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At the latest Paris Auto Show, Mercedes unveiled the Cabriolet version of the already mighty AMG GT, the car came with one aesthetic tweak : roof goes on and off, and power tweaks.

The engine, mounted on the new AMG models is the same, it is the same 4.OL engine, V8, two turbos, but instead of producing 460 bhp on the regular engine, power was increased to reach 550 bhp, and 680 Nm in torque. All this results in a 0 to 100 kph race in just .6 seconds and 310 kph. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7‑speed dual-clutch transmission. The car uses refined elements of the more powerful sister, the AMG GT R, the rear axle differential is electronically controlled, with limited slip, in addition to that, there is the rear-wheel steering feature. Combined together, the car has better stability and is more enjoyable to drive.

On the outside, resemblance to the AMG GT R continues, from the features : a wide body, large wheels, a large “butt” and everything grew large compared to the AMG GT. Also the GT C comes with a soft top, so you need to sit still while some pistons, electric motors do stuff and magic to get the roof on or off. And you know dear readers, that weight in cars matters, so instead of having a heavy hard top, Mercedes opted for a soft top version, materials used in construction were Magnesium, steel and Aluminum.

Price tag isn’t announced yet, production will start on 2017, with more detailed features about the car, and the AMG 50th anniversary

GLC 43

With new models announced, new nomenclature and a new design philosophy, Mercedes Benz came with new engine variants, the 43 AMG variant, fitted each time to a new model, and now it is the time that the GLC coupe gets the treatment. Made for middle men with a sporty taste, or fast going families, the GLC 43 AMG was unveiled today by Mercedes, a month before Paris Auto Show.

The car power heart is a 3.0L V6 engine with two turbos buffing exhaust gas inside to add more power, it results in 362bhp and 520 Nm of torque. This engine has been already introduced in the C class, C class Estate, the E Class and the SLC, and there is more to come from it. It is more powerful than the bestselling range model : The GLC coupe 300 model. The small engine is capable of great deals, racing to 100 kph takes just 4.9 seconds, sadly it has his top speed limited to 250 kph. Transmitting power to wheels comes via AMG tweaked version of the Mercedes’ 4matic all-wheel-drive (69% to the rear; 31% to the front) with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

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The car has been fitted with adaptable suspension that works according to 5 driving modes : Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual. The driver can chose each mode via the Dynamic Select Menu, configurations will apply to engine, gearbox and steering as well. Also, the car sits on two options of wheels, either 19″ to the front and 19″ to the rear, or 21″ each. Body kit wise, it comes from AMG as a sporty package, plus a rear boot spoiler.

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With the official reveal in the Paris Auto Show (Mondial de l’automobile) more details will be revealed, like the price, interior options. Competition will be Porsche Macan, Jaguar F-pace 3.0L and the Audi Q5.

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The last hypercar from Mercedes was the legendary Mercedes Benz CLK GTR. It was able of doing a lot, and cost a lot too. After the Belgian GP, from “a high level source at Mercedes AMG”, confirmation came to Top gear that the hypercar is coming. 2017 is the 50th birthday, so it could be a good project to mark the dates.

After The AMG GT, and the C63 AMG, Mercedes is allowing production to another car from AMG division, it is said to be a hypercar, with many F1 characteristics, especially for the engine, it could be powered by three electric engines and a thermal F1 engine, exactly the internal combustion engine that is powering the W07 Mercedes car. Coupled with MGU-H and MGU-K units, this engine produces 730 bhp.  AMG CEO confirmed that the car will be fighting against Porsche 918, Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1. About the body, it may be a monocoque, carbon-fiber body, with weight reduction to achieve power to weight ratio 1:1.

The body could be similar to Aston Martin and Red Bull fruit of collaboration the AM-RB 001 with more class, and more sensual touch from Mercedes. It could also feature Mercedes technologies like the magic body control, active body control, rear-wheel steering, and even newer. The revealing depends on how fast the minds at Stuttgart are working.

 

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The F1 Belgian Grand Prix ended with a win for Mercedes , Nico Rosberg, who started from pole, carried on until the last lap, managing the advantage he had on his direct chaser, on the second march of the podium, Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo and to the big surprise of everyone Louis Hamilton closed the last march. It was a pretty thrilling race, with a Ferrari crash at the start with Verstappen, a virtual Safety car, a huge crash by Kevin Magnussen, a safety car and red flag.

