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Mercedes-AMG displays new models at Geneva

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a new star-studded array of dynamic and exclusive high-powered AMG saloons

Geneva The AMG stand at the 76th International Motor Show in Geneva is packed with a new star-studded array of dynamic and exclusive high-powered AMG saloons. The Mercedes Car Group's high-performance division has a veritable pageant of superlatives on show: the CLS 63 AMG and CLK 63 AMG are celebrating their world premieres and the R 63 AMG and S 65 AMG their European debuts. Visitors to the show on the shores of Lake Geneva will also be able to see the recently updated AMG-powered SL Roadsters as well as the ML 63 AMG.

Imposing performance figures, a dynamic design and exclusive specification: Mercedes-AMG has succeeded in creating a very special breed of car in the form of the new CLS 63. Powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine that has been developed entirely by AMG, this singular four-door coupé is receiving its world premiere in Geneva. With a maximum output of 514 hp and peak torque of
630 Nm, the new AMG powerpack boasts a higher specific output and specific torque than any other naturally aspirated series-produced eight-cylinder engine in the world. The result is truly top-notch performance: the CLS 63 AMG accelerates from standstill to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds, while top speed is 155 mph (electronically limited).

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC transmission is responsible for transferring the engine's power to the wheels in the new CLS 63 AMG. Drivers are able to choose between fully automated gearshifts or changing gear manually: manual gearchanges can be performed either by using the selector lever or by pulling on the new silver-coloured aluminium AMG shift paddles. The drive unit at the heart of the CLS 63 AMG is superbly complemented by both the AMG sports suspension and the AMG high-performance brake system. Taking the AIRMATIC DC semi-active air suspension with the Adaptive Damping System ADS II as a basis, the Mercedes-AMG engineers have developed a new AMG sports suspension, with both the springs and dampers now tuned considerably more firmly.

Newly developed AMG high-performance composite brakes

The CLS 63 AMG is fitted with new high-performance composite brakes at the front wheels. Internally ventilated, perforated disc brakes all round guarantee formidable decelerating power combined with excellent fade resistance. The chosen combination of wheels and tyres also has its role to play in the vehicle's dynamic handling capabilities: 255/40 and 285/35 wide-base tyres are mounted on 8.5-inch and 9.5-inch-wide high-sheen AMG 18-inch light-alloy wheels featuring a titanium grey painted finish and a new five-spoke design.

The sophisticated coupé appeal of the CLS 63 AMG is underscored by the muscular AMG bodystyling and "6.3 AMG" lettering on the front wings. The interior appointments of the CLS 63 AMG represent a delightful combination of exclusive, sporty styling, high-grade materials and an outstanding quality of finish. Standard specification features AMG sports seats upholstered in nappa leather, the AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel with new aluminium AMG shift paddles as well as the new AMG instrument cluster with a 200 mph speedometer dial and red needles. Also new is the AMG main menu, which displays the currently engaged gear and recommended upshifts, plus either the engine oil temperature or the battery voltage as well as the RACETIMER. The new RACETIMER function allows the driver to record lap times on private racing circuits, storing not only the time for the fastest lap but also the average and top speeds as well as the lap length.

CLK 63 AMG Coupé and Cabriolet: the new top-of-the-range V8 models

Also making their world debut in Geneva are two new top-of-the-range V8 models: the CLK 63 AMG Coupé and Cabriolet. The specially developed AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine under the bonnet promises an unforgettable driving experience. Its maximum output of 481 hp and 630 Nm of peak torque outstrip the figures for any other model in this segment. With new AMG high-performance composite brakes, a new AMG sports suspension, new high-sheen AMG 18-inch light-alloy wheels with a titanium grey finish plus exclusive and dynamic standard appointments, the V8 models now even sportier and exclusive than before.

AMG SPEEDSHIFT and composite brakes for excellent handling dynamics

The new AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC transmission is the perfect complement to the dynamic power delivery and can be operated using the AMG shift paddles on the steering wheel, rather like in a Formula 1 car. Equipped with a retuned AMG sports suspension and AMG 18-inch light-alloy wheels with new five-spoke styling, the CLK 63 AMG has precisely what it takes to deliver sporty handling and high-speed cornering. New AMG high-performance composite brakes can be found at the front wheels. The status of the CLK 63 AMG as a sporty, range-topping model is plain to see from its muscular AMG bodystyling. The new front apron now sports even bolder lines and air outlets at the sides.

Sportiness and exclusivity are the predominant themes inside both eight-cylinder models. New features include the AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel with new silver-coloured aluminium AMG shift paddles as well as the AMG main menu in the instrument cluster with RACETIMER function. The electrically adjustable multifunction AMG sports seats are heated and come upholstered in exclusive nappa leather with an attractive cross-piping design.

