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Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Spotted Testing In Europe

Mercedes-AMG is testing a slew of updated models which also includes the AMG GT Black Series. Spy images of two Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series prototypes have surfaced online where one is seen doing rounds on the Nurburgring circuit while the other test car is being tested in the snow in norther Europe. Though the cars are wearing heavy camouflages, there add on are quite apparent and hint that the upcoming model will look way more aggressive than the outgoing one.

It rides on massive 21-inch alloy wheels.

It gets a massive splitter at the front end along with at rear that incorporates the quad exhausts. The hood vent is flanked by sharp character lines and there is the huge and revised Panamerican grille upfront along with all LED headlamps. The most prominent addition at the rear is of the giant wing with an adjustable flap. However, there are certain differences between both prototypes. The one being tested on the track has a role cage inside the cabin while one being tested on the snow gets orange graphics in the headlamp assembly.

It gets a massive wing at the rear for better downforce.

The upcoming Black Series will get the same 4.0-litre V8 engine that will put out close to 700 bhp and 900 Nm of peak torque. Moreover, the Black Series updates chassis, brakes and suspension set up to enhance its performance and agility. The updated chassis will use more carbon fibre resulting into lesser weight.

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The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Has A Giant Wing And A Huge Face

The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Has A Giant Wing And A Huge Face - News

We have a double dose of AMG GT Black Series spy shots to bring you today, with Mercedes’ incoming track day king papped both in northern Sweden and at the Nurburgring.

Our two main takeaways from the bumper batch of pictures? That’d be the big face and the giant rear wing.

The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Has A Giant Wing And A Huge Face - News

The wing is far larger than what was fitted to both the AMG GT R Pro and this car’s predecessor – the SLS Black Series. It’s a two-step design and has an adjustable flap in the middle of the upper part, shown to be raised in the winter testing shots.

The gigantified grille, meanwhile, is directly inspired by the AMG GT3 racer. Under the new mouth is a low-hanging splitter, and it’s flanked by what look to be huge brake cooling ducts. The heavily-sculpted, vented bonnet is also wildly different to anything we’ve seen from the AMG GT range thus far, but as for what’s under it, that’s a mystery.

The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series has been spotted before, but the bodywork has evolved significantly since then

A more powerful iteration of the M178 dry-sumped twin-turbo V8 would have been our first guess, but the spy photographers behind these shots claim the prototypes emit a sound unlike any other 4.0-litre AMG. Could AMG be going for a flat-plane setup?

The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Has A Giant Wing And A Huge Face - News

Whatever Afalterbach has cooked up, we’re expecting a power output to be a considerable improvement upon the 577bhp belted out by the GT R and GT R pro. A figure starting with a ‘6’ is all-but guaranteed.

The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Has A Giant Wing And A Huge Face - News

In terms of the chassis, the Black Series may use the GT R Pro’s GT4-spec dampers as a starting point. Zoom in enough, and we can see that the tyres fitted to the ‘Ring prototype are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s, matching the boot choice of the GT R and GT R pro.

Expect to see the car in full later this year, ahead of a launch in 2021.

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SPYSHOTS: W213 Mercedes-AMG E63 facelift spotted

Mercedes-Benz unveiled the new W213 E-Class facelift earlier this month in both sedan and wagon body styles, along with a variant line-up that went all the way up to the E 53 4Matic+. Naturally, the line-up will also welcome a new E 63 model in the future, which our spy photographers managed to capture in prototype form recently.

The upcoming range-topper, seen here in wagon (Estate) form, adopts the same angular headlamps as the rest of the E-Class range, but with a few model-specific cues. At the front, there’s the Panamericana grille synonymous with other AMG models and a significantly more aggressive bumper with large, functional corner intakes and vertical slats for the lower apron.

At the rear, quad exhaust tips are another mark of a full-fledged AMG model, and they flank a prominent diffuser. On this test vehicle, the fender trim elements have also been tweaked slightly and make do without the typical “V8 Biturbo 4Matic” badges. Additionally, we see 19-inch alloy wheels and concealed AMG lettering on the front grille.

While there are no photos of the interior, we can expect the same changes as regular E-Class models, including the new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system, but with AMG-specific displays. Other revisions should include new trim and available equipment, the latter joined by a healthy serving of carbon-fibre components to match.

