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Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren: A Beastly 2-Door Grand Tourer

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren: A Beastly 2-Door Grand Tourer

Production from 2003 to 2010

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - Side in Motion - AngMoKio on Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Side in Motion – AngMoKio on Wikipedia – EuroDrift

From 2003 to 2010, Mercedes-Benz sold the utterly stunning Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. This 2-door grand tourer sports car was limited to only 2,157 total units over 7 years. The SLR McLaren was a joint project between McLaren Automotive and Mercedes-Benz. Now, McLaren has its own amazing supercars, ranging from the 720S to the Senna GTR. The assembly for the SLR Mclaren was at the Woking, Surrey, England location. With a front mid-engine RWD system, this car fits the meaning of an adrenaline rush. Now, let’s jump right into the performance numbers!

5.4-Liter Supercharged M155 SLR V8

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - Engine on Display - BrokenSphere on Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Engine on Display – BrokenSphere on Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Under the hood, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren sports a 5.4-liter supercharged M155 SLR V8 engine. This motor produces a whopping 617 horsepower and 575 lb.-ft. of torque. In combo with a 5-speed auto transmission, this car can hit 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds. In magazine review testing, 3.3 seconds was achieved at one point. Depending on conditions, specifically temperature, this car may perform even better (i.e. colder weather). On the quarter mile, the SLR McLaren reaches 130 mph at 11.25 seconds. Being from a previous era, this car can still compete with modern sports cars.

Tip of the Hat to the SLR McLaren

McLaren SLR Review | Top Gear | BBC – YouTube

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is now a rare, unique sports car. It is only respectful to tip a hat to this amazing vehicle. Now a collector’s car, these cars are still available on the market. But, having a deep pocket is necessary, as the lowest usually go for over $200,000. Furthermore, the newer ones run into the $300,000 range.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - Interior - Axel Schwenke on Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Interior – Axel Schwenke on Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Cars like this do not depreciate over time, but actually grow in value. It is similar to buying art, somewhat a gamble, but with a car like this, it usually pays off. Depending how long the car is kept, the price shall increase or grow steady. Overall, the SLR McLaren is a beautiful display of a joint project by Benz and McLaren. Some people may not like it, but it is one hell of a sports car.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - Rear Corner - Alexandre Prevot on Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Rear Corner – Alexandre Prevot on Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

Note: The featured image is by Alexandre Prevot of Wikipedia, just as the image above.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: A Gull-Wing Masterpiece

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: A Gull-Wing Masterpiece

The Original SLS AMG 2-Door Coupe

From January 2010 to January 2014, Daimler AG produced the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 2-door coupe. The base version of this car ranges in model year from 2011 to 2015. The original assembly was at a location in Sindelfingen, Germany. The 2-door SLS AMG coupe is an FMR layout with a transaxle. The biggest designation of the SLS is the gull-wing doors. But, there is a lot more to this car than it’s aesthetically pleasing exterior.

6.2-Liter M159 DOHC V8 Engine

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - Engine Bay - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – Engine Bay – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a gullwing that performs on the road and track. With a 6.2-liter M159 DOHC V8 engine, this car cranks out 563 horsepower. Supporting the horsepower is 479 lb.-ft. of torque. This motor works in conjunction with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, the SLS AMG takes only 3.7 seconds. On the quarter mile, the SLS AMG reaches the end in only 11.7 seconds at 125 mph. Lastly, the top speed is a staggering 197 mph, almost 200… almost.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - Interior - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – Interior – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

But, at these speeds, the car can still terrify those afraid of quick accelerations. In the event of a rollover, the SLS AMG doors contain explosive bolts that sense a rollover to separate for ease of exiting. This is an important aspect of racing in this car, as being stuck inside could be deadly. Fortunately, Mercedes is usually ahead of the game when it comes to safety. This may help those with worries about this car on the road.

A Beautiful Automotive Masterpiece

Here’s Why the Mercedes SLS AMG Is Worth $185,000 – Doug DeMuro – YouTube

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is simply put, a beautiful automotive masterpiece. Even though this car is not produced anymore, it still can sell for over $200,000 in great condition. With a roaring V8 and gull-wing doors, who wouldn’t want to drive this car? Vrooming around town in this car is sure to attract a lot of attention. In conclusion, the SLS AMG is a beastly automobile meant for car collectors worldwide.

