Undercutting the wagon competition.
BY MICHAEL AUSTIN
Associations with Mercedes-Benz and sticker prices typically involve an adjective equivalent to the word "high." So it's a bit of a surprise to find out that the 2010 GLK350 4MATIC starts at a not unreasonable $36,775, which is $3450 less than a 2009 BMW X3 sport-ute. A two-wheel-drive GLK, coming in April, will shed another $2000 off the window sticker. The competitive pricing—an Acura RDX SUV starts $2320 below the 4MATIC—is meant to lure "conquest buyers." Mercedes-Benz predicts that 70 percent of GLK customers will be new to the German luxury brand.
The cost-wary might want to avoid some of the $6670 worth of extravagant options on our test car. Highlights include the $3350 Multimedia package (which includes navigation) and a $970 appearance package with 20-inch wheels and tires and chromed roof rails. Running boards add another $660 and are positioned to soil clean pants upon exiting the vehicle.
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We're at the point of saturation on seeing the lightly camouflaged E500 Coupe all over the place, and the only really notable thing about these images, aside from revealing the name, is the blue Tesla Roadster in the background. These pictures are like spotting a Yeti in the background of pictures of the Lock Ness monster, talk about coincidence.
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We forgot to take live shots of the 2010 Mercedes E-Class at the Detroit Auto Show. Instead of saying sorry, we're going to bring you every single one of the press photos. We even? Good.
The press release follows:
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Mercedes-Benz announced today that its 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be available with an AMG sports package. The package adds a new front apron with large air intakes, AMG side skirts, an AMG rear apron and polished stainless steel tailpipes with twin oval design on 4-cylinder models. The 6 and 8-cylinder models will feature a twin, rectangular tailpipes integrated into the AMG rear apron.
Other exterior upgrades include 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels wrapped in 245/40 R 18 wide-base tires at the front and 265/35 R 18 tires at the rear and perforated brake discs with silver-painted calipers bearing the Mercedes-Benz logo on the front. Performance upgrades include the sporty DIRECT CONTROL suspension lowered by 15 millimeters.
Inside, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class with the AMG Sports Package will feature an AMG sports steering wheel with DIRECT SELECT shift paddles, front sports seats made of DINAMICA microfiber/ARTICO man-made leather and decorative seams for the seat upholstery, door armrests and centre console. You'll also get AMG badged floormats, sports pedal cluster in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs, a black roof lining and a shift/selector lever in nappa leather with chrome highlights.
U.S. pricing will be available when the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class goes on sale later this year.
Follow the jump for the high-res image gallery.
2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class AMG Sports Package:
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The current Mercedes Benz CLK is something of an enigma - built around the C-Class platform, styled like the E-Class, and priced in between the two, the car sits in its own unique segment and has no direct competition from its rivals. Its sales history has been a strong success, especially in the United States, but the car is set to meet its demise with the arrival of the new Mercedes Benz E-Class Coupe and the Cabrio one year later.
Mercedes' U.S. chief Ernst Lieb recently confirmed the new E-Class Coupe would make its debut alongside the next-generation E-Class sedan in the middle of the year. The cars are expected to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and will be followed one year later by an E-Class Cabrio, which means the open top version won't arrive in showrooms until 2010.
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Last year RENNtech was content to squeeze 740 HP out of the 722 and this year, with the help of a new cooling system and other upgrades, they're claiming a monster 777 HP.
The car is being created in honor of the company's 20th anniversary of tweaking the snot out of Benz products. In addition to the power upgrades, the 777 will get a visual and aerodynamic package capable of keeping the extra HP pointed in the right direction to a top speed near 210 MPH. Details below.
On February 5th, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class (or G-Wagen, short for Geländewagen, or cross-country vehicle) turns 30. And, incredibly, it sits on its original chassis and retains many of the same stampings for frame and body pieces. This is a vehicle that has not only withstood the test of time, but has resolutely refused to abandon its ..
For RENNtech's 20th anniversary, Hartmut Feyhl who founded RENNTECH in 1989 is celebrating by releasing an extremely modified, street-legal track car limited to 20 units called the McLaren RENNTECH 777 which uses the McLaren SLR as its base and pumps out 777hp!
