Mercedes’ "Green Monster" G-Wagen was spotted again, this time powering through frigid temperatures and snow drifts. Its portal axles, tall tires, remote-reservoir shocks, and massive V-8 make it an unstoppable force off road.
Spy Shots: Mercedes G63 AMG 4x4 Green Monster Testing On The Snow originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 18:30 EST.
Mercedes-AMG models cost a lot of money, so not everybody can afford to get one this Holiday season. But Mercedes-Benz Accessories is giving buyers a less expensive alternative with the release of five exclusive Mercedes-AMG "White Series" scale models. These limited-edition 1:18 scale models were created by model car design specialist GT Spirit right down the model’s minutest of details. The first batch of releases cover the first five models of the series, featuring AMG vehicles like the A45 AMG Edition 1, the CLA 45 AMG Edition 1, the C63 AMG Black Series, the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake, and the G65 AMG.
The details behind the creation of the scale models are pretty impressive. GT Spirit actually used 70 to 100 different parts to create these pint-sized mirror images of the actual AMG vehicles. All five models were also given designo diamond-bright white bodies, the same finish all of the real-life AMG models currently offer. A special polyurethane-resin was also used on the body of the models, creating intricate details specifically taken from their full-sized counterparts. Lastly, each of the scale models were given AMG metal plates that show the individual numbering of the specific piece. The numbers go from 0001 to 1000, driving home the point that these scale models come with a lot of exclusivity.
More AMG models are expected to follow suit until GT Spirit runs the entire gamut of Mercedes-AMG’s portfolio. For now, these five models are what’s available and each one of them costs €119 ($148 as of 12/11/2014) per piece. If you’re interested in any one of these models as holiday presents, you can check for their availability at any one of Mercedes-Benz’s sales partners.Unfortunately, although you can buy these scale models now, you’ll have to gift wrap a picture, as they do not ship until January 2015.
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Holiday Gift Idea: Mercedes-AMG Limited Edition "White Series" Scale Models originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 11 December 2014 10:00 EST.
The monstrosity that is the Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 first entered our lives in March 2014, packing just about everything we needed in the event zombies start overpowering our world. Back then, Mercedes announced that it was building a limited number of the six-wheeled monolith, essentially cutting off supply for everyday Joes to score one for themselves.
Well, fret not, because it appears that Mercedes-AMG is making a fresh batch of awesome G63 AMGs, albeit with the standard four-wheel configuration. It’s admittedly not as awesome as the six-wheeled, three-axle variety, but this new version still packs quite an intimidating punch.
Our spy photographers captured the vehicle doing test runs in southern Europe, dubbing it the G63 AMG Green Monster. We’re not exactly sure that it’s the actual name of the vehicle, but the description does fit on account of the prototype’s splashy neon-green finish and its imposing posture.
All the design elements of the 6x6 appear to have been included in the Green Monster, minus the two wheels and the flatbed out. That’s not to say that the Green Monster is less frightening; it just has two less wheels to scare us with.
Updated 12/11/2014: Based on the recent spy shots we created a rendering for the future G63 AMG 4X4. Check it out after the jump.
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Mercedes-Benz is planning some pretty major updates to the entirety of its product line. In a bid to fill every nook and cranny of the luxury auto market with some form of the three-pointed star, the company recently announced its intention to release eleven all-new models over the course of the next five years, which is in addition to ten new plug-in hybrids scheduled for release in the next three years.
To help sort through the glut of new cars, Mercedes has come up with a fresh nomenclature system that will be applied to all upcoming releases going into 2015. This system differentiates between vehicles via one to three upper case letters, which designate the car type (“GL” for SUVs/off-roaders, “CL” for four-door coupes, “SL” for roadsters, etc.) and core model series (A, E, S, etc.), plus lower case letters for the drive system (“d” for diesel, “h” for hybrid, etc.).
With this information in hand, we can breakdown the future model lineup with relative confidence, filling in the gaps as we go.
What new models will we see coming from Mercedes? Read on to find out.
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Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 5 December 2014 14:00 EST.
Sometimes it’s hard to comprehend just how fast electric cars can be. Take for example, this Tesla Modes S P85. It sits side by side with a twin-turbocharged V-8 lurking inside a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG. Don’t forget that V-8 pumps out an impressive 536 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission and a four-wheel-drive system. However, as this video shows, things aren’t always as they seem.
The Tesla’s 85-kWh battery pumps out 416 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, which is good enough for a 0-to-60-mph run of four seconds and a quarter-mile time in the 12-second range. Around town, the battery has enough juice for a leisurely 265-mile drive on a single charge. That’s immensely impressive considering the Model S can carry five adults and two smaller children.
Without spoiling the outcome, both high-performance machines give it all they got once the Christmas tree turns green. Its also extremely odd to consider just how different these two are. One is a bygone German military machine with modern luxury aspirations with a thirst for dead dino blood while the other is a modern take on the electric car built wholly inside the United States by American workers for the purpose of conserving natural resources and promoting environmental awareness.
It’s sort of ironic that these vehicles’ exterior colors match their stark differences to a tee.
Video: Tesla Model S P85 Vs. Mercedes G63 AMG on the Drag Strip originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 16 November 2014 06:00 EST.
I don’t know many cars that invite the kind fear that comes with seeing a Dartz Prombron barreling toward you in your rearview mirror. Lest we all forget, the Promboron is the all-conquering, military grade assault vehicle from the demented minds of Latvian manufacturer Dartz. On its own, the Prombron is already going to make your stomach quiver. But Dartz just had to create a special edition Black Shark "Spy Grey" model that’s as frightening as its name implies.
The model itself is based on a Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. That’s a good thing because we won’t have to assume that it’s actually from another world entirely. But being based on the GL-Class is the only thing ‘ordinary’ about the Prombron Black Shark ‘Spy Grey’.
Everything about it speaks to the level of lunacy Dartz tries to share to the world. It’s got enough military-grade features to become an assault vehicle in its own right. It’s got a 6.0-liter, V-12 engine that’s been tuned to produce ungodly amounts of power. Heck, it even has electrochromatic privacy windows that I don’t even know how to properly encapsulate without getting little tinges in my arms.
In essence, the Dartz Prombron Black Shark is the car we all dream of owning. There’s nothing exotic about the Prombron Black Shark other than the fact that owning one will put you in the same class as fictional dictators from the fictional country of Wadiya.
Hardly the company to be proud of, but if it means sharing in the joys of the Prombron, none of that should even matter.
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The venerable Mercedes-Benz G-Class is celebrating 35 years of uninterrupted production in 2014, and the Germans are celebrating the milestone with a special-edition SUV. The G-Wagen has soldiered on largely unchanged since its introduction in 1979, a feat that not even the Land Rover Defender has managed to achieve, with the British SUV discontinued after 32 years on the market. Mercedes has all the reasons to celebrate and its vehicle of choice for this special occasion is the G-Class Edition 35.
As with most special edition Mercs, the G-Class Edition 35 comes with everything a regular and very capable G-Class has to offer, but with a few exterior and interior goodies on top. Special, Designo-made paints, exciting color contrasts and a bespoke interior is what makes the Edition 35 a cool SUV to own.
The only downside to it is that you can’t buy it in the United States. Read on to see what you’re missing unless you live in Germany.
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