Ok, this is unusual but worth a post: The golf ball catch was captured on film and released on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/mercedesbenzuk. The SLS AMG Roadster landed the record of ‘farthest golf shot to be caught in a moving car, ever’. Professional golfer Jake Shepherd hit a golf ball at 178mph into the Mercedes-Benz supercar, […]
The AMG Driving Academy has become a popular program event for AMG enthusiasts. For the U.S. programs, the 2012 schedule has been expanded to five tracks. For those interested, below you will find the MBUSA press release that covers the dates and tracks for the upcoming programs.
For those of you that have not heard by now, Mercedes-Benz is facing a class action lawsuit for alleged defects in the M156 V8 engine installed in numerous AMG Mercedes vehicles. You can read the class action complaint filed in New Jersey here.
According to the lawsuit, the class action may affect all current and former owners and lessees of 2006-2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, E63 AMG, S63 AMG, CL63 AMG, CLS63 AMG, ML63 AMG, CLK63 AMG, R63 AMG, and SL63 AMG models equipped with AMG M156 6.2 liter V8 engines.
The class action lawsuit alleges the V8 engines in several AMG vehicles have underlying problems that make them prone to premature wear, causing major engine damage and sometimes total engine failure. Read more about Mercedes-Benz Faces Class Action Lawsuits for AMG V8 Engines …
New 2011 – 2012 AMG Driving Academy Programs
Based on the feedback and comments received here at AMGmarket.com, the AMG Driving Academy events are well worth checking out. The events offer you a high performance driving experience with groups of like-minded individuals. It should be noted that the AMG Driving Academy programs are manufacturer-sponsored events. And now, Daimler is hosting a wide range of new driving events for 2011 and 2012. The events are for drivers and enthusiasts interested in improving his or her performance skills on the track and/or safety on the road.
The AMG Driving Academy initially focused on European venues but now events are also held in both the USA and China. Here’s a quick overview of the AMG Driving Academy events with links for detailed info including fees and event dates that are provided by Mercedes-AMG: Read more about 2011 AMG Driving Academy Details …
Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG | New Design, Enhanced Technology
AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT Sports Transmission
AMGmarket.com/PR News/Source: Daimler, Affalterbach – The successful Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG is now more attractive than ever: the modified design of the top-of-the-range C-Class model is complemented by numerous enhancements to its technology which deliver even more driving enjoyment while reducing fuel consumption significantly. The introduction of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission with the “Controlled Efficiency” mode as standard along with a new power steering pump helps to reduce the combined NEDC fuel consumption by about ten percent to 12.0 l/100 km (Estate: 12.3 l/100 km). The output of the AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine is unchanged at 336 kW (457 hp) and can be increased to a maximum of 358 kW (487 hp) with the optional AMG Performance package. Agility, grip and ride comfort have been enhanced as a result of numerous measures to optimise the AMG sports suspension. New assistance systems and a new generation of telematics with internet access increase both safety and comfort.
The latest 2012 generation of the C 63 AMG is now more dynamic and athletic than ever. Thanks to its new radiator grille with a large Mercedes star and a wing-type transverse louvre, as well as a new AMG front apron with a lower cross member painted in high-gloss black, special AMG daytime running lights and side air outlets, the front section recalls the look of the SL 63 AMG high-performance roadster. The new bonnet with its modified powerdomes is now made of aluminium. New clear-lens headlamps emphasise the car’s distinctive, self-confident presence, especially when the optional Intelligent Light System (ILS) is also specified. The wide front wings with the “6.3 AMG” legend and the new 5 twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels which are painted in titanium grey and have a high-sheen finish dominate the side view. Good contact with the road is provided by the wide 235/40 R 18 and 255/35 R 18 tyres at front and rear respectively.1 February 2011 The rear view of the C 63 AMG also evokes the SL 63 AMG: the new AMG rear apron has a distinctive, black diffuser insert with three pronounced diffuser fins. The two chromed twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system are as pleasing to the ear as they are to the eye.
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Planning to participate in the AMG Driving Academy for thrills? Well, how about a discount? Here’s how you can save on AMG’s high performance driving school.
Mercedes-AMG offers Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA) members special pricing to attend the AMG Driving Academy. The discounts are significant and it only costs $45 to join the club (www.mbca.org). You get it – join MBCA and you’ll qualify for the AMG Driving Academy special pricing discounts listed below (U.S. tracks – see below).
What is the AMG Driving Academy?
