The AMG Driving Academy is coming back for 2021! Obviously it was suspended for 2020 so there is going to be a lot of pent up demand. They will be honoring AMG Purchase Rewards from last year as well so I think you'll need to book quickly! Don't let your favorite track fill up while you think it over!
You can visit the site to sign up to be notified as soon as the dates and tracks are announced. I expect to see that info the week of April 12th. Normally the event runs for more of the year so this may be a compressed or limited schedule.
For those of you not in the know, the AMG Driving Academy gives you the opportunity to drive almost the entire AMG fleet on some of the best tracks in the US! The are modules to learn about specific things like braking and cornering as well as full track driving. The instructors are top-notch professionals with awesome racing experience. The event itself is incredibly well run and could really appeal to all types of Mercedes enthusiasts. Sometimes they even bring sneak peek vehicles that aren't at the dealerships yet!
So, if you have an AMG Purchase Reward coming your way, or you are looking for a fun event after a year of staying home, the US AMG Driving Academy is coming back!
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is an icon of the automotive world. First introduced in 1978, it has had very few modification over the decades. That changed in 2019 with the introduction of the new body style. For the first time we could enjoy all of the modern amenities of Mercedes-Benz, along with the classic lines of the G-Wagen. Welcome to the modern era!
The most common color for a G-Class in real life is Black. At any given moment if you search for pre-owned G500's or G550's you'll find a swarm of black vehicles with a few in white or silver and the very rare specimen in a color. Mercedes must have been in the mood to change this because the G-Class currently has the most possible available exterior paints, even without choosing a custom paint through the PA1 Special Order Program.
Beyond Black and White there are all of these Metallic paints:
All of these designo paints:
AND all of the classic Manufaktur colors:
An aside on that terminology:
designo - rare, custom designed paints or upholsteries available from Mercedes on many models.
manufaktur: colors from historical Mercedes-Benz models
PA1: Special Order System through Mercedes-Benz that allows you to choose any paint or upholstery possible. This can take some time and does have associated costs.
I have never seen a G-Class in a color that didn't look good...and I have seen South Seas Blue in person! The Rubellite Red G63 above was a special order that the owner took a chance on, without seeing it in person. Paired with the Macchiato interior, it looks elegant and impressive!
So, if you are already the type of person who likes to stand out in a crowd with a G-Class, you might also be the person who would like it to be a special color! Get in touch and I can do my best to describe colors, show you comparable colors or just encourage you to take a chance on a color that neither of us have ever seen!
This summer I will be taking the wagon on a roadtrip with Rally North America through New England! This is a scavenger hunt style rally with checkpoints and track visits along the way. A requirement of participation is raising money for charity. This year the charity is Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life threatening illnesses and their families. It will be a great trip for a worthy cause.
If you would like to know more about the Rally Series you can visit Rally North America here. We participated in a similar rally two years ago along the Blue Ridge Parkway and had an excellent time! There are still a few opening if you want to sign up! I think the wagon is going to look fantastic with racing stripes and numbers. I went with the classic #722 for this event. If you remember, the C43 AMG went for a classic Bumblebee look with #43.
Would you like to help me reach our fundraising goal? You can visit our donations page here! Every penny goes to Camp Sunshine and if we meet the $125,000 event goal that will send 50 kids to camp! I will also accept vehicle sponsorships that come with decals and advertising! You know everyone is going to take pictures of a well-wrapped E63 station wagon traveling through the Northeast! Get some prime real estate for your logo!
Also, we do intend to extend our rally past the finishing point in Maine. I have my eye on Nova Scotia! Any recommendations for things to see in that area? I look forward to loading the wagon onto a ferry or two! The rally is in July so I am hoping that Canadian summer is not too cold. While I gre up in western New York I am now a southerner and fear the snow!
As always, follow along on Instagram and Facebook for updates. I'm BenzBlogger on both!
I just happened to have these two cars on the lot at the same time and felt like they deserved to be seen together. I often can't tell the size or scale of a vehicle when it is featured by itself. Also, having two 4-Door coupes in our line-up is bound to confuse the issue so let's put them together and see how different they really are!
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT63S is the Performance Car. This is a 630 horsepower monster with a 3/1 second 0-60 estimate. It is also quite a looker! This particular car features the carbon ceramic brakes, race seats and 21" cross-spoke wheels. The vehicle will be available in the GT53, GT63 and GT63S variants. It will be a direct competitor to the Porsche Panamera and I think it will be bringing a lot of traffic to the showroom!
The 2019 CLS-Class is an evolution of the 4-Door coupe we pioneered with the original CLS in 2006. The CLS460 is an Inline 6 cylinder with EQ boost and there will also be a CLS53 AMG. This car is more of the comfort car of the two. It is a little cushier, the cockpit is a little more open and it is tuned to be a little smoother.
