Mercedes-Benz http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz/news en-GB Mercedes-AMG GT http://www.stuff.tv/amg-gt/mercedes-amg-gt/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Mercedes AMG-GT is a £100k sports car monster - and it&#039;s got the Porsche 911 in its sights </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="5184" height="3456" title="A pretty car in a pretty place" alt="Mercedes-AMG GT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Mercedes-AMG-GT-San-Francisco.jpg?1416501368" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many challengers have attempted to topple the awesome Porsche 911 from its sports car perch, but very few have succeeded.</p> <p>Audi made headway with the R8, Jaguar recently stirred things up with the F-Type and Aston Martin continues to tempt buyers from the wings. Now, Mercedes-Benz has decided to throw down the gauntlet with its AMG GT: a drop-dead gorgeous two-seater that takes styling cues from its SLS AMG big brother, features a ferocious new twin-turbocharged powerplant and boasts a price tag that just so happens to put it in the ring with Porsche&#39;s potent 911 Turbo model.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £97,195.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Model tested: GT S (£110,495) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Head-turning styling </div> <div class="field-item even"> Impressive on-board tech </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Spine-tingling performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Firm ride </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lofty price tag </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Not as precise as a Porsche </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AMG-Unit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The AMG GT S is the first vehicle to be developed entirely in-house by Mercedes&#39; revered tuning arm, so serious performance is pretty much guaranteed.&nbsp;Two versions are available for order right now: the &#39;standard&#39; AMG GT, which develops 456bhp from the brand new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine, and the ferocious GT S version that takes power up to 503bhp.</p> <p>Like any sensible human being, we decided to slide behind the wheel of the more powerful iteration because when AMG offers you the keys to a new vehicle: there&#39;s no point doing things by half measure.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5184" height="3456" title="There are two versions - the &#039;standard&#039; AMG GT, which develops 456bhp from the brand new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine, and the ferocious GT S version that takes power up to 503bhp" alt="Mercedes-AMG GT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Mercedes-AMG-GT-parked.JPG?1416501368" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mercedes-AMG GT tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Engine</strong>: 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8</p> <p><strong>Power</strong>: 456bhp for GT, 503bhp for GT S</p> <p>Torque: 442lb ft for GT, 479lb ft for GT S</p> <p><strong>0-62mph</strong>: 4.0 seconds for GT, 3.8 seconds for GT S</p> <p><strong>Top speed</strong>: 189mph for GT, 193mph for GT S</p> <p><strong>Transmission</strong>: seven-speed dual-clutch automatic</p> <p><strong>Fuel economy</strong>: 30mpg (approx.)</p> <p><strong>Emissions</strong>: 216g/km for GT, 219g/km for GT S</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 1,615kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Heavy metal soundtrack </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s no point talking about an AMG vehicle without touching on the sonorous bark that typically emanates from the rear pipes. The AMG engineers from Affalterbach, Germany, were so concerned that their new, smaller capacity turbocharged engine wouldn&#39;t sound right, that they spent the first few months working on the engine note alone.</p> <p>The result is impressive, because under heavy acceleration and with the sports exhaust button pressed, the noise is quite simply phenomenal. It begins with a deep bellow and rises to a howl as it reaches the top of its rev range. Squeeze the heavy gear selector paddles located behind the steering wheel, shift down and grin as the exhausts pop and bang - it&#39;s fantastic.</p> <p>But a good soundtrack is not enough to topple Merc&#39;s Germanic rival; the car must also drive like a dream.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/lean-mean-green-electric-car-supertest/feature" target="_blank">The lean, the mean &amp; the green: three electric supercars put to the test</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4963" height="3309" title="under heavy acceleration and with the sports exhaust button pressed, the noise is quite simply phenomenal" alt="Mercedes-AMG GT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Mercedes-AMG-GT-rear.JPG?1416501368" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Life on the ragged edge </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After just a few minutes behind the wheel of the AMG GT S, it becomes clear that this machine was born to race. Even with &#39;Comfort&#39; mode dialled-in on the Dynamic Select control function, the suspension feels firm and blemishes in the road are soon transmitted to the buttock area.