Note: The featured image is the only picture that is not the property of EuroDrift. This image is by user M 93 on Wikimedia Commons.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - Rear - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – Rear – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

Mercedes Vision EQ Silver Arrow: 750-HP EV

Mercedes Vision EQ Silver Arrow: 750-HP EV

The Mercedes Vision Is a Vision to Behold

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Mercedes unveiled it’s retro Mercedes Vision EQ Silver Arrow at this year’s Pebble Beach. The sleek new Arrow’s design paid homage to the world-renowned Mercedes W125 that held the public road speed record from 1937-2017.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow - Front Corner Overview - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow – Front Corner Overview – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is an updated version of the W125. While it does have the same design philosophy, the EQ Silver Arrow is made entirely of carbon fiber and sports the EQ lettering of Mercedes sub-brand.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Light strips run along the bottom of the car and connect the low profile headlights. To take the idea of “sleek” even further, the 255/25 R 24 front tires are partially covered. Furthermore, the back 305/25 R 26 tires finish out the “prowler” feel of the car.

Is This EQ Silver Arrow Really Electric?

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow - Rear Corner at Launch - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow – Rear Corner at Launch – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

There’s no doubt about it, electric vehicles have come a long way. The Arrow is fully electric, running on an 80 kWh battery. Its motor delivers 750 hp and has a range of up to 248 miles.

If the outside of this car doesn’t have saliva dripping off your chin, then consider the interior.

  • Genuine Leather Seats
  • Solid Walnut with Contrasting Inlays
  • Polished Aluminum Accents

And then there are the panoramic screen displays…

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Forget the very practical 3D projection of your rear surroundings. Let’s talk about the ability to superimpose a virtual race track on the road ahead of you. Add ghost cars that you can race and see how meshing the virtual with the real creates a whole new reality.

PLUS… you can even configure sound settings so that your “electric” vehicle shirks stealth mode and sounds like a Formula 1 racer, or a V8-powered gas engine. How cool is that?

Driving The Most Insane Concept Car | Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow – Supercar Blondie – YouTube

Too bad this is just a show car. However, it does preview what we can expect from future Mercedes EQ models.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic: An Autonomous Van Concept

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic: An Autonomous Van Concept

An All-Electric Autonomous Van

As life moves into the future, brands such as Mercedes-Benz are attempting to shape the way for humanity. Recently, the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic was shown to the public. The Urbanetic is an autonomous van concept that runs on battery-electric. The purpose of this vehicle is to help reduce congestion via a 24/7 runtime for passenger hauling services. With the Urbanetic, Mercedes aims to contribute to a whole new segment of mobility. This includes a capacious, comfortable, efficient, and sustainable design. But, this car, truly begins its prowess from its battery-electric platform.

Battery-Electric Platform Design

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic - People-Mover Setup - Hauling Riders on Bridge - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic – People-Mover Setup – Hauling Riders on Bridge – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic begins with its battery-electric platform. This system is the way of the future and provides green commuting accessibility. With a battery system, the car can run on a regular schedule, simply charging every time it is necessary. As battery-operated vehicles become more popular, the battery charging time has dissipated. Recently, the all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron made its debut as a sports car to charge in 15 minutes flat via 800-volts. Obviously, quick charging will be necessary to make this van concept worthy of transportation purposes. But, even furthermore, is the fact this car can alternate between cargo and people-moving within minutes.

Cargo-Van Body Functionality

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic - Cargo-Van Setup - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic – Cargo-Van Setup – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

With the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic, the functionality can be altered for multiple purposes. This begins with a cargo-van functionality option. The rear of the van can provide 353 cubic feet of space. This allows for 10 pallets at once, obviously wit the help of 12-feet of load space. So, this van can handle traditional cargo transport as well as last-minute deliveries. But, this isn’t the only way the space can be allocated for usage. Not surprisingly, this car also features a people-moving function as well.

From Cargo-Van to People-Mover

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic - People-Mover Setup - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic – People-Mover Setup – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic not only allows for cargo usage, but also people transport. With the large allotment of space in the rear, this vehicle can handle up to 12 people. Furthermore, this car keeps in mind the pedestrians outside of the vehicle. On the front and sides, this car lets civilians know that the vehicle is aware of their presence. This allows bystanders to feel comfortable crossing in front of the vehicle at an intersection. So, while keeping passengers comfy, it is also keeping pedestrians safe. It won’t be surprising in the future when services such as “Uber Pool” end up providing a Urbanetic-style van to transport people at cheap rates.

