Mercedes-Benz Unveils S-Class AMG and Final Edition SLS AMG at the L.A. Auto Show

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On the heels of its release of the S63 AMG full-size sedan, Mercedes-Benz has rolled out the ultimate S-Class, a dual-turbocharged V-12-powered S65 AMG.

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As the S-Class ramps up, the SLS AMG supercar winds down: The SLS AMG GT enters its last model year for 2014 with a Final Edition. Here's a rundown of the super-powered duo.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition Photo Gallery

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It's the end of the line for Mercedes-Benz's supercar. To commemorate the final edition of the brand's uber-lux gull-wing coupe, Mercedes unveiled the SLS AMG GT Final Edition at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The SLS AMG was the first car to be completely developed by AMG, and the GT Final Edition version will be the last SLS model to wear the AMG designation.

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The sports car will be available in coupe and roadster body styles and use a 583-horsepower, 6.3-liter V-8. But not only is it a final edition, the car is also a special edition; only 350 of them will be made. Production begins this March. Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series: Photo Gallery

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Allegations of performance-enhancing drug use aren't good if you're Lance Armstrong, but for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series — called "the SLS on steroids" — it's a compliment. The racecar-inspired coupe, which debuted at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show, boasts a 6.3-liter V-8 to make 622 horsepower, good for zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph.

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Its juiced-up body features flared fenders, enlarged air intakes, tinted headlamps, taillamps with black surrounds, rear diffuser and front, rear and side skirts. Pricing wasn't available, but the 2013 SLS AMG GT Coupe and Roadster start at $199,500 and $206,000, respectively, excluding destination fee and a $2,100 gas-guzzler tax. Check out the gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | November 28, 2012 | Comments (1)

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Aston Martin DB9, Audi R8
  • Looks like: an SLS on steroids
  • Drivetrain: 622-hp 6.3-liter V-8
  • Hits dealerships: Next Summer

Because the gull-wing doors of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT aren't exotic enough and 583 horsepower isn't enough, there's the 2014 SLS AMG Black Series.

Inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 racecar, the SLS AMG Black Series is the SLS on steroids. It uses the car's 6.3-liter V-8, boosted to make 622 hp. Mercedes says it's the most powerful gas-powered AMG model; it has a zero-to-60 time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph.

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The coupe weighs 154 pounds less than the SLS AMG thanks to heavy use of lightweight carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 9, 2012 | Comments (3)

First Look: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

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  • Competes with: 2012 Aston Martin DB9, 2012 Audi R8  
  • Looks like: the SLS gets a bit more powerful 
  • Drivetrain: 583-hp, 6.3-liter V-8 with seven-speed automatic transmission 
  • Hits dealerships: Mid-November 2012

After just two model years, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG gets a subtle refresh for 2013, gaining a little horsepower, some styling updates and a new name: the SLS AMG GT.

The engine is a little more powerful than last year's model because of changes to the engine mapping profile and an increase in peak combustion pressure. Power is now rated at 583 hp and 479 pounds-feet of torque for the 6.3-liter V-8, up 20 hp from last model year.

By Colin Bird | June 5, 2012 | Comments (0)

What Car Would You Buy if You Won Mega Millions?

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The Mega Millions lottery jackpot has hit a record $500 million and it's still growing. With just one more day before Friday's drawing, plenty of people are standing in line to buy a ticket and dream a little about what they'd do if they won all that money.

The odds of winning the lottery are slim — 1 in 176 million, according to lottery officials — but it's fun to think of what you'd buy if money were no object. We asked Cars.com's editorial department what car or cars they'd buy if they won the Mega Millions jackpot.

Patrick Olsen, Editor-in-Chief: Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

PatrickOlsen "While I'd have plenty of money left over, I have never found another car that has made me feel giddy when I get behind the wheel, or so awed by the power it produces. But even with that, it's not uncomfortable for someone of my size, and it's feasible as a daily driver, even if it costs around $120,000."

By Jennifer Newman | March 29, 2012 | Comments (35)

2012 Mercedes -Benz SLS AMG Roadster Video

For the 2012 model year, a new roadster body style joins the SLS lineup. Unlike other coupe to convertible conversions, there’s little sacrifice in opting for the SLS roadster in terms of added weight or lost cargo space, according to Cars.com editor Joe Bruzek. You do lose those cool gull-wing doors on the roadster, however.

By Colin Bird | March 7, 2012 | Comments (0)

Naughty or Nice: Attention Grabbers

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The two cars that get the nod here have already been highlighted or lowlighted in our 12 days of year-end remembrances.

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Being an automotive journalist can be cool. I still remember pulling out of the parking garage across from Cars.com headquarters in a bright orange Dodge Challenger right when it had gone on sale and being chased by a grown man - a large one - half a block screaming, "Where did you get one!"

This year we had similar experiences, but nothing quite that colorful.

By David Thomas | December 21, 2011 | Comments (2)

48 Hours in a 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

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It's rare that I get handed the keys to a $200,000 supercar, let alone one with gull-wing doors. So when a 2012 LeMans Red Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG arrived on a Wednesday afternoon, I knew I had to make the most of it.

Whereas most cars stay with our fleet for a few weeks, this is a special car, and it was going back the following Friday. That gave me about 48 hours of possible driving time in it. Here's how I spent those 48 hours. All photos were shot with my iPhone since the tight schedule and poor weather didn't allow for a photo shoot. But you can check out a gallery of the 2011 here.

By David Thomas | October 19, 2011 | Comments (14)

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: First Look

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG RoadsterWhile Mercedes-Benz made its 2012 SLS AMG Roadster official in an earlier announcement, the luxury automaker released a suite of photos today of the production-ready model.

The roadster will debut this fall and features a soft-top power-folding roof that’s available in black, red and beige. The top can open and close in 11 seconds and operate at speeds of up to 31 mph.

The soft-top doesn’t really inhibit the SLS’s already small trunk space — the convertible has 6.1 cubic feet of trunk space and the coupe has 6.2 cubic feet — but we wonder if the lack of gullwing doors, which make the coupe so unique-looking, will damage its allure. Probably not.

The model comes with the same 563-horsepower V-8 found in the hardtop; all other mechanics in the car are identical.

A blind spot warning system is standard for both the 2012 coupe and convertible. New options include a three-mode AMG adaptive suspension and a driving telemetry and g-force measurement system. The roadster goes on sale this fall; the coupe goes on sale in July.

Continue below for more photos.

By Colin Bird | May 31, 2011 | Comments (4)

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