Mercedes-Benz: SLS AMG Black Series Caught Storming the ‘Ring

June 18, 2012

This was the sort of thing that was always lingering away in the ‘Inevitable’ files of modern Benz motoring ever since the God-of-Thunder SLS was bestowed upon the motoring landscape back in 2010 – an AMG ‘Black Series’ version of the gullwinged ‘bahn-stormer due in 2013.

Spy shots a-plenty have come scourging in from the formidable testing ground for all-things fast and rumbly over the past several months showing an SLS clad in awkward body-armour, permeating its signature bark ‘n wail throughout the twisting and diving Eiffel region. Now, fresh onto the Land o’ Internet comes this newest video showing the forthcoming SLS Black negotiating a slow-speed corner before rousing up a mechanically thunderous soundtrack to the delight of onlookers and YouTubers…

Aside from the obvious wheel-arch extensions to accomodate a slightly wider track (and wheels), the word on the street seems to be that this next AMG Black Edition will come embellished with close to (a faintly ridiculous) 650 bhp and an even-faster shifting version of the 7-speed DCT gearbox (same one used in the Ferrari 458). Shame that no proper manual transmission will ever be offered – think of how truly exciting that would be..! Hello AMG…?!?

Further details on the SLS Black are unsurprisingly scant at best for now, so why not have a gander below at the Black Series lineage so far to date in helping to remind of AMG’s bouts of occassional madness (and the not-so – hello SLK55 ‘Black’) within this often-dour automotive shift plane…

The ’07-’09 CLK63 AMG Black

The bonkers ’09 SL65 AMG Black

The not-so bonkers SLK55 AMG Black…

The latest Black – the C63 AMG

-Blake J.
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Videos: Ferrari, AMG and Audi Self-Congratulating their Online Social Marketing Numbers

May 2, 2012

‘Social Media is king’ – Yes yes yes… In this day and age we’ve firmly grasped that unequivocal reality by now, despite how confusingly ridiculous and painfully dumbed-down the ‘clickable’ methods of self-congratulating fanfare have become in achieving these Grand Statements of Internet Glory, as so brazenly rolled out by top-brand manufacturers…

Ferrari burning (photoshopped) rubber to celebrate the obvious...

Yet somewhere along the way of this tail-spinning online world, rife with increasingly brain-numbing tactics and strategies and marketing obsessions with SCO’s and such, influencing people to simply click a ‘thumb-up’ button on their computer’s screen has actually become A Big Deal… as AMG proudly displays hereth…

Now think about that for a second – Massive companies and corporations are actually celebrating the fact that many millions of humans clicked onto their Facebook page and subsequently clicked a thumbs-up button, with their mouse… We’re supposed to go ‘wow!’ to that news and say ‘job well done chaps’… ?

Is it not a worldwide ‘given’ that companies such as Coca-Cola and Starbucks and Ferrari have quite a healthy, in the mega-millions, dedicated fanbase despite social marketing claims…? Obviously, Ferrari is the sell-out King of merchandising their brand to legions of followers/minions and, unsurprisingly, they want you to know it…

Somehow, this clicking-of-‘like’-buttons and obsessions with ‘view numbers’ on YouTube pages is seen as a marked achievement by these top brands – in this case, an achievement deemed worthy of chucking money towards silly, tire-smoking video productions to highlight their ‘accompishment’ and ‘thank’ all those that clicked the upward-pointing thumb on their FB page…

AMG c63 ‘thanking you’ for watching and clicking…

Really now…? Is that really an impressive feat…? Well yes, nowadays it is, it would seem… Companies (and people) will do just about anything, no matter how stupifyingly simple and brain-oozingly dumb, to gather your attention and persuade you to click a button, watch a video and interact with your opinions… Utterly baffling sometimes… Squeal away, Audi….

Welcome to online automotive marketing where any cause (or excuse) to illuminate the most banal of irrelevant, self-righteous claims is the way forward. Millions of people ‘like’ your global corporation…? uhm, yeah… we know…. we really, REALLY know… Sally’s self-gratifyingly emotive statement from 1980 says it all…

-Blake J.
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Video: The Sounds of 2011

December 27, 2011

Throughout this past year, there have been some heavily impressive creations within the exotic/sportscar realms. The Ferrari 458, the 997-series-ending Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0, the McLaren MP4-12C, the BMW 1M, the Mercedes C63 AMG, the Lamborghini Aventador… the list goes on.

Here we present you with a video compilation from YouTube user jorrie2 displaying the various new sounds of 2011 mixed with some tasty bits of the old….

The internal-combustion’ed high-performance engine shall never die…!

-Blake J.
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Leaked Photos: 2012 Mercedes SL – Inbred German Styling-fest Continues..!

December 13, 2011

Funny how these things transpire sometimes. Last night I was out for a wintery walk in the neighborhood when I found myself doing a double-take towards a rumbling, long-nosed Mercedes as it slowly drove on by. My initial, one-eyed glance told my brain that it was an SLR Supercar, which in turn prompted both of my eyes’ attention to reveal that it was actually just an AMG-tweaked SL…

The new 2012 Mercedes SL

Which then got me thinking about the current/new Mercedes ‘sporting’ line-up… and how the new SLK looks like it’s attempting an ill-conceived, poorly-proportioned impression of the blindingly stunning SLS AMG Gullwing Supercar… well, at least in the front.

2012 Mercedes SL interior

Yet then, upon viewing these new ‘leaked’ photos from Autoblog.nl of the new 2012 SL I couldn’t help surmising that it looks like a lengthened, widened, sleeker SLK… which, apart from the headlamps and other minor styling cues, is now actually closer in style/looks to the new SLS AMG Roadster

The new 2012 Mercedes SL - A sexier SLK...? or a watered-down SLS Roadster... ?

And yes yes… I’m fully aware that this is the ‘SL’ line of Mercedes 2-seater automobiles and that similarities are bound to be found (the old SLK looked a lot like a cutesy SLR), but I don’t think I’d be too far off the mark by proclaiming that this has become Inbred Automotive Styling (via Porsche) in full-effect here folks…

The new 2012 SL - taking more than inspiration from...

...the AMG SLS Roadster... ?

2012 SLK - looks like an SLS (head on)

-Blake J.
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