Tag: Mercedes-Benz 2012

First Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG in America to be auctioned off at Boca concours

Of all the car shows around the calendar year, the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance doesn’t typically fall on our radar screen. But maybe it should, because the annual event in Florida – young as it is – has a history of offering firsts. Maybe not the first time a vehicle is seen in North America, mind you, but a first just the same. Last year the event included the sale of the first examples of the Ferrari FF, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster and Audi R8 GT to be delivered in America.

The year before that, it was the Audi R8 5.2 FSI (yeah, that’s the one with the V10) and Ferrari California. And before that, the event’s auctioneers sold off the first Audi R8 Spyder, Ferrari 458 Italia and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Noticing a pattern here? Organizers have no intention of dropping the ball this year, when they’ll be auctioning

Mercedes-Benz SLK350 2012

Mercedes-Benz-SLK350-2012 To many buyers, the most important styling aspect of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK is the massive three-pointed star emblazoned on the front grille. That grille is in the shape of a rounded trapezoid, mimicking the brand’s latest design ethos and making the little SLK look a lot like the trendsetting CLS and its bigger brother, the SL, which itself was redesigned for the 2013 model year. The SLK commands a striking presence with its manly schnoz and massive square-jawed maw.

Moving backwards from its angular front fascia, what we see are mostly straight lines without a lot of surface detailing. The hindquarters of the car cut off rather abruptly behind the rear wheels and eschew the straight-edge character of the rest of the car in favor of several gently sweeping curves. To our eyes, this roadster’s best view is from the front, and it gets less and less harmonious


Mercedes-Benz-ML63-AMG-2012-Side-Rear This is the all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, and it isn’t the first high-performance sport utility from this German automaker. In 1999, Mercedes-Benz made history when it introduced the world’s first practical high-performance SUV – the ML55 AMG. (The 1992 GMC Typhoon was ahead of its time, but not very practical.) Mercedes didn’t disappoint when it revealed the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG at the LA Auto Show. The ML55′s first-generation body-on-frame platform was fitted with a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V8 making 340 horsepower.

Against the clock, the all-wheel-drive SUV could hit 60 mph in just under seven seconds with a top speed of nearly 150 mph. In 2005, it was succeeded by the ML63 AMG, based on a second-generation unibody platform, which was equipped with a naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V8 rated at 510 horsepower. With a 0-60 time of about five seconds and an electronically governed 155-mph top speed, the