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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Review

2014 CLA45 AMG

The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG, considerably the best cross between a car like the Mitsubishi EVO (no relation) and high-end luxury. The car offers all of the sport you’ll need with a 2.0 four-cylinder turbocharged engine running 355 hp to all four wheels while offering all the luxury you can only imagine from Mercedes-Benz. Does that seem too good to be true? Bucky Worboys and I had the honor of finding out for ourselves.

As the CLA45 AMG was delivered, I gave it a walk around and admired the sportsmanship crafted into the minor details. Carbon fiber trim and AMG touches graced the brake calipers, wheels and tags. The Benz gives you every indication that it was built to perform while up close, and from a distance it appears to simply be a luxury sedan. I stepped inside to take a closer look and was welcomed by an unexpected level of luxurious comfort.

The seats, while excellent, were slightly troubling for me to adjust, not because levers were out of reach or hard to maneuver, but because there were so many controls, I wasn’t sure which button did what. Once I was adjusted and ready, I turned my attention to the center console. Controls were easy to use and took no time to get used to; everything on the 5.8 inch display screen was self explanatory and simple. The sound system was, of course, pristine, and the atmosphere inside boasted a fantastic balance between luxury and sport. Our only complaint was the locks, which were plastic and felt out of place in the luxurious interior.

2014 CLA45 AMG

We left the duPont REGISTRY headquarters and went for a drive around Saint Petersburg. While I was not driving, the car handled incredibly well; at no point did I feel body roll or as though my seat would lose its grip on me. The AMG produces absurd amounts of power due to a reworked, larger turbo that makes 355 hp possible from such a small engine. The turbo pulls up to 26.1 psi to make the drive simply ludicrous when comparing to other AWD four cylinder turbo engines, such as the EVO and Subaru WRX STI. With paddle shifters controlling the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, fun would be an understatement.

Approaching our signature “S” curves, Worboys needed to only use one hand while cutting around the corners; the AMG ran our course like it was a walk in the park. Then, we approached the straightaway.  The launch was quick and smooth, shifts connected with ease and the engine released a powerful note. Sprinting from 0-60 mph took only 4.4 seconds, and returning to zero was quick and effortless.

The CLA45 AMG offers everything anyone could ask for in a sedan. It provides the most powerful four cylinder engine on the market that has a better power to displacement ratio than the Porsche 911 and is coupled with outstanding comfort. The CLA45 AMG is a sedan built for those who enjoy the feel of a rally car but refuse to be deprived of luxury. By purchasing this vehicle you can face any climate with confidence while having fun, all while safely getting the kids to school.

2014 CLA45 AMG


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Posted by: Ed Jones
Posted on: 11/20/2013 at 3:59 AM
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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary Edition

 

Mercedes-Benz is celebrating 45 years of the AMG-Mercedes branding by releasing 5 special edition SLS AMG GT3′s.   It comes with an AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine, a designo magno graphite matte paint, AMG light-allow wheels, six-point seat belts, and a “1 of 5″ logo on the seats and center console.  Also, Mercedes is decking this car out with carbon fiber.  It features carbon fiber doors, bonnet, mudguards, boot lid, rear wings, front and rear apron, front splitter, rear diffuser, dashboard, center console, and co-driver safety cell.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary Edition will cost you a cool $578,250.

 


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Posted by: Ed Jones
Posted on: 10/8/2012 at 9:32 AM
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Mercedes Creates ‘Silver Arrows’ Yacht Concept

 

Unbeknownst to many, Mercedes-Benz’s three-pointed star logo signifies the three modes of transportation: land, air and sea.  They clearly have taken a liking to the land category and have also created a Eurocopter EC145 that was designed by Mercedes-Benz Style which graced the skies with the three-pointed star.  But what about the sea?

This is where the Silver Arrows Marine comes in.  They are working with Mercedes-Benz designers to create one of the most elegant yachts to take to the high seas.  Silver Arrows Marine is responsible for the boat’s technical equipment and construction, while Mercedes-Benz is involved with the boat’s layout, use of space, exterior and interior.

Mercedes quotes the yacht’s length at 14 meters, and say it will suitable for a wide range of uses.  They say it will be not only be suitable for a day on the water, but it will also be perfect for overnight stays.

Mercedes and Silver Arrows Marine are being quite secretive about this boat, but they are sure to break sometime soon.  This yacht will shake up the boating world when it is released, and will change the way you think about Mercedes.

 

[Source: Mercedes-Benz]

 


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Posted by: Ed Jones
Posted on: 9/25/2012 at 10:53 AM
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Review of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4MATIC

 

Most automotive enthusiasts scoff at crossovers, but the Mercedes Benz’s new GLK350 4MATIC should grab the attention of even the most pretentious automotive connoisseur.  Powered by a 3.5-liter direct-injection V6, this little SUV can pump out some decent power. How much?  Well 302hp and 273 lb-ft torque and a 7-speed automatic transmission with a Direct Select shifter is used to grind you through the gears.  But Mercedes isn’t about the power, they are more-so about the class and luxury of the car.

