What You Need to Know About the New 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S

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A new sports car from Mercedes aims at a segment it hasn't played in before, and it's one that's got some tough competition. Our initial tests find it does the job admirably too.

It also heralds an odd name change. The GT S omits Benz entirely from the car's name. Find out more about the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S below:

Snapshot

  • Starting price: $130,825, including a destination fee
  • Competes with: Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Audi R8, BMW M6, Dodge Viper, Maserati GranTurismo, Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911 Turbo
  • On sale: April 2015

 

What We Like

  • Lightning fast transmission
  • Glorious V-8 exhaust note
  • Versatility from street to track
  • Styling

 

What We Don't

  • Poor visibility
  • Tablet-like navigation screen
  • Numerous buttons

 

Cars.com First Drive

More Details and Photos

Pricing Information

 

Cars.com photo by Aaron Bragman

By David Thomas | January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S Starts at $130,825

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Mercedes-Benz has announced pricing for the all-new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S coupe, set to arrive in showrooms in April. The more powerful GT S version of the coupe will start at $130,825 including destination; Mercedes has not yet announced pricing for the base model, which will not arrive until spring of 2016.

Related: 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT: First Look (43 Photos)

The S trim comes with a number of standard features, including Nappa leather, keyless start, the Comand multimedia system, automatic park assist, an adaptive suspension, LED headlights, heated power performance seats, a backup camera, red painted brake calipers, a forward collision warning system and the premium Burmester sound system. It will also feature standard 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, as well as the more powerful version of the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine, producing 503 horsepower and 479 pounds-feet of torque.

By Aaron Bragman | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

We Bought a 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Cars.com just named the redesigned Mercedes-Benz C-Class our Best of 2015 car. As we've done in recent years, we purchased one to put our money where our mouth is. Naturally, the process kicked off with a familiar question: Which C-Class would we get? Among the new 2015 C-Class sedans on Cars.com, we found more than 150 examples within 50 miles of our Chicago offices. We've already driven both the C300 and C400, and we deemed the C400's extra power unnecessary versus the already-punchy C300, particularly since it starts some $10,000 higher.

Related: Cars.com Names 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Best of 2015

We settled on the C300. Given the nature of Chicago weather, we opted for all-wheel drive, and so set our sights on a 2015 C300 4Matic sedan; that combination accounted for more than 80 percent of the 2015 C-Class sedans in dealer inventory near our offices at the time we were shopping. Including destination, the C300 4Matic starts at $41,325 but can spiral past $60,000 if you load up the options. Still, most examples on Cars.com near us were listed between $45,000 and $55,000.

We settled on a plan. We'd visit a Mercedes dealership near downtown Chicago to see what option groups were popular; then we'd email that dealership along with a few others when we had an idea of the equipment that we wanted. As always, we told salespeople we were looking to buy a company car, providing only our personal email addresses and mobile phone numbers. We revealed only after the price had been agreed to that we worked for Cars.com.

By Kelsey Mays | January 14, 2015 | Comments (9)

Cars.com Names Mercedes-Benz C-Class Best of 2015

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The last time we tested the C-Class in a Cars.com Challenge, the C250 fared very poorly. The judges didn’t care for the brakes, found the engine wanting and disliked the handling.

Now, with the advent of the new C-Class, our editors are impressed: "The luxury automaker has stunned the public and pundits by producing a stylish new compact luxury sedan that plays second fiddle to no one."

The C-Class edged out five worthy competitors:

  • 2015 BMW M4
  • 2015 Dodge Challenger
  • 2015 Honda Fit
  • 2015 Subaru Outback
  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Check out our awards coverage for all the details.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Patrick Olsen | January 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

Inside the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe (25 Photos)

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First, let's get this out of the way: The vehicle in question isn't a coupe; it has four doors and five seats, and it's related to the large Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV, which will soon be redesigned and renamed the GLE-Class. This new variant is actually first on the scene and presumably at dealerships, and it carries the name "GLE" "Coupe."

