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Today in Gear: August 23, 2013

Razor Crazy Cart Nowadays, we find it weird if we don’t have at least two dreams each night about riding shotgun in a car while Ken Block hoons around an epic obstacle circuit. We’re probably past prime “learn how to use a car in every way you were originally taught not to” age, but we...

Today in Gear: August 19, 2013

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-CLass It’s a car! It’s a wagon! No — it’s… it’s… a small crossover. Meet the Mercedes-Benz Subaru, a CUV for the wood veneer set. It’s small, sort of sporty, sort of rugged and it sort of looks like a cross between the current Benz lineup (that face!) and pretty much every vehicle...

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.

5-Doors to your heart

Shooting Stars: 5 Best Station Wagons

The venerable station is no longer what it was: a dowdy people hauler that oftentimes "sported" less than favorable designs (faux wood paneling, anyone?). And though the American populace now prefers cross-overs, station wagons still survive in the domestic automotive landscape. With lower centers of gravity, sleeker profiles and (typically) better driving dynamics than their SUV counterparts, there's plenty of reasons to love them. We certainly do. It's for all of the aforementioned reasons that wagons sell in much bigger numbers in Europe. With the hope of bringing the States around to how truly great they are, we give you five of the best wagons (and, sadly, some of the only ones left for sale here). Let's just hope they never completely disappear.

Automotive time travel

Photo Essay: The 2013 Mille Miglia

The Mille Miglia, or "thousand miles" race, in Brescia, Italy is an automotive mecca of sorts. A direct descendant of the legendary race that occurred from 1927 to 1957, the event now showcases some of the legends of automotive racing. No longer carrying the stigma of a race that killed 56 people over its 30-year span, the current iteration brings the likes of vintage Ferraris, Alfas, BMWs and Aston Martins to the world stage for a few days of glory. We were there to capture it all in an inspiring photo essay.

Big everything

The Power Flayers: 5 Best Performance SUVs

A performance SUV is something tantamount to a chainsaw with jet propulsion. There's really no need for it, but to dismiss it is to deny man's inherent quest for power, in whatever form it may come. Gear Patrol's wheeled staff had a chance to cruise around in some of the best four-wheeled tarmac eaters that just happen to ride on stilts in celebration of Octane's launch. Here's what they thought.

Gatsby's Great Garage

Rolling Deco: Stunning Rides from the Gatsby Era

Jay Gatsby had it all, except perhaps the presence of mind to dial down the drama so he could hold on to the good things, namely cars and bikes that would stand the test of time for unrelenting beauty and elegance. The art deco era, spanning over two decades, influenced design internationally -- and vehicles were beneficiaries of this arty approach to industry. So much of what was built in the '20s, '30s and '40s now only exists in the hallowed halls of museums and collectors' garages as we drool upon this glorious motoring past. Gatsby's greatness could've remained had he chosen to drive one of these beauties into the West Egg sunset, leaving Daisy behind in a cloud of rich exhaust. Fresh for Baz Luhrmann's full throttle cinematic interpretation of the landmark Fitzgerald novel, we've collected 10 of the finest art deco cars and bikes ever built.

Starpower trumps horsepower

Reel Wheels: 15 Iconic Movie Cars

Weeding through Hollywood’s entire crop of iconic movie cars in the hopes of arriving at an agreed upon best of list is like trying to choose the sexiest Victoria’s Secret model -- it can be grueling work, but the research isn’t exactly painful. Car guys are a picky lot, especially when looking to the silver screen: Some go weak in the knees when they hear an American V8 rumble to life slightly out of frame, while others are gaga for the svelte silhouette of a European exotic on a twisty backdrop. A select few believe the essential chase scene is the deciding factor, while yet another breed is only happy when the director has chosen an “appropriate” vehicle for the character driving, regardless of whether the movie was even watchable. The GP Team’s collection of petrolheads put all of these variables into play, entered into deep philosophical debate and eventually agreed to disagree so we could present you with our picks for the best movie cars ever. Gentlemen, start your arguing engines!

Today in Gear: April 29, 2013

The Woodlands Wool Varsity Jacket So you’ve been dating her for a while now and you want to take it to the next level. Take yourself off the market in style: let her wear your modern varsity jacket as a sign of your undying retro romance. Or just wear it yourself because it’s a damn...

