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The SLK Goes From One Extreme to Another

Mercedes are heading to Frankfurt this year with two new variations on the all-new SLK roadster.  The extreme out and out performance focused SLK 55 AMG and the frugal yet fun SLK 250CDi - the first time the product has seen a deisel engine.

The SLK 55 AMG focuses it's energies on style and the strength of promoting the AMG sporting technologies and performance.  The 5.5litre engine takes this little pocket rocket to an extreme most supercars are boasting, reaching 0-62mph in a mere 4.6seconds and yet still gaining kudos for doing above 33 miles to the gallon.  Twin this power with the very familiar stylings from the AMG camp and you have a sculpted beauty that looks like it means business.

Kicking out 422hp means the new SLK 55 AMG beats it's direct competitors hands down, while still retuning an impressive 195g/km of CO2  emissions. I want one.


Moving from one extreme to another, Merc have also released details of the first ever SLK Diesel - the SLK 250CDi.  Returning over 56mpg and coming equipped as standard with a 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic gearbox, the new SLK deisel is a very exciting car for Merc.

Not only is this an excersice to boast impressive fuel consumption, but also an example that not all economical cars need to be sluggish or boring.  Not only do you get the great feeling of driving one of the most iconic two-seater hard-top roadsters, but you won't lose out on any of the performance because you've chosen the economic route as the SLK 250CDi professes 204hp taking you from 0-62mph in just 6.7seconds.  Lovely.


Black is Back

Mercedes have brought back the Black Series range and the C Class is looking slicker than ever.

With the Coupé being launched and completing the C Class Line-up, the only natural thing for Meredes to do next is to take it to the extreme.  Superior performance and style, the new C 63 AMG Black Series brings an all new AMG Claim to the table too - Driving Performance like no other AMG model.

With a 0-62mph time of just 4.2 seconds, this is the most powerful C Class of all time, boasting 517hp and technologies used in motorsport, with the high driving dynamics to match.  As well as all this power the C Class comes with upgraded suspensions and breaking systems, which I'm assuming you'll need to tame the aggressive nature of the Black Series

So it sounds nice and will perform well it seems, but the other very important attraction to any Black Series is just how mean the car looks.  Designed to strike fear into the most innocent of motirists on the road, the C Class BS has a powerful stance with it's oversized black front and rear air vents and additional vents on the blown out wheel arches.  This car means business, and is certainly not for the feint hearted.

Underlining the AMG insignia is a subtle 'Black series' engraving, contasting the absolute monster this car is, however representing the pure essence of what a Black Series is about - pure performance with a whole host of class and an emotional drive.


Porsche Announce the Definitive 550HP Panamera Turbo S

0-62mph in just 3.8seconds...

...550 HP from a twin-turbo V8...

...a small mortgage to own one... what more could you want from Porsches all new Panamera Turbo S?

The Panamera range has extended once again, and instead of impressive hybrid performance Porsche are delivering out and out power, by traditional means of a giant 4.8 litre V8 twin-turbo engine.  Regardless of this, they have managed to keep fuel consumption figures identical to that of the normal Panamera Turbo (24.6mpg) even though it features 50HP more, gaining it's 'S' status.

With terms like 'over-boost' and 'Launch Control', Porsche sound like they've created a real road rocket, reaching it's record performance of 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds and peaking at a top speed of 191mph.

Outside the 'Turbo S' badge means some good looking styling cues too.  20 inch alloys, side skirts from the Porsche Exclusive range and an adaptive (four-way) rear spoiler make this Panamera stand out and look the business.  Inside features two-tone leather upholstery and comes in combinations of either back/cream or agate grey/cream - another exclusive for the top of the range Panamera Turbo S.

On sale from June at £122,6323 the Porsche Turbo S comes as standard with vehicle tracking and security packages to protect your investment.  Porsche are also encouraging their customers to explore the Panamera's potential by participating in a complimentary course at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone.


Infiniti set a new destination on the Sat-Nav: Geneva 2011



“Infiniti is currently examining concepts for a luxury performance car that will fit below the current G Line. Like every Infiniti, it will be completely different to anything currently offered by our rivals.” So said Andy Palmer, Senior Vice President for Infiniti, at the opening of the Infiniti Centre Piccadilly in London during September 2010.

The 81st Geneva International Motorshow will see Infiniti presenting its next Inspired Performance concept car.  At 12.15 CET (that's about 11.15 here in the UK) Infiniti will show how the Japanese performance brand are taking a more scenic, exciting route to a new future.

That's pretty much all the press release stated and just looking at the quote from Andy Palmer, Senior VP, hopefully we're in for a treat - maybe in the form of a hatchback?  Although, I have a feeling Infiniti will bring some pretty lines to whatever they're planning.


Photo Set: Ferrari FF