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Posted by buckrey on 2005/6/14 1:34:44 (5806 reads)

If you want a real-deal SUV that could tear up your neighbor's back yard better than a dozen dirt bikes - not some girly-man thing with a marshmallow ride and all-season tires whose "4x4" system is more for talking points than any kind of serious off-road use - but you just can't abide the idea of piloting something garish and commonplace like a HUMMER, there's another, more interesting choice: the Mercedes-Benz Gelaendewagen.

Not many people even know what a Gelaendewagen (loosely, that's German for "cross-country vehicle") is, or have even seen one on the road. Though it's been around since the late 1970s, Mercedes has only been selling them in the U.S. for a couple of years now, so they're still exceedingly unusual, drawing double-takes wherever they go. The nearly vertical windshield and upright, boxy planes are wonderfully retro, like a modern-day Land Rover 110 or '69 Bronco (albeit with far nicer paint). They're also exceedingly tough, no-nonsense machines, with the gear to stomp an ML350 roof-deep into the mud.

You want military levels of capability? How about permanent four-wheel-drive with a fully synchronized high and low range transfer case that lets you shift from four-wheel Low range to four-wheel High (and back) while you're still moving, with no need to stop the vehicle and go through the drill of shifting to neutral, putting on the parking brake and all that jazz? Thanks to this feature, the G-wagen can bully its way through varying terrain without losing momentum, making it all but unstoppable even in foot-deep mud or snow.
How about electric locking front, center, and rear differentials? Lock 'em all and engine power is distributed equally to all four wheels, exactly 25 percent at each corner, giving it the grunt to pull you through Stalingrad levels of muck.

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Posted by buckrey on 2005/6/2 8:40:44 (1054 reads)

When we first mentioned the Mercedes-Benz plan to build an X-Class small sport/utility vehicle alongside the U.S.-bound Smart ForMore (Sept. 6, 2004), little did we realize the X-Class would be the car that lived to see another day.

But given Mercedes’ recent decision to pull the plug on ForMore for the United States (April 11)—though we’re told the next-gen ForTwo is still a possi­bility for the U.S. market—we can now concentrate our attention (and our spy photographer’s lens) on capturing ForMore’s sibling, the 2008 X-Class.

Positioned below the M-Class, the five-passenger compact sportwagon will take aim at the BMW X3 and the upcoming redesigned Land Rover Freelander. Developed on the next-gener­ation C-Class chassis, the X-Class is expected to go on sale in Europe in 2007 with rear- and all-wheel-drive versions,

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Posted by admin on 2005/5/24 18:16:31 (1119 reads)

BRABUS equips the SLR with a special self-locking differential. Its 40 percent locking rate further optimizes the super sports car's traction and thus further improves acceleration.

In BRABUS Racing version with performance-improving fuel cooling, custom camshafts and an open racing exhausts system maximum power output of the supercharged V8 engine increases to 660 hp / 486 kW at 6,500 rpm. The exhaust system is not certified for use on public roads. Thus equipped the SLR storms to 100 km/h from rest in just 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of up to 340 km/h.

BRABUS further offers professional modifications to body, suspension and interior that further amplify the sports talents of the SLR.

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Posted by admin on 2005/5/13 7:54:59 (1145 reads)

In cooperation with the Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen, Mercedes-AMG has developed an exclusive model known as the CLS 55 AMG “IWC Ingenieur”. Only 55 units of the unique four-door coupe will be produced. The car has a powerful AMG 5.5-litre supercharged V8 engine and boasts exclusive equipment details. The design of the newly designed AMG instrument cluster is based on the new “Ingenieur” watch family from IWC, which is making its world debut at the Geneva watch show in April 2005. The 55 units of the CLS 55 AMG “IWC Ingenieur” will each be customised at AMG in Affalterbach, Germany, and the first deliveries will be made in autumn 2005.

The CLS 55 AMG “IWC Ingenieur” features an exclusive dark titanium grey metallic paint job. All of the exterior decorative elements, including the radiator grille louvres, fog light rings, side window bezels, handle inserts and rear trim, come in the same matt titanium colour, which matches the top-quality titanium case of the new “Ingenieur AMG” watch from IWC

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Posted by buckrey on 2005/5/3 6:30:22 (1489 reads)

35 years of Mercedes-Benz high-performance vehicles and production-car track success

* 1967 to 2002: from a three-man band to a workforce of around 580
* 35 years of high-tech engineering for Mercedes-Benz vehicles
* A pioneer in adapting cars to individual customer specifications
* Victories across the board in international motorsport

The company was founded back in 1967 by Hans Werner Aufrecht (A) and his partner Eberhard Melcher (M), whilst Aufrecht’s birthplace of Großaspach (G) sup-plied the third letter in the company name. They officially described them-selves as ”engineering, construction and testing specialists in the development of racing engines”. The firm was based in an old mill in Burgstall (near Affalterbach).

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