I think they look very different in person. The GT63 looks beefy. The fastback design is very attractive and the hood is both wide and tall. The CLS is actually a touch more conservative which is not a normal thing to say about the CLS! I compared it to an E-Class in a previous video and it looked quite aggressive. Parked side-by-side they look like family, but definitely different.
Both cars are expected to arrive in the US "4th Quarter." That is a vague amount of time that indicates they hope to get them out before the end of the year. I hope it is soon!
Have you ever wondered how a Mercedes-AMG would handle itself around Road Atlanta? Are you an owner of a Mercedes-AMG vehicle? Are you a member of the AMG Private Lounge?
On May 19, 2018, from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mercedes-Benz USA and the AMG Private Lounge Team would like to welcome Mercedes-AMG owners and their guests to an afternoon of all things AMG at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA.
Don’t miss what will be one of the largest gatherings of Mercedes-AMG vehicles in Georgia, e.g. part car show and part AMG experience. Mercedes-AMG owners will have a chance to try our cars on the autocross track plus an opportunity to hot lap Road Atlanta with AMG Driving Academy Pro drivers!
There is no cost to attend the event but you must be an AMG Private Lounge member and you must register for the event by Friday, May 11, 2018 at 12 PM EDT.
Today was the world premiere of the all new 4-door variant of the AMG GT at the Geneva International Motor Show. This model expands on the existing AMG GT line up and gives us the first vehicle exclusively designed by AMG with 4 seats! You have been seeing spy shots of this vehicle for months and it has been referred to as the GT4 or 4-door GT, and now the GT63 seems to be the name.
Yes, you should get on the order list immediately! There is definitely going to be a waiting list when it arrives late this year! I think that a lot of CLS drivers will see this as a possible upgrade from their current vehicle. I also expect to see a huge spike in my Porsche Panamera trade-ins. Huge.
No, we do not have the base pricing or the options list yet. I would expect it to be similar to the current GT models in colors and equipment possibilities. The info I do have shows that there will be three variants with escalating horsepower. I'm hoping that there will be an absolutely jaw dropping launch edition!
No, this is not a replacement for the CLS-Class. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS will be arriving this year as a complete redesign. It will be available in the CLS450, CLS450 4matic and the CLS53. While the CLS and the new 4-door GT will both be 4-door coupe in styling they will likely feel very different. In the same way that the GT Roadster and the SL63 AMG appeal to different buyers, the CLS and the 4-door GT will also be very different.
Yes, it is absolutely gorgeous and the designers have outdone themselves yet again! I think the GT is certainly winning the Geneva Motor Show and I am sure it will be winning in the showrooms too!
Thank you to the Peachtree Section of The Mercedes-Benz Club of America for sending all of the toys collected at your holiday luncheon back to Atlanta Classic Cars to fill our convertibles! What a generous group of Mercedes-Benz Enthusiasts! It filled an entire C63 AMG. We're going to have to break out the S-Class convertibles if this keeps up!
Side note: I have been a member of the MBCA for a long time. Even if you just subscribe to get The Star Magazine it is well worth it! I was just notified that I need to renew. If you happen to join and use my member number I get a free month! *wink, wink
Use my Member Code and I get a free month! C119523
The Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster is quite a looker! The proportions are amazing. It is both luxurious and sporty. The folding soft top is a marvel of efficiency and space savings. If I needed to drive a practical car as a daily driver, I would want this for the weekends!
GT C Roadster And Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Both Hail From A Golden Age
The photography in this article from Jalopnik really caught my eye. They were able to drive a GT C and a classic 300SL together and the similarities are so beautiful. Both of these cars look like artwork when parked.
Please do take a moment and admire the images. Read the article too! The insights into the driving dynamics of the two vehicles is very interesting:
"I had altered my standards of comfort to fit the car. Is that weird? Honestly, it’s because everything else is so staggeringly good that you simply don’t care about stupid things like comfort anymore."
"I’d never driven a car that felt so unshakably capable. Even the thuds that sounded from closing its doors inspired confidence. The sheer strength of the engine, the force of its brakes and its tight suspension all shouted in my ear that there was little this car couldn’t do. This was what modern was supposed to be. This was what modern was supposed to feel like. "
"Getting into the SL involved climbing over its formidable sills—wide, because of the Gullwing’s design, which came first. And because this was a car from the 1950s, there was nothing in the way of seat belts roll-over protection. That, at least, made the visibility incredible. "
"That was the spookiest thing about the 300SL Roadster. It didn’t feel old at all. It was comfortable and agreeable. Totally daily drivable. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I certainly wasn’t expecting something that felt comparable in quality to a car you could buy new today."