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AMG’s latest weapon

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Snarling 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R designed to head-to-head with Porsche 911 GT3 RS

We’ve got to admit - it's a helluva green. Actually, it's called Green Hell Magno, and it's the signature colour of the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R: the hottest, fastest, loudest machine in Daimler's rapidly growing line-up of Porsche 911-fighting sports cars.

The people at AMG have a sense of humour. They call the GT R "the Beast from the Green Hell." And yes, in Sport+ and Race modes it roars and snarls like an angry monster when you nail the throttle. The explosions from the exhaust when you lift off suggest you're about to be overrun by an artillery barrage. Beyond that thundering wall of sound, though, is a carefully engineered sports car that's crushingly fast, impressively agile, and very well mannered.

Mercedes-AMG GT R is AMG’s latest weapon, which has been designed to go head to head to head with the Porsche’s 911 GT3 RS. At its heart is a handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 bi-turbo with output of 577 hp, which is 74 hp more than the previous top-of-the-range engine in the GT S. Peak torque of 516 lb-ft is available between 1,900 and 5,500 rpm.

From behind the wheel, the AMG coupe feels a big car, much bigger than a Porsche 911. You aim the thing into corners over that long hood, the front wheels way off into the distance.

There is not quite the delicacy of feedback you get from a 911, either, and although the dual-clutch transmission is adept at serving the gear you want, when you want it, particularly in Race mode, it's still not quite as sharply intuitive as the new 911's PDK transmission.

The increase in performance was achieved with the help of new turbochargers with modified compressor machining, a smaller waste-gate and new engine mapping. Boost pressure supplied by the turbochargers has been increased from 17.4 psi on the AMG GT to 19.6 psi. In addition, the exhaust ports have been optimised and the compression ratio modified.

The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission has been extensively revised by AMG, with modified hardware and software to make the transmission even more suitable for the racetrack. First gear in the AMG Speedshift DCT 7-speed sports transmission has a longer ratio, while seventh gear and the final drive have shorter ratios to allow for more rapid acceleration.

Expect savage performance seeing due to the liberal use of weight-saving aluminum and carbon fibre. Mercedes estimates 0-60 in 3.5 seconds but we believe it will be quicker. The specially developed exhaust system not only delivers genuine racing car sound, it also saves around 13 lbs. of weight compared with the AMG GT S thanks to the use of titanium for the rear silencer and thin-walled stainless steel for the front section of the exhaust system.

In addition to the carbon-fibre torque tube that connects the engine and transmission, the GT R's front fenders, roof, engine bay, and internal cross braces are all made of the weight-saving material. The prop shaft inside the torque tube is also carbon fibre. Weighing less than 9 pounds, it is about 50 percent lighter than a comparable steel shaft.

Drivers can tailor the AMG GT R to their personal preferences using the AMG Dynamic Select controller. Various modes are available: “C” (Comfort), “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport Plus) and “I” (Individual). The “Race” mode optimally adjusts the shift strategy of the dual clutch transmission to the needs of racetrack usage – shortest shift speeds and highly emotional engine sound are included. By pressing the separate “M” button in the center console, the driver can activate the manual transmission mode in any drive mode.

Conventional suspension measures include the wider front and rear track as well as the standard-fit Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, of size 275/35 ZR 19 at the front and 325/30 ZR 20 at the rear. The street-legal racing tyres allow faster laps and up to 50 percent more mileage on the racetrack.

The interior is also strongly inspired by motorsport. AMG Performance Seats (also equipped in the AMG GT S) are covered in Nappa leather and Dinamica microfibre come as standard. They offer good lateral support even in extreme driving maneuvers. The optional yellow seat belts, dials with yellow highlights, the AMG Black Piano Lacquer interior trim and special controls, including those for the new AMG Traction Control, underline the unique standing of the new AMG GT R.

The new AMG “Interior Night package” will also be available. In this package, the shift paddles, steering wheel bezel, door sills and trunk cross member are finished in high-gloss black, which combines with the standard-specification AMG Interior Piano Lacquer package to further emphasise sportiness. As an option, customers can order the trim in matte black carbon fibre.