From the outside, the GLK 350 4MATIC looks great.  The redesign creates a crossover worth looking at.  It doesn’t seem squished or elongated like most crossovers.  It has a nice shape with great lines, and a great front end.  The interior is where this car really shines.  The seats were comfortable, the dash was gorgeous and the overall feel was phenomenal.  As I sat in the Jimmy John’s parking lot in the GLK350, I felt like I was in a different world set apart from the outside world.  I felt as though I were sitting in my own first-class bubble.  The packages that were included with our model helped the luxurious feel of the car.  Ours had the premium 1 package, the leather package, multimedia package, AMG styling package, and the driver assistance package.  All of these packages added up to $13,280, a rather large amount.  So if you want true luxury on the inside of your GLK350, you may have to spend a couple extra dollars on top of the $39,090 MSRP.

On the road, the GLK350 drove like a dream.  It had plenty of power, little body roll and came around the corners with an exciting amount of torque.  The steering around the corners was also a pleasant surprise.  Thanks to an amazing electric steering system, turning was responsive and very it made the GLK350 seem very agile.  But barreling through corners is not what this vehicle was meant for.  It was meant for taking the family out, picking up the kids, and doing other family type things that families do nowadays.

If you are looking for a family SUV that doesn’t take up the whole garage, this may be the perfect vehicle for you.  Not only is it powerful and good looking, it is also pretty easy on the pocket.  Not only did Mercedes strive to give the 2013 GLK350 a decent MSRP, they also made it more fuel efficient.  An ECO engine start/stop system is included, which works well to save gas, but I found it a bit annoying.   But I will say stopping at the gas station and spending money is much more annoying that hearing the engine click off.

 


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Posted by: Ed Jones
Posted on: 9/13/2012 at 4:29 AM
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The Invisible Mercedes-Benz

Invisible Mercedes Benz

Mercedes-Benz turned a B-Class hatchback invisible to promote its first production fuel-cell that produces only water vapor and heat. Mercedes used almost $263,000 worth of LED mats that covered one side of the car. A camera was mounted on the other side of the vehicle and the LEDs reproduced the image from the side of the vehicle that had the camera on it in order to blend the hatchback in with its surrounding environment in Stuttgart, Germany. Mercedes was able to do this because of a lot of power sources such as computers and other things; which its estimated that all of this power equipment totaled 1,100 lbs. We hope it comes to the States!

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Posted by: Tabitha Foss
Posted on: 3/9/2012 at 11:57 AM
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Black Series AMG Cigarette Boat

50 Marauder Cigarette Boat inspired by C63 AMG

The alliance of Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing has created the perfect sea monster, the Black Series 50’ Marauder Cigarette boat, inspired by the C63 AMG Black Series and introduced at the 2012 Miami Boat Show. The C63 AMG Black Series is one of the most powerful C-class of all time, producing 510 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque from its 6.3-liter V-8 engine. This high-revving beast can accelerate to 60 mph in about 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 186 mph. The C63 will be arriving to U.S dealerships sometime in April, 2012. However, don’t expect your 50’ Marauder to have the same engine or specs as the C63 because it is just an inspiration, not a replication.

The 50’ Marauder features a striking black and white design scheme throughout that matches the C63 and is upholstered with luxurious Alcantara. It also has more than 100 billet aluminum pieces used all over, including the dash, grab handles, seat supports, sound system, and various trim accents. The 50’ Marauder is powered by two Mercury Racing 1350 engines, making 2700 total horsepower. According to Mercedes-Benz press release, “the boat's speed is matched only by its smooth efficiency, running on pump fuel, without headers, with a warranty, combining for an exciting day on the water for the most discerning performance boat aficionado.” In our opinion, the boat looks amazing and it will be interesting to see how well it does on the market.

50 Marauder Black Series

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Posted by: Tabitha Foss
Posted on: 3/1/2012 at 11:11 AM
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2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series priced at $105,000

Mercedes-Benz has released the official U.S. dollar figure for the 2012 C63 AMG Black Series, pricing it at $105,000, which is a $42,000-plus increase compared to the base 451-hp C63 AMG Coupe and not too far off from our original estimate of $102,000. The price disclosed by Mercedes does not include the destination charge, which has yet to be decided.

As you may recall, the most powerful C-Class ever features a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 producing 510 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. That’s 29 more horsepower than the base C63 AMG Coupe when equipped with the AMG Performance Package and 96 more horsepower than the $60,000 BMW M3 Coupe. Mercedes-Benz also released that car’s estimated weight, which is around 3,700 pounds. The loss of 200 pounds compared to the base C63 AMG Coupe can be contributed to the deletion of the backseat, but for those that would rather forgo the weight savings in order to take carry four, a backseat incorporating individual chairs is optionally available.