</p> <p>Flick the switch to Sport, Sport+ or even the psychopathic Race Mode, and the car swings from mildly irritated to utterly infuriated, desperate to be pushed harder and faster through the bends.</p> <p>The surprisingly large boot (easily big enough for a set of golf clubs), comfortable chairs and general luxurious ambience certainly marry up with the Gran Tourer element of the car&#39;s moniker but those expecting a soft weekend cruiser have got another thing coming.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1365" title="After just a few minutes behind the wheel of the AMG GT S, it becomes clear that this machine was born to race" alt="Mercedes-AMG GT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Mercedes-AMG-GT-at-the-wheel.jpg?1416501368" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="5184" height="3456" title="Flick the switch between Comfort, Sport, Sport+ or even the psychopathic Race Mode" alt="Mercedes-AMG GT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Mercedes-AMG-GT-Interior-race-mode.jpg?1416501368" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The devil&#039;s daily drive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although the AMG GT S features the general heated temperament of a track day tool, Mercedes also wanted to lavish customers with a genuinely stunning interior that packs the latest technology. The cocoon-like dash wraps around driver and front seat passenger, while all of the essential controls are laid out on a swooping centre console that&#39;s within easy reach at all times.</p> <p>An 8.4-inch central screen with the German marque&#39;s Comand system takes care of the infotainment package and features all the niceties expected on a modern machine. Online functionality allows occupants to check Facebook, receive live traffic information and use Google Maps. It&#39;s not iPad-slick in the way the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review">Tesla Model S</a> is, but it&#39;s mighty fine compared to everything else.</p> <p>The system also allows for Bluetooth phone tethering and there&#39;s a sweet optional Burmester stereo should the sound of the potent V8 begin to wear tiresome (it never does). A reversing camera, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Assist and a number of other safety features can also be added.</p> <p>The cabin is very comfortable and, bar the firm ride, it&#39;s hard to disagree with Mercedes&#39; claims that the AMG GT S could indeed be used everyday.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review" target="_blank">Tesla Model S Review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5184" height="3456" title="The cocoon-like dash wraps around driver and front seat passenger, while all of the essential controls are laid out on a swooping centre console that&#039;s within easy reach at all times" alt="Mercedes-AMG GT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Mercedes-AMG-GT-Interior-illuminated.jpg?1416501368" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="5184" height="3456" title="There&#039;s a sweet optional Burmester stereo should the sound of the potent V8 begin to wear tiresome (it never does)" alt="Mercedes-AMG GT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Mercedes-AMG-GT-Interior-screen.jpg?1416501368" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="5184" height="3456" title="SPORTY!" alt="Mercedes-AMG GT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Mercedes-AMG-GT-rev-counter.jpg?1416501368" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="5184" height="3456" title="This little widget as as a touchpad for the main interface" alt="Mercedes-AMG GT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Mercedes-AMG-GT-touch-pad.jpg?1416501368" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Teutonic tyre slayer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Laguna Seca: the world-renowned race circuit just south of San Francisco that has been the source of many a <em>Gran Turismo</em> gamer&#39;s frustration for years, just happens to be the site Mercedes chose to parade the performance prowess of its latest machine.</p> <p>The 0-60mph sprint is dispatched in just 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 193mph is easily achievable if the throttle is left pinned open - but it is not just straight line pace where the AMG GT S impresses.</p> <p>Despite its menacing demeanour, the adjustable levels of traction and safety assistance make it easier to wrangle around the undulating American circuit than first expected. But don&#39;t be fooled, in Race Mode the rear end will step out, producing the odd heart in mouth moment. It&#39;s utterly entertaining, if slightly scary, and becomes even more addictive the more you tune into its wicked ways.</p> <p>But better still, you can exit the circuit, slide it into &#39;Comfort&#39; mode and cruise home in contentment.