2013 Range Rover vs. 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG! [Head 2 Head Episode 32]
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman pits the 2013 Range Rover against the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG. Several technical & challenging obstacles await as these two SUVs navigate a purpose-built off road course. Did we mention that the course also happens to be the testing grounds for Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year? Old school meets new school as tried & true German engineering squares off against cutting edge British gadgetry.
Of course, no comparison between these two status symbols would be complete without a visit to their natural habitat… the mean streets of Beverly Hills, CA. While both of these contenders will get you through the dirt in style, which of these two uber-luxury six figure SUVs is most befitting of high society? Join us as we find out.
Aston Martin DB9 vs Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG! [Head 2 Head Episode 26]
German engineering meets British charm as Jonny Lieberman pits the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG against the 2013 Aston Martin DB9 on this episode of Head 2 Head. While both brands are synonymous with luxury, underneath their hoods lies some seriously massive hand built V-12 engines. Dynamic testing & mountain roads await as we find out which is the better super coupe for the modestly wealthy.
Merc’s Affalterbach-based performance division has decided to sprinkle a little of the SLS magic on the C-Class. Thus it launched the C 63 AMG “Edition 507” that puts out 500HP (507PS) and 610 Nm (450 lb-ft) of torque; that makes it 50 ponies more powerful than the stock C 63 AMG and beats the AMG Development Packaged equipped version by 20HP.
Unlike the Black Series, though, which only comes as a coupe, the “Edition 507” will be available as a sedan and an estate, too, with the latter being one tenth of a second slower than the other two on the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint.
Externally, the new version features dark-tinted headlamps, an aluminum bonnet with two air outlets “borrowed” from the Black Series variant, new 19-inch lightweight alloys with 235/35 front and 255/30 rear tires, a high-gloss black finish on details like the surrounds of the grille and the daytime driving lights, and an exclusive platinum paintjob..
Power is still directed to the rear wheels via the 7-Speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT auto gearbox, while stopping is taken care off by carbon ceramic discs that measure 360 mm in diameter up front and feature six- and four-piston red calipers at the front and rear respectively.
The C 63 AMG “Edition 507” will make its international debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5. The sales release will begin on April 8 and the market launch in Germany in June.
Prior Design Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé AMG Black Edition
Prior Design has developed a styling package that can turn your regular C-Class Coupe into a looker.
The German tuner’s aero kit mimics the looks and styling of the original C63 AMG Coupe Black Edition adding a new front with an integrated lip spoiler, a wide rear bumper with a diffusor, side skirts, wide front and rear wheel fenders and hood vents.
The price of Prior Design’s wide body kit is €7,900 or about GBP 6,415 and US$10,300, though it is not noted if it includes installation (probably not).
To complete the look you will have to add a set of alloy wheels, spacers and different tires, which are also available from Prior Design.
Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG vs Bentley Mulsanne! [Head 2 Head Episode 22]
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Jonny Lieberman takes you into the world of the top 1% as he pits the Bentley Mulsanne against the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG. Which car is the ultimate toy for the rich and famous?
The most hardcore iteration of the SLS AMG with the Black Series moniker is said to borrow bits and pieces from the race-spec GT3 model including parts for the heavily tweaked 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 622hp (631PS) at 7,400rpm, 39hp more than the 2013 SLS AMG (583hp / 591PS).
On the other hand, the Black Series’ V8 delivers 11 lb-ft less torque at 468lb ft arriving at 5,500rpm. It is said to complete the 0-100km/h (62mph) in 3.6 seconds and top out at 315km/h (196mph), making it 0.1 seconds faster in the sprint but 1mph or 2km/h slower in terms of maximum speed.
Other noteworthy changes include a revamped chassis with wider tracks, reprogrammed electronics, lowered suspension and carbon ceramic breaks, plus new 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, and an assortment of aero upgrades.