The Race first stage : Penalties served, Hamilton sat on the last line with Fernando Alonso, before them was Gutierrez for Haas F1 who was serving a 10-places grid penalty and Marcus Ericsson who preferred to start from the pits. Pole was for Roseberg, next to him Verstappen and in the second line, the two Ferrari Horses ready to prance at any moment. Red lights gone off, Ferrari did an amazing start, until getting to the La Source virage, this is where all went funny : Vettel closed on Raikkonen who was pushing with Verstappen. It resulted in Vettel losing control over his car, waited for the field to clear to go again racing, Raikkonen sustained a puncture and front wing damage and Verstappen lost a chunk from his front wing. At the first lap, right after the Les Combes straight, Manor driver, Pascal Werlhein cleaned Jenson Button off the track, and carried him from behind, the two drivers quit. Carlos Sainz suffered a car puncture and tire explosion which ended his race. It all turned to the favor of Williams, Force India’s Hulkenberg, and Hamilton who grabbed a few places. At the end of the first lap, Roseberg was in the lead, then Hulkenberg and Ricciardo. Hamilton was 15th. The race carried on being eventful, until the 9th lap, where Magnussen lost control over his car in Radillion Eau Rouge, went in all directions and hit the tire wall. The crash was due to loss of control over the back of the car. Charlie, the race director ordered a safety car right away, but it lead to a 17 minutes red flag, until the tire wall was fixed. teams took their chance for change of race strategy, fixing damage on the cars.

Race Restart : The race restart was behind the safety car, who existed at the 11th lap. The drivers made use of fresher tires, and especially the long straights for impressive overtakes. Raikkonen and Verstappen touched once again, the Dutchman could have taken Ice Man into pieces while defending his place. Having an aggressive defense strategy and waiting for his opponent to go in a direction or another so that he makes his mind. Alonso, 3rd after the restart, had to undergo overtakes one after the other, to finish the race in the 7th place, 1 minute behind the lead. Hamilton, carried his way, but did not achieve more than the third place, the gap in the championship was reduced by 10 points, and Roseberg is second just by 9 points. Force India did a nice race in general, finishing 4th and 5th, advantage to Hulkenberg over Perez, they scored precious points and getting to the 4th place in the constructors championship.

Hamilton did the fastest lap of the race, cars being full on fuel, and tires being more used, he did a 1:51.583. Despite having a one stop strategy, Verstappen finished off the points, the last point was grabbed by Felipe Massa for Williams.

At the end of the race this is the final standing :

1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:44:51
2. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, + 14.113
3. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, + 27.634
4. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, + 35.907
5. Sergio Perez, Force India, + 40.660
6. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, + 45.394
7. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, + 59.445
8. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, + 60.151
9. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, + 61.109
10. Felipe Massa, Williams, + 65.873
11. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, +71.138
12. Esteban Gutierrez, Haas, +73.877
13. Romain Grosjean, Haas, +76.474
14. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, +87.097
15. Jolyon Palmer, Renault, +93.165
16. Esteban Ocon, Manor, + 1 lap
17. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, + 1 lap

As for the championship standing after the race (just the first 10 places) :

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AMG GT R reveal

Mercedes AMG introduced, in the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and with the craziest possible way, its new AMG GT R, which is a new variant of the AMG GT, that comes with sportier looks, faster, more powerful, and with a better brain. The AMG GT R, came from the sky, lifted by a helicopter and deposed in the Mercedes-Benz World test track in Brooklands, to be welcomed by an AMG GT-S and the AMG GT3. The introduction came hand in hand with the celebration of a 1,2,3 podium at the Nurburgring 24h. The three cars came straight to business, having fun, being tail happy, drifting, and giving it their best. It was all spectacular.

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First thing is first, the completely new look, the AMG GT R comes in a vibrant shade of green, after its teaser being made in forest, by the triple F1 world champion, Louis Hamilton. The car sits on lightweight, AMG performance wheels, in black matte color. The wheels were adjusted as follow, 19 inch to the front, and 20 inches to the rear, all four wheels have 325 wide Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires. The car has a low slug front section, with a forward inclined radiator vertical-strats grille which give it a shark nose expression. After spending many an hour in the wind tunnel, testing, and being reshaped, the AMG GT R came with a aerodynamic, muscular aggressive profile. Front fenders were used for both weight reduction, and better aerodynamic results, it also gives the car 1.8 inch more in width. In the rear, it has a large rear diffuser, new aluminum side walls, which allow a 2.2 inches addition to the width. It has a new air spoiler, and for weight gain, a high grade carbon roof. Total weight gain was 15 kgs compared to the AMG GTS.