Tops be droppin'

Topless Summer: Ten Must-Drive Convertibles

Summer isn't nearly as enjoyable without top-down driving. As much as we're fans of hardtop automotive design and the way a sweeping roofline catches the eye, we have to admit that the clear growl of an engine and the wind in your hair makes the warmer months that much better. Even a drive up Pacific Coast Highway in a cream-hued 1995 Chrysler Sebring Convertible can be a pleasure (as long as no one actually sees you). Bully for you, convertibles are better than ever -- gone are the fussy tops, the anemic engines, and silhouettes that would make Quasimodo cringe. The crop of current convertibles range from modern nostalgia to supercar power players, but one thing they all do is make your motoring pleasure good for all the world to see.

Stirs the senses, not the wallet

Quick Spin: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

When we found out the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA ($29,900 Base) wouldn't be available stateside till September, we were willing to do anything to get our hands on it early; we even pondered selling our souls to the devil. Fortunately, we didn't have to go quite that far. All we had to do was fly to the South of France for a day and half of driving. Yes, we spent 26 hours in the air to get 13 hours behind the wheel of this sub-$30,000 German ride.

Time to meet the winners

10 Best Cars of the New York Auto Show

Imagine spending years designing, redesigning, engineering and finally building a car -- only to have public opinion weigh in on your baby. No pressure, right? Well, at this year's New York International Auto Show, plenty of brands did a damn good job. We were tantalized by some of what's to come: cars that will certainly hit production in some form or another (and thank goodness for that). From track beasts to practical and attractive sedans, we rounded up the cream of the crop, in our humble opinion. Take a look at the 10 best in show.

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.

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.

Hell's convertible

Brabus 800 Roadster

If Ferrari Spiders and Lamborghinis Spyders seem like commonplace cabriolets to you, and "Overkill" also happens to be your middle name, you'll want to get in touch with the folks at upscale tuner Brabus for their latest birthing from the fifth circle of hell, the 800 Roadster. What started out as an "ordinary" Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG with a 621 hp V12 is surgically enhanced both inside and out, transforming it into the world's most powerful roadster.

The King of Beasts

Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6

If military-grade Humvees or the "run-of-the-mill" bores you to tears and you simply can't afford an M1 Abrams tank for your off-pavement adventures, look to Mercedes-Benz and their perfectly over-the-top G63 AMG 6x6. Yes folks, that's six-wheel-drive, with enough torque to warp the earth's crust (if that's your thing). The limited-production beast is the result of a partnership with Austria's Magna Steyr and is based on the military version of the Mercedes-Benz G320 CDI -- and it's positively bonkers.

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.

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).

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...

Mini-opulence

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class

You can just about stop coveting the pricey Mercedes-Benz CLS and start picking the color of your 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class sedan. Based on the edgy A-Class hatchback, the CLA sedan is an entry-level Merc that looks far more expensive than it is. Boasting an incredible 0.22 drag coefficient, it’s the most aerodynamic production car...

Give up in doors, gain in image

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan is sharp, but it just might be upstaged by the sportier-looking 2014 E-Class coupe. A huge grille and massive air intakes on the fascia set this two-door apart from its big brother. The coupe also retains a previous E-Class design — large haunches over the rear wheels — which is...

The German sedan wars wage on

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

To the average man on the street, the difference between the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will likely go largely unnoticed — but well-informed GP readers will have the leg up. Much found in the Sindelfingen, Germany-built sedan and wagon is new, and all the internal and external changes debut at...

Bringing water to Mars

Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept

From the revamped A-Class to mysterious Affalterbach gems, Mercedes knows a thing or two about pushing the boundaries of automotive design. Most of their time has been spent developing on-road capabilities — but at this year’s LA Design Challenge, Mercedes gave us a look into the off-road future with their Ener-G-Force. For Mercedes, this isn’t...

Bass Pro

Low Innovations: In-Depth with Mercedes-Benz FrontBass

It doesn’t feel like that long ago when adding aftermarket amplifiers, separates, and elephantine subwoofers (remember the Bazooka?) seemed like the right thing to do to your car. We’ve come a long way since then; and when we checked in with the families and friends at the office, not one could even recall the last...

A shock to the eyes, as well as the wallet

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive

Supercars tend to be about as subtle as an MMA pugilist after a couple Red Bull and vodkas. Stuff that mess into a retina-searing blue dress and you’ve got the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive. Forking up $530,000 for this gull-winged Smurf-mobile gets you 750 e-horsepower from four electric motors (one at each wheel) and...

Carve the aqua apex

Design Spotlight: Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow of the Seas

If sporting the three-pointed star on land just isn’t enough for you, aim your vehicular aspirations to the water. Mercedes-Benz’s plans to broaden their design chops to more than just cars are officially under way, mimicking Porsche-like endeavors. Mercedes and U.K.-based Silver Arrows Marine have partnered to create the high-end, 46-foot Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow of...

