Mercedes

Mercedes Coupe Is $300,000 of Black Heart, Unrestrained Power

Grilled: Check out those teeth on the SL65 Black Series

May 26 (Bloomberg) — How does one describe the sensation of hurtling from a standstill to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in 3.8 seconds?

Snugged into a heavily bolstered seat in a $300,000 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series coupe, I’m about to get a real-world illustration. The 661 horsepower, twin-turbo, V-12 is strangely silent, a snake coiled in wait, until I stomp on its proverbial tail, going full on the gas. It strikes immediately. Continue reading…

Diesel is Back, and That’s a Good Thing

Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) — “Pee-yeew!” my dad would call out the open window, “You stink!” This was a 1970s-era ritual played out every time we passed a rattletrap diesel-powered car trailing black haze on the highway. Not kind, maybe, but true. Those suckers stunk up the place.   Continue reading…

Tiny, Way Stylish, Smart Car Both Is and Ain’t

uly 16 (Bloomberg) — Forget the Lamborghinis and Bentleys. The hot car of the moment? The one that has people shouting at you on street, asking about price and top speed? The 9-foot-long Smart.

The answer to those shouted questions is that it costs $11,590 to $16,590 and has a top speed of 90 miles per hour. The Smart is a car for an era when less is more and good gas mileage is suddenly sexy. By that calculation, it’s one of the biggest, sexiest rides on the road. Continue reading…

Meanest Mercedes EVER: CLK Black Series

Sept. 25 (Bloomberg) — When Mercedes-Benz named the very special version of its CLK coupe the Black Series, it was surely with a knowing wink. If you’re reminded of the American Express Black Card, well, the similarities probably aren’t coincidental. Both are aimed at consumers willing to pay just about any price for exclusivity. Continue reading…