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A Cruise MIssile by Way of Affalterbach

A True Driver’s Car: The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

Just a short decade ago, we of the collective automotive world were scratching our heads and wondering: when will Mercedes-Benz, known for fast and cushy rides, deliver a proper, potent driver’s car? The time is now. Meet the 2016 AMG GT and GT S.

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Today in Gear: October 18, 2013

The Shrine Storage Cube Designer Sigurd Larsen drew inspiration for his storage cube — a nest of locked drawers and cubbies perfect for hiding away every gadget and gewgaw you’ve got on hand — from “the labyrinth courtyards of Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighborhood”. Made of solid oak, each drawer and cabinet locks with a brass hardware…

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A Feeling of Displacement

Track Day: Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG

Recently, we made our way out to Bilster Berg, a new $45 million dollar track and driving resort tucked into the eastern foothills of Germany. A former British ammunition depot, the 2.6-mile track has quickly launched to must-drive status due to a challenging mix of speed and extreme elevation changes. It was a worthy canvas for painting tracks with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, a 2.0-liter beast.

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Super is an understatement

The Fast and the Glorious: The Supercar Test

Supercars are easily the Kate Uptons of the automotive world: stunning to behold, unobtainable by the average human and wicked in all the right ways. Even in an age of high fuel costs and environmentalism, they still get our attention. Exotic materials, radical designs, pavement rippling performance lead to stratospheric prices, which ensure that for most men, these cars will remain a fantasy. We got to drive a handful of supercars that made us happy to be alive and gave us good reason to change our underwear.

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The Poster Child For Invincibility

Behind The Wheel: 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz’s longest-running production model, the Gelandewagen (G-Wagen), is a testament to versatility and timeless style. For $135,000 one can not only look ultra tough in this military-inspired ride but drive like it as well. Plus, the humble 382 horsepower, 5.5 liter V8 from the “regular” G-Wagen goes bi-turbo in the AMG and jumps to 536 wild horses. We got behind the wheel deep in the Catskill mountains to give AMG’s beast a good thrashing and see how much it would bite back.

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One hell of a legacy

Behind the Wheel: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

The SLS AMG by Mercedes-Benz is truly the 300SL Gullwing reincarnate. Only the resurrected version is so much faster, you’ll wonder what happened to your eyebrows. How do we know? We got behind the wheel and watched it make people’s necks sore.

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A bargain German sex symbol

Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

If you know anything about Mercedes-Benz, you know that they deliver amped up AMG versions of their cars (and even did so for the now-deceased fat R-Class), so it comes as no surprise that the newly released CLA Class has received similar treatment in the form of the CLA45 AMG.

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Electric on the water

Design Spotlight: Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept Boat

For most of us the world of powerboats is a bit on the abstract side — we simply imagine loud, fast and ridiculously expensive, but on water instead of pavement. The Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept boat is a spectacular example of at least the last two qualities.

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Measured Insanity

2014 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG

Small car. Big engine. The 2014 A45 AMG is a guaranteed recipe for ear-to-ear grins and a way for Mercedes-Benz to prove they still know the magic elixir well. This beast of a hatchback, debuting early next month, gets a whole range of the badass treatment from our favorite German mad scientists (AMG): a new look and a big upgrade under the hood.

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I believe I can fly

Track Day: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

Most drivers with sport-tuned cars like BMW’s Ms and Audi’s S line are relegated to red light straightaways, only partially exploiting the true potential of their steeds. The pathway to higher speeds lies elsewhere. Mercedes recognized this problem and invited us to Rosamond, CA., a quiet farming town with long, unpatrolled stretches of road, to play with all their AMG toys offerings for 2013 and to use the track at Willow Springs Raceway for their brand new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT ($200,000 Base Coupe).

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E-Class is in session

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

Opting for the standard 2014 E-Class coupe, sedan, convertible or wagon gets you the new grill, hood and lights (along with a serious list of safety features) for a streamlined Optimus Prime look to the front as well as the put-a-drink-on-it wide and flat backside. But because we all need a little more-cedes in our…

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A visit to the Affalterbach mothership

Photo Essay | When Good Isn’t Enough: 45 Years of AMG

Childbirth is a painful thing. Mother screams, child cries, various fluids splash onto the cold floor of a sterile hospital room. Yet, through this (un)natural sequence of events, life and beauty spring forth. Mother heals, child grows strong and healthy, and the once separate genetics of a loving couple are combined into a new generation….

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Third time's a charm

2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

If you know anything about the compact MPV known as the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, you’d know that previous generations have been, um, less than thrilling. Well, that’s all changed with the 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, a complete reworking that’s simply beautiful. Mercedes-Benz hopes this new version will make the A-class world class and push sales into the…

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Paint it Black

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series

451 horsepower just not enough for you? Well, how about 510 then. And that’s exactly what you’ll get in the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series. Mated to an AMG Speedshift multiple-clutch 7-speed multimode automatic transmission (try saying that 5 times) that snaps off shifts in just 1/10th of a second, the C63 Black will…

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Blisteringly Fast. Ridiculously Safe. Awesomely Fun.

Mercedes AMG Driving Academy

How does this sound? Spend two grand to make your heart stop. Not too appealing, right? Well, Mercedes AMG Driving Academy aims to do just that. In exchange for $2,100 (starting), the skilled madmen of AMG will give you the chance to train with a master instructor behind the wheel of an AMG vehicle, including…

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2009 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL63 Review

By Jay Shoemaker | The Truth About Cars I made my first pilgrimage to AMG in 2001. Arriving unannounced, I was relegated to longing stares through a chain link fence at rows of serious looking automobiles. I eventually bought an SL55 AMG. I loved its ability to terrify unsuspecting passengers. But it always struck me…

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2009 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG

[click on image to enlarge] The Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG is not Greenpeace approved. The Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG is not economical. The Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG 507 hp/516 lb-ft of torque will require more trips to Exxon this year than a Ford Focus would require in it’s entire lifespan… make that your lifespan. It may as well…

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Mercedes C63 AMG Commercial | GP Salute

Television commercials, for the most part, are blasé. Little creativity and a lot of politics tends to sum up the results of most of what’s on the airwaves today. However, this spot for the 2008 Mercedes C63 AMG, which we posted on GP a while back made me want to take a second mortgage on…

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2008 Mercedes C63 AMG

Shoving large engines into small cars isn’t just for hot rodders and high school kids in shop class. It’s also for trained German engineers, especially the ones at AMG, a performance division of Mercedes Benz. Enter the C63 AMG. A compact car with, well frankly, a big ass engine. A 457 horsepower 6.2 liter V8,…

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Mercedes Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Edition

The 2008 CLK63 AMG Black Series is a street legal version of the Official F1 Safety Car. The Black Series is a 500 horsepower version of the AMG 6.3-liter V-8 engine with 0-60 mph acceleration of 4.1 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph. It uses a seven-speed automatic with manual control,…