine range is provided by the CL 600 with its 380 kW (517 hp) 12-cylinder biturbo (displacement: 5.5 litres).

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Irrespective of which base model is chosen, the CL “Grand Edition” is available for a package price of 4850 euros (excl. VAT). This represents a benefit to the customer of up to 38 percent. The complex designo magno paintwork is priced at an additional 1500 euros.