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Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo

Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo



For the new PlayStation 3 racing game Gran Turismo 6, the Mercedes-Benz
designers have developed the visionary concept of a super sports car – the
Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo. Extreme proportions, sensual contours and
intelligently implemented high tech blend to form a body that visually brings to
life the breathtaking performance of 430 kW (585 hp) and 800 Nm of torque. As a
1:1-scale model, the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo is celebrating its
world premiere on 19 November 2013 at the opening of the new Mercedes-Benz
Research & Development Center in Sunnyvale, California. The super sports car
with its hallmark Mercedes gullwing doors will be taking to the virtual
racetrack when the new racing game goes on sale in December 2013 – as the first
of the “Vision Gran Turismo” series of vehicles.

To mark the 15th
birthday of the popular Gran Turismo series this year, Kazunori Yamauchi,
Producer of Gran Turismo series and President of Polyphony Digital Inc., called
upon the world’s leading automotive manufacturers and design studios to look
forward into the future. Using the theme “Vision Gran Turismo”, these creative
teams were to develop concept models which give a unique insight into the
further development of the automobile. As virtual vehicles that nonetheless
function just like a real car, the visionary concepts will be gradually unveiled
in and integrated into the new game Gran Turismo 6 through online
updates. Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo

“By virtue of its proportions and expressive appearance, the
Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo embodies the brand’s defining design
philosophy of sensual purity in a unique way. The design of this concept car
reflects to extreme effect the perfect symbiosis between emotional, sensuous
contours and intelligently presented high tech,” says Gorden Wagener, Vice
President Design Daimler AG.

The sports car proportions that are a
typical Mercedes feature have been reinterpreted: the long bonnet has a flowing
transition into a compact greenhouse offset to the rear, which takes the form of
an aerodynamically efficient water drop to descend slightly at the rear, where
it rests on the rear end with broad shoulder contours. The dynamic aura is
accentuated by an extended, dramatic side contour and a pronounced bulge to the
wheel arches, which blend into the low-slung, muscular bodyshell. The angled
headlamps, with their colour scheme and determined look, convey a sense of
sportiness and readiness to leap forward. This impression is reinforced by the
bonnet with its expressive forms and motorsport details, such as the release
catches on the bonnet and the fuel cap, for example. The red-glowing contour
lines on the lower part of the vehicle create an effect similar to that of
exterior ambient lighting and stand out from the silver-painted bodywork. This
makes the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo look even more aggressive.

Maybach To Be No More says Mercedes

The buzz around the automotive world today is that Maybach, Daimler’s top of the line luxury marquis, will be killed off in 2013. It never really became the sales success that the company had predicted when relaunched in 2002. In fact, sales were so slow that several U.S. dealerships had to be bought back in 2007. There are already plans in place to use a multi-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz S-Class to take the place of the 57 and 62 models.

Maybach shouldn’t have turned out the way it did, comparing both the 57 and 62 to its competitors from Bentley and Rolls-Royce, and you can literally see the problem. They look too much like the cheaper Mercedes-Benz models that they are based off of.

This might be okay when you look at the lowest echelon of the luxury car market, mainly with the American and Japanese brands. A Lexus ES350 is a nice luxury car, but it is obviously based on the cheaper Toyota Camry. However, with its entry level pricing, the Lexus can be forgiven for its badge engineering. The same could be said for the Ford Fusion-based Lincoln MKZ.

People who are buying luxury cars with $300,000 plus tags, they’re less likely to forgive a car. Yes, Bentley is owned by Volkswagen and Rolls-Royce is owned by BMW, but both companies do enough to mask these connections. For example, both luxury cars are built in England in dedicated factories, even the BMW 7-series-based Rolls-Royce Ghost, while the Maybachs are built alongside its S-class brethren.

The Maybachs also didn’t have enough special to them to dictate the high price tag. In a review by CNN in 2006, the reviewer liked the Rolls-Royce Phantom over the Maybach 57S. The reason was that the Phantom kept its unique, original “waftability” over the 57S’s modern styling, high performance, and standard equipment.

Ultimately, the 57 and 62 weren’t worth the price that Daimler was asking. If they took a unique path to building these cars, Maybach would have been a success.

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Rare Alloy Mercedes Gullwing re-discovered in Santa Monica Garage

The 1955 Mercedes Benz alloy bodied gullwing coupe found in California.

Victoria-based exotic and classic car restorer Rudi Koniczek is always enthusiastic about the cars that he restores. But he absolutely comes alive when he talks about unearthing one of the rarest cars in the world from decades of dusty storage in a rat-infested garage at a home in Santa Monica, Calif.

The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was introduced in 1954 as a two-seat, closed sports car with distinctive gull-wing doors and was the first gasoline-powered car with direct injection. Later it was offered as an open roadster. It was the fastest production car of its day.

In the ’50s, the factory turned out 29 special lightweight alloy body gull-wing coupes with Plexiglas windows. These are among the world’s most valued collector cars, worth about $2.5 million each.

Only 28 of the alloy-bodied cars were accounted for. The whereabouts of No. 29 was one of the great mysteries in the classic car world. Koniczek had restored numbers 1 and 6. He knew where all the other alloy-bodied cars were except for No. 21.

Twenty years ago, he heard about a gull-wing that had been stored in a garage in Santa Monica, Calif., for decades. It was a rumour that he and a California enthusiast followed up on over the years.

This spring, Koniczek was able to make a deal with the owner of the car. But getting the Gullwing out of the garage was a challenge. The widower owner was in his late 80s, and his garage was full of old mainframe computers. The car couldn’t even be seen in the garage.

He hired two men to clear the way to the car. When the car began to emerge from the clutter, it became apparent that the search for No. 21 was over. “I took a magnet out of my wallet and ran it over the car and it didn’t stick,” Koniczek recalls of the moment.

The owner of the car, Tom Wellmer, had received the new 1955 special alloy M-B Gullwing coupe in New York as a graduation gift from his parents. He drove it into the 1970s until the transmission broke. Then he put the car up on jack stands and began taking it apart. He took the wheels and hood off, the interior out and removed the transmission. And then the car just sat – for more than 40 years.

“This is the ultimate garage find and may be one of the greatest finds ever in the collector car world,” Koniczek says. “It’s amazing to know that the car had been there all those years without anyone knowing about it.” It still had the 1971 California license plates.

Koniczek will start the restoration of the “missing” alloy-bodied 300SL early next year. The only stipulation made by the original owner in selling the car was for the rare car to be given a full restoration to look as it did when he took delivery in 1955.

Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/cars/Gullwing+expert+unearths+holy+grail+barn+finds/5465401/story.html#ixzz1ZXvrsdFi

Mercedes Benz Black Series AMG GT3 to come to U.S.?

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 Black Series has confirmed its availability in the United States, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 Black Series is a modification of the powerful AMG  and stunning design. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 Black Series is still using the wing doors like the Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS so it is very interesting. Other variants of the Mercedes SLS hardcore, street-legal version of the upcoming GT3 race car will not come to America, Moers said.  AMG did not think a low potential sales volume would justify the huge cost of re-certification of the car to the US market.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series GT3 Pictures Front View

Talking to Motor Trend, Tobias Moers – Director of Vehicle Development at Mercedes-AMG GmbH – said, “We really have to do the Black Series” of the SLS AMG. He declined to provide additional detailed information about the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 Black Series, but the other info mentioned that the modification of Mercedes SLS AMG will use the engine capacity of 6.3 liter V8 capable of producing power 600 hp (447 kW/608 PS) and peak torque 677 Nm (499 lb-ft).

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series GT3 Pictures Rear Angle