Brabus has launched a widebody Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, dubbed the Brabus Widestar, at the Essen Motor Show.
Mercedes has introduced two special AMG models at the Australian International Motor Show: the Concept 358 and an SLS AMG with a unique paint job.
Editor’s note: Due to our blog’s closure, we were unable to post our coverage of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in a timely manner. We wouldn’t want to put Christoph’s efforts to waste though, so here’s his report.
Better late then never, here are my impressions from this years 24 Hours race at the Nürburgring.
Mercedes has unveiled special edition of their SLS AMG and G-Class. They are called the SLS AMG Desert Gold and G55 AMG Edition 79 respectively, and they have/will make their debut at the Dubai Motor Show (Slightly confused about whether or not they have been yet, the explanation is near the end of this article).
Mercedes’ AMG division is considering the use of alternative fuels, one of which includes diesel.
AMG’s product manager for the C-Class, E-Class, SLK and SL, Oliver Wiech, said that “We are taking an open view and looking at lots of options, but if you look at our announcement on the electric SLS, you can see what is in the future.” He did not exclude diesel.
So electricity as an alternate fuel is definitely on the way, while others such as hydrogen, solar energy, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) are under consideration.
To back up the possibility of diesel, there were reports back in 2008 that by 2011, Mercedes would build a diesel AMG version of the E-Class. It was said to be called the Super Hammer. It was supposed to have a twin-turbo diesel developing over 500bhp and a whopping 900nm of torque. The chassis would be taken from the C-Class, but the body was said to most likely be from the E-Class, and would be offered in cabriolet and coupe form. It’s only 2009, so maybe this car is still on its way.
AMG has made a diesel before. Back in 2002, they made the C30 AMG, which was based on the Sport Coupe body. So they’ve got some experience.
Rumours are going around saying that Mercedes may be working on a more affordable version of the SLS AMG.
It will reportedly share it’s platform with the SLS, and the engine will still be a V8, between 5.8L and 6.2L (The current SLS has a 6.2L V8) and with direct injection and cylinder shutoff technology. The car will be slightly smaller. It isn’t likely to come out for the next 5 years though, so if this is true, we won’t be hearing anything about it for a while.