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4770" height="3180" title="The 0-60mph sprint is dispatched in just 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 193mph is easily achievable if the throttle is left pinn" alt="Mercedes-AMG GT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Mercedes-AMG-GT-side.JPG?1416501368" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mercedes-AMG GT Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The AMG GT S may not be as precise as its key Porsche 911 rival, nor is it quite as adept at hiding its track-slaying ways when mooching around town, but there&#39;s something very alluring about its animalistic personality.</p> <p>It&#39;s certainly enough to have Jaguar F-Type, Audi R8 and the aforementioned 911 owners contemplating what&#39;s on their driveways.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cars/top-ten" target="_blank">The Best Cars in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3406" height="2316" title="There&#039;s something very alluring about the Mercedes-AMG GT&#039;s animalistic personality" alt="Mercedes-AMG GT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Mercedes-AMG-GT-front.JPG?1416501368" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Practicality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A blisteringly quick head-turner that provides driving thrills by the bucket load: it should be on anyone&#39;s &pound;100k sports car shortlist</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amg-gt/mercedes-amg-gt/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amg-gt/mercedes-amg-gt/review#comments AMG GT AMG GT S Cars Mercedes-Benz Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:33:26 +0000 Tom Parsons 1453606 at http://www.stuff.tv Solar paint and disco lights in the radiator: Mercedes-Benz's madcap concept car http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz/madcap-new-merc-embodies-every-star-trek-fans-vehicular-fantasy/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Mercedes-Benz G-Code can&#039;t go into warp drive but it is the stuff of science fiction </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz G-Code" alt="Mercedes-Benz G-Code" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mercedes2_0.jpg?1415534581" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It has been a long time since we laid eyes on a truly mind-bending concept car &ndash;&nbsp;but Mercedes&#39; latest &#39;design study&#39; is about as bonkers as futuristic design gets without dropping the silk sheets on a road-going version of the Starship Enterprise.</p> <p>Unveiled to celebrate the opening of the German marque&#39;s new Product Engineering Centre in Beijing, the Mercedes-Benz G-Code concept aims to highlight the possibilities on offer when Mercedes&#39; Sindelfingen studio meets conceptual Chinese thinking.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field 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class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A unique radiator grille at the front end takes its inspiration from the aforementioned popular sci-fi series, with a holographic warp drive-style pod that illuminates in different hues depending on the vehicle&#39;s state. </p> <p>Park the&nbsp;G-Code&nbsp;&nbsp;up outside your favourite comic book store and the front end pulsates a deep blue, in all-electric driving mode stars strobe outwards and in maximum attack hybrid sport mode, the grille lights up a menacing red.&nbsp;</p> <p>That hybrid drivetrain is pretty neat, too, combining the power of an internal combustion engine, which runs on hydrogen, and a powerful electric motor that powers the rear axles. A &#39;digital&#39; prop shaft allows the driver to select the powertrain best suited to driving conditions.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz G-Code concept " alt="Front grille pulsates but doesn&#039;t go into warp drive" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/14C1293_053.jpg?1415534581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1203" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz G-Code concept " alt="Rear light cluster houses everything in one unit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/14C1299_04.jpg?1415534581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1232" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz G-Code concept " alt="Seats monitor occupant&#039;s vital signs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/14C1293_063.jpg?1415534581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solar-powered... paint? