Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 S Roadster Photo Gallery

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 S Roadster

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 S Roadster

The latest (and probably last) iteration of the SLR McLaren called the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 S Roadster gets a ridiculously powerful 5.5 liter supercharged V8 boasting 650 horsepower, 605 lb/feet of torque, a 0-62 mph time of 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 220 mph, making it the fastest convertible ever made. Check out the photo gallery below:


StudioTorino transforms Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster into a true-coupe

Tuners and coach-builders are known for transforming a convertible into a coupe or vice-versa if none is available directly from the automaker. StudioTorino decided transform the Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster into a true coupe while maintaining the car's identity.

The StudioTorino CoupeTorino 1:4 scale model designed by Alfredo Stola is on display at the Turn World Design Capital 2008 event. It was built by StudioTorino in cooperation with Istituto di Arte Applicata e Design (IAAD).

The display also features a photographic exhibit presenting all of its developmental stages of the CoupeTorino from its conception to its realization.

StudioTorino CoupeTorino:




2010 Mercedes-Benz E-class and S-class: Safety Technology - Car News

Feeling drowsy? Not paying attention? Your Mercedes may be able to help.

Official photos of the 2010 E-class are still a couple months away, but Mercedes is so excited about the safety technology set to appear on the new sedan (as well as on the refreshed 2010 S-class) that it flew us over for a briefing in Germany.

Hardware details of the E-class were scarce—torsional rigidity is up a claimed 30 percent and its coefficient of drag, at 0.25, will be better than the slippery Toyota Prius's—but Mercedes continues to develop technologies that can outsmart the driver. Ulrich Mellinghoff, vice president in charge of safety at Mercedes-Benz, is happy to usher in the autonomous car: in his words, "cars that see, feel, and act for the driver."

We're not sure we share his elation. What's next, cars that are incapable of exceeding the speed limit? Either way, here's the new—and far less controversial—safety technology coming for 2010.

Attention Assist: Detecting Drowsy Drivers

Research indicates that as many as 30 percent of traffic accidents are related to drowsiness, and these are often the most catastrophic. Many automakers are pursuing systems that monitor the driver's eye movement with a camera, but Mercedes isn't convinced, claiming that these systems provide warnings too late, don't work very well with drivers who wear glasses, and require additional hardware such as a camera and infrared lighting. That's why the company has developed its own system, called Attention Assist, that's based mostly on the driver's steering behavior and requires only a more accurate steering-angle sensor.

Keep Reading: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-class and S-class: Safety Technology - Car News


Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive Concept - Video

Party of four. Outside seating, please.



Ever wonder what an S-class convertible might look like? Squint your eyes and wonder no more.



Mercedes-Benz ConceptFASCINATION - Video

Sexy station wagon shows us the 2010 E-class and CLK-class replacement.



The next E-class will include sedan, coupe, and convertible variants. Sadly, a shooting brake like this will not be among them.


2009 Mercedes-Benz C-class / C300 / C350 / C63 AMG - Review

What's new, highlights, and safety info for the 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-class.


Mercedes-Benz's smallest offering in the U.S. is the C-class. Available only as a four-door sedan (other markets get a C-class wagon), the C offers buyers a choice of two V-6 engines, and is available with all-wheel drive. The C300 is powered by a 228-hp, 3.0-liter V-6, while the pricier C350 comes with a 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. A six-speed manual is available on the C300, but most C-classes are equipped with an excellent seven-speed automatic transmission. For those who want even more power, the AMG-tuned C63 comes with a sweet-sounding 451-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 engine that, along with other extensive changes, helps turn the C-class into one of the world's best sports sedans.

Redesigned for 2008, the C-class has handsome exterior styling that mimics the top-of-the-line S-class sedan. C-class Luxury models come with a more traditional upright grille with the signature three-pointed star hood ornament, while the Sport models have the three-pointed star within the grille itself, a treatment that Mercedes usually reserves for its coupes and convertibles. Inside, the C-class is comfortable up front, but the back seat is small compared to its competitors—even the Honda Civic has more interior space. Controls are laid out logically and have an expensive feel to their actuation, but some of the interior plastics in the C-class look a bit cheap.