Autonomy & Electric are the Future

Mercedes-Benz Vision URBANETIC: Mobility for Urban Areas – Mercedes-Benz – YouTube

As the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic shows, autonomy and electric motors are the future. From the Audi PB18 e-tron to the Vision Urbanetic, manufacturers are moving forward to the next stage of auto engineering. Initially, Tesla led the way for worldwide companies, but now everyone is joining in on the action. What was once a quiet, unsure market, is now the way for all. The sound of the motor may be missed, but will still be available, as gasoline cars will most likely never be fully outlawed. Regardless, transportation will become efficient and reasonable moving forward. One day, these type of vehicles will rotate major cities, running passengers to destinations far and wide.

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic - Different Setup Options - Front Corners - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic – Different Setup Options – Front Corners – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53: 429-Horsepower Inline-Six

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53: 429-Horsepower Inline-Six

AMG Replaces E43 with E53 for 2019 Model Year

For the 2019 model year, Mercedes-AMG is replacing the E43 with the E53. The 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 will be available in a cabriolet, coupe, and sedan variant. The cabriolet and coupe were revealed at the Detroit Auto Show (North American International Auto Show 2018). The E43 was a perfect match for someone looking for more than a base E300 and less than the overwhelming E63. Now, the E53 will be the middleman. The E53 has a different engine as well as some slight exterior mods in comparison to the base model. The exterior has two power bulges on the hood as well as a redesigned rear bumper with diffuser.

3.0-Liter Turbocharged Inline-Six with 429 Horsepower

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 sports a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine. This motor produces 429 base horsepower and 384 lb.-ft. of torque. To support the engine, there is a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. This hybrid system produces only 21 horsepower but a whopping 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The purpose of this is to help with fuel consumption and power during usage. Furthermore, there is an electric auxiliary compressor that works with the exhaust-driven turbo to minimize lag.

In combo with the engine, there is a 9-speed AMG transmission. On top of this, there is an AWD system in the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53. From 0-60 mph, the E53 coupe takes only 4.3 seconds. On the other hand, the cabriolet and sedan take 4.3 seconds, 0.1 seconds longer. The top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph for all three versions.

Mercedes-AMG is Looking to the Future

2019 E53 AMG Coupe Walkaround and Interior! | Hybrid AMG! – EddieX – YouTube

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 is proof that Mercedes is looking to the future. With more power and better fuel consumption, this car is taking a leap forward. Furthermore, Mercedes-AMG will be offering optional 20” lightweight alloy wheels on the E53. This is on top of the 14.2” brake discs in use for all of the wheels. The MSRP is currently TBD but will most likely be available by the fall or winter. AMG expects to offer the E53 starting end of 2018 in the U.S. In conclusion, the new E53 is a beautiful feat of engineering with sufficient power and luxury.

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Lost World: Jurassic Park – 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320

The Lost World: Jurassic Park – 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320

The Jurassic Park Mercedes-Benz SUVs

If you’ve seen The Lost World: Jurassic Park movie, you may have noticed the Mercedes-Benz SUVs throughout the film. For the expedition to Isla Sorna, InGen builds three customized 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 SUVs. The purpose of these vehicles is to drive and navigate the island for transporting equipment. This equipment mostly consists of camera and study items. The nicknames for the three vehicles are: AAV Fontana, AAV Montana, and AAV Santana. Unfortunately, the Montana was left behind in this film. Regardless, these vehicles “shine bright like a diamond” through the film.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park Movie

The Lost World: Jurassic Park Official Trailer #1 – Jeff Goldblum Movie (1997) – Jurassic Park Fansite – YouTube

The film The Lost World: Jurassic Park was released on May 19, 1997 by director Steven Spielberg. This 1997 film was able to reach a box office value of 618.6 million USD on a 73 million USD budget. Furthermore, at 2 hours and 9 minutes, this film provides quite a look into InGen’s invasion of Isla Sorna. One main reason for their invasion is to capture dinosaurs to display at an amphitheater zoo in San Diego. Dr. Ian Malcolm, played by Jeff Goldblum, thinks this is a terrible idea, and he isn’t far from being correct. Over the film, the entire process turns into a disaster leading up to a t-rex invasion of San Diego. With such a large box office value, the film unfortunately didn’t receive amazing reviews, with a rating of 6.5/10 by IMDb.