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Because this is a design study, Mercedes engineers were allowed to go completely mental with the planet-saving environmental stuff. Take the high-tech &quot;multi-voltaic silver&quot; paint finish for example. It is designed to act as a giant solar panel that creates energy to aid the methane and hydrogen synthesis process, thus eking out more miles from your hydrogen tank. </p> <p>Even the suspension system is in on the act, with the flow of hydraulic fluid in the springs and dampers driving a generator that creates electricity to top up the batteries. </p> <p>The&nbsp;G-Code is&nbsp;equally experimental inside, too. A centre console with integrated smart device docking station connects the car to the digital world, while its shell-like seats are kitted out with full 3D body scanners that constantly monitor passenger&#39;s vitals. Even the steering wheel is wacky - it folds out like a butterfly when the G-Code is started and sports a built-in head up display that can be programmed to show a multitude of vehicle information.</p> <p>Mercedes&#39; vision of warp drive might still be light years away but it&#39;s a good hint at what a small compact crossover from the German marque might look like... on the outside at least.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-every-brilliant-gift-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 50 brilliant present ideas</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1216" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz G-Code concept " alt="Butterfly steering wheel as standard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/14C1293_062.jpg?1415534581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz/madcap-new-merc-embodies-every-star-trek-fans-vehicular-fantasy/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz/madcap-new-merc-embodies-every-star-trek-fans-vehicular-fantasy/news#comments Cars Mercedes-Benz Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:18:49 +0000 Leon Poultney 1452412 at http://www.stuff.tv The new Mercedes AMG GTS is sent to Earth to slay Porsches http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz/new-mercedes-amg-gts-sent-earth-slay-porsches/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stunning styling, petrifying performance figures and an ear splitting exhaust note set to shake up the sports car market </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 503bhp SLS AMG is one mean machine" alt="The 503bhp SLS AMG is one mean machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/MercAMGdone.jpg?1410778981" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>That looks remarkably like a Mercedes SLS AMG...</strong><br />Shhh, don&#39;t say that to the men and women of AMG who have invested years of their life sculpting the sensationally smooth surfaces of Mercedes&#39; latest sports car. This is only the second vehicle Mercedes has allowed tuning firm AMG to create completely in house - the first was the SLS, hence the similarities.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Does it look as good on the inside?</strong><br />Yes it does, because Mercedes and AMG designers have completely overhauled the cockpit of their latest creation. Beautiful leather surfaces wrap around the two occupants, while a sleek 8.4-inch central display takes care of most of the car&#39;s functions. Surrounding the display are a number of buttons arranged in a &#39;V&#39; formation, a nod to the brutal V8 engine that lies beneath the elongated bonnet.</p> <p><strong>That&#39;s nice but surely it won&#39;t be better than a Porsche 911</strong>&hellip;<br />It&#39;s going to be difficult to beat the Porsche 911 Turbo for all-round greatness, plus it falls into the same price range as Audi&#39;s soon-to-be refreshed R8 and Jaguar&#39;s ace F-Type R. It&#39;ll be a tough fight&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;but the slinky Merc has got all the makings of a champion. It&#39;s also got a much larger boot than most of the aforementioned, if that swings it for you?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1201" height="900" title="Zero to scary in 3.8 seconds" alt="Zero to scary in 3.8 seconds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/898095_14C707_158.jpg?1410778981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1206" height="900" title="Tech-heavy, leather-clad interior" alt="Tech-heavy, leather-clad interior" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/898150_14C302_02.jpg?1410778981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Zero to scary in 3.8 seconds" alt="Zero to scary in 3.8 seconds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/898069_14C707_123.jpg?1410778981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Are you telling us it&#39;s practical now?</strong><br />Not really. It can only seat two people, for a start&nbsp;&ndash; and the boot is just a gaping hole in the rear when the tailgate is lifted. It does feature an array of tech treats, similar to the S-Class, though. Mercedes&#39; intuitive COMAND system takes care of DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and internet-enable applications. You could easily use it as an everyday drive.</p> <p><strong>What kind of speeds can we do on our everyday drive?</strong><br />The performance figures on this thing are impressive. The 0-62mph sprint is over in 3.8 seconds in the GTS model and it can go on to an autobahn-annihilating top speed of 193mph. Speed isn&#39;t cheap though; expect to pay around &pound;95,000 for the standard AMG GT when it goes on sale next year.