The German performance sedan forced a certain Italian to pull aside.
The Mercedes-AMG’s GT 63 S 4MATIC+ is now the fastest four-door production vehicle with four seats to ever lap the Nurburgring,
With AMG Development Engineer and former racing driver Demian Schaffert behind the wheel, the car clocked 7 minutes, 25.41 seconds, beating the 7 minute, 38 second lap set by the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.
The nitpicky enthusiasts among us will be quick to point out that the four-door Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is actually faster than both sports sedans around Green Hell, but the Jag is not a series production car and the track pack version only had two seats.
On the other hand, the GT four door that set the lap record was completely stock, although it was equipped with optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires to improve traction.
Watch the run…
New Mercedes-Benz GLE Plug-in Hybrid Has Over 60-Mile EV Range
The new plug-in hybrid SUV is a major improvement over its predecessor.
Ola Kallenius, head of Daimler group research and Mercedes-Benz cars development, confirmed to Automotive News that the new GLE plug-in hybrid will offer up to 62 miles (100 km) of range in electric mode on Europe’s new WLTP test cycle when it goes on sale in the second half of 201.
In comparison, the first-generation GLE plug-in hybrid delivers a measly 10 miles (16 km), a clear testament to how quickly technology has advanced in just 5 years.
It will be interesting to see how that 62-mile WLTP estimate compares to the EPA’s results, which is usually lower, as well to those of other global testing agencies.
Regardless, a plug-in electric range of 62 miles for such a large vehicle is impressive considering it wasn’t long ago that much smaller purely-electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf barely managed to crack the 70-mile (113 km) mark.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLE plug-in hybrid is surely poised to set a benchmark for other automakers to follow.
Mercedes-Benz EQS Electric Sedan Is Coming In 2020
The EQ S will challenge the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan.
Mercedes-Benz is reportedly readying an all-electric sedan called the “EQ S” for 2020. The model will follow on the heels of the EQC electric SUV and the EQA hatchback as the third model in the EQ range and just one of 10 electrified vehicles planned for launch by 2022.
According to Autocar, whereas the EQC shares a platform with the GLC, the EQS will be the first EQ model to utilize a dedicated platform, one that uses an extensive amount of aluminum. It will be sized somewhere in between the E-Class and S-Class sedans, with proportions closer to the CLS.
A flat floor will bring unique proportions like extremely short overhangs, facilitating a radical design that should help distinguish the EQ sub-brand from its internal combustion counterparts.
The EQS will serve as Mercedes-Benz’s new flagship sedan, taking the mantle from the S-Class.
New, 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV Puts On Sharper Suit, More Tech
A familiar but sharper design and loads of tech are the key highlights.
Mercedes-Benz has introduced the all-new, 2020 GLE, marking the first full redesign of the midsize luxury SUV since it ditched the ‘M-Class’ name.
The new GLE blends the familiar shape of its predecessors, including the original M-Class that debuted in 1997, with modern styling cues from the rest of Mercedes-Benz’s lineup to achieve smoother, more sophisticated and even more athletic look that many car buyers will find appealing.
Not only do the design changes make the GLE pleasing to the eye, but they also t make it more aerodynamic. Mercedes-Benz cites a best in segment Cd figure from 0.29, which should help improve fuel efficiency.
Designers took advantage of the longer wheelbase to deliver a bigger and roomier interior with six-way power-adjustable second-row seats and available third-row seats. As expected, the dash is dominated by the spiffy-looking, high-tech 12.3-inch dual-screen setup found on other Mercedes models like the E-Class and EQC electric SUV, featuring the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system.
For a little bit more money, buyers can get gesture control technology that lets front passengers access some of the infotainment system’s functions and several other vehicular features like the reading lights.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE will launch with a range of engine options, including a 2.0L Inline-4 turbo engine for the GLE 350 and GLE 350 4MATIC that produces 255 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The GLE 450 4MATIC gets a 362 hp and 369 lb-ft. 3.0L in-line six-cylinder turbo engine that’s paired with a small electric motor that provides a 21-horsepower boost for short bursts of time.
All engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission both come standard, while all-wheel drive is optional on the GLE 350 but standard on the 350 4MATIC and 450 4MATIC.
A plug-in hybrid model, a mid-range AMG-badged model, and a full-blown, V8-powered AMG-developed version are expected to join the lineup later on.
The new GLE premieres a new 48-volt E-Active Body Control suspension that works with the Airmatic air suspension to deliver a more comfortable and confident ride. According to Mercedes-Benz, it’s the only system on the market that can individually control the spring and damping forces at each wheel.
Sales of the all-new, 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE begin in spring 2019.