AAV Fontana, AAV Montana, & AAV Santana

1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 - AAV Montana in The Lost World: Jurassic Park - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 – AAV Montana in The Lost World: Jurassic Park – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

For the film, the three 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 SUVs were customized with a ton of aftermarket components. Each of three vehicles have the following options:

  • Camouflage Paint
  • Custom Step Bars
  • Fog Lights
  • Front Bull Bars
  • Front Tow Cable
  • Leather Seats
  • Rear Taillight Guards
  • Winch
  • 4-Wheel Drive

These features provide the basis for the overall vehicles before the additional options differentiate the three 320s. Next, each vehicle will be discussed pointing out the additional features that distinguish them individually from the others. The AAV Fontana, AAV Montana, and AAV Santana all have features that provide them slightly different advantages in varying situations.

For the 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 AAV Fontana, the car has quite a few additional features. These features include:

  • Additional Round Bubble Top
  • Bottom & Top Hang on Jerry Cans
  • Bubble Window Roof
  • Duel Mounted Side Mirror Search Lights
  • Grey Interior
  • Mounted Side Lights
  • Protective Bars

For the AAV Montana, the options differ slightly than the AAV Fontana. The AAV Montana’s enhancements include:

  • Bubble Window Roof
  • Duel Grab Bars on Rear Sides
  • Duel Mounted Side Mirror Searchlights
  • Grey Interior
  • Hood Mounted Carrier
  • Extra Wheel Top Mounted
  • Mounted Door Guard Panes
  • Protective Bars

Lastly, the AAV Santana had the least amount of additional options. These features include:

  • Aluminum Interior
  • Bottom Mounted Hang on Jerry Cans
  • Cut Out Backside
  • Mounted Light Bar

Each of these vehicles serves a slightly different purpose due to their features. Unfortunately, two of these vehicles were destroyed during the film. Luckily, for the AAV Montana, it remained safe in the InGen gatherers equipment facility.

R.I.P. AAV Fontana & AAV Santana

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (4/10) Movie CLIP – Ripped Apart (1997) HD – Movieclips – YouTube

Unfortunately, the AAV Fontana and AAV Santana didn’t remain safe during the film. While attempting to fix a young tyrannosaurus rex’s leg, two adult T. rexes show up. As this occurs, the AAV Fontana ML320 is hurtled off the cliff. However, the T. rex adults don’t stop there… the entire trailer containing Ian, Nick, & Sarah is pushed about halfway over the cliff. This causes the characters to fall and eventually dangle from a rope. This rope is set up by Eddie who drives the AAV Santana to the scene. Unfortunately, for Eddie, the two T. rex adults return, and he doesn’t survive, and neither does the Santana.

The AAV Montana is Still Alive!

1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 - AAV Montana in The Lost World: Jurassic Park - Rear - Pixabay - EuroDrift

1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 – AAV Montana in The Lost World: Jurassic Park – Rear – Pixabay – EuroDrift

Overall, The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a great movie. Critics may not agree, but if you’re a fan of dinosaurs, you’re missing out if you haven’t seen it. Furthermore, the 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 SUVs were a perfect match for the movie. These vehicles are built for adventures and the outdoors, so their arrival on Isla Sorna isn’t a surprise. Even though the AAV Fontana and Santana didn’t survive, the AAV Montana is still alive! Long live the Jurassic Park Mercedes-Benz SUV!

1950s/1960s Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing: The Wing Door Legend

1950s/1960s Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing: The Wing Door Legend

The Legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

The 1950s/1960s Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing is a beautiful collector car known for its unique doors. The 300 SL was produced as a race car from 1952 to 1953. In 1954, the 300 SL went into full-time production until 1963. In total, there were 3,258 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL models manufactured in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, Germany. Even further, the model breakdown includes 1,400 coupes and 1,858 roadsters.

3.0-Liter Inline 6-Cylinder Engine with 4-Speed Manual Transmission

The 1950s/1960s Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing has a 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine. This motor produces 212 horsepower and 202 lb.-ft. of torque. From 1957-1963, the roadster had an option of 222 horsepower. In combination with the engine, the Gullwing has a 4-speed manual transmission. The 300 SL in a RWD vehicle with a front-mounted engine. The car can hit 60 mph in 9.5 seconds and has a top speed of around 145 mph. Lastly, the quarter mile in the 300 SL takes about 15.6 seconds.

