Video: Mercedes-Benz Offers A Deal With The Devil

Look, there a number of reasons for us to post Mercedes-Benz’s Super Bowl ad. Of course, there’s the striking (and affordable) CLA-Class. There’s also Kate Upton, William Dafoe, Kate Upton, and Usher. There’s also Kate Upton.

By Brandon Turkus | January 30, 2013
Review: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Back in December, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its updated E-Class Sedan and Wagon. Now, we’ve gotten our first look at the sportier-looking Coupe and Cabriolet. Immediately noticeable on all four variants are the new headlights. The dual lamps that have identified the E-Class for the past several generations have been replaced with a unit that is more in keeping with current design language.

By Brandon Turkus | January 04, 2013
Driven: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 Bluetec

By our reckoning, the GL350 with Mercedes-Benz’s excellent 3.0-liter, turbodiesel V-6 is the pick of the litter. Yes, there’s much to be said for the GL’s excellent V-8 options. Both the GL450 and GL550 are powered by biturbocharged V-8s, with the 450 packing 362 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque and the GL550 offering up 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. We’d also need to give a shout out to the bonkers (and completely unnecessary) GL63 AMG and its 550 ponies.

By Brandon Turkus | January 03, 2013
Quick Drive: 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG

Some cars just fail to make impressions on us. It’s not all that uncommon. Through some conspiracy of dull looks or lackluster performance or a middling interior, occasionally we just don’t have much to say. The Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG is the complete opposite.

By Brandon Turkus | December 31, 2012
Winding Road Issue 89 Is Now Available!

This month, we get inside the new Buick Encore, which seems to be playing its own game. Will that make it a winner? Plus, we pack a bunch of other automotive content in this issue.

By Winding Road Staff | December 18, 2012
Driven: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550

During this author’s nearly three-year tenure, we’ve had no more ostentatious of a car in the office (that’s including the Aston Martins, Ferrari, and Porsches), thanks in large part to that stealthy matte gray paint job. This is more than just a skin-deep car, though. It’s the 2013 SL550. With respect to the awe-inspiring SLS AMG Roadster, the SL is the flagship. It’s the car that comes to mind when someone says “Mercedes-Benz convertible.” And it’s an indelible sign of wealth.

By Brandon Turkus | December 12, 2012
Quick Drive: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK350

Oddly, we’ll start out our analysis of the SLK with a pricing argument. Our SLK350 had a starting price of $55,400. That price compares favorably with the $60,900 Boxster S and the $55,150 Z4 sDrive35i. After doing a bit of damage on the options list, the as-tested price had climbed to $67,020, and resulted in a car with the trick Magic Sky Control, Lighting Package, Multimedia Package, and Sports Package, among smaller goodies. It’s here where the SLK pulls ahead of its competitors. The Z4 lacks items like Airscarf, Magic Sky Control, and air-conditioned seats. The Boxster, meanwhile, is hurt by Porsche’s extensive (and pricey) options sheet. You’ll get a Boxster exactly as you want it, but it’ll like cost a lot more than our SLK.

By Brandon Turkus | November 08, 2012
Rumors: Spy Shots—Camo-less Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

Back in March we posted spy photos of a heavily camouflaged Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG that prompted rumors of a potential Black Series variant of the already potent supercar. Now, a recent post on autoevolution has confirmed those rumors—the SLS AMG Black Series is coming.

By Doran Dal Pra | October 08, 2012
Driven: 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon

We love wagons. We’d like to see more of them on American roads. We love their utility, their unassuming looks, and the sense of nostalgia the evoke from us. We also love Mercedes-Benz’s performance department, AMG. The sheer power and sporty luxury they combine are things we don’t think we could ever get sick of. It’s no surprise, then, that we were very excited to take loan of the new E63 AMG Wagon for a week.

By John Beltz Snyder | August 22, 2012
Quick Drive: 2012 BMW Z4 sDrive28i

At just under 3300 pounds, the Z4 doesn’t seem like a lightweight car, but for the purposes of the luxury roadster segment, it actually fares quite well on that front.