Expected to arrive towards the last quarter of 2017, this green beast will be priced from around £143,000.

At a glance: Mercedes-AMG GT R Spec

Engine: Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo with Dry-Sump Lubrication

Displacement: 3,982 cc

Output: 577 hp at 6,250 rpm

Peak torque: 516 lb-ft at 1,900-5,500 rpm

Driven wheels: Rear-wheel drive

Transmission: AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed dual-clutch transmission

Weight: 3,428 lbs (Euro spec; US spec may vary)

Power-to-weight ratio: 5.94 lb/hp (Euro spec; US spec may vary)

Acceleration 0-60 mph: 3.5 seconds (est.)

Top speed: 198 mph

Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake

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Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake

Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG

Its 2.0-litre turbo engine is the world's most powerful four-cylinder engine in series production

Breathtakingly sporty proportions and a powerfully dynamic design idiom with sensuously shaped surfaces already made the CLA unmistakable in its four-door Coupé guise.

It is now followed by a further design icon, the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake, with a unique look all of its own.

The fourth high-performance compact car from Mercedes-AMG adopts the same philosophy as the successful CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake by taking the form of a sports car with five seats and a large tailgate.

The five-door newcomer plays out its role as an individual, extravagant trendsetter for connoisseurs to perfection: stylish, cool and right in touch with the times, the design and dynamic performance of the compact-sized Shooting Brake from AMG will satisfy even the most discerning demands.

Despite the sporty, progressive looks, featuring a roof line that slopes down gently towards the rear, low-set cabin, long bonnet, exaggerated, high beltlineand a dynamically styled tail end. Absolutely no compromises have to be made when it comes to everyday practicality: thanks to a versatile luggage compartment with a maximum capacity of 1354 litres and the increase in headroom compared to the four-door coupé.

The CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake comes equipped with an impressive engineering package to deliver the desired highly dynamic performance.

The most powerful series-production turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the world promises a thrilling drive, generating a remarkable 133 kW (181 hp) per litre of displacement and catapulting the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake from standstill to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds.

At the same time, the fuel consumption of just 6.9 litres for every 100 kilometres (NEDC combined) also underlines the trailblazing standards of efficiency achieved by Mercedes-AMG.

The list of technical highlights also includes the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission, fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the powerful braking system and a chassis that has been purpose-developed, from the tuning set-up right through to the axles. This means that the fully variable distribution of drive torque makes it possible to range from from full front-wheel drive to a 50:50 split.

TOP SECRET Mercedes tight-lipped about its SLC AMG deemed a ‘Porsche 911 Turbo contender’

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Mercedes-Benz is still keeping tight-lipped about its Porsche 911 contender, rumored to be called the SLC, however spy shots gives us our best look yet at the sporty coupe.

Production of the marque’s flagship sports car – the SLS - will be ending in July this year, and what we hear is that development of the new SLC (codenamed C190) is steadily progressing. Some are suggesting that the new car could be called the Mercedes GT instead.

SPY SHOT: Mercedes are keeping the details of the SLC AMG, codenamed C190, a closely guarded secret for now

SPY SHOT: Mercedes are keeping the details of the SLC AMG, codenamed C190, a closely guarded secret for now

From what we can tell, the SLC will wear a face similar to recent Mercedes products with large, LED-trimmed headlights, aggressive fascia air inlets and an upright grille. More importantly, the SLC's rump is coming into focus with its large hatch and integrated exhaust outlets, but you can also make out the shape of the horizontally oriented taillights.

There are still plenty of uncertainties about the SLC/GT, however its been predicted that it will use a new 4.0-litre, modular V-8 with a twin-turbocharger setup. This engine is touted to deliver about 500 horsepower, pitting it against the mighty 911 Turbo. Two more engines will be available on the SLC/GT AMG, a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V-8 and a Black Series version with a 6.2-litre V8 with just under 600 horsepower.

According to sources, the new Mercedes-Benz is to be unveiled at the German Grand Prix later this year and will go on sale in 2015.

New C-Class pricing and spec announced

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The new C-Class takes a step closer to its arrival in the UK today as prices and specifications are announced.