Under the bonnet, the 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 should continue to be of service, although it is unknown if it will get a power bump. On the pre-facelift model, the mill serves up 612 PS (604 hp) and 850 Nm of torque in E 63 S guise, or 571 PS (563 hp) and 750 Nm in the base E 63.

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The New-Ish Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon Has Been Spied

The New-Ish Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon Has Been Spied - News

There’s now a facelifted Mercedes-AMG E53, and among its various improvements is the inclusion of Drift Mode. It’s no more powerful than the old one, however, so if its 429bhp mild-hybrid inline-six powertrain doesn’t cut it, you’ll still be wanting the big daddy of the AMG E range – the E63. As luck would have it, Mercedes is prepping a rejigged version of that too, and although it isn’t going to be revealed until later this year, a barely disguised prototype has been spotted.

The New-Ish Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon Has Been Spied - News

At the front, it’s wearing the same new light clusters and ‘Panamericana’-style grille as the E53, with some larger lower vents helping differentiate it from the ‘lesser’ performance-orientated E-Class. Around the back, changes are a little harder to spot, but we can see a redesigned diffuser as well as some more aggressive-looking trapezoidal exhaust trims.

Behind the snazzy new grille will be the now-familiar 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. As with the E53, AMG may not bother increasing the output – after all, the E63 already has a faintly ridiculous 603bhp in S trim. On the other hand, we do know the ‘M177’ engine is capable of more go – in the AMG GT 4 Door, it’s good for 630bhp, so a boost for this saloon/wagon cousin isn’t beyond the realms of possibility.

The New-Ish Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon Has Been Spied - News

Although we don’t get a close-up look at the interior in this new batch of shots, we’re expecting a similar set of changes to the ones already seen in the E53 and the wider E-Class range. A twin-screen instrument cluster/infotainment setup will be retained, but with the newer MBUX interface installed. Yep, that means you’ll be able to do the whole ‘Hey Mercedes’ thing. The E63 will also get a fancy new steering wheel, and on the outside, some new colour options.

The New-Ish Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon Has Been Spied - News

Judging by the smaller wheels and chunky-ish tyre sidewalls, the example seen here is likely the base version of the E63. This is something Mercedes may neglect to bring to the UK – many of Affalterbach’s recent products including the E63’s SUV sibling – the GLE 63 – have only been made available in S form over here.

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New Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake 2020 review

The new Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake looks great, but it's expensive and is held back by its limited practicality


  • 3.5 out of 5

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    The Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake does stand apart from anything else on offer in the small premium car market. Some will buy it just for its looks. But it suffers from a relative shortage of practicality and a bland-sounding four-cylinder engine. At this price, we’d be tempted to go for a rapid petrol BMW 5 Series Touring, which is more rewarding to drive and properly spacious.

    Mercedes doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to filling niches. Its CLA Shooting Brake is a baby wagon that focuses more on style than practicality, and now it has two performance editions from AMG – the hardcore CLA 45 and the more modest CLA 35 that we’re testing here.

    The Shooting Brake shares its basic platform with the A-Class, and the CLA 35 also has the same potent powertrain as the A 35 hatchback and saloon. That means a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 302bhp and 400Nm of torque, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive. This is a car that can rattle off 0-62mph in a whisker under five seconds, before continuing on to a top speed of 168mph.

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    • For now, those numbers put the CLA 35 Shooting Brake in a class of one. Ford’s Focus ST Estate can’t boast anywhere near that power output, and it’s only front-wheel drive. And there’s nothing on the horizon from either BMW or Audi that’ll match this car’s combination of pace and practicality.

      Well, we say practicality, but the CLA Shooting Brake’s load bay isn’t the last word in flexibility. With the rear seats in place, the capacity is 514 litres – just 54 litres up on the CLA four-door – and with the second row folded down you’ll have a meagre 971 litres. It takes a special kind of estate to not crack the 1,000-litre mark in its most practical configuration, but then this is a very style-focused offering indeed.

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      It’s not cheap, either. Before a single option is fitted, the CLA 35 4MATIC Premium Plus will cost you just north of £44,000. That sort of money that will buy you a nicely equipped estate from the class above.

      On the road, the CLA A35 is rapid but pretty anodyne. The steering is light and relatively slow, so this isn’t a car that feels happy to dart towards an apex. And this is despite surprisingly tight body control that keeps the CLA’s frame flat in the corners. The seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox isn’t the most willing thrill-seeker, either; it can seem a little clumsy when you want to put on speed quickly.