By Seyth Miersma | August 15, 2012
Rumors: Spy Shots—Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

Even though it won’t be hitting the streets until sometime in 2014, the Mercedes-Benz CLA sub-compact sedan has been spotted by spy photographers for quite some time. Now, we have our first glimpse of the hotted up CLA 45 AMG sedan, thanks to the spy shooters over at Carscoop.

By Doran Dal Pra | August 15, 2012
First Look: 2013 Lexus LS

Lexus has certainly been busy over the past year. With the launch of a new GS, a new ES, and a refreshed RX, it’s a wonder the Toyota-owned brand has managed to launch yet another revised model. This time around, it’s the 2013 LS, Lexus’s flagship luxury sedan, designed to compete with the BMW 7-Series, Audi A8, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

By Brandon Turkus | August 02, 2012
Quick Drive: 2012 Infiniti FX50S AWD

This is arguably one of the most extroverted vehicles on sale today, from its Predator front fascia, to its twenty-one-inch alloys, to the stonking 5.0-liter V-8 sitting under its curvaceous hood, there is nothing about the Infiniti FX50S that’s not loud and in your face, all the time.

By Brandon Turkus | July 05, 2012
Quick Drive: 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

The Jaguar XF Supercharged manages to strike a prime balance between sports and luxury, in the same way that its Germanic rivals have been doing for decades. The major difference is that it comes with a heaping helping of supercharger to speed affairs along. With a price that, once options are added, will likely undercut the competitors, and the aforementioned power and poise, the Jaguar XF Supercharged would be a hard car for us to turn away.

By Brandon Turkus | June 20, 2012
First Look: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

Mercedes-Benz has upped the ante on its SLS AMG super car for 2013. The gull-winged brute has seen its power output bumped to 583 Teutonic stallions (up from 563 horsepower in 2012). Torque remains the same at 479 pound-feet. Internal tweaks to the combustion pressure, among other things, are responsible for the power increases from the 6.3-liter V-8.

By Brandon Turkus | June 05, 2012
Comfort/Involvement Index: 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG

The big-bodied Benz offers remarkable composure despite its size. Epic powerplant sounds great and delivers plenty of power all over the rev range. AMG’s seven-speed DCT is also an excellent piece.

By Winding Road Staff | June 01, 2012
Rumors: Industry Report–Mercedes-Benz Planning New Entry Level E-Class?

A recent report on Car and Driver indicates that Mercedes-Benz could be planning a new entry level E-Class sedan–likely to be called the E300–for launch in the United States.

By Doran Dal Pra | May 23, 2012
Rumors: Industry Report—BMW M3 Going Back To Inline Six-Cylinder

Now comes word from those BMW addicts over at (by way of Autoblog) that the next-generation M3 will, in fact, return to a purist-friendly inline six-cylinder layout. According to the post, confirmation of a straight-six M3 comes directly from the mouth of BMW North America’s president, Ludwig Willisch, which sounds pretty solid to us.

By Brandon Turkus | May 22, 2012
Driven: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe

We recently had our first exposure to the 2012 version of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, via a week-long loan of the utterly lovely C63 AMG Coupe. If you missed that review (wherein we compare the C-Class with all relevant competitors) you should definitely give it a browse. And while driving the C63 is a singular experience that we highly recommend, we can honestly say that we were looking forward to testing the C250 with almost as much anticipation as the AMG car.

By Seyth Miersma | May 21, 2012
Quick Drive: 2012 Mercedes-Benz E550 4Matic

This is the perfect Mercedes-Benz.

By Winding Road Staff | May 07, 2012
Quick Drive: 2012 Infiniti G37S Sedan

The G is more powerful than everything in its price/size/class, and is available with a manual transmission, which is an increasingly rare trait these days. (The 6MT in question isn’t that great to use, but I believe it’s far less horrible than Brandon does, apparently.) It has a lively, responsive chassis, and a suspension tuning that rewards hard driving without being completely punishing.

By Winding Road Staff | April 25, 2012


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