Over the road, all versions of the C-class feel solid and refined. Few noises make it into the hushed cabin. Handling errs on the side of luxury—even on Sport models—and the C300 and C350 cannot match the dynamics of the BMW 3-series or the Infiniti G37. The Sport models improve the handling by firming up the chassis, but even these seem to be more about solidity and luxury than carving up curvy roads. The C63 AMG has a specially tuned suspension that makes it ready for the racetrack.


Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 S Roadster Photo Gallery

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 S Roadster
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 S Roadster

The latest (and probably last) iteration of the SLR McLaren called the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 S Roadster gets a ridiculously powerful 5.5 liter supercharged V8 boasting 650 horsepower, 605 lb/feet of torque, a 0-62 mph time of 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 220 mph, making it the fastest convertible ever made. Check out the photo gallery below:

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Mercedes-Benz Concept BlueZERO: three-fold proof of the everyday practicality of zero-emission vehicles

Mercedes-Benz Concept BlueZERO: three-fold proof of the everyday practicality of zero-emission vehicles

Mercedes-Benz is showing the way ahead in environmentally responsible electromobility by presenting its near-series Concept BlueZERO...


World Class Driving Review - One Day, Five Supercars

Audi R8 and Maserati GranTurismo

When's the last time you drove a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera? How about a Mercedes McLaren SLR? For most of us, that never happens. The lucky few who can, however, either have enough money to buy one, have a rich friend or relative, or paid an exorbitant amount of money to rent one.

Now though, a company called World Class Driving has done all the heavy lifting for you. They tour the country with five supercars at their disposal, charging customers $1495 to drive each one for about 30 minutes a piece. There's probably a stop close to you, so check out the tour schedule and see what cars will be there.

We had a chance to attend a World Class Driving (WCD) event in Charlotte, NC last month. Was it worth the $1500 price tag? Keep reading to find out…

Us in the Lambo
Christine and I in the Lambo

We showed up at the Hampton Inn Southpark hotel in Charlotte at Noon - just in time for the briefing and lunch. After signing the insurance waivers and the necessary agreements (no unnecessary revving of the engines, no burnouts, no turning off traction control, etc) we went over the basics of handling a supercar vs. a regular car. We didn't actually get out of there until around 1:30, as it seems someone in the group before us crashed one of the cars. More on that later.

As we headed outside, there sat our supercars - a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, Mercedes McLaren SLR, Audi R8, and a Maserati GranTurismo. Oh, the beauty. Passers-by all stopped and gawked, taking pictures and asking about the cars. This leads to my main complaint about WCD: while these cars are great, they were not the cars that I expected to be there. In fact, the list of cars changed multiple times. When we registered for World Class Driving, the list of cars were as follows:

Ferrari 599 Fiorano

Mercedes SLR McLaren

Ferrari F430

Audi R8

Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera

Callaway C16

When I checked a couple months before the event, they changed again:

Ferrari 599 Fiorano or Mercedes SLR McLaren

Ferrari 430 Scuderia

Lamborghini LP560-4

Callaway C16

Maserati GranTurismo


After being assured that the list would not be changed again, I checked the list right before the event, and it was as follows:

Ferrari 430 Scuderia or Mercedes McLaren SLR

Lamborghini LP560-4

Nissan GT-R

Audi R8

Maserati GranTurismo

Callaway C16

And here's the list of what was actually there:

Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera

Audi R8

Mercedes SLR McLaren

Maserati GranTurismo

This is frustrating - if you registered because you were looking forward to a specific car (like the Lamborghini LP560-4 for example,) the list changed and you won't be able to drive that car anymore.

Lamborghini Gallardo and Maserati GranTurismo
Lamborghini Gallardo and Maserati GranTurismo

But there were supposed to be five cars, not four. Turns out the Ferrari 430 Scuderia was the car that was wrecked, and was still on the side of road. Another frustrating thing was that WCD said they always have a spare car in case something happens to one of them, but apparently didn't have a backup this time. They promised all of the drivers that once they come back into the area (May 2009,) we can come back to drive the Ferrari.

After we got done taking pictures and getting briefed on our specific starting cars (we were in the Audi R8 first,) we took off from the hotel. I've been in love with the Audi R8 since it was unveiled, so at this point I was in heaven. Incredibly smooth, awesome engine noise, plenty of interior room, and very quick. The first half of the first drive was through traffic. Starting and stopping at stoplights, working through traffic, etc. This was rather unpleasant, since we only got the last half of the first car drive on open roads. After about 20 minutes (felt like 10,) we got out and went on to the second rotation.

