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DTM Championship goes down to the wire as Audi wins at Adria
The 2010 DTM (German Touring Car Masters) series Driver's Championship will now go down to the final race in Shanghai, as Abt Audi Sportline driver Timo Schieder claimed the victory at the Adria circuit in Italy, after 7 Mercedes wins in a row. Second place went to Salzgitter AMG Mercedes driver Gary Paffett. The Driver's Championship lead now shifts back to Daimler Bank AMG Mercedes driver Bruno Spengler due to his 3rd place finish. Going into the Adria round of the series AMG Driving Academy driver Paul DiResta has been leading in the Drivers' standings, but his 9th place finish did not add to his points tally so Spengler pulls back ahead. The Driver's Title is between DiResta, Spengler and Paffett. The DTM Teams Championship has already been clinched by the HWA AMG squad with the Salzgitter, Daimler Bank and AMG Driving Academy cars driven by Paffet, Spengler and DiResta securing that title at the previous round at Hockenheim. Audi will be shut out of all DTM Championships for 2011 with only 2 wins on the season so far.
The Drivers' Championship shoot out between Spengler, Paffett and DiResta will be especially important to DiResta as he is strongly rumored to be moving to Formula One for 2011 with the Force India Mercedes Team for whom he has been a Test Driver this year. He would like to move on the pinnacle of the sport with the DTM crown. If he does move to F1 that would open up one of the most desirable seats in the series at the HWA Team. The only HWA Driver confirmed for 2011 is Ralf Schumacher in the Laureus Sport car.
DTM Adria, Italy 10/31/10
1. Timo Schieder Abt Sportline Audi A4
2. Gary Paffett Salzgitter HWA AMG Mercedes C-Class
3. Bruno Spengler Daimler Bank HWA AMG Mercedes
7. Maro Engel Team GO AMG Mercedes
9. Paul DiResta AMG Driving Academy HWA AMG Mercedes C-Class
10. David Coulthard Deutsche Post Team GO AMG Mercedes
Next and final round in the 2010 DTM is at Shanghai on 11/28.
250th Grand Prix for the AMG F1 Safety Car
The end of the 2010 Formula One Grand Prix season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend marked 250 races since the first Official Formula One Safety Car, a C36 AMG was deployed at the 1996 French Grand Prix. It has been driven since the beginning by AMG Driving Academy driver and former DTM standout Bernd Maylander. The High Speed Medical Response vehicle has also been supplied by AMG and this year was a C63 AMG Wagon driven by South African sports car racer Alan van der Merve. With the addition of the SLS AMG to the F1 Safety Car fleet for the 2010 and 2011 F1 seasons AMG has very visibly and audibly led the field of F1 cars.
Here are some AMG F1 Safety Car Stats:
• The Safety Car was deployed in 90 races , or 36% of the Grands Prix run since the French in 1996
• It was actually deployed 135 times for accidents, weather, etc.
• Out of a total of 15,524 race laps, 574 were behind the Safety Car or 2853.9 kms 3.8% of the total race distance of 75,657 kms.
Since 1996 the AMG F1 Safety Cars have been:
• C63 AMG
• C43 AMG
• CLK55 AMG
• CL55 AMG
• SL55 AMG
• CLK63 AMG
• SLK55 AMG
• SL63 AMG
• SLS AMG
2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, an AW Drivers Log
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: This car is a beast. I've liked the new E-class since its introduction, and this hot-rod version is great fun. The steering wheel is nice and thick and the seats are enveloping. The car is a rocket off the line--as you'd expect--and the power goes down smoothly and with all the right noises. The adjustable suspension gives good body control and a decent ride in the comfort mode and a much firmer ride up in to the sport and sport-plus modes. It's all quiet and smooth no matter the setting. I liked comfort best. This is a car that was about what I expected--fast as hell, well built and solid as a rock.
EXECUTIVE EDITOR--AUTOWEEK.COM BOB GRITZINGER: The E63 AMG is my top gun in performance sedans right now. The car is a hoot to hammer around in, with plenty of seat, chassis and powertrain adjustments to fit the kind of driving you're doing at any given moment. I like the sport mode for most driving, with the amped-up sport-plus and sport handling settings dialed in whenever the chance arises for more spirited running. Properly set, the car responds with killer acceleration, a super-solid suspension (punch it--hard--and there's surprisingly little lift), controlled oversteer and steering that comes close to providing the kind of feedback we love in our Bimmers. The exhaust accompaniment on downshift is sweet music, the kind of cacophony that makes you want to run it back up through the gears and back down, again and again. In the E-class, it is clear the Mercedes engineers seem to be coming to terms with the fact that people spend a lot of time in their cars, and not all of it is devoted to 150-mph-plus runs down the autobahn. As such, the E offers a reasonable place to put a cup of coffee, stowage for other loose items and an easy-to-use interface with all the key systems represented. Top it off with a menacing, yet understated style, and there's not much to quibble about in the E63 AMG. Of all the E-class variants, this E63 AMG sedan is the clear choice if you can afford the price of entry.