R 63 AMG as an extra-dynamic interpretation of the R-Class

The new R 63 AMG is powered by the same new AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine that can be found in the CLS 63 AMG and the CLK 63 AMG. With an output of 510 hp, 630 Nm of torque and permanent all-wheel drive, the Grand Sports Tourer la AMG offers an unprecedented combination of unrivalled sportiness, spaciousness and top-class comfort for up to six people. The short-wheelbase R 63 AMG accelerates from standstill to 62 mph in 5.0 seconds (R 63 AMG with long wheelbase: 5.1 seconds) and has a maximum speed of 155 mph (electronically limited). Power is transferred by the AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC transmission with steering-wheel gearshift buttons, DIRECT SELECT shift lever and three driving modes. A combination of all-wheel drive with power split 40:60 between the front and rear wheels, an AMG high-performance braking system and an AMG sports suspension, featuring AIRMATIC air suspension with self-levelling control and the Adaptive Damping System, ensures outstanding handling safety and the choice of either a dynamic or a comfort-oriented style of driving.

Newly designed front and rear aprons in the characteristic AMG look, the two twin chrome-plated tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system, the "6.3 AMG" lettering on the front wings and the sporty, dark-tinted tail lights communicate sheer dynamism, while, at the side, AMG 20-inch light-alloy wheels in a five-spoke design with 265/45 R 20 wide-base tyres make a striking impression.

Inside the R 63 AMG, AMG sports seats, the nappa leather upholstery with Alcantara inserts for all seats, the decorative trim in black aluminium, the AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel with gearshift buttons and the AMG instrument cluster with AMG main menu and RACETIMER produce a distinctly sporty flair.

SL 55 AMG and SL 65 AMG made even sportier and more exclusive

The SL 55 AMG and SL 65 AMG have now been made even sportier and more exclusive than ever. Both of these exceptional roadsters from AMG have made further substantial advances in terms of technology, design and appointments and now offer an even more unforgettable driving experience. The improved AMG 5.5-liter V8 supercharged engine at the heart of the SL 55 AMG is equipped with a new, higher-speed supercharger compressor and a larger throttle valve to optimise the fresh air supply. These modifications plus the installation of an even more efficient engine management unit have boosted the output of the AMG V8 powerplant from 500 hp to 517 hp, while the peak torque has been increased from 700 to 720 Nm.

The SL 55 AMG accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds (outgoing model: 4.7 seconds) and goes on to reach an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. The driving force behind the SL 65 AMG is the AMG 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine developing 612 hp and a maximum torque of 1000 Nm, making this still the most powerful production roadster in the world. Impressive evidence of the phenomenal power harnessed by the AMG twelve-cylinder unit is provided by the 0-62 mph acceleration time of just 4.2 seconds. Again, top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

AMG sports suspension based on second-generation ABC

The AMG sports suspension based on second-generation Active Body Control has been further refined for the AMG Roadsters. The specific measures that have been implemented reduce body movements in dynamic driving situations to levels even lower than those achieved by the outgoing models, without impairing the excellent ride comfort in any way. Greater agility comes courtesy of the revised elastokinematics at the front axle and the speed-sensitive power steering with a more direct ratio and new valve control logic.

Both the SL 55 AMG and the SL 65 AMG are equipped with newly developed AMG high-performance brake systems which ensure optimum metering of braking power, extremely short stopping distances and outstanding resistance to fading. The front wheels on both models boast large composite brake discs with six-piston aluminium fixed callipers. The SL 65 AMG comes equipped with disc brakes that are 30 mm larger all both front and rear, and ultra-high-performance composite brakes at the rear wheels too. What's more, the top-of-the-range AMG V12 model is fitted with a multiple-disc limited-slip differential with a locking factor of 40 percent for optimum traction.

Exterior design characterised by even more striking dynamism

On a visual level, the new-generation AMG Roadsters are distinguishable by their updated AMG bodystyling, including more dynamically styled AMG front aprons with an even more pronounced arrow shape and fog lamps ringed in chrome. In addition, the front apron of the SL 65 AMG also incorporates side air outlets allowing optimal airflow through the auxiliary engine oil cooler. Further unobtrusive yet highly effective model enhancement measures include an AMG-specific radiator grille with black louvres and chrome highlights, new tail lights with special AMG tinting, new high-sheen AMG 18-inch light-alloy wheels with new multi-spoke styling for the SL 55 AMG and an AMG sports exhaust system with two sets of chromed twin tailpipes featuring new V12 styling for the SL 65 AMG.

Interior now even classier and sportier

Not to be outdone, the interior of both AMG Roadsters also sports an even more dynamic and high-class look. New genuine carbon-fibre trim elements inject a sense of sportiness and reflect AMG's successful involvement in the world of motorsport. The AMG sports seats, interior door trim and armrests are upholstered in fine nappa leather, and the AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel with its specially moulded rim is now fitted with silver-coloured aluminium AMG shift paddles. The AMG main menu with RACETIMER is yet another new feature.