Available with a choice of two engines and three comprehensively specified model lines, prices for the new C-Class range start from £26,855 OTR. The first examples of the new C-Class are set to be delivered to customers in June.

At launch, a choice of a 1,991 cc, four-cylinder petrol engine and a 2,143 cc, four-cylinder diesel engine will be offered, each available with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearboxes.

A further three engine variants - the C 200 BlueTEC, C 250 BlueTEC and C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID will follow during the course of the year.

Three model lines will make up the new C-Class range - SE, Sport and the AMG Line.

Mercedes-Benz C 250 BlueTEC, Avantgarde, Diamantweiss metallic,
Among the equipment highlights, the Sport model adds 17-inch alloy wheels (up from 16-inch on the SE), LED headlights, lowered comfort suspension, chrome exterior trim and Garmin® Map Pilot Navigation. The AMG Line adds 18-inch AMG wheels, AMG bodystyling and steering wheel, sports suspension and an Artico finish to the upper dashboard.

The new C-Class is set to be among the best-equipped cars in its class. Standard equipment fitted to every new C-Class will include an advanced and intuitive touchpad to control the entertainment functions via the centrally-mounted seven-inch colour display. Enhancing comfort, Artico upholstery will be fitted as standard along with two-zone air conditioning and a media interface located in the central storage between the front seats.

Practical technologies are also fitted as standard - with a reversing camera, rain sensing wipers, Attention Assist, Speedtronic cruise control, heated windscreen wiper washers, a tyre pressure monitoring system and Collision Prevention Assist Plus all appearing on the new C-Class.

The comfort and safety systems are joined by the Agility Select system - a rocker switch allowing the driver to choose between Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport+ and Individual modes (the latter allowing a bespoke setup) each affecting the vehicle’s behaviour. In Eco mode, for example, the car will be set-up to be as efficient as possible, lowering the shift point of the gear changes, softening the throttle response and even reducing power to the heated seats and rear window and the air conditioning system to focus on economy.

Conversely, Sport mode will sharpen the throttle response as well as firming up the suspension on cars equipped with the optional ‘Airmatic’ system.

Customers wishing to tailor their car to their specific requirements can select from a series of option packs

Bi-turbo power unleashed

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One of the worlds most sophisticated cars has been handed over to the engineers at AMG in Affalterbach to create the new, 585 hp, S 63 AMG – set to arrive in the UK in November priced from £119,565.

The most powerful highperformance saloon in the luxury segment aims to set new standards in driving dynamics, performance, refinement and technology.

The hand built AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine is twinned with an AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed sports transmission. It boasts an output of 585 horsepower and 900 Nm of torque and can accelerate from rest to 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds with a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph.

Mercedes announces S 63 AMG UK pricing and release date

Mercedes announces S 63 AMG UK pricing and release date

Equipped with 19” AMG 10-spoke alloy wheels, the S63 AMG uses high-performance composite brakes fitted as standard along with unique AMG sports suspension based on the all-new ‘Magic Body Control’.  Backing up the performance is the AMG sports exhaust system, providing a suitably thunderous soundtrack. The body styling including all-new front and rear bumpers, aiding cooling and adding greater visual drama are joined by AMG specific side sill panels with silver chrome inserts.

Innovative technology is a prerequisite with the launch of every new S-Class and the S 63 AMG is no different.

There’s an impressive line up of standard equipment too worth around £8,400. It includes the Driving Assistance Package, Front Seat Comfort Package, Panoramic sunroof, Keyless Go Package, the mighty Burmester Surround Sound System with Six-Disc changer, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and Ambient Lighting.

As with every AMG, there are options for customers to personalise their car further via the AMG Performance Studio.

The Drivers Package (£2,760) de-restricts the top speed to 186 mph and secures the customer a place on an AMG ‘Power and Passion’ event so they can learn how to handle their car on the racetrack. Carbon Fibre can also further enhance the look of the car with the addition of the AMG Exterior Carbon Package (£5,000) while the AMG high-performance ceramic composite brake system can be added for £7,090.