Live life in the fast lane! Mercedes-Benz and XDubai are promising thrills and excitement – with the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC, CLA 45 4MATIC und A 45 4MATIC.
|Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC and CLA 45 4MATIC:|
|Fuel consumption combined: 7.3–6.9 l/100 km;|
|combined CO₂ emissions: 171–162 g/km.*|
“Impressive power, torque and performance on the road, as well as the expressive design distinguish the new Mercedes-AMG S 63 4MATIC+ and the new S 65. With the S 63, we additionally took a major development step that supports our leadership claim in the areas of driving dynamics, performance, traction, equipment and demonstrative comfort. The S 65 with its high-torque 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine remains the spearhead of the S-Class models,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
New engine, new transmission, new all-wheel drive, new exterior and interior design: On the S 63 4MATIC+, Mercedes-AMG has dramatically honed the driving dynamics and looks further. For improved performance with significantly reduced fuel consumption, the AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine with cylinder deactivation replaces the previous 5.5-litre V8 biturbo. Despite the smaller displacement, the new engine puts out 450 kW (612 PS) and thus exactly 20 kW (27 PS) more than the preceding model. With a sprint time of 3.5 seconds from nil to 100 km/h, the performance luxury saloon is on par with thoroughbred sports cars. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9‑speed sports transmission replaces the previous 7-speed gearbox. This has enabled more agile response times to be achieved. The fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system provides optimal traction.
At the same time as the S 63 4MATIC+, the top-of-the-range model S 65 receives a visual update that underscores the superiority of the high-end 12-cylinder model. Its 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine retains its output of 463 kW (630 PS) and peak torque of 1,000 Newton metres. Thanks to the highest stage of development of the V8 and V12 biturbo engines, both new models deliver more output and torque than the competitors.
The AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine in the S 63 4MATIC+ comes exclusively in the highest performance stage to date rated at 450 kW (612 PS). The peak torque of 900 Nm also represents a new maximum. It is available across a wide rev range between 2,750 and 4,500 rpm, and thereby provides a sense of superior poise. The sprint from nil to 100 km/h takes just 3.5 seconds, faster than in any other performance luxury saloon, and the dynamic push in the back does not end before reaching the electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (with AMG Driver’s Package: 300 km/h).
The further advanced AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine utilises well-proven twin-turbo forced induction, with the two chargers not located outside on the cylinder banks, but rather between them in the V of the cylinders. The advantages of the “hot inner V” are a compact engine design, an immediate response from the turbochargers and low exhaust emissions thanks to optimum airflow to the close-coupled catalytic converters. Two twin-scroll turbochargers provide even better fresh-mixture cylinder charge. The results are a higher output, more torque already at low engine speeds, and a very spontaneous throttle response.
For maximum efficiency, Mercedes-AMG equipped the V8 engine in the S 63 4MATIC+ with the AMG Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation system. In the partial-load range, cylinders two, three, five and eight are deactivated, which significantly lowers the fuel consumption. For the first time, the S 63 is fitted with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed sports transmission, which impresses with extremely short shift times, fast multiple downshifts and a rev-matching function. A wet start-off clutch replaces the torque converter. The extremely high torque of the S 65 is transferred by the proven AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission. It delivers convincing tailor-made dynamics and high variability.
The LHD version of the S 63 4MATIC+ comes as standard with the fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system. This intelligent system combines the advantages of different drive concepts: the fully variable torque split between front and rear axle, another first, ensures not optimal traction. What is more: the driver is also able to rely on high handling stability and a high level of safety under all conditions. Alongside traction and lateral dynamics, the all-wheel drive also improves the longitudinal dynamics for even more powerful acceleration. The S 65 is available solely with rear-wheel drive.
The four AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+” and “Individual”, allow the driver to influence the characteristics of the S 63 4MATIC+ and the S 65 extensively. In addition, the S 65 features the “Curve” driving mode, active in the speed range between 15 km/h and 180 km/h. A curve-tilting function is integrated into the MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension of the S 65. As a result, the vehicle tilts to the inside of the turn by up to 2.65 degrees, similar to a motorcycle rider. This reduces the perceived lateral forces and increases the ride quality.
The new S 63 4MATIC+ and the new S 65 can be identified from the front by the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps and the redesigned front apron with expressive jet wing. The large side air intakes provide an improved airflow to the cooling modules – their functional form is familiar from motorsport. The three-dimensional front splitter reduces lift at the front axle. The door sill panelling with three-dimensional high-gloss chrome inlays lower the S-Class visually closer to the road and create even more tension in the side. The powerful rear end of the S 63 4MATIC+ and S 65 is formed by the updated rear apron with diffuser insert and the redesigned model-specific dual tailpipes of the AMG sport exhaust system.