Creature comforts where creatures roam

Behind The Wheel: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL

New Mexico seems other-worldly to those unaccustomed to the arid nature of the South West. But the desert-like atmosphere isn’t as stark as you might think. From Albuquerque to Santa Fe, the adobe style homes fit in well with the captivating landscape. Blue sky and enormous cumulus clouds as far as the eye can see...

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....

5 doors to your heart

Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake

Both the first and second generation Merc CLS sedans are stunning. How do you improve on the looks? Go family style with the new Mercedes-Benz Shooting Brake, which is Eurospeak for station wagon. But this isn’t some Teutonic Family Truckster. With rakishly good looks that it inherits from the four door in the kind of...

More good stuff from the three-pointed star

Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupe

We think the latest cars from Mercedes have been well-designed, bordering on beautiful (the CLS, especially). This statement can easily be made for the soon-to-be-revealed Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupe, or CSC, which will bow at the end of the month in Beijing. The rakish and sleek “four door coupe” that follows in the CLS’s footsteps...

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...

Fahrvergnüclear

Brabus Bullit Coupe 800

Brabus, the renowed German tuner responsible for untethered versions of already incredible automobiles, has just released the ridiculously fast Brabus Bullit Coupe 800 for the Geneva Auto Show. Based on the current C63 AMG, this iteration is far more potent, with a fat twin-turbo V12 from the S600 shoehorned into the engine bay. Brabus even...

1,000 miles never felt so easy

Behind the Wheel | Silver Lining: 2012 Mercedes-Benz E350

Recently, we hopped into the 9th generation E-class for an extended test on the unfamiliar (to us) roads of Miami. Over the span of a week, we logged nearly a thousand miles hurtling our Mercedes-Benz E350 Sport everywhere from South Beach to Little Havana, from the University of Miami to Dania Beach and we’re still...

SLick

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL

The Mercedes-Benz SL has always been a much-coveted car, and what’s not to like? Big, luxurious, convertible and very German. All good things. The completely redesigned 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL carries on that tradition with a bit more boldness, a bit less weight and a generous heaping of opulence. With styling cues inherited from the range-topping...

Not So Mellow

Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG and Ducati Streetfighter 848

Talk about a match made in motoring heaven. Merc and Ducati have partnered to create a worthy collaboration of two and four wheeled beauties. The Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG and Ducati Streetfighter 848 adorned in ‘Streetfighter Yellow’ showcase performance in a rare color that MB might just bring to their line of cars if enough...

Hot Wheels, Indeed

Here to Eternity: The 50 Most Iconic Cars in Motoring History

Editor’s Prologue: Cars get our blood flowing here at GP. From vintage racers to compacts to the latest supercar offerings, we realize that there are myriad discussions debates over which ones are the most memorable, the most celebrated and the most remarkable. So to end the inquisition we’ve been compiling a list over the past...

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...

Air Hoardin'

Brabus Mercedes-Benz 800 E V12 Cabriolet

Had enough mad black tuner cars yet? It looks like there’s no end in sight, and that’s okay with us. Brabus recently released the automotive equivalent of an M198 Howitzer, the Brabus Mercedes-Benz 800 E V12 Cabriolet ($681,484) turning an already powerful convertible into an instant way to flatten the top of your skull. The...

Sky Limo

Eurocopter EC145 by Mercedes-Benz Style

Everybody and their uncle is slapping clothing brand names on vehicles. It started with goofy ideas like the “Eddie Bauer” Ford Explorer and the “Nautica” Mercury Villager minivan and now it’s morphed into the ridiculous Hyundai Genesis Prada Special Edition. Finally, a carmaker is doing it to someone else. Mercedes-Benz did just that by emblazoning...

How to Armagedd-it-on

Mercedes-Benz Zetros 6×6 Custom

Someday in the not-too-distant future, you may have to rely on your wits and your skills rather than rest on the creature comforts in your life to survive. Then again, maybe not. All you may need to do is get your grubby mitts on a custom hunting variant of the Mercedes-Benz Zetros 6×6. This vehicular...

Coupe D'etat

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe

MB continues their march of churning out the good stuff. Now, they’ve released news about their latest naturally-aspirated mini-beast, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe, the anticipated two-door version of their much lauded sedan. Boasting 451 horses from a 6.2 liter V8 (with the glorious option of upping it to a spleen ripping 481 hp)....

Mer-C-less

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

Revamped both inside and out, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is a four door force to be reckoned with. Earlier generations of Mercedes AMG vehicles were blunt force instruments. Lately though, Merc has been churning out drool-worthy vehicles that truly raise the performance quotient for the German automaker, as is the case for the C63....