Mercedes at the Detroit Auto Show

Auto Shows | January 14th, 2009 by 9
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Four days into the Detroit Auto Show and it’s Mercedes turn to be featured on our blog. As we mentioned yesterday, we will feature some …

Four days into the Detroit Auto Show and it’s Mercedes turn to be featured on our blog. As we mentioned yesterday, we will feature some of BMW’s competitors along with their latest concepts or any interesting vehicles that were displayed in Detroit.

It was Audi‘s turn yesterday with their beautiful R8 and Sportback Concept, then shortly after, we featured the Mercedes-Benz BlueZero Concept, their latest electric vehicle, a direct competitor to the Mini E.

So, what did Mercedes-Benz have in display beside the BlueZero Concept? Well, the beautiful high-end Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series powered by a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 engine producing 661 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. And of course, it comes with a hefty price tag: $300,000.

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Then, we have seen the odd-looking Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Stirling Moss powered by a 5.4L V8 Supercharged engine that makes a total of 650-hp. 0-62 mph comes in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 217 mph.

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And of course the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, 626 hp coming from the AMG V8 compressor engine, which is coupled to an AMG Speedshift R five-speed automatic transmission, accelerates the SLR from 0-62 mph in 3.8 seconds.

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Pretty good car show for Mercedes, especially since they brought in most of their high-end vehicles. Not a big fan of MB, but I have to hand it to them for designing those supersport cars.

9 responses to “Mercedes at the Detroit Auto Show”

  1. roffle waffle says:

    the s65 looks amazing, while the speedster looks….

  2. Jag says:

    The Speedster looks quite good, I think. It’s just not for daily use…

  3. Gragop says:

    I think the Speedster looks like shit. Seriously, I know it’s function over form but this thing looks like complete shit – concept is cool – but definitely sheee-tay.

    The SL Black Series on the other hand, I absolutely love this thing. The CLK and SL Blacks are fantastic. Sure, they don’t serve a purpose but who cares? These will be the last relics of the of the soon to be dead power wars.

  4. Josh B says:

    Love the SL black series. Looks amazing! the standerd SLR has always been an amazing car. Super car with mercedes-benz technology and luxery. Dad drove one in paris and he was totaly in love. I wish BMW would make something like that!!!PLEASE!!!!! (not a fan of the speedster)

  5. Matski says:

    The Black is a mean looking car…

    BMW should make an M6 CSL to go against this, make it much lighter, alot more aggressive looking, and crank up the power (somehow).

  6. Gragop says:


    Game over man, Wormer dropped the big one!

    But seriously, AMG declared that the horsepower wars are over. It’s back to low displacement cars with light-weight materials.

  7. Matski says:

    @Gragop: Yeah, and though thats not a bad thing (I’d LOVE for BMW to have an Exige-like car), but the SL Black is like really slutty car-pornography…. it’s excessive, it’s not complicated and it appeals on a really basic level…

    Lets not forget the lessons of F1, REALLY light weight, small displacement, high revving, naturally aspirated. The more technology that trickles down from F1 the better, AND they still have HUGE horsepower numbers.

    IMO, BMW should purhcase Caparo, stick the V8 in the T1, stick it in the Sauber wind-tunnel, make it slipperier and lighter still… then sell it as the “BMWSauber F1 M”.

  8. Gragop says:


    After the Caparo burned Jason Plato on 5th Gear and Clarkson had bad luck on Top Gear – I’d rather BMW just give people an F1.08 as that’d probably be safer.

    Any car that doesn’t corner very well until you’re at race speeds has no purpose as a road car.

  9. Matski says:


    Well everyone will always have a different Idea of what is acceptable for the ultimate M car. As you can see just from current articles on, some people are okay with an X6M, and yet some people aren’t okay with an M3 Tourer… Should the ultimate M-car actually be that good on the road? if M is for Motorsport?

    Also, remember JC is a BMW hating idiot… oh, yes he’ll begrudgingly praise them when they comprehensively out perform the competition, but he will take every one of the Cheapest shots out there to make them look bad on TV… so, I guess (although obvioulsy nobody wants to see anyone seriously injured)… that,

    JC is a BMW hating idiot , therefore a BMWSauberF1 M that tried to eat him would be good…

    Jason “SEAT LEON DRIVER” Plato, well, he drove for the enemy, he drove for the manufacturer that robbed BMW and Andy “touring car king and really nice bloke” Priaulx of the WORLD TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP…..

    so… to be honest, I’m unlikely to shed a tear for either!

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