AMG Driving Academy offers the opportunity to develop performance driving skills under the guidance of professional racers and instructors. The high performance driving school takes place at two of the most legendary US circuits, Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca Raceway. AMG Driving Academy offers three distinct programs, each of which will push drivers to the limit in select AMG vehicles, including the most-advanced AMG vehicle ever built, the 2011 SLS AMG. Read on for discounts – Read more about AMGmarket.com: AMG Driving Academy Discounts …
Mercedes-AMG and Skip Barber Racing School are both pumping out the PR for the upcoming AMG Driving Academy events.
Here’s the latest info we received at AMG Market:
The AMG Driving Academy is taking place on two of the most legendary U.S. tracks, Road Atlanta (GA) and Laguna Seca Raceway (CA). Participants will experience AMG’s true performance capabilities with the help of trained race instructors and some of the finest hand-crafted performance vehicles made by Mercedes-Benz.
GET READY for an experience that you will never forget… GET SET for some of the best training at two of the world’s best circuits… Accelerate your heartbeat!
ROAD ATLANTA BASIC TRAINING
May 14-15, 2010
ROAD ATLANTA BASIC TRAINING
May 15-16, 2010
BASIC TRAINING – $1,795
Intense, one-day track program focused on performance driving. Learn the fundamentals of vehicle dynamics and car control maneuvers. (*Formerly Stage 1) Read more about AMGmarket.com: Upcoming AMG Driving Academy Info …
Mercedes-Benz debuts the SLS AMG GT3 at the New York International Auto Show (April 2-11, 2010, Jacob Javits Center).Excerpts of a March 31, 2010 press release from Mercedes-Benz follows.
SLS AMG GT3 Makes U.S. Debut
Automobile fascination paired with spectacular race car design – that is the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. The racing version of the 2011 SLS AMG has been conceived as a customer sport vehicle for participation in race series based on FIA GT3 regulations. Meticulous lightweight construction and optimized chassis, brakes and aerodynamics deliver uncompromising dynamics. The extra special SLS AMG will make its race track debut in 2011.
Thoroughbred motorsport technology for the race track
Automobile fascination paired with spectacular race car design – that is the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. The racing version of the SLS AMG has been conceived as a customer sport vehicle for participation in race series based on FIA GT3 regulations. Meticulous lightweight construction and optimized chassis, brakes and aerodynamics deliver uncompromising dynamics. The extra special SLS AMG will make its race track debut in 2011.
The clean design and breathtaking form of the SLS AMG have been effectively accentuated by targeted modifications to the bodyshell. The new components, made largely from lightweight carbon fiber offer a clear indication of extraordinary race track performance and extensive aerodynamic development work. Read more about Mercedes-Benz 2010 New York Auto Show …
The AMG Driving Academy “Pro Level” is available this year at Road Atlanta (June 28-30, 2010). And, they added the SLS AMG to the list.
FULL PRESS RELEASE FROM MBUSA, MONTVALE, NJ:
Following its inaugural year in the U.S., Mercedes-AMG is presenting a new season for driving enthusiasts who want to sharpen their advanced driving skills at the AMG Driving Academy. Among the list of enhancements is the addition of a Pro Level for 2010. Under the guidance of top professional instructors, the AMG Driving Academy offers the opportunity to personally experience the excitement of motorsports and the track capabilities of Mercedes-AMG vehicles including the all new 563 hp SLS AMG, capable of 0-60 mph in less than four seconds.
Originally founded by Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach, Germany in 2007, the AMG Driving Academy launched in the U.S. in 2009. More than six-hundred driving enthusiasts participated in the advanced driver program last year, and participants now have the opportunity to attend an advanced three-day Pro Level program at one of the top circuits in the U.S., Road Atlanta. Program participants have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of several AMG models including the E63 AMG, SL63 AMG, C63 AMG, SLK55 AMG and SLS AMG. Read more about AMGmarket.com: 2010 AMG Driving Academy Dates …
AMG V8 Biturbo Highlights
The most important highlights of the new AMG V8 biturbo engine and the new AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission
- Direct petrol injection with piezo-electric injectors and spray-guided
- Twin turbochargers with air/water intercooling
- Sophisticated engine electronics with Controlled Efficiency start/stop function and generator management
- Aluminum crankcase with ventilation holes to reduce friction
- Continuous camshaft adjustment on the intake and exhaust sides
- Demand-controlled engine oil pump
- AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission with a wet start-up clutch and three driving modes
Powerful and efficient: an eight-cylinder developing up to 420 kW (571 hp): Aim: Best in class – top performance in all respects by virtue of a comprehensively efficient powertrain
AMG V8 biturbo engine photos:
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AMG Mercedes Press Release
Affalterbach – AMG is writing another chapter in its “AMG Performance 2015” drive system strategy: a completely newly developed AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine with a Read more about AMG Power 5.5-liter V8 Biturbo …