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…
Mercedes-Benz EQC Electric SUV Is Sold Out For 2019
This is a good problem to have in the automotive industry if you’re not starved for cash.
Mercedes-Benz has sold out of its first production run for the EQC all-electric SUV, and it likely won’t be able to keep up with demand until after 2021 or later.
The order book for the EQC opened in 2018, but deliveries began in 2019.
“We are sure that we will not be able to meet the demand in 2019 and probably not by 2020,” Mercedes-Benz CEO Dieter Zetsche told German news outlet . “But we do everything we can to achieve the maximum capacity.”
The EQC joins the Tesla Model X and Jaguar F-Pace, and Audi e-Tron in the growing premium electric SUV segment. Its not clear how many units will be built in 2019 or 2020, making it difficult to determine how it compares with the Model X, but the German automaker limited its production due to concerns about warranty costs.
EQC aside, Mercedes-Benz has lofty goals for the electric car segment and plans to field at least 10 electric vehicles by 2022.
Mercedes-Benz Fears Public Transportation Will Replace Cars
The German automaker doesn’t want to build trams.
Mercedes-Benz design boss Gorden Wagener believes the seemingly inevitable rise of car-sharing programs in cities could deal a substantial blow to the mainstream car segment, and this is a trap he doesn’t want the company to fall into.
Speaking to , the executive stated that while car-sharing is important for Mercedes-Benz, it shouldn’t entirely replace vehicle ownership. In fact, he predicts that many drivers will still want to own a car in the foreseeable future.
“For rich people, safety and security matter. Lots of people want privacy, security, and so on. They love having their own thing that can be driven autonomously but also manually,” Wagener noted.
Mercedes operates Car2Go, a car-sharing program that provides those who signs up access to a CLA or a GLA. Although the service works well for city dwellers who occasionally need a car to run infrequent errands, Mercedes wants to ensure a future in which there are still cars that people aspire to own.
Can you envision yourself not owning a car and instead relying on car-sharing services and other means of transportation to get around? Let us know in the comments below.
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 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.