The format of the drive was as follows: a lead car driven by our instructor led the way. The rest of us followed behind him, not allowed to pass him or any of the other cars. This naturally led to all of the cars falling way behind the lead car so we could step on it, catching up very quickly, then slowing down again to repeat the process.

Our second car was the Maserati GranTurismo. Very smooth and comfortable, great interior look and feel. The acceleration of the Maserati was not as responsive as the Audi, but was more of a swelling speed. An excellent touring car in every way.

Christine in Mercedes McLaren SLR
Christine in the Mercedes SLR McLaren

Next up was the Mercedes SLR McLaren. Christine drove the SLR (as you can see above.) She commented on the SLR being very fast, but not having much of a personality. "It's really fast, but it's just another Mercedes" she remarked. An incredibly fast car, but there was something missing. Talking with the other drivers of the day, they felt the same way.

Last up was the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera. Now this is a supercar, and arguably the coolest car of the bunch. The bright orange finish with the "Superleggera" stripe, carbon fiber everything, and gunmetal wheels drew lots of attention, and had the best engine note of them all. A 520 horsepower V10 and active exhaust served as the radio in this Lambo. Opening the door reveals a nearly flat bare carbon fiber door panel inside. No door handle to close it, just a cloth strap to pull. All of this saves a lot of weight of course, making this Gallardo track-ready and super fun to drive. Without question my favorite car to fall back in - slowing down, cruising at 35, downshifting to 2nd gear, and flooring the throttle rewarded us with explosive acceleration, a screaming Lamborghini V10 behind us…next thing we know the car in front of us is coming up fast as the speedo reads 120 mph. Carbon-ceramic brakes slowed us down very quickly.

After the drive, we went back to the hotel and collected our gift bags, which consisted of a folder containing two photos they took before the drive, and a certificate of completion. Also in the bag was a WCD hat, some literature on World Class Driving, and a very cool laser-etched glass Ferrari 599 Fiorano model. We talked with some of the other drivers, traded business cards, thanked the WCD staff, and were on our way back home.

So let's get what we didn't like out of the way first. I didn't like that they switched around the cars so much prior to the drive. I completely understand and encourage the practice of keeping the rotation fresh and offer customers the latest and greatest cars. However, when the list changes at least four times, chances are some of the customers were there for at least one specific car. If that car isn't there anymore, they're going to be disappointed. I was extremely disappointed when the list changed and the Audi R8 was omitted; thankfully it changed again and the R8 came back. I was also looking forward to the Nissan GT-R and Lamborghini LP560-4, which weren't there.

Audi R8
Audi R8

Second, the Ferrari 430 Scuderia accident was bad for two reasons: mainly we didn't get to drive it, and they didn't have a backup car for us to drive. Also it seemed like the staff was more distracted with the Ferrari than they were with focusing on the customers having a good time. Yes it sucks the Ferrari got wrecked, but that's what insurance is for.

Lastly, I didn't like having to spend the first half of the first car driving through city traffic. I kind of feel robbed out of part of my time with the R8, since it was the open roads that were the fun parts of driving. Additionally, I wish there was more time with each car. It felt like we were kind of in a hurry to get back before the sun fell since we took off late.

So, despite the few complaints about the event, it was a great time. I look forward to returning in May to drive the Ferrari, and I hope all of the other drivers worked something out as well. For $1500, it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most of us, and a great gift for any car lover. Some of the other drivers there were repeat customers, and most said they would go again. I just hope they keep the freshest new cars coming in (hint: Audi R8 V10,) and with a few tweaks to their process (longer drive times, keep a backup car, etc) would be a perfect experience. Based on our time there and reactions from other drivers, I highly recommend trying out World Class Driving or giving it as a gift to any car lover.

Check out WorldClassDriving.com to view schedules, check out the cars, and book your experience. Thanks to the WCD crew for a great time, and I hope to see you at another event soon.

Check out the photos below, or click here for the full gallery:

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Us in front of the Audi R8Lamborghini Gallardo SuperleggeraChristine in the Mercedes McLaren SLRDriving the Maserati GranTurismo
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