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I was the first Cars.com editor to see the GLE Coupe in person. I don't usually fixate on styling because I know you, the reader, will form your own opinion in as little as a fraction of a second, but presumably the only reason for a "four-door coupe" to exist is its styling. In my opinion, there has been exactly one four-door coupe whose styling justifies its existence and that's the Audi A7, a car rather than an SUV. All the others can go back where they came from, which seems to be Germany.

My first look suggests the GLE Coupe doesn't need to exist.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | January 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 Video

Although the new GLE has "coupe" in its name and a sleek, coupe-like silhouette, the new five-seater is an SUV that replaces Mercedes-Benz's M-Class for 2016. The GLE 450 should look familiar; its styling is a lot like BMW's X6, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 12, 2015 | Comments (1)

Mercedes Rolls Out AMG 'Light' Models to Compete With Audi S Lineup

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If you're scratching your head over the high-performance designations from certain luxury brands, Mercedes figures to become just as confusing. The brand's AMG performance badge will grace bona fide AMG cars complete with hand-built engines from Mercedes' Affalterbach plant in southern Germany. But Mercedes will also bequeath the name to AMG-light cars from its mass-market plants as "AMG Sport." You know, in case the brand's recent naming overhaul wasn't complicated enough.

Related: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe: First Look

The first example is the GLE-Class, a coupelike SUV similar to the BMW X6. Once production ramps up, you'll be able to buy a Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG Sport or, for all-out performance, a Mercedes-AMG GLE63. Mercedes also replaced the short-lived C400 sedan with the C450 AMG Sport, and it's all but inevitable that we'll see a Mercedes-AMG C63 at some point.

The AMG sub-brand was expected. We reported in November 2014 that Mercedes owner Daimler would relaunch its Maybach and AMG brands with Benz-free nomenclature — respectively, Mercedes-Maybach and Mercedes-AMG. Both initiatives have born fruit: the Mercedes-Maybach S600 sedan and Mercedes-AMG GT sports car.

The AMG multiplication came as a surprise.

By Kelsey Mays | January 12, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class: Car Seat Check

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A midsize SUV, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class transports smaller families in style. For 2015, this five-seater is available with a V-6 engine (ML350), a turbo-diesel four-cylinder (ML250 Bluetec) and a twin-turbo V-6 (ML400). For our test, we had the ML400 at our Chicago offices.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two, but three narrow car seats might work.

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By Jennifer Newman | December 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: Car Seat Check

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Kids bring so much joy into their parents' lives. They also bring a lot of mess. Whether its mud-caked shoes or the constant debris of cracker crumbs and sticky fingerprints they leave in their wake, kids and messes go together like peanut butter and jelly. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, a luxurious sedan, may be too nice to put kids in, especially considering its $93,825 price tag (including destination); our test car cost $122,895. If that price didn't make you blink, keep reading. The good news is the five-passenger S550 earned top marks across the board in our Car Seat Check.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | December 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe: First Look

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Competes with: BMW X6 and any other SUV billed as a "coupe"

Looks like: A BMW X6 wearing a Mercedes CLA-Class face mask

Drivetrain: 362-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-6; nine-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Late summer 2015

Coupe-inspired SUVs aren't exactly lighting up the sales charts — BMW sold 421 units of the X6 in November — but Mercedes-Benz isn't letting that keep it from launching the 2016 GLE Coupe. It pains me to call this thing a coupe because it's an SUV and has four doors, though the coupelike inspiration is there with a sleek fastback profile, and Mercedes is gearing this odd duck for sports-car-like performance rather than off-road prowess.

Related: Mercedes-Benz Renames Much of its Lineup

GLE is Mercedes' new nomenclature for the former midsize ML-Class SUV, a 'ute that features two rows of seating and room for five occupants. That configuration carries over to the GLE Coupe. The GLE 450 AMG 4Matic trim level will be the first to debut late next summer with its standard twin-turbocharged V-6, automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

By Joe Bruzek | December 9, 2014 | Comments (1)

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