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Mercedes Launches New AMG ML- and SL- Models


Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG

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Forget gas prices, economic woes, and the new era of fuel conservation--if only for one blissful Sunday drive a week. Today Mercedes-Benz presents its latest AMG high-cube monsters, the 2009 ML63 AMG 10th Anniversary, the 2009 ML 63 AMG Performance Studio, and the 2009 SL 65 Black Series at California's famed Laguna Seca raceway.

The AMG-tuned ML SUVs feature AMG's latest hand-built masterpiece, the 6.3-liter (actually, 6.2-liter) V-8 featuring Mercedes' new four-valve-per-cylinder head and yielding both insane high-rpm horsepower (510, to be exact) and shove-in-the-back low-rpm torque. The second-gen ML platform is a great home for the new AMG V-8, being lighter on its feet than the first-gen ML that used a heavy truck-inspired ladder frame. The former vehicle was great for off-roading, but overkill for the suburban duty the vehicle most often sees.

If 510 horses don't impress you, step up to the SL 65 AMG Black Series. Its 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 offers...brace yourself...670 horsepower and enough torque (738 pound-feet) to tow an airstream or two up the nearest mountain range. The Black series focuses on lighter weight materials and high performance, and its new AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS five-speed automatic gearbox employs double-clutch technology for lightning-speed shifts and no torque converter to sap power delivery. A new coilover suspension and revised steering gear promise lively handling and quick response as well as managing a thrill ride of 3.8 seconds to 62 mph.

Neither of these cars will get you very much mpg at all. And prepare for a stiff gas guzzler tax to go along with an even steeper purchase price. But with sybaritic interiors and unbelievable performance, their fpg (fun per gallon) is likely unparalleled. Buy a Prius and a scooter for weekly duty, and perhaps the environmentalists won't torch your house after you blast past them in a terrific roar of angry V-8, or the jet-engine whoosh of AMG's twin-turbo 12. Hey, I can dream, right?--Colin Mathews

Mercedes SL65 Black Series

Mercedes SL65 Black Series

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  1. Mercedes makes me sick! I can't tell you how angry I get to see this car that was developed in part on the assets bleed from Chrysler. Just a few years ago Chrysler was flying high and MB was on the ropes due to poor quality. Guess who paid for keeping them in the game long enough to over-come their problems? In return MB stripped every cent from Chrysler product development and the result was sub-par product which has exasperated the present situation at Chrysler. My responce to these products is that they are built on the blood, sweat and talent of American industry. The worm will turn, as they say.
     
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  2. The MORON CEOS at Mercedes paid an arm and a leg for Chrysler in 1998, 36-37 Billion $ at the time, and the $ then was really strong.
    The same morons sold Chrysler to Cerberus for $7 billion
    I doubt that these true-blue, USDA choice morons at M-B made a DIME off chrysler, no matter how they exploited it.
    NOTHING Chrysler could offer Mercedes would make up the $30+ BILLION$ difference (which is far greater if you adjust for inflation!)
    But Cerberus got NO BARGAIN when it paid $6 or 7 billion for Chrysler, now it cannot unload it even for $1 billion.
    BTW, The M-B CEOS are not alone. Many Automakers, when they got a ton of cash, tend to waste it in silly aquisitions.
    Look at FORD, it was almost dead in 1983, then the home run FIRST Gen Taurus came out and sold like crazy, made them a ton of $, and what did the Ford moron CEOs do???
    They wasted most of it on lame-ass BRIT makers!!! JAguar, Aston, Land Rover, and that swedish loser VOLVO, whose sales last OCt fell 52% (!!!!!!)
     
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