Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Mercedes-Benz Philippines Launches AMG GT S, CLA 45 OrangeArt Edition, GLA 45
Auto Nation Group, the exclusive distributor of Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the country showed off the newest offerings from high-performance division, AMG, headlined by the local debut of the Mercedes-AMG GT S supercar. This was joined at the event by the CLA 45 OrangeArt Edition and GLA 45.
Mercedes-AMG GT S
The Mercedes-AMG GT S is only the second car to be built completely in-house by Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance division. Instead of being based off a more “pedestrian” version of a Mercedes automobile, the GT S is a purpose-built supercar featuring a front mid-engine, rear wheel drive layout made of intelligent aluminum lightweight construction. The ultra-stiff body structure forms the basis of its impeccable handling and is further emphasized by a newly-developed AMG 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8. This is the first sportscar with internally-mounted turbochargers (‘hot inside V’). The dry sump lubricated engine is available in two states of tune: 462 horsepower in the regular GT and 510 horsepower in the GT S.
Performance figures for the all-new GT are nothing short of extraordinary: 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 310 km/h. Mercedes-AMG also promises top-notch performance both on- and off the race track.
As potent as the GT is, it’s still pretty much a Mercedes-Benz at heart and sets the standards in terms of practicality, efficiency, and premium comfort unmatched in the segment. It has a large tailgate with an easily accessible luggage compartment as well as extensive driver assistance systems from the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive.
Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 OrangeArt Edition
On the opposite side of the Mercedes-AMG spectrum, two new 4-cylinder offerings were also shown alongside the GT S.
The CLA 45 OrangeArt Edition starts off on the Night package of the CLA 45 and adds splashes of orange around the car. It’s found in areas such as the radiator grille, mirrors, and rear apron. Furthermore, the alloy wheels come with flange-painted orange and matching black and orange center caps.
Inside, the CLA45 OrangeArt Edition differentiates itself with contrasting orange stitching on its leather/DINAMICA microfiber performance seats. The same orange stitching is found on the steering wheel and shifter.
The CLA 45 Orange Edition is available in both the CLA 45 coupe and CLA 45 shooting brake.
Mercedes-AMG GLA 45
Finally, Mercedes-AMG is throwing its hat in the growing high-performance compact crossover segment with the introduction of the GLA 45. It comes with the world’s most powerful production series 4-cylinder engine with 381 horsepower and 475 Nm of torque. This makes this all-wheel drive crossover accelerate to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds and achieve a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).
Aside from being lightning quick, the GLA 45 is equally efficient enabling it to do up to 13.33 km/L while achieving Euro 6 emission standards.
Apart from these three dynamic Mercedes-AMG models, Auto Nation Group has announced that the C 63 AMG sedan and C 63 coupe will join the line-up soon.
Mercedes-AMG Private Lounge
At the same event, current Mercedes-AMG owners were invited to join the AMG Private Lounge global online community. This allows this select group of performance-minded enthusiasts to join in special events and programs tailor-made specifically for them. This includes driving events, model sneak peeks, and even a tour of the Mercedes-AMG factory in Germany.