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Stelvio Pass with the GoPro Mounted to the 2015 S550!

You are now getting my Euro Delivery Experience all out of order! This was day 3. We drove from Switzerland to northern Italy to experience the Stelvio Pass! This road is world famous for the twists and turns through the Alps. As you’ll see it is full of motorcycles, bicycles, cars and the occasional tractor. This is a 6 minute video but we really did this type of driving for 3 hours! It was shockingly well mapped by the navigation system. Worth the detour if you find yourself in the area. Just follow the herds of bikes!

Stelvio Pass – 2015 S550 4matic from BenzBlogger on Vimeo.

I’m Back! Mercedes-Benz European Delivery Experience

S550 euro delivery

Sorry to go dark on you for two weeks but I was up to something very exciting! I was able to travel to Germany and pick up a 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 through the European Delivery Program and then go on an amazing road trip through Europe! I was gone for 2 weeks and I will now fill you in on my adventure!

Day 1:

I flew into Stuttgart, Germany and took a taxi to the Delivery Center in Sindelfingen. Took the factory tour, had lunch, and took delivery of a gorgeous 2015 S550 named Bertha. (This is not my personal car. She will arrive at the dealership in 6-8 weeks and be for sale as a demo.)

The Delivery Center is where people from all over the world come to pick up their vehicles. I heard this 6X6 was headed to Australia!

mercedes g wagen

It was a busy afternoon and we still had to get to our AMG factory tour…

What is an AMG GT?

Mercedes-Benz and AMG have had a long and wonderful relationship redesigning production vehicles into performance vehicles. With the SLS AMG they broke the pattern and let AMG build the vehicle from scratch. The AMG GT is the next vehicle in that mold! Everything is just a rumor at this point but expect to see the production specifications soon!

Top Gear – Stelvio Pass

Does anyone else take their travel advice from Top Gear? I am planning a driving vacation and actually used this video for reference. Stelvio Pass…here I come!

Mobil 1 Carwash with Jenson Button

2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 in Diamond White with Porcelain Leather

This 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic was special ordered for a client months ago. It was especially stunning!

white S550

S-Class sport plus one

S550 diamond leather

sunburst myrtle

rear seat package S550

S550 dorr detail

S550 ceiling speaker

S550 sport plus one

It is worth the wait for the perfect car to be built just for you!

Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes – Starring the SL500!

Stephen King Mercedes book

Any press is good press, right? The murder weapon in Stephen Kings’ new book is a Mercedes-Benz SL500. That would be bad for the company image…except he does have some good things to say about the car!

From StephenKing.com:

“The front end of the SL500 was only slightly crumpled—that famous German engineering—but the hood and the windshield were spattered with gore.”

““How hard would it be for someone to slim-jim a window?” Hodges had asked the mechanic. “Pop the lock that way?” “All but impossible,” the mechanic had said. “These Mercs are built. If someone did manage to do it, it would leave signs.””

The third button was labeled PANIC. Presumably if a mugger attacked you as you were unlocking your car, you could push that one and the car would start screaming for help.”

““I’ve worked at Ross since 1987. Must have seen a thousand Mercs go out the door since then, and I can tell you they all go out with two keys.””

A couple of reviews have included a tidbit about the car that is obviously wrong:

“The following morning, during an “anti-dawn, damp and cold as the cheek of a day-old corpse,” a gray Mercedes-Benz SL500 “not just emerging from the fog but seeming to create itself from it” aims for the huddled masses, 12 cylinders screaming.”

Let’s hope that is just from the reviews and not from the book itself!

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Commerical for Japan

I have a soft spot for Mario. He was the star the last time I was any good at video games!

Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV – Coming Soon?

Mercedes X6

This vehicle hit the Future Vehicles section at MBUSA.com recently:

  • 333-hp,  V6 gasoline Engine
  • 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive
  • 9G-TRONIC PLUS nine-speed automatic transmission with torque converter lock-up, twin-turbine damper with centrifugal pendulum and DIRECT SELECT gearshift
  • Dynamic Select Control with four different transmission modes
  • “Alu Beam” paint finish, reminiscent of the groundbreaking Silver Arrows of the 1930s and 1950s
  • Frameless side windows
  • Integrated, illuminated side sills
  • BAS PLUS and PRE-SAFE® Brake
  • 22-inch wheels

Some or all of this could make it into production next year. What do you think? I’m almost sure this is an answer to a question no one is asking but maybe I am mistaken! It looks great from this angle:

Mercedes X6 competitor

Mille Miglia Photos

If you have not seen any photos from the Mille Miglia that took place earlier this month you really must have a look! Stunning cars and stunning scenery!

From the Mercedes-Benz Facebook Page:

Why race in the Mille Miglia Historica? For one thing, because of our record-breaking win at the original race back in 1955; for another, just look at these photos! A rolling display of some of history’s greatest Mercedes-Benz vehicles, stunning scenery and a helping of la dolce vita: that’s what keeps us coming back for more. Here’s just a small sample of the 1000-mile route.

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