Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Mercedes Introduces Two New AMG Models During Super Bowl
Mercedes-Benz officially unveiled two new AMG sports coupes during ones of its Super Bowl commercials, which aired yesterday in the fourth quarter. Perhaps as a celebration of its 125th anniversary, Mercedes showed Americans the first official glimpses of the 2012 SLS AMG Roadster and the 2012 C63 AMG Coupe.
Both were built by Mercedes-AMG, the luxury high-performance subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz, and were engineered for sports car performance. The C63 coupe is a two-door version of Mercedes’ current C-class sedan, the C350, and Autoblog says that it will include the same options packages and 451-horsepower V8 engine as the C-class.
They also mention that the C63 AMG has taken a few styling cues from the SLS AMG roadster, giving it a sportier look. Motor Trend is happy with the combination, saying that the powerful V8 engine and updated interior make the C63 AMG a sedan with sports-car performance. With an MSRP of $58,200, the C63 AMG also has a more practical price than many performance-engineered sports cars.
The 2012 SLS AMG roadster is a compact supercar with a sticker price of more than $183,000-- out of reach for most Americans. If you’re in that price range, or just like to dream, the SLS AMG roadster will feature a convertible model. The coupe version, which is already being sold globally, has gullwing doors and a 563-horsepower V8 engine, which the SLS roadster will share, according to Car and Driver.
If you’re in the market for a new car and looking closely at sporty luxury cars, the C63 is the more practical of Mercedes’ two new models to begin your search with. Its price is comparable with other performance-oriented midsize cars, like the Lexus GS 460 or the BMW M3 coupe. While the SLS roadster is out of most car shoppers’ price range, it is close cousins with Mercedes’ SLK roadster, which starts around $47,000.
Although the SLK roadster does not include the SLS’s trademark gullwing doors, Autoblog says it has been completely redesigned for 2012 and remains practical for commuting and around-town use, while still offering plenty of performance and style. If you’re considering either of Mercedes’ new models, you may want to wait until the 2011 Geneva Auto Show in March to get a clearer picture of the details for each car.