‘17 MERCEDES-BENZ C43 AMG: POINT & SHOOT COUPE!

17 MERCEDES-BENZ C43 AMG: POINT & SHOOT COUPE
‘It’s a usable point-and-shoot coupe, quite willing to play hard, and then settle down for a drive to dinner,’ blogs Dan Scanlan. I say AMG, and you say Mercedes-Benz’s hot rod, usually with a big V-8 hand-made by someone in Affalterbach, then signed on an alloy plaque on top. But just as the tuner started by Hans-Werner Aufrecht and Erghard Melcher has been fully folded into Mercedes-Benz, so have some changes come to what’s now called Mercedes-AMG. So while this all-wheel-drive C43 AMG has...
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MERCEDES-AMG & CIGARETTE RACING: SPEED THRILLS!

The Dynamic Duo dominates on land & sea! Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing are celebrating 10 years of cooperation this year and will be unveiling the latest high performance boat designed in collaboration with Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer for Daimler AG. The new Cigarette Racing boat was inspired by the breathtaking new Mercedes-AMG GT R and will make its world premiere at the Miami International Boat Show on February 16, 2017.For more information about luxury performance vehicle...
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’17 MERCEDES-BENZ SL65: SUNSHINE SUPERCAR!

“Dial ‘SL65’ if you want a classic aluminum-bodied two-seat roadster with an abundance of luxo-tech and V12 power,” blogs Dan Scanlan. Inside the ‘17 Mercedes-Benz SL65 Roadster’s sleek-but-familiar frame resides a supercar’s worth of power - a handcrafted twin-turbocharged 6-liter V-12 with, delivering 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque at a low 2,300 to 4,300 rpm. And, builder Antonio Donadai’s signature on its carbon fiber engine cover! This SL is the seventh in a series of arg...
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‘16 CADILLAC ATS-V: TORQUE IS KING!

The ATS-V Coupe’s aggressive looks plus a nimble chassis and powerful high-tech V-6 make it a match for BMW’s M, blogs Dan Scanlan. The holy grail of sports coupedom is the BMW M4 – 425-horsepower and 60-mph from a standstill in 4.1 seconds, and the dance moves of a prima ballerina combined with a cheetah. And until now, maybe only Mercedes-Benz’s varied AMG products could take on the Bimmer for the golden ring of sports coupes. That was until now. Say hello to my new best friend – the ‘16 Ca...
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’16 MERCEDES-AMG GT S: FLIGHT OF THE SILVER ARROW!

Mercedes-Benz throws down the gauntlet to Porsche’s 911 with its breathtaking new AMG GT S super-coupe. Road Test Editor Howard Walker takes it for a spin. There’s driving. And then there’s driving!     The kind of driving that gets your heart pounding like a supercharged jackhammer. Driving that has high-octane adrenaline fire-hosing through your veins. The kind of driving that has you shrieking like a sugar-rushed five-year-old riding Space Mountain for the first time. To e...
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’15 M-B S65 AMG: KING OF THE ROAD!

Dan Scanlan finds the S65 AMG to be an amazing car – half ultimate flagship and the other half muscle car king. And both halves behave beautifully. Doing a smoky burnout in a luxury flagship that can cocoon its passengers in massaging heated or cooled seats with a sound system that rivals most homes, seemed sacrilegious. Yet a tap of the right alloy pedal and our ‘15 S65 AMG spun its rear rubber and did a classic muscle car doughnut, then launched to 60-mph only 7/10ths-of-a-second slower t...
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MERCEDES-AMG-GT: A RACE CAR FOR THE STREET!

Mercedes-AMG GT boasts racetrack performance combined with superb everyday practicality. Is this the ultimate GT? The first Mercedes was a racing car and its most recent successor carries this heritage forward. With the new GT, the Mercedes-AMG sports car brand is moving into a new sports car segment. The GT is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG. It’s a front mid-engine design with a rear transaxle and use of lightweight intelligent aluminum construction, formi...
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RALLY FOR KIDS: SANTA BARBARA, CA!

Jim Palam covers car guys doing good, rallying for the United Boys & Girls Clubs. Benefiting the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, this past Saturday’s Rally For Kids was co-chaired by Dianna Starr and Montecito "Cars & Coffee" founder, Monte Wilson. Monte's wicked red Ferrari Challenge Stradale was the event’s lead car. 
There were some 35  cars competing, including Michael Hammer's Lincoln, the 2005 La Carrera Panamericana class winner. A growling...
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2014 MERCEDES-BENZ CLA45 AMG: BABY ROCKETSHIP!

Road Test Editor Howard Walker uncorks Mercedes’ new four-wheel-drive  four-banger super-sport sedan. Trust me, a cork exiting a New Year’s Eve bottle of bubbly doesn’t have anywhere near the ‘pop’ of a Mercedes CLA45 AMG exploding away from standstill. It’s truly a small package with a huge fizz! Holy crap, this thing is rapid. As in zero-to-60 mph sprinting in 4.2 seconds, according to Motor Trend’s stopwatch clickers. That’s quick. That’s clown-out-of-a-circus-canon quick! To put...
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