1950s MSRP of $11,000, Modern MSRP Estimation of $98,252

Initially, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was for sale at around $11,000 MSRP back in the 1950s/1960s. If you convert the 1950s value to modern times through inflation analysis, the current MSRP value would be around $98,252. Anyone who bought this car and kept it in good condition has hit the jackpot in modern times. Currently, the 1950s/1960s 300 SL is for sale between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000. In comparison to the modern inflation value, this is a 2000% growth, at max value. Unfortunately, as most people anticipate, not all the original manufactured models are still around today for various reasons.

The 300 SL is a Museum Worthy Timepiece 


In the end, the 1950s/1960s Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is a stunning vehicle that takes a person back in time. With its famous gullwing doors and its striking design, the 300 SL is now a true legend. Today, many investors pride themselves in ownership of these fine vehicles. If you didn’t know, the 300 SL made an appearance in the movie titled The Green Hornet. Unfortunately, that movie didn’t receive amazing reviews. In conclusion, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is a special vehicle that deserves placement in museums across the world.

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT Super Bowl XLIX Commercial: Hare vs. Tortoise Showdown

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT Super Bowl XLIX Commercial: Hare vs. Tortoise Showdown

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT Super Bowl XLIX Commercial

In 2015, Mercedes-Benz advertised the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT during Super Bowl XLIX (49). At the beginning of the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT Super Bowl XLIX commercial, a hare and tortoise prepare for a showdown race. This race contains basis in the Aesop book titled The Tortoise and the Hare. As anyone would suspect, the hare is the faster creature. But, in this race, just as the book, a series of events alters the outcome of the race.

Hare vs. Tortoise Showdown Begins!

At the starting line, the hare and tortoise line up and a fox releases a bird to signal the start. And, they’re off! The hare looks like a rocket ship blasting down the path while the tortoise struggles to move. To rub it in even more, a snail begins to pass on the tortoise’s left. Eventually, the hare makes it so far ahead he decides to hang out while he waits for the tortoise to arrive a while later.

Mercedes-AMG Factory to Victory

Luckily, for the tortoise, a Mercedes-AMG factory is located within the forest of the race. The tortoise wanders into the factory, awed by the beautiful of the AMG build. From here, the race takes a twist. Launching out of the factory, the tortoise accelerates the AMG GT like a racing pro. After hauling ass down the road, the tortoise hops right over the hare to land in front for the victory. Luckily, for the hare, the car went airborne because otherwise that could’ve ended badly… for the hare.

The Tortoise and the Hare is a Life Lesson Story

The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT Super Bowl XLIX commercial is great entertainment as well as a lesson in life. This life lesson is that one should not judge a book by its cover. Although it may appear slow, such as the tortoise, that can be a false representation. Unfortunately, for the hare, there were no rules specifying no use of vehicles. So, the tortoise made the right decision to hop into the Mercedes-AMG GT. In conclusion, a tortoise in a Mercedes-AMG GT kicks the ass of a hare… end of story.

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet: A Mix of Luxury & Sport

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet: A Mix of Luxury & Sport

The All-New 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet

For the 2018 model year, Mercedes-AMG is offering the S63 and S65 models in cabriolets. As with all previous years, the S65 is the top-tier “prize” model. The new 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet includes body style alterations and the same prominent V12 engine. While the S63 seems to include more changes for 2018, the S65 is still a mean machine. From it’s howling V12 to its new body curves, this S65 will probably be the best to date.

6.0-Liter V12 with 620 Horsepower

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet - V12 Engine Bay - Mercedes-AMG - EuroDrift

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet – V12 Engine Bay – Mercedes-AMG – EuroDrift

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet sports a 6.0-liter V12 twin-turbo engine. This motor produces a whopping 620 horsepower and 738 lb.-ft. of torque. These power figures combine with a 7-speed gearbox and rear-wheel drive to create a madhouse on wheels. The V12 allows the S65 to hit 60 mph in only 4.0 seconds with a top speed of 186 mph. Yes, the top speed is governed to this by Mercedes.

Comparison to the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet

On the other hand, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet contains a 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo. This top notch engine by Mercedes allows the S63 to hit 60 mph 0.6 seconds faster than the S65. The top speed is the same, which again, is due to Mercedes top speed governor regulation. This doesn’t mean that the S65 loses its crown. It simply a question of giving the new V8 a chance or sticking to the Mercedes famed V12.

AMG Panamerica Grille

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet - Front - Mercedes-AMG - EuroDrift

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet – Front – Mercedes-AMG – EuroDrift

On the front of the new S65 Cabriolet, there is a revised grill titled the “AMG Panamerica Grille”. This grill shows similarities to the version on the Mercedes-AMG GT. The S65 Cabriolet also has larger front air ducts on the front. On top of that, the front and rear bumpers show some revision work. Lastly, the car has a slightly different chrome trim layout. The S63 Cabriolet has similar alterations to body styling as well.