      Our Premium Plus car came with optional AMG Ride Control, an adaptive damping system that offers three levels of sportiness. There’s sophistication and compliance in there – to a degree that may surprise you, in fact – but we wouldn’t go beyond Comfort on anything but the smoothest UK roads.

      Fast motorway cruising is probably what the CLA A35 Shooting Brake does best, although you’ll find the amount of tyre roar coming from beneath you fairly noticeable.

      It more than drowns out the engine, which is smooth (and happy to rev if you want it to) but pretty anonymous with it.

      Inside, there’s decent room for two up front, but in the rear, the hard-backed sports seats compound fairly modest amounts of leg and kneeroom. Headroom will be an issue for anyone over six-feet tall, too, thanks to that swoopy roofline.

      We’ve few complaints about quality, though. As with other A-Class derivatives, the CLA 35’s cabin is beautifully finished, with soft-touch materials in all the right places, and the fabulous twin-screen instrument panel and infotainment display at the heart of a sophisticated-looking fascia. We’re glad about the touchscreen functionality, though, because the touchpad set-up between the front seats is a bit fiddly to use on the move.

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    Future Mercedes-AMG Cars Will Be Quieter Due to European Regulations: Report

    It sounds like the era of tire-shredding, neighbor-maddening hooligan cars from Mercedes-AMG might be coming to an end. In addition to allegedly ditching rear-wheel drive, future AMG cars will apparently be quieter in order to comply with increasingly stringent noise regulations in Europe. 

    Speaking to Australia’s Motoring after the publication drove the noticeably quieter CLA45 S and A45 S hot hatch, Mercedes-AMG head of product planning for compact cars Bastian Bogenschutz said upcoming AMGs sold in all markets would be affected and quieted down thanks to Europe’s new noise rules. We’ve reached out to AMG to ask how this would affect vehicles bound for the U.S. and will update this story when we hear back.

    “It’s coming from the European regulations,” Bogenschutz said. “We can [design specific exhausts] but it’s too expensive for every market to do it, it’s pretty difficult.” 

    The protocol has now changed so that cars in Europe are tested with the exhaust set to its loudest setting. In response, Mercedes-AMG has piped “sound enhancement” into the cabin to give drivers the vrooms, pops, crackles, and bangs they expect from a hot Mercedes. 

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    “The regulations were getting pretty difficult for the sound to just come from the exhaust system,” Bogenschutz explained. “So we added the AMG pure performance sound, there we take the real sound from the exhaust system, the pulsation of the real sound and move it inside the car. It works together with the exhaust system.”

    We guess AMG owners wanting a little more auditory oomph will have to go to the aftermarket from now on. 

    Just last week, a report surfaced alleging that the current C63 would be the last one to feature full-time rear-wheel drive and that the next hot rod C-Class would get all-wheel drive with Drift Mode, putting an end to a long line of rear-drive-only sports sedans.

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    The Updated Mercedes-AMG E53 Is Here With 429bhp And Drift Mode

    The Updated Mercedes-AMG E53 Is Here With 429bhp And Drift Mode - News

    It’s facelift time for the Mercedes E-Class, and yes, that includes the AMG stuff. A refreshed E63 is due soon, but for now, we can take a closer look at the rejigged version of the E53.

    The first change you might clock is the front-end – the E53 gets its own grille similar to the ‘Panamerica’ design found on the AMG GT and the C63. The rear bumper on the saloon is new, while both the four-door and the estate get fresh diffuser inserts plus new light clusters.

    The Updated Mercedes-AMG E53 Is Here With 429bhp And Drift Mode - News

    Both versions can be had with new 19 and 20-inch “aerodynamically optimised” wheels. Meanwhile, the colour palette has been extended to include graphite grey metallic, mojave silver metallic and high-tech silver metallic.

    There are tweaks in store in the cabin, where you’ll find a new steering wheel. Behind it sits – as before – a twin-screen layout (one for the instrument cluster, one for the infotainment), although it’s running the much newer MBUX software complete with voice command functionality.

    The Updated Mercedes-AMG E53 Is Here With 429bhp And Drift Mode - News

    Nothing has changed under the bonnet. Here, you’ll find a 3.0-litre straight-six providing 429bhp and 384lb ft, which is sent to all four wheels. The petrol engine is teamed up with a 48-volt mild hybrid system which provides a very brief 21bhp/184lb ft ‘EQ Boost’ under hard acceleration. 0-62mph is taken care of in 4.5 seconds, unless you’re in the estate, in which case it’s 4.6sec.