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Under the bonnet lays the power train of the AMG GT R, the 4.0L twin Turbocharged tweaked V8 engine, the same M176 engine put inside the standard GT, but with more tweaks, is able to reach the same power figure as the old 5.5L M157 engine. So now, the engine unleashes 585 bhp, has a crazy torque of 700 Nm. Standing start to 100 kph takes 3,6 seconds which the same as the GT S variant. Top speed will be around 320 kph. All this was achieved thanks to the AMG speedshift DCT 7-speed automatic transmission. Not only that, but the new turbochargers fitted to the engine, have now 0,15 bars more compared to the old ones. Mercedes-AMG-GT-R-engine

On the inside, the old seats were removed, and instead, AMG fitted its sport, manually adjustable, seats for light weight. They are covered in NAPPA leather, and DINAMICA microfibre components, guess that the tailors at Mercedes AMG know what luxury, and being suited up means. The car comes with new AMG Interiour night package. Elements such as the infotainment system, the Burmester Sound System and Climate control were kept despite trying to save weight. Then, we go the buttons, and settings. The new AMG GT R is the first ever Mercedes Benz to feature rear-axle steering : at low speeds, the rear wheels tend to turn opposite to the front wheels, to have a tighter turning circle, whereas, at high speed, the rear wheels turn parallel to the front wheels to gain on stability. In addition to that, the car has new ESP and Traction Control mode, that works in 9 modes, from wet to off. The driver can adjust dumpers according to three driving modes : comfort for city drive, Sport and Sport plus, for crazy, go fetch drive. For the first time, Magnesium was used on some components to reduce weight. New suspensions were fitted; double wishbones and unibal bearings, for a more track focused drive, and coil cover spring, that adapts to the driving commands.

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The summer holidays are over for the F1 drivers and it is back to business. The first of the sessions was dominated by Nico Roseberg for Mercedes, doing 1:48.348, putting Louis Hamiltion 0,73 seconds behind him and third was Ferrari‘s Driver, Raikkonen 0,8 seconds behind the leader. Mercedes F1 GP was the only team to ever use the softest tyre, the super soft. Ferrari came with a more aggressive tyres strategy.

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Mercedes is gambling on Hamilton’s power unit, since they gave him a new Turbo and MGU-H (a motor-generator unit that recovers energy from the turbo) units, giving him a 15 place grid penalty, and they may resort to using a 7th turbo and MGU-H units which will give him another 15 place grid penalty, thus starting plain last.

Ferrari was 3rd and 5th on the first practice session, running on the soft tyres, which was refreshing for the Scuderia to be close to the Mercedes Team. The two Ferrari drivers were divided by the Force india Sergio Perez. Red Bull drivers were 6th and 7th. Max Verstappen had a tough moment with a huge oversteer in the Fagnes chicane.

It was hard for Alonso, the McLarenHonda driver, who wasn’t able to set a time, due to engine-related problems. Honda came up with upgrades to its power units and it seems not to work.

Manor introduced a new driver to the field, it is the Frenchman, Esteban Ocon, in replacement of the Indonesian, Rio Haryanto, after problems with the sponsorship. Ocon is Renault’s reserve driver and is under contract with Mercedes team. Ocon finished the first practice session 15th fastest, his best time was 1:51.787, he was +3 seconds off the lead, but he was better than his team mate, Pascal Wehrlein who did 1:52.837 and finished the session 19th.

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The practice session was run with protective halos by some drivers, like Nico Roseberg (Mercedes), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), Carlos Sainz (Torro Rosso) and Nico Hulkenberg (Force India). Tests are still being made to make sure the protective halos do not affect pilots visibility.

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which follows are the official results of the first practice session :

First Session resultsFor the second practice session done later this afternoon, Max Verstappen came first 1:48:085 dollowed by his team mate, Daniel Ricciardo 1:48:341 (+0.256) and the third was Nico Hulkenberg doing a 1:48:657 (0.572 off the lead). Verstappen promised more to come from his car, as tomorrow will be hotter. Hamilton focused more on the long runs, doing only 13th time.

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It did not go well for the Ferrari drivers, Kimi Raikkonen said that the car will behave better tomorrow, Vettel faced many traffic problems, it seemed like he was stuck in traffic all day, and he had problems making his tyres last longer, which was crucial for all the drivers. Ferrari ended the session in 4th place for Seb Vettel and 7th Place for Raikkonen.

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Hamilton wasn’t the only one to carry penalties, Fernando Alonso had his fair share too, with a 35 grid place penalties, due to engine change, for the FP1 failure. The Spaniard should make his start from the Netherlands maybe, Marcus Ericsson, Sauber driver, will serve a 10 place grid penalty for changing his engine.