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Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG coupe, an AW Flash Drive Car Review
What is it?
The powerful, rapid and loud range-topping version of Mercedes-Benz's new C-class coupe lineup, the C63 AMG The powerful, rapid and loud range-topping version of Mercedes-Benz's new C-class coupe lineup, the C63 AMG coupe. It's a sister car to the recently face-lifted C63 AMG sedan, with which it shares elements of its styling, mechanical package and excellent interior. It takes over from the CLK55 AMG, providing renewed competition for the likes of the Audi RS5, the BMW M3 and the Lexus IS F.
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First Test: 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG
Taking the long way home just got a lot more fun. Mercedes-Benz let the experts at Motor Trend take a spin in the all new CLS63 AMG and now they want to tell you all about their first test drive. The CLS63 AMG is one fast four-door equipped with the all-new Mercedes-Benz AMG 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-8. Definitely a Mercedes-Benz that will have you looking for any excuse to take the long way home. It is a beautiful sight to see, so head to your local NJ Mercedes dealer and check it out today!
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Ducati Diavel AMG Special Edition to be Shown at Frankfurt Motor Show
Ducati and Mercedes AMG have proudly announced that the first public showing of the Ducati Diavel AMG Special Edition will be at the 64th International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany from 15-25 September. The 2012 flagship model of the Diavel family is a tribute to the AMG luxury-sport brand and is intended for passionate connoisseurs of technology, engineering detail and exclusive style.
Ducati's unique cooperation with Mercedes AMG was first announced at the 2010 Los Angeles Motor Show with a sponsorship agreement for the Ducati MotoGP Team which perfectly demonstrated the shared brand values of high performance, motorsport and excitement. The association soon developed into a rich strategy of co-marketing activities and the Diavel AMG Special Edition now represents the first "co-inspired" model, elegantly combining distinctive styling features from both famous marques.
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SLS AMG GT3 wins FIA GT3 Teams Championship
Team Heico Motorsport with their two Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3s secured the team title of the 2011 FIA GT3 European Championship in Zandvoort, Netherlands. It is the first title for the gullwing car in its first full racing season. In the final two races at Netherland’s North Sea coast, Christiaan Frankenhout/Patrick Hirsch came home fourth and sixth respectively whilst their team mates Dominik Baumann/Brice Bosi finished fifth and second. Thus, Heico Motorsport improved from third overall to the top in the final race.
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The AMG C-Class is the most successful DTM race car of all time!
When the Hockenheimring stages the finale of the 2011 DTM season next weekend, this will also mark the end of an era in the world’s most popular touring car series: the AMG Mercedes C-Class will be retired after 158 races in DTM and ITC. With a grand total of 84 victories (win ratio: 53%), it ranks as the most successful vehicle in the 27-year history of the DTM. The C-Class accounts for almost half of the 164 Mercedes-Benz wins in the 341 races since 1988 (win ratio: 48%). A further 30 victories were achieved with the AMG Mercedes CLK (2000 to 2003) and 50 more with the AMG Mercedes 190E (1988 to 1993).
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2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe
Many cars have challenged the perpetually great BMW M3 over the years, with the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG sedan—introduced in 2008—among those that have come closest to knocking off the M3’s crown. With the C-class coupe debuting this year, AMG’s newest product was a bit of a no-brainer. Still, we don’t see the C63 AMG coupe so much as a two-door version of a sedan but rather as the M3’s most formidable and natural competitor yet.
Both M3 and C63 are based on a famous German luxury brand’s cheaper U.S. offering. Both demand an ante about 50 percent higher than that of their entry-level siblings. Both are available as sedans and (now) coupes. (In Germany, the lucky Hunde can even buy a C63 station wagon.) Both offer seven-speed automated transmissions (the C63’s is standard). Both have more than 400 hp—but only one has way more.
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2012 Mercedes-Benz AMG
The legend began in an old German mill in 1967: A pair of former Mercedes-Benz engineers — Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher — set out to handcraft engines for Mercedes-Benz racecars. Their first of many victories came at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, in a car quite unlike anything else in this 24-hour competition: a large 300 SEL sedan powered by a massive 6.8-liter V-8. Within a decade they had outgrown the mill and moved to Affalterbach, an orchard town outside Stuttgart, where they began to apply their racing prowess to enhance series-production cars for the road. In 1987 they unleashed the 300 E 5.6 AMG, a stealthy sedan concealing a 360-hp V-8. The first 4-door sedan ever to exceed 300 km/h (186 mph), it was dubbed “The Hammer” by enthusiasts and put AMG on the map.
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