The C63 AMG Coupe Black Series is the fourth offering in the ultra-high-performance Black Series line. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series follows the not-for-the-U.S. 2007 SLK55 AMG Black Series, $135,000 2008 CLK63 AMG Black Series, and $300,000 2009 SL65 AMG Black Series. All Black Series models have been offered in extremely limited numbers (100, 300, and 350, respectively, for the aforementioned cars), and we expect nothing different for its latest vehicle.

2012 C63 AMG Black Series

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 2/22/2012 at 5:28 AM
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The results are in: Barrett-Jackson's 2012 Scottsdale auction

1948 Tucker Torpedo

More than 2,000 vehicles were auctioned off over a six-day span at the 2012 Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, which ran from January 16–22, 2012, and amounted to a total of $182 million in sales. The Barrett-Jackson Company was the leading seller at the auction with a total of $90.6 million in sales, selling off all but three of its lots. Its top-selling vehicle was a 1948 Tucker Torpedo, one of only 51 produced, which sold for $2,915,000. Another rare find was the one-of-a-kind 1954 Desoto Adventurer II coupe, which sold for $1,430,000. Not every vehicle did as well, though. The original General Lee, also known as Lee 1, sold for only $110,000, much lower than the seller had hoped.

Gooding & Company sold 97 percent of its lots (116 of 118) for a total amount of $39.8 million. Its top-selling vehicle was a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL alloy Gullwing, which sold for $4,620,000. Russo and Steele sold 63 percent of its lots (401 of 641). Its top-vehicle sold was a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88, which sold for $687,500. The Silver Auctions company had a total of $2.95 million in sales, selling 66 percent of its lots (175 of 267). Its top-selling car was a 1960 Facel Vega HK500 2dr Hardtop, which sold for $93,960. RM Auctions had a total of $24.7 million in total sales, selling 120 of 140 lots, which is about 86 percent. Its top-selling vehicle was a 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica coupe, which sold for $1,815,000. Last but not least, Bonhams had a cumulative total of $5.7 million in sales, selling about 60 percent of its lots, with its top-selling vehicle being a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet C, which sold for $667,000.

The total amount in sales for all the auction companies combined has risen from 2011 to around $157 million. As we can see, the classics did well this year but the rarer cars were the winners this season. Could this be a sign that the economy is finally turning around?

[via Hagerty]

1954 Desoto Adventurer II

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Posted by: Tabitha Foss
Posted on: 2/1/2012 at 9:55 AM
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Only red 2012 R8 GT Spyder in the country to be sold at 2012 Boca Raton concours event

Your chance to own the only red 2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder in the country is via the upcoming sixth-annual Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance auction being held on Saturday, February 25, 2012. Only 50 of the 333 R8 GT Spyders will make it stateside, and, of those 50, only one has been secured in the color red.

Offering rare or first-production Audi automobiles is nothing new for the Florida event. In 2011, the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance auctioned off the first R8 GT coupe in the country (as well as the first Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster, which now sits in the duPont REGISTRY showroom). In 2010, one of the first 2011 Audi R8 V-10 Spyders was auctioned off, and, in 2009, the first two Audi R8 V-10s were auctioned. The latter two brought in $500,000 and $350,000, respectively.

Also going to auction are some amazing one-off Shelbys to celebrate 50 years of the Shelby Cobra. The two limited-edition commemorative 2012 models going under the hammer are an 800-hp 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake and a 2012 Shelby GT350. Shelby built each of these cars specifically for the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance. Bidders will also have the chance to own the first authentic recreations being offered by Shelby: a 50th-anniversary 1962 Shelby Cobra 289 CSX8992 and two 1965 Shelby Cobra 427s (CSX6063 and CSX6100).

(Yes, the artist representation is in gold.)

Only Red 2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder to auction

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Posted on: 1/10/2012 at 3:53 AM
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Fleet of exotics, including 8 Ferraris, crash in Japan

A fleet of exotic supercars were involved in a disastrous crash in Japan on Sunday after one hit a median barrier and spun out of control. The crash included a stunning eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini, and three Mercedes. In total, 14 vehicles were involved. Luckily, no one was seriously injured. The Ferraris appear to include a white 512, a 430 Scuderia, F360s with large rear wings, and F355s. The pack of sports cars was headed to Hiroshima from Kyushu and eclipsing speeds of 90 mph according to initial reports. The accident occurred when one of the Ferraris tried to change lanes on the wet road and crashed into a median barrier, sparking a chain of events that led to the horrific crash. Damages are estimated at $3.8 million.

[via Yahoo! News]

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Posted on: 12/5/2011 at 4:14 AM
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