    What is new is the option of the AMG Dynamic Plus Package. It’s the first time this has been offered on one of the ‘lesser’ AMG Mercs, and it includes an AMG Performance steering wheel with driving mode buttons, helping ensure you can find the new ‘Race’ mode nice and quickly. The pack also means the E53 now has a Drift Mode. Happy days!

    The Updated Mercedes-AMG E53 Is Here With 429bhp And Drift Mode - News

    We don’t know how much the new E53 costs just yet, but to give you some idea, the outgoing version was priced from £61,835. First UK deliveries will begin this summer.

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    C118 Mercedes-AMG CLA35 and CLA45 S 4Matic+ introduced in Thailand, priced at RM535k to RM670k

    The C118 Mercedes-Benz CLA has been announced for Thailand, and the second-gen four-door coupe will go on sale in the Kingdom initially in two Mercedes-AMG variant forms, the CLA 35 4Matic and CLA 45 S 4Matic+, priced at 3.99 million baht (RM535,500) and 4.99 million baht (RM669,800) respectively, the Bangkok Post reports.

    Unveiled in April last year, the CLA 35 is powered by a M260 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine, which produces 302 hp (306 PS) at 5,800 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 3,000 to 4,000 rpm, and this is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, with power sent to all four wheels via a 4Matic fully-variable all-wheel drive system. Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 4.9 seconds and an electronically-limited 250 km/h top speed.

    Standard kit includes a new-generation steering wheel with a flattened lower section, perforated leather and red contrast stitching with metal gearshift paddles and a Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system.

    As for the CLA 45 S, which was revealed last July, its M139 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine develops 416 hp (421 PS) at 6,750 rpm and 500 Nm of torque from 5,000 rpm, which is 34 hp and 20 Nm more than that found on the base CLA 45, which already manages the 0-100 km/h run in 4.1 second and has a 270 km/h top speed.

    The mill is mated to an eight-speed AMG Speedshift DCT 8G dual-clutch transmission, with an AMG Performance 4MATIC+ fully-variable all-wheel drive system in tow. Standard fit items for the Thai-spec CLA 45 S will include AMG bucket seats.

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    Current-Gen Mercedes-AMG C63 Will Be Company's Final RWD-Only Sports Sedan: Report

    Those who believe a true Mercedes-AMG machine should exclusively be rear-wheel-drive, look away now. According to anonymous sources speaking to Top Gear, the next-generation C63 will get Drift Mode-enabled all-wheel-drive, just like its E63 big brother. It’ll very likely mark the end of AMG’s rear-wheel-drive, tire-shredding super sedans. 

    (Mercedes aficionados will point out, however, that the S65, which is still very much a Mercedes sedan and undeniably super, is still offered with RWD. But that’s a $230,000 limousine that’s likely on its way out and not really a sports sedan in the same sense the C63 and its competitors are.)

    Given where the German super sedan genre has been headed in recent years, we can’t say this news is all that surprising. Along with the aforementioned E63, even the BMW M5 has gone part-time RWD with AWD being the default. According to a previous rumor, the next M3 will apparently also be available in an xDrive AWD model with a pure RWD version being offered alongside it. Audi, meanwhile, has specialized in Quattro AWD for decades and is probably twiddling its thumbs smugly right now, watching everybody else play catch-up. 

    The report goes on to say the next C63 will be out in 2021 and keep the current car’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. Power will likely increase with the S model predicted to put out 542 horsepower, up from the 503 present in today’s model. In AWD mode, zero to 62 miles per hour will probably take around three seconds.

    We’ve reached out to Mercedes for comment and will update this story when we hear back.

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    2020 Mercedes-AMG GLA45, GLA45 S debut – up to 421 hp/500 Nm, 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds, 270 km/h

    Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the hottest versions of its GLA compact crossover yet – the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4Matic+ and the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 S 4Matic+. Starting with the MFA2 platform H247 GLA that made its debut in December 2019 as a base, the AMG versions here employs the 2.0 litre, turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine as featured in the Mercedes-AMG A 45 and A 45 S.