It wasn’t the best day for massa, who qualified tyre pressure by a joke, the car wasn’t behaving, despite introducing a new chassis to his car, he said also that there is a lot of work to do, to compensate the deficit.

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The FIA placed sensors in the track for drivers who will cross the track limits, in turns 4 in Radillion Eau Rouge and turn 12 Pouhon. The final results for the FP2 are the following :

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Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Mercedes Benz‘s new born baby, The 2017 E Class. After many teasers, many spyshots, and news here and there on the Internet, Mercedes presented finally the newest E Class, and it the most sophisticated, the most intelligent, and I am not sure on the most beautiful.

As always, Mercedes put each of its new models on the throne of its class. Let’s talk engines first. The presented models, were both the E200 and the E220, presenting the all new Mercedes 4-cylinder engine. The E 200 4-cylinder produces up to 184 bhp and 300 Nm of torque, while the more efficient, more powerful diesel E 220 4 cylinder, produces up to 195 bhp and 400 Nm of torque. It has a staggering fuel consumption value of 3.9 L to the 100 km. The new 4-cylinder engines are more compact, smaller, with less space per cylinder. Still, it powerful, in both diesel and petrol engine, and efficient in both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Levels go up to 102 g per km, which is fascinating. Another new engine has been presented, and was fitted on the 350 e. It is a 2.0 Liter cylinder, coupled with an electric engine, and producing both up to 286 bhp and 550 Nm in torque. There are two 6-cylinder engines, one fitted on the E300 variant and the most powerful is for the E 400 4 matic. This engine can produce up to 333 bhp and a torque of 480 Nm, but this variant will be sold in Europe only. Of course, let us not forget the mighty AMG variants, The E63 AMG will be having a reworked version of the 4.0L engine fitted to the AMG GT, and C63 AMG, but it will produce around 600 bhp. All that thanks to reworks on the engine material, the turbos, the camshafts… All of these engines are equipped with a 9-gears tronic automatic transmission, as a standard feature. The new feature will be having a Speecshift AMG pack instead of the usual torque converter for all the models.

2017 Mercedes Benz E Class

As many of you noticed, the 2017 E Class, has a restructured face, new headlights, longer wheelbase, and a rear inspired from the S Class. These new “lines” give a direct idea to Mercedes new design philosophy. First of all, the E class is fitted with new Multibeam headlights that come with 84 independant LED bulbs. Road safety comes first, and Mercedes has been working quite hard on assuring the security of its cars, therefore, the new headlights turn towards the direction you’re headed to. Still, the car still has that impression of having the “4 eyes” a distinctive feature of the E class. Not only that, but the car new aggressive look is assured by a new revised grille, that comes with the tri-star in the middle. The new car lines improve the aerodynamics performance, the result is a staggering drag coefficient of 0.23. This improves the car road performance, and reduces overall fuel consumption.

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The most fascinating thing about the new E Class is the interior. Everyone talks about it. And it deserves a 6 star rating. It embodies Mercedes Benz philosophy, “The Best Or Nothing”. This is, so far, the best, most sophisticated interior I witnessed, and the new features it comes with, makes the E Class, once again, the best sedan to have. For everyone who got inside the car, the first noticeable thing is that, it looks like the S Class from the inside, it has the same guts, but a spirit of its own. The feature most expected is the the Remote Parking Pilot function, which allows you to park in or out the car using only your smartphone, so just a spin on a circle on your phone screen will have you guide your car, in or out of the parking spot. Not only that, but also, the E Class is fitted with a smarter steering wheel, with new touch control, which makes it feel like a smartphone. The E Class did not have just the same interior as the S Class but also, some of the technological features, such as the lane keeping assist, which maintains the car in the same driving line and the same distance from other cars at speeds close to 120 mph (200 kph). It comes with assisted steering, that notifies the driver when a danger on the road is coming, that detects its pulse, and vibrates in case, he sleeps. You can say that the E Class is not the best car to have a crash in, it just won’t let you, it has enough assistance systems, radars, sensors to make it one of the smartest and the most secure cars on the planet. For the driver’s well-being, the seats are fitted with a massage option, a better surround sound system, one of the best actually, it is the new second-generation Burmester 3D surround system. It comes with 23 speakers and two amplifiers for a total of 1540 watts. The car has an impressive sound isolation system, when inside you do not have to worry about the outside world’s noise. Screens replaced all the buttons, so it seems like the car is a huge smartphone.

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There is no price put on such luxury. The car is amazing, it is expected to rock the automotive world. Once again, Mercedes Benz has taken a new step forward compared to each competitors.