The new S 65 AMG: the world's most powerful series-production saloon

Exclusivity and dynamism in a wholly new dimension: the new Mercedes-Benz S 65 AMG in a nutshell. The top-of-the-line model of the new S-Class delivers 612 hp and reaches peak torque of 1000 Nm more than any other vehicle in this segment. With such power at its command, the AMG 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine delivers awesome performance: it accelerates from standstill to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds and to 125 mph in just 13.3 seconds. The top speed is 155 mph (electronically limited).

The new S 65 AMG comes with the exclusive high-tech credentials to match its performance potential, from the transmission, through the suspension to the brake system: the drive power is transferred to the wheels in the new S 65 AMG via the AMG SPEEDSHIFT five-speed automatic transmission with AMG shift paddles and DIRECT SELECT gearshift. The AMG sports suspension with Active Body Control is the perfect complement to the sophisticated drive technology. The suspension all but entirely eliminates the body movements that occur when moving off, negotiating bends and braking. The completely newly developed AMG high-performance brakes with twin sliding callipers at the front based on the ADAPTIVE BRAKE system set new standards in terms of stopping power, sensitivity and fade resistance. Composite brake discs at the front and rear ensure the shortest stopping distances, remarkable resistance to fading and outstanding sensitivity. Multi-piece AMG 19-inch light-alloy wheels with mixed-size tyres keep the S 65 AMG firmly in contact with the road.

Flagship AMG V12 model with exclusive standard specification

Hallmark Mercedes elegance coupled with distinctive sportiness the impression the new S 65 AMG leaves you with at first glance. At the front, the restyled AMG front apron with enlarged air intakes adds an athletic touch. The side skirts pick up the line of the AMG front apron and emphasise the dynamic feel of the side view; all reinforced by the "V12 Biturbo" lettering on the front wings. The exclusive interior appointments do full justice to the dynamic exterior, with "Exclusive PASSION" leather upholstery plus AMG multicontour dynamic sports seats with their own distinctive design. The AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel with its specially sculpted rim and aluminium AMG shift paddles marked "up" and "down" is a joy to hold and behold. One of the most eye-catching features in the interior of the new S 65 AMG is the exclusive analogue clock with its "IWC Ingenieur" design in the centre console. The AMG instrument cluster includes the AMG main menu with RACETIMER.

ML 63 AMG raises the bar in the sporty off-roader segment

The Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG has upped the ante for sporty off-roaders. Beneath the bonnet of the range-topping M-Class beats the heart of a top athlete. Developed in-house by AMG from start to finish, the 6.3-liter V8 engine delivers 510 hp at 6800 rpm with torque peaking at 630 Nm at
5200 rpm, giving the new AMG powerpack a higher specific output and specific torque than any other naturally aspirated series-produced eight-cylinder engine in the world.

AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC with three shift modes

Power transfer in the dynamic top M-Class model is handled by an AMG SPEEDSHIFT seven-speed automatic transmission with a DIRECT SELECT shift lever mounted next to the steering wheel. Three shift modes specially configured for the sporty performance characteristics of the AMG V8 engine enable its tremendous power to be harnessed to best effect. These shift modes "S" (Sport), "C" (Comfort) and "M" (Manual) are selected using a switch in the centre console and differ in terms of their gearshift characteristics.

Gearshift buttons on the AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel allow drivers to change between the seven gears manually, rather like in a Formula 1 car. The permanent all-wheel drive of the ML 63 AMG is also decidedly sporty in nature: in the interests of optimum agility and cornering capabilities, the V8 engine's abundant power is split 40:60 between the front and rear wheels.

AMG sports suspension and AMG high-performance brake system

The AMG sports suspension based on AIRMATIC offers high cornering speeds, precise directional stability and low body roll combined with excellent long-distance comfort. The air suspension features AMG's own spring struts and a specially tuned version of the Adaptive Damping System ADS. High-sheen AMG 19-inch light-alloy wheels in a five-spoke design shod with 295/45 R 19 wide-base tyres keep all that power on the road, while the large AMG high-performance brakes behind them with internally ventilated and perforated discs all round keep stopping distances to a minimum.

Striking looks with AMG bodystyling and flared wheel arches

Broad-set, beefy, with a low-slung stance and ready to leap forward the appearance of the ML 63 AMG instantly gives away its exceptional status within the range. The athletic design of the powerful off-roader is characterised by its highly prominent AMG bodystyling with front and rear aprons, the exclusive AMG radiator grille, flared wheel arches, stainless-steel running boards with rubber studs and dark-tinted tail lights. The AMG sports exhaust system with two sets of chromed twin tailpipes lends yet further visual and acoustic emphasis to the power and dynamism of the flagship model in the M-Class range.

The interior of the ML 63 AMG is likewise dominated by a sporty flair. The exclusive interior appointments include AMG sports seats upholstered in nappa leather with Alcantara inserts in the shoulder areas, the AMG ergonomic leather sports steering wheel with gearshift buttons, plus an AMG instrument cluster with a 200 mph speedometer dial, AMG main menu and RACETIMER function.