Come Spring 2015, Mercedes will be unleashing a stylish new sports car from their high-performance arm AMG – and it seems to take dead aim at the Porsche 911 (does that rear-end look a little familiar?). Packing a new hand-built AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine and 7-speed dual clutch transmission, the AMG GT S has an estimated 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds and top speed of 193 mph. The GT S engine produces 505 hp but there will also be a GT version with 456 hp (and estimated 0-60 times for the GT are 3.9 seconds). Either way, you’re getting a very powerful and FAST car with all the styling and amenities expected from a Mercedes. While it has the gullwing shape of the SLS AMG, standard doors are used on the AMG GT – perhaps to keep the price more inline with it’s Porsche rival. Speaking of, pricing has not been announced but if we had to guess it would be around $125k.
If the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG isn’t an extreme enough vehicle for you, they’ve added an extra axle to a limited edition version. The G63 AMG 6×6 features six wheels and a pickup bed to cover the additional length. It’s going to be powered by a twin-turbo V8 with an intimidating 536 hp and 561 lb-ft torque. Mercedes-Benz only expects to produce 20-30 of these beastly trucks a year and it’s going to be their second most expensive production car – so expect to pay several hundred thousand for one.
If you were wondering what happens when a C-class Benz takes steroids, take a look at the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series. The fourth Mercedes to tout the “Black Series” label since 2006, this 6.3 liter 517 hp V8 C63 Coupe has noticeably taken some injections that the standard C63 has not. Wider front and rear axles are shrouded by aerodynamic splitters and diffusers, giving this Benz an intimidating grin – and many of it’s high-end components are borrowed from the gull-winged SLS AMG. So what does all that add up to? A C-class coupe that does 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds and costs 115k Euros (approx $165k) – which we should mention is about $130k more than the starting price for a C-class.
Mercedes recently touted their upcoming 2012 line a Super Bowl commercial and the new SLK is looking good. Starting to appear more like it’s bigger brother, the SL, the 2012 SLK displays bold new styling. A retractble hard top strips down in 20 seconds and the optional AIRSCARF feature will keep you warm when cruising topless. If you want to keep a roof over your head, there is an optional MAGIC SKY CONTROL which consists of a panoramic glass roof panel with adjustable tint. No word yet on the price or how many ponies are in the “advanced” V6 engine.
With two comfortable leather seats sitting behind a 518hp 6.3 Liter V8 engine, the Mercedes SL63 AMG is sure to offer both luxury and thrills to you and a lucky passenger. The car has a retractable hardtop which quickly converts your ride from coupe to roofless roadster. Inside you’ll be treated to all the creature comforts you’d expect in a $140k Mercedes Benz making this a car a brilliant blend of sport, fun, and luxury. There’s even an “AIRSCARF” option for the seats, which blows hot air out of the head rests so you can still drive topless in chilly weather. The 465 ft-lb of torque gives the SL63 AMG the legs to sprint from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. If that’s all not enough for you, check out the $200k SL65 AMG model with a twin-turbo V12 and 604hp.
If you walk into a Mercedes showroom, everything is nice, but if you’re lucky enough to see a SLS AMG – you’ll quickly notice it is special. First, look at those gullwing doors! It appears that if you leave them open and gun it, you might actually lift off. When you hear that the car is housing a 563 hp hand-built v8, flight starts to sound reasonable. The interior is complete with all the luxuries you’d expect in a $183k Benz, but this one will hit 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. In good condition, the ’50′s version of the car (300 SL) is worth around half a million bucks. Hmm, maybe the SLS AMG is an investment.
A certified pre-owned Mercedes can have you driving in luxury and style without devastating your bank account as terribly as a new model off the lot. Pictured is a 2006 CL 500 purchased last summer that is in mint condition and still under warranty. The purchase price was less than half the sticker! I’ve had the pleasure of driving the car and one word comes to mind: comfort. The front seats are essentially La-Z-Boys with seat belts: infinitely adjustable, heated and cooled, and even feature a pulsing massage. Even though the car is a coupe, the rear comfortably seats two adults, adding practicability and use. Don’t let the two doors fool you, this car is big. Powered by a V8 the car drives like a dream, absorbing pot holes and greatly blocking out road and exterior noises. Switching to sport mode stiffens up the suspension and lets the engine rev higher before shifts. Just in case you’re in a hurry. Interior amenities are virtually endless and there are too many to list. The fore-mentioned seats, leather, wood trim, navigation, dual climate control, and excellent sound system remind you why everyone wants to drive a Benz. I took a date out for a spin in this car and when we arrived at our destination she said, “do we have to get out?”