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">More awesome Hot Stuff</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Zero to scary in 3.8 seconds" alt="Zero to scary in 3.8 seconds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/898061_14C707_046.jpg?1410778981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz/new-mercedes-amg-gts-sent-earth-slay-porsches/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz/new-mercedes-amg-gts-sent-earth-slay-porsches/news#comments Cars Hot Stuff Mercedes-Benz Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:14:37 +0000 Leon Poultney 1447348 at http://www.stuff.tv New Mercedes S600 Guard is bombproof, bulletproof and far tougher than you are http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz/new-bulletproof-mercedes-s-600-guard-takes-personal-security-next-level/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mercedes&#039; latest luxury limousine takes personal security to the next level and makes Obama&#039;s Beast look like a lapdog </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Don&#039;t mess with it" alt="Mercedes S 600 Guard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mercedes-s-600-guard-001.jpg?1407466803" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">It used to be thought that diamond was the hardest thing on Earth. Then scientists discovered that Chuck Norris was harder. Well it&#39;s time for Chuck to step down - because the new Merc S600 is tougher still.</p> <p class="p3">The S600 Guard is based on the standard S600 - meaning drivers gets a hefty 525bhp under the right foot thanks to the massive V12 engine under the bonnet.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">So who <em>might</em> need it? We&#39;re thinking pop stars, footballers, gangsters, politicians... basically, anyone who&#39;s rich, famous and massively unpopular.</p> <p class="p1">But suspend your disbelief for a second and imagine you are rich and famous: you&#39;ve just enjoyed a bottle of Cristal at your local nightclub, you hop in your S 600 Guard and some miscreant lobs a grenade under the vehicle. What happens next?</p> <p class="p3">Well, the run-flat tyres will kick in should the explosion puncture the rubber, meaning at least 19 miles worth of travel, which is more than enough to flee the scene. A panic alarm system can be activated from the rear, which alerts the driver to your current state of sheer terror, an automatic fire extinguisher quells any flames in the cabin, while an emergency fresh air supply protects occupants from the ingress of noxious fumes.</p> <p class="p3">There&#39;s even a special cooling compartment between the two rear seats so you can crack open a nice cool beer once the ordeal is over.</p> <p class="p3">And because this is a Mercedes S-Class underneath the armour plating, it contains such niceties as a luxurious First-Class rear suite for business meetings on the move, a Warmth Comfort package that heats any surface an occupant can touch and LED interior lighting throughout.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3">There&#39;s no word on price at the moment but if you&#39;re the sort of person to need ballistic protection, you&#39;re probably not too worried about spending six-figure sums on a new set of wheels.</p> <p class="p3"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-hottest-gadgets-july-2014/feature">The 25 hottest gadgets we clapped eyes on last month</a></strong></p> <p class="p3"><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1349" height="900" title="Mercedes S 600 Guard" alt="Mercedes S 600 Guard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-s-600-guard-002.jpg?1407466803" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1349" height="900" title="Mercedes S 600 Guard" alt="Mercedes S 600 Guard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-s-600-guard-003.jpg?1407466803" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes S 600 Guard" alt="Mercedes S 600 Guard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-s-600-guard-004.jpg?1407466803" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes S 600 Guard" alt="Mercedes S 600 Guard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-s-600-guard-005.jpg?1407466803" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz/new-bulletproof-mercedes-s-600-guard-takes-personal-security-next-level/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz/new-bulletproof-mercedes-s-600-guard-takes-personal-security-next-level/news#comments Cars Mercedes-Benz Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:12:09 +0000 Marc McLaren 1444261 at http://www.stuff.tv Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe is a 155mph motorway missile http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz-s63-amg-coupe-155mph-motorway-missile/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Release the horses! Mercedes crams a whopping 577bhp into its luxurious S63 AMG Coupe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe" alt="Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mercedes-benz-s63-amg-coupe-01.jpg?1398330069" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Hang on a minute, I