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The idea of removing the roof from a supercar is about as heretic a concept for diehard auto enthusiasts as scalping a baby bunny would be to a card-carrying PETA member. Hence the personal crisis I’ve been having in the days since driving two of 2012’s most over-the-top topless sportsters: the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, and the Jaguar XKR-S Convertible. What I’m grappling with, as an enthusiast, is the thought that truthfully, I’d rather have either of these beasts in drop-top form than their coupe counterparts. Blasphemy? Read on to decide for yourself.
Mercedes-Benz will be pulling the wraps off the all-new 2013 SL550 at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show next month. This next-generation SL now features a structure made almost entirely of aluminum, making it considerably lighter than the outgoing model. MB says that the 2013 SL550 weighs about 275 pounds less than the car would if built of a traditional steel structure. Considering that the SL name stands for “sporty, lightweight”, this is a major improvement over the rather portly outgoing model. Combine that with more horsepower and better efficiency and the 2013 SL550 is certainly starting to live up to its original name. Read More
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Here at Speed:Sport:Life, we have a nasty habit of coming up with answers to questions nobody had bothered to ask. Whether we’re autocrossing an Accord Crosstour or comparing a Ferrari to a Mustang, we inevitably find a way to alienate anyone with a lick of common sense.
This time however, we performed a comparison test that on the surface seems completely ludicrous. But a deeper look at this comparison reveals that this is the question that everyone buying these vehicles should be asking: How do $100k+ luxury hot-rod off-roaders actually perform, well, off-road?
Mercedes-Benz has released several photos of the upcoming SLS AMG ahead of the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. A full press release has not been issued yet, but the information we do know is that the SLS features 300SL-inspired styling including the signature Gullwing doors. Power will come from a 563-horsepower 6.3-liter V8, and will propel the SLS to 60 in 3.7 seconds and reach terminal velocity at 197 mph.
We’re a bit torn on the styling, but one thing is for sure…the SLS stands out amongst the flood of Lotus Evora look-alikes in the supercar world.
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With the 2009 New York Auto Show just around the corner, we’re starting to get a glimpse of the vehicles that will be shown. One such vehicle that will be shown is this all-new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, which features the monster 6.2-liter V8 engine found in other recent AMG models. This new E63 gets an 11 horsepower bump from the outgoing model to 518, and torque is bumped up to a very substantial 465lb-ft.
The new E63 will also sport the new seven-speed dual clutch SpeedShift transmission that found its way into the SL63 roadster. Mercedes-Benz claims that this reduces fuel consumption by 12%, and makes driving a whole hell of a lot more fun. Suspension wise, the E63 gets AMGRIDE CONTROL which is Mercedes’ fancy word for electronically controlled damping system.
While we here at S:S:L are a bit split on the new E-Class design direction, we all agree that we can’t wait to get one of these on a road course.
Full E63 AMG Wallpaper Gallery (1440×960) after the Jump
The Mercedes-Benz F-Cell Roadster is the result of wild imaginations and the technical expertise of over 150 trainees and dual education students. Taking over a year to conceptualize and build, Mercedes-Benz says that this fuel cell powered roadster project focused on integrating alternative alternative propulsion systems with hands on experience.
The F-Cell Roadster is an allusion to the 1886 Benz Patent Motor Car, and is powered by a 1.2Kw fuel cell system at the rear. Mercedes-Benz says that the roadster has a top speed of 25km/h and a range of 350km.
The media brief says that this car was built and it exists, however these images look more like highly detailed renderings than actual studio shots. I guess we’ll see if the F-Cell Roadster really exists at an upcoming motor show.
Full F-Cell Roadster gallery after the jump!
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Story by Jack Baruth
Photos by Zerin Dube
Today saw the introduction of what was justifiably called “the most important product introduction of the 2009 North American International Auto Show”, the mostly-new, .25 coefficient of drag, Toyota Prius… Oh, the hell with that. You don’t wanna hear about the Pious Pod. You want pictures of beautiful women, exotic supercars, Nurburgring-veteran Vipers, bad-assed turbocharged Lincolns, and a half-million-dollar pair of Mercedes super-SLs… and we will deliver.
Highway 395 is a lonely stretch of asphalt on the back side of the Sierra Nevadas, and one of the most beautiful roads in California. Situated in the Owens Valley, it has spectacular views of the mountains that surround it on both sides. It’s also apparently a very popular place for butterflies and other insects to breed, as they were doing so in the middle of the road. A great many flying insects met their fates that day, but my personal favorite was the butterflies. They were large enough that you could see them arc into the windshield, where they exploded in a sticky yellow burst that sounded like a small bird detonating on the glass. One particularly good one was smeared from the bottom of the windshield almost to the top. It was a very amusing way to pass time between Lake Tahoe and Death Valley.
Anyway, this week, we have more news on the Tata Motors purchase of Jaguar and Land Rover, BMW considers shedding the pounds on future M cars, Jay Leno weighs in on the potential suck of the US version of Top Gear, and fancy footwear on this week’s Useless Automotive Tchotchke. Share and Enjoy™.
It turns out that a 6.2L 450hp V8, a 7-speed automatic gearbox tuned for maximum performance and a twenty-five mile traffic jam masquerading as a highway are not conducive to good fuel economy.
We’ll have more on the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 (including a full performance test) coming very soon!