The AMG power sports seats with memory function and seat heating offer the driver and front passenger more lateral support. Nappa leather in AMG V8 design with AMG badges in the front and rear backrests creates a luxurious atmosphere on board. Special touches include the embossed emblem on the armrest of the front centre console and the analogue clock in exclusive IWC design. The three-spoke Performance steering wheel features paddle shifters, a distinctly contoured rim trimmed with perforated leather in the grip area, and a metal insert with AMG logotype.
At the 2017 New York Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a set of sporty mid-size SUVs, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ SUV and Coupé, alongside the four-door GT Concept car.
|Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ SUV and Coupé:|
|Fuel consumption combined: 10.7 l/100 km;|
|combined CO₂ emissions: 244 g/km.*|
Opposites attract. Contrasts sharpen the senses. In November, the Nikkei Nine restaurant opened its doors in the Vier Jahreszeiten (lit.: Four Seasons), Hamburg’s 5-star Fairmont hotel. Located on the banks of the Alster, the hotel bathes in light, bringing a fresh, exotic and international flair to the city. We pay the metropolis on the Elbe a long overdue visit – and not just in any old cars.
We can do contrasts, too. Together with photographers Stefan Bischoff and Andre Josselin, model Hanna Fischer joined up two other models: a 37-year old Steyr-Daimler-Puch 230 G and a brand-new Mercedes-AMG G 63 for a ride across the bridges over the Elbe, drawing contours with the two red off-road vehicles that couldn’t be any more defined. Old and new, strikingly complementary – just like the new restaurant in the old hotel.
Sankt Pauli. The cold December wind blows from the Reeperbahn across the Heiligengeistfeld giving the closed snack bar a lonely and grey appearance. In the evening, a cuisine awaits us derived from the dishes made by Japanese immigrants in South America. So we don’t want to spoil our appetites with chips anyway.
Every single corner in Hamburg, every tributary of the Elbe and every building radiates that old, Hanseatic flair. In recent years, city planners have proved themselves experts in enhancing the raw charm of the port with bright accents. Between the HafenCity and the Dancing Towers on the Reeperbahn, the city has always remained true to itself, but has still managed to go with the times. The same can be said of the two G-Class models with which we are here. The early 230 G from 1980, then sold as the “Puch G” in Austria, Switzerland and the other bordering COMECO countries, appears almost innocent. The G 63 from 2016 has the same form and a similar colour, but is a completely new interpretation of the off-roader. Traditional and contemporary. Class.
When the robust, angular off-road vehicle was first presented in 1979, off-roading became socially acceptable. All-wheel drive was no longer just something for the local communes and forest wardens, but also of interest to well-off private customers. The G-Class was different; it was an individual vehicle for modern individualists. 38 years later it is still being produced in Graz with a high degree of manual work involved, but has been technically further developed and leaves nothing to be desired with regard to comfort. Today, a G-Class symbolises an active lifestyle. Most owners no longer hound their Mercedes-Benz across off-road terrain, but they could if they wanted to. With no restrictions.
The furnishings of the Nikkei Nine also impressively reflect how tradition flows into modernity in the culinary field. Here, you won’t find the somewhat dark, gold-decorated gaudiness that we associate with many Asian restaurants. Everything is brightly lit, the seating for around 100 guests is well spread out and a tempting scent hangs in the air.
How many different and surprising tastes can we experience in one evening? In a small adjoining room, Osaka-born Yuki Hamasaki makes the finest sushi variations which he expertly seasons with home-made wasabi.
Fish imported from Japan and locally-produced, hand-picked ingredients pamper the palate. The journey through the far-eastern delicacies is accompanied by fine wines or lass of sake. But only for those of us who have no more driving to do today.
Hanna doesn’t want to return yet. She wants to muse over the impressions of the afternoon and evening and drives the Puch G down to the Elbe, to a lonely spot opposite the port facilities. A quiet rumbling and squeaking drifts across from the cranes; the heavy industry on the other side never rests. However, the big city is slowly falling asleep. An evening full of contrasts lies behind us. Culinary variations in a modern restaurant, surrounded by the traditional walls of the Vier Jahreszeiten hotel. Added to that, two red-painted works of automotive art, with 36 years of development separating them. What an experience. Hanna closes her eyes, looking forward to whatever comes next.
The new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 4MATIC+ is a quite special vehicle: highly sporty and dynamic while at the same time offering inherent extreme driving stability – an SUV that can be driven with high precision and agility even on a high-speed lap of the race track. With our V8 biturbo engine, we hold a decisive USP in the Performance market. What is more, with SUV and Coupé, we offer the widest choice in the segment.
|Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ and GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ Coupé:|
|Fuel consumption combined: 10.7 l/100 km;|
|combined CO₂ emissions: 244 g/km.*|