thought the Mercedes S-Class was a refined, luxury cruiser… </strong><br />You’d be correct, but that was before AMG - the German marque’s in-house tuning firm - got its greasy paws on the car. It's removed the rear doors and fettled the opulent limousine so it now rockets from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds, thanks to a twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 engine residing underneath the elongated bonnet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So it&#39;s quick off the mark, but how fast is it compared to its competitors? </strong><br />The S63 AMG Coupe will clamber into the ring with the likes of the Bentley Continental GT (which is nowhere near as spacious inside) and the Aston Martin Rapide (which is far more expensive). Both of the aforementioned bruisers serve up some seriously impressive performance figures but neither can match the German offering&rsquo;s pace off the line. And neither boasts the Merc&#39;s impressive arsenal of in-car technology.</p> <p><strong>Technology? Music to my ears. What can we expect to see? </strong><br />On top of the S-class&rsquo;s array of interior trickery - which includes twin 12.3-inch TFT screens that take care of infotainment and instrument clusters, heated armrests and motorised seatbelts that greet all occupants upon entry &ndash; the S63 AMG Coupe receives performance upgrades such as AirMatic air suspension with optional corner tilt functionality and Magic Body Control.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe" alt="Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-benz-s63-amg-coupe-02.jpg?1398330069" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe" alt="Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-benz-s63-amg-coupe-09.jpg?1398330069" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Magic Body Control? Sounds like some kind of newfangled dance craze&hellip; </strong><br />It&rsquo;s actually a rather clever bit of tech trickery that uses Road Surface Scan technology to detect undulations in the road surface using a stereo camera. Magic Body Control adjusts the suspension before you hit the bumps, to ensure the smoothest ride around. Corner tilt functionality works in a similar way; it senses chassis tilt through cornering and regulates the vehicle&rsquo;s yaw to ensure interior occupants aren&rsquo;t thrown around the cabin at high speed.</p> <p><strong>It sounds comfortable, but does that mean it isn&#39;t really a performance machine? </strong><br />The AMG division doesn&rsquo;t mess about it when it goes to work on a car, and the S63 is no exception. It produces 40bhp more than the outgoing CL63 AMG it replaces; it can cruise at 155mph and develops enough torque to tow a small aircraft. You can also specify super-sharp carbon ceramic brakes should you wish to take the &pound;100,000 cruiser to a local track day.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe" alt="Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-benz-s63-amg-coupe-04.jpg?1398330069" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe" alt="Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-benz-s63-amg-coupe-05.jpg?1398330069" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe" alt="Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-benz-s63-amg-coupe-06.jpg?1398330069" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe" alt="Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-benz-s63-amg-coupe-07.jpg?1398330069" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>When will we see it in showrooms? </strong><br />UK customers can expect to be handed the keys to their shiny new ride as early as November of this year and if you&rsquo;re neighbour buys one, invest in some earplugs. This beast is likely to roar.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/land-rover/land-rover-discovery-vision-concept-has-laser-headlights-and-invisible-bonnet/news" target="_blank">Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept has laser headlights and an invisible bonnet</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe" alt="Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-benz-s63-amg-coupe-08.jpg?1398330069" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe" alt="Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-benz-s63-amg-coupe-03.jpg?1398330069" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe" alt="Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-benz-s63-amg-coupe-10.jpg?1398330069" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz-s63-amg-coupe-155mph-motorway-missile/news#comments Cars Hot Stuff Mercedes-Benz Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:18:54 +0000 Stephen Graves 1435928 at http://www.stuff.tv Mercedes-Benz's Prediction Engine will learn your life – and it'll be in cars by 2016 http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz/ces-2014/mercedes-benzs-prediction-engine-will-learn-your-life-and-itll-be-cars-2016/n <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mercedes shows off its life-tracking Predictive User Experience concept </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz Predictive User Experience" alt="Mercedes-Benz Predictive User Experience" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mercedes-benz-predictive-user-experience-01_0.jpg?1389839069" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The car of the future will know where you want to go as soon as you start it up &ndash; at least, if Mercedes-Benz has anything to do with it.