RENNTECH's heavily revised SLR McLaren bodywork and aero package includes advanced CFD software to develop the aerodynamics for improved downforce. With the massive wing, splitters, and skirts, a top speed in excess of 210 mph is well within reach for the 777.
The 5.5 L supercharged "Kompressor" v8 engine is heavily revised, with internal and external performance upgrades and a significantly upgraded cooling system.
Getting those 777 horses out to the road requires a fully redesigned suspension & driveline, heavily reinforced transmission with a limited-slip differential which allows for 100% locking between the drive wheels for unsurpassed mid-corner traction.
Earlier this week, AMG boss Volker Mornhinweg announced that "the horsepower war is over." If this sounds familiar, it's because AMG issued a similar press release LAST JANUARY.
"Last year, it was a coincidence that we were releasing a new, 695 hp performance package for the 65 series AMG cars at around the same time. We sent out a press release that said 'HP War Not Over'," recalls Hartmut Feyhl, president of RENNTECH and four-star General of the horsepower wars. "This year it is the same timing again, and we have something much more extreme to announce for our 20th Anniversary."
Feyhl founded RENNTECH in 1989, and the company has since established itself as one of the world's premier tuning firms and the foremost authority on Mercedes-Benz performance tuning. 2009 marks the company's 20th year in business, and the company intends to celebrate by releasing a small number of extreme, limited edition performance vehicles, beginning with the 777 hp, RENNTECH 777 shown here.
"This 777 concept is really an all-new car that makes use of the advanced carbon fiber chassis of the SLR McLaren. It can be described as a street-legal track car, or something closer to what the enthusiasts were hoping for from the SLR, originally - which is more a successor to the McLaren F1."
RENNTECH heavily revised the SLR McLaren bodywork and aero package using some of the same technology the company used to develop the the GLK Hybrid Rally Racer for Mercedes-Benz, including advanced CFD software to develop the aerodynamics for improved downforce. Even with the big wing, splitters, and skirts, a top speed in excess of 210 mph is well within reach for the 777.
The 777 is much more than lightweight bodywork, however. The 5.5 L supercharged "Kompressor" v8 engine is heavily revised, with internal and external performance upgrades and a significantly upgraded cooling system.
Getting that power to the ground is the job of a fully redesigned suspension and driveline, with a heavily reinforced transmission sending power to RENNTECH's revolutionary new limited-slip differential. Built for RENNTECH by Japanese supplier OS Giken, the recently-released differential allows for 100% locking between the drive wheels for unsurpassed mid-corner traction. Aggressive Nitto NT-05 ultra-high performance tires wrapped around extremely lightweight, 1 pc. center-locking wheels round out the street -legal handling package.
"The 777 will be a very special car," explains Hartmut. "The first example is being built now, and will be ready this Spring. We intend to build a few different extreme vehicles like this for our 20th anniversary, with each one being strictly limited to 20 units. They are all very exciting projects, and we will be announcing them throughout the year, as they approach completion."
Contact RENNTECH for information and RENNTECH 777 SLR McLaren package pricing.
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Let's hope AutoExpress is right about this one (they were wrong earlier this week with their Jaguar XE speculation). According to the publication, Mercedes-Benz is working on a smaller version of the upcoming SLC Gullwing supercar.
Known as the SLK Gullwing, the car will sit on the top of the SLK range, giving Mercedes-Benz a rival to the Porsche S and Audi TT RS. Heck, it may as well be a competitor to the Tesla Roadster and a Fisker Karma because AutoExpress says that the SLK Gullwing will be a plug-in hybrid vehicle.
The SLK Gullwing will supposedly carry lithium-ion battery packs hidden in the side sills that drive an electric motor. It will be able to go for 120 miles on battery power alone before it needs recharging. But if you're too far from an outlet to recharge, a 3.5L V6 engine will kick in allowing for additional range and a fuel-economy of 40 mpg. Together, both systems will allow for a 0 to 60 mph time of 5 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. Tuning of the performance and handling will most likely be carried out by the AMG division.
The Mercedes-Benz SLC should arrive by the end of this year. AutoExpress says that the baby SLK Gullwing won't arrive before 2012.
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