    The 1,991 cc M139 engine produces 387 hp at 6,500 rpm and 480 Nm of torque between 4,750 rpm and 5,000 rpm in the base GLA 45, and 421 hp at 6,750 rpm and 500 Nm of torque between 5,000 rpm and 5,250 rpm in the GLA 45 S. Both versions send their outputs to an AMG Speedshift DCT 8G dual-clutch transmission and the AMG Performance 4Matic+ fully variable all-wheel-drive system.

    Thus equipped, the GLA 45 does the 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h, while the higher-output GLA 45 S does the benchmark run in 4.3 seconds and a slightly higher top speed at 270 km/h. Combined fuel consumption for the GLA 45 is rated at 9.2 l/100 km with CO2 emissions at 211 g/km, while the GLA 45 S is rated at 9.3 l/100 km with CO2 emissions at 212 g/km.

    Like on the W177 A45 and C118 CLA45 launched last year, the GLA 45’s driveline features AMG Torque Control, which gives the system the ability to vary outputs not just between front and rear axles, but also between the left and right rear wheels by means of a twin clutch pack for torque vectoring. Also like on its 45-badged siblings, the GLA 45’s engine has been rotated 180 degrees relative to that in the 35-badged models in order to enable shorter paths for both intake and exhaust manifolds.


    To handle the prodigious outputs, Mercedes-AMG has given the GLA 45 bodyshell reinforcements to cope; a lightweight aluminium plate fitted beneath the engine increases the car’s torsional rigidity at the front end, supplemented by diagonal struts at the front and rear ends of the underbody. These additions significantly reduce lateral and longitudinal movements of the bodyshell, thus reduced pitching and rolling motions during load changes when driving.

    Suspension on the GLA 45 come courtesy of a MacPherson strut configuration for the front, and a four-link layout for the rear. Adaptive damping is provided by AMG Ride Control, offering three levels of suspension stiffness. The system adjusts damping forces for each of the four corners fully automatically, adjusting within milliseconds and is infinitely adjustable, according to the company.

    Similar to A 45 convention, braking for the base GLA 45 is handled by 350 mm x 34 mm ventilated and perforated brake discs with four-piston monobloc calipers in front, and 330 mm x 22 mm discs with one-piston floating calipers feature at the rear; the standard brake calipers are grey with white AMG lettering.

    The GLA 45 S and the base model with the optional AMG Dynamic Plus package get the larger, six-piston fixed calipers with 360 mm x 36 mm front brake discs, here featuring red calipers and black paint for the AMG logo. Rolling stock is a set of 19-inch 10-spoke wheels for the base model, while the S gains 20-inch rollers in a five-twin-spoke design; 21-inch items are optionally available for the GLA 45 and GLA 45 S.

    As on comtemporary 45-series AMGs, steering comes courtesy of a speed-sensitive electromechanical setup with variable ratios. This will be either heavier in a sporty setting or lighter in the more comfort-oriented modes, and six drive modes are offered in the GLA 45 S and part of the optional AMG Drive Select Plus package, comprised of Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual and Race.

    This links to the powertrain and transmission, exhaust, steering and suspension parameters. Inside, the MBUX infotainment system is treated to AMG-specific visual highlights in the displays, with Classic, Sport and Supersport display styles on offer for driver instrumentation. The AMG menu provides model-specific displays for a gear speed indicator, warm-up, set-up, g-meter, Racetimer and engine data.

    This is in addition to the voice control functions with the cue ‘Hey Mercedes’ which grants access to infotainemnt and vehicle system functions. Standard on the S variant and optional on the base model, AMG Track Pace software is included in the MBUX infotainment system offer racetrack-use monitoring of more than 80 vehicle-specific data points, including speed, acceleration and more.

    Acceleration and deceleration values can be measured and saved, and the AMG Track Pace can also detect when the vehicle has left the circuit or taken a shorter route, using GPS data as well as acceleration, gyroscope, steering angle and wheel speed sensors. Here, the MBUX Augmented Reality function can also show an ideal line for a stored racetrack on the multimedia or head-up display, in essence providing virtual racetrack instruction.

    Also included as standard in the GLA 45 S is the AMG Performance steering wheel trimmed in nappa leather and Dinamica microfibre textile with contasting stitching, while standard upholstery is a combination of black Artico synthetic leather and Dinamica microfibre. Seatbelts in the GLA 45 are red designo items, while the dashboard gets carbon-fibre-look trim. Four different leather upholstery choices are also available.

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