Driven: Mercedes Benz SL63 AMG

Our “Driven” series highlights the several cars I was able to sample at IMPA’s Spring Brake 2009 event. These short takes are summaries of my driving impressions of the cars on the roads surrounding Bear Mountain State Park in Rockland County, New York.

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The first thing I want to share with you about the SL63 AMG is that it is possibly one of the best cars I have ever driven. This is the one car out the 60 vehicles available to us that I would have picked to drive home. Why, you ask? It’s simple-the SL63 AMG has the ultra-rare capacity to be just the type of car you want it to be, when you want it to be. The driver sets the tone and the personality, and has the uncanny ability to change it on a moment’s notice.

By that, I mean the SL63 can play the role that the SL has played for Mercedes for decades-that of the relaxed tourer-top down, soak in the scenery, the car being utterly complacent in its role as a Grand Tourer. But any SL can play that part. What makes the SL63 stand apart is its ability to switch roles into a ferocious sports car.

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Off road test: Mercedes Benz AMG G55

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G-Wagen. Geländewagen. G class. G55. Whatever you choose to call it, there is no mistaking the G55 as anything but a Teutonic off roader. Like the original Hummer, the G-Wagen is loved by armed forces all over the world for it’s utility and off road prowess. Like the H1, the civilian version might be a little more refined than the military brethren, but it retains the supreme off road capabilities.
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Mercedes Benz McLaren SLR 722 Edition North American Debut

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There are few cars that are more sensual than a 58 Mercedes 300 SL, but the new McLaren SLR 722 is definitely sexier. If you were to make a good comparison, then the SL might be in the same league as Sophia Loren, while the SLR 722 is more like Anjolina Jolie. One purrs like a kitten, while the other will rip you to pieces if you finish first.

While one might question whether the hand built SLR 722 is worth the price of a house, there is always the consideration of relative value. In 1958, the average household income in the United States was $5,100, while the average home cost was just over $12,000. The 1958 SL had a sticker price in the neighborhood of 11 grand. In the current decade, household incomes are in the $70,000 ballpark, while the median home in the states costs $227,000. The SLR 722 is close to half a Million. Wait a minute…in relative terms…this thing is worth the price of well over 2 homes!

Not only is the price out of this world, I’m pretty sure I’d finish first! The ripping would be a blast.

Get the full details from MB after the break.

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AMG to offer hi po packages for track hounds

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Mercedes-AMG is offering significant performance packages for select AMG models whose owners want a more serious track day car. Working on the premise that these cars already have more than enough power, the packages focus on upgrading brakes and suspension. Of course no track pack would be complete without new rims and tires. Packages are available for the SLK 55 AMG, CLS 63 AMG and SL 55 AMG models.

DaimlerChrysler press release and more pics after the break

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First Pic Mercedes CL 63 AMG

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While there isn’t many details about the car yet, the first images of the new CL 63 AMG have arrived. Different rims and a few small detail changes are the subtle differences between this and the “regular” CL AMG.

source emercedesbenz via eurocarblog