COMAND System with Two High-Resolution 12.3” Screens

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet - Interior - Mercedes-AMG - EuroDrift

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet – Interior – Mercedes-AMG – EuroDrift

On the interior, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet has multiple new options. The first is the new leather upholstery color options. Second, is the technology in this beast. Starting with two 12.3” high-resolution displays, the S65 shows modernization. The infotainment system uses the COMAND system by Mercedes. Another new feature is the ability to use hand gesture controls on the steering wheel to control the COMAND system. Lastly, another major improvement is the compatibility of this system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Minor Autonomous Functionality

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet - Interior Overhead - Mercedes-AMG - EuroDrift

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet – Interior Overhead – Mercedes-AMG – EuroDrift

 

On a final note, one of the biggest new features is the addition of autonomous features. Unlike Tesla, this car will not offer a ton of autonomous features. But, it does contain two major components of it. First, the Active Distance Assist Distronic will allow the vehicle to slow down and speed up in accordance with the vehicle in front of it. Second, the Active Steering Assist will help the driver stay in the center of a lane. This is a step forward in Daimler’s attempt to add autonomous vehicles to its lineup in the upcoming years.

The New S65 Cabriolet is a Beast on Wheels

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet - Side without Roof - Mercedes-AMG - EuroDrift

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet – Side without Roof – Mercedes-AMG – EuroDrift

Overall, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet is a beast of a convertible. With it’s V12 power-plant in combination with a beautiful exterior and interior, this car is a star on the road. The beautiful interior works with the new technology to take this car to the next stage. Autonomous features improve the quality of the vehicle and show Mercedes commitment to bring this concept to more vehicles. In the end, the S65 Cabriolet will provide the owner with prestige and style.

Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition: The End of the Gelandewagen Era

Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition: The End of the Gelandewagen Era

Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been an extravagant, iconic SUV since its debut in 1979. Initially starting with I4, I5, and I6 motors, the car has grown to become a rare spectacle. Currently, the G65 AMG sports a V12 motor that turns this SUV into a true beast. Unfortunately, Daimler AG, the owner of Mercedes-Benz, has decided it is time to let go of the prized V12 option. So, unfortunately, Daimler is releasing a final version called the Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition.

MSRP of $252,690 with 65 Limited Editions Worldwide

While the non-AMG G-Class starts at a MSRP of $122,400, the Final Edition is expected to cost around $252,690. Yes, 2 times as much as the base model. This price is not 100% official in the United States yet, but sources state the value was obtained from Mercedes-Benz. Limited to only 65 worldwide, the G65 AMG will have 30 for sale within the U.S. very soon. Obtaining one of these limited SUVs will be difficult and may be reserved for Mercedes top customers.

Symbolic Matte Bronze Trim

The Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition’s attractiveness begins with a matte bronze trim on the exterior. The matte bronze trim can be seen on the front bumper, mirrors, and wheels. On the inside, black Nappa leather is accented by carbon fiber with interwoven bronze accents. Even the passenger handle has a specialty badge for those “oh shit” moments. At least, your passenger can hold on for dear life in style when you accelerate this beastly SUV.

6.0-Liter Twin-Turbo V12 with 630 HP and 730 Lb.-Ft. of Torque

In the engine bay, a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 boasts an obnoxious 630 horsepower and 738 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the SUV to hit 60 mph in only 5.3 seconds. Mercedes-AMG limits the SUV to a top governed speed of 143 mph, faster than anyone needs to go in a SUV. Considering the G65 has the same engine as a S65, the true top speed can be expected to be around 170-180 mph. Now it only makes sense that they limited it… going that fast in a SUV would probably prove deadly, very fast.

The End of the Gelandewagen Era

Overall, the Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition is a farewell to the G-Class and it’s V12 engine. Mercedes plan is to replace the G-Class with an all-new, similar vehicle with smaller engine options. Don’t worry, smaller engines don’t signal the loss of enormous power as many manufacturers have proven in the last few years. Regardless, the G65 Final Edition is a mean machine that can go through 2 feet of standing water and climb 27 degree slopes. On top of that, the G65 can tilt 20 degrees sideways before it may tilt over. In the end, the G-Class was an iconic symbol of wealth through the years and it’s lifetime has come to a demise.

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