1971 Mechatronik Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Vs. 2012 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG [Car and Driver]
Sam Smith takes a look at the Mechatronik 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 M-Coupe and the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG to see how much Mercedes has and hasn’t changed over the years in the latest episode of Car and Driver: Tested.
Slimane Toubal 2015 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster Design Study
Slimane Toubal, a professional clay artist from France who has worked with several automakers around the world including Audi, Honda and more recently, at PSA Peugeot-Citroen’s China office, used his free time to create his own vision of what a modern-day 300 SL should look like.
The result is a design study that is more heavily influenced by the styling of the original 1950s 300 SL compared to the current SLS AMG.
Toubal penned both a coupe with the classic ‘Gullwing’ style doors and a roadster model, which unlike the soft-top SLS AMG, uses a retractable hardtop.
The station wagon’s sleek appearance will come to no surprise to those following the news, not only because the CLS Shooting Brake is based on the 2010 concept model of the same name, but also due to the fact that over past few months, we’ve caught countless spy shots of the production prototypes while testing in Europe.
The German language edition of Autoblog.com that posted these pictures, says that the CLS Shooting Brake will launch with an initial lineup of four models.
These include two diesels, the CLS 250 CDI with a 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbo rated at 201hp (204PS) and the CLS 350 CDI powered by a 3.0-liter V6 delivering 261hp (265PS), and two petrol models, the CLS 350 with a 302hp (306PS) 3.5-liter V6 and the CLS 500 sporting a 4.7-liter V8 turbo producing 402hp (408PS).
A CLS 63 AMG version of the Shooting Brake series equipped with a 5.5-liter bi-turbocharged V8 rated at 530bhp (537PS) in standard trim will follow within the next year or so.
Väth has revealed its latest restoration project in the guise of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3. Codenamed W109, the full size limousine was a predecessor to the S-Class and was built from 1967 to 1972.
The German firm stripped the 300 SEL 6.3 down to the bare metal and either replaced or repaired any parts that needed fixing, including the massive 6.3-liter M100 V8 engine, which was disassembled and re-built.
Väth says the factory 6.3-liter unit produces a peak output of 247hp (250PS) at 4,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 510Nm (376 lb-ft) allowing the limo to sprint from standstill to 100km/h (62mph) in 6.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 220km/h (137mph).