</p> <p>Stuff got an early look at its Predictive User Experience concept at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014</a>, and it certainly looks impressive &ndash; if Mercedes can pull it off.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> People to see, places to go </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Armed with that information, the car&#39;s Prediction Engine will monitor your driving habits and work out where you want to go, based on who&#39;s in the car, the time of day and the weather.</p> <p>So if a parent and two children are in the vehicle on a weekday morning, it&#39;s a fairly safe bet that they&#39;re on the school run &ndash; and that the parent will be going to work after they drop the kids off. If it&#39;s a rainy weekend evening and there are two adults in the car, they&#39;re likely to be going to the cinema or one of their favourite after-work haunts.</p> <p>Mercedes reckons that the Prediction Engine will take around two to three weeks to work out where you habitually drive to &ndash; and will draw on information from satellites and other connected cars to help you avoid traffic and find the fastest route.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz Predictive User Experience" alt="Mercedes-Benz Predictive User Experience" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-benz-predictive-user-experience-02_0.jpg?1389839069" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz Predictive User Experience" alt="Mercedes-Benz Predictive User Experience" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-benz-predictive-user-experience-03_0.jpg?1389839069" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A learning computer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;It&#39;s a learning algorithm that&#39;s developed in-house, and it&#39;s constantly running on our NTG5 systems,&quot; a Mercedes-Benz spokesperson tells Stuff. &quot;It&#39;s constantly reading from all the sensor data that it gets from the car; there are 150 different sensors. It also pulls in satellite data and car-to-car data for traffic and infrastructure.&quot;</p> <p>It&#39;s no mere pie-in-the-sky concept, either. &quot;This is actually hardware and software ready,&quot; Merc&#39;s spokesperson explains. &quot;It&#39;ll be in a car two years from now.&quot;</p> <p>Privacy is obviously a concern &ndash; and initially, the Prediction Engine won&#39;t cull data from your smartphone. Mercedes is considering allowing you to store your user data on your phone though, so that if you swap over to another Mercedes-Benz, you can bring your preferred settings with you.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature" target="_blank">2014 CES Hot Stuff Awards: The Winners</a></strong></p> <p>It&#39;ll also monitor the driving habits of the person behind the wheel to confirm that it is actually you &ndash; if you&#39;ve lent your key to a friend, or if someone&#39;s stolen your keys, phone and wallet, the car will be able to tell that you&#39;re not behind the wheel, and withhold personal information.&nbsp;</p> <p>The idea, the spokesperson tells us, is for you not to have to do anything. &quot;It learns everything there is to know about you; The more you feed it, the smarter it gets.&quot;</p> <p>For some, that&#39;ll sound eerily reminiscent of the frankly spooky <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mother-creepiest-gadget-ces/feature" target="_blank">Mother</a> life-tracking gadget. For those who want to step into Mercedes&#39; vision of the future, the Predictive User Experience looks set to streamline your life.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz Predictive User Experience" alt="Mercedes-Benz Predictive User Experience" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-benz-predictive-user-experience-04_0.jpg?1389839069" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz Predictive User Experience" alt="Mercedes-Benz Predictive User Experience" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-benz-predictive-user-experience-05_0.jpg?1389839069" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Mercedes-Benz Predictive User Experience" alt="Mercedes-Benz Predictive User Experience" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mercedes-benz-predictive-user-experience-06_0.jpg?1389839069" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz/ces-2014/mercedes-benzs-prediction-engine-will-learn-your-life-and-itll-be-cars-2016/n" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz/ces-2014/mercedes-benzs-prediction-engine-will-learn-your-life-and-itll-be-cars-2016/n#comments Cars CES 2014 Mercedes-Benz Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:28:26 +0000 Stephen Graves 1431299 at http://www.stuff.tv