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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 12, 2017

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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 12, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

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2018 Mercedes-AMG 'GT' sedan spied
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2018 Mercedes-AMG 'GT' sedan spied

The Mercedes-AMG 'GT' four-door sedan has been spied undergoing testing public roads. Mercedes-Benz has hidden many of the car's styling features underneath a full-body camouflage, as well as false panels for the front and rear fascias, and a hump on the rear deck. Despite these tricks, though, it's clear that the new four-door will look a lot like the AMG GT Concept sedan unveiled at this year's Geneva motor show...


2018 Mercedes-AMG 'A40' hatch spied, debut set for next year - UPDATE
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2018 Mercedes-AMG 'A40' hatch spied, debut set for next year - UPDATE

UPDATE: Mercedes-Benz has now confirmed the new A-Class will not be revealed until early 2018, ruling out a Frankfurt motor show premiere. The Mercedes-AMG 'A40' hatchback has been spied undergoing hot weather testing in southern Europe. Compared to the A-Class hatch spied in February in the Arctic, this latest vehicle has a different front bumper treatment...


Mercedes-AMG GLC43 v Porsche Macan GTS comparison
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Mercedes-AMG GLC43 v Porsche Macan GTS comparison

Buying a luxury SUV is confusing. There are so many sizes, so many options and so many brands all offering what would, on paper at least, seem like a great purchase. On the smaller end of the scale, the likes of the Porsche Macan GTS and Mercedes-AMG GLC43 go head-to-head for dominance in the all-important performance SUV war of the Germans...


Mercedes-AMG: No AWD C63 and Black Series unlikely, E43 no harm to brand image
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Mercedes-AMG: No AWD C63 and Black Series unlikely, E43 no harm to brand image

AMG chief Tobias Moers is never shy in offering an opinion, and his response was definitive when CarAdvice asked whether the proliferation of AMG product is diluting the heritage and premium image of the performance brand...


Drag race: Australia vs The World
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Drag race: Australia vs The World

Australia. It's the country where there's always an insect, animal or sea creature trying to kill you. It's also the country that once housed a thriving car industry. But, instead of crying over spilt milk, we're showing the world one last time why the constant fear of death has inspired our local engineers to build a car that's itching at the chance to chew you up and spit you out...


Could investing in a limited edition car be better than investing in property?
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Could investing in a limited edition car be better than investing in property?

The 2017 HSV GTSR W1 marks the end of Australian manufacturing, along with the production of Australia's fastest and most powerful car ever built. It also represents one of the most expensive locally produced cars with an asking price of $169,990, before on-road costs. We've even heard of some buyers paying over $250,000 to secure their spot in the line...


New Mercedes-AMG A45 is a while away yet, but expect more than 300kW
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New Mercedes-AMG A45 is a while away yet, but expect more than 300kW

Following the unveiling of the new GLC63 models at the New York Motor Show, we sat down with AMG boss Tobias Moers to discuss what comes next for the wildly successful performance arm of Mercedes-Benz. First question, the incredibly powerful A45 - specifically when we’d be likely to see the next generation...


Mercedes-AMG: Say goodbye to atmo engines, and you can forget about diesel
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Mercedes-AMG: Say goodbye to atmo engines, and you can forget about diesel

At this year's New York motor show, Australian media spent time with Tobias Moers, the head of Mercedes-AMG - and chief among the topics discussed was performance, specifically how best to achieve it. In recent times, petrol engines have become so efficient, so technologically adept and so clean-running, that there is hope we may one day return to the glory days of naturally-aspirated petrol engines, even if they do run an electric motor of some sort to help things along...


Alfa Romeo Giulia QV v BMW M3 Competition v Mercedes-AMG C63 S comparison
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Alfa Romeo Giulia QV v BMW M3 Competition v Mercedes-AMG C63 S comparison

For a nation renowned for its love of all things sport, it should come as no surprise this admiration and aspiration extends to what we drive. We are inside the top-10 world sales market list for Lamborghini, Porsche is seeing continuing sales growth and both Mercedes-AMG and BMW M Division speak highly of the Australian market, where we have the highest performance-version to regular-model ratio in the world...


Audi S4 v Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan comparison
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Audi S4 v Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan comparison

The S4 and C43 represent the entry point into Audi's and Mercedes-AMG's performance mid-sedan ranges. Are they merely facsimiles of their go-faster stablemates, or properly desirable luxo-sports Euros in their own right? And which one is the CarAdvice pick?


2017 Mercedes-AMG E63, E63 S pricing and specs
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2017 Mercedes-AMG E63, E63 S pricing and specs

The new-generation 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 S will hit Australia in June, the company's local arm has reaffirmed, with the 'regular' E63 to follow in December. Revealed in October last year and driven by CarAdvice in November, the new E63 is the first of the new large premium Euro performance-car trio to debut, comfortably beating the new and as yet unseen BMW M5 and Audi RS6 models to market...


2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 revealed, December debut confirmed for Australia
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2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 revealed, December debut confirmed for Australia

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 wagon and Coupe have been revealed ahead of an Australian launch in December. Available in two versions globally - the 'standard' GLC63 and hotter GLC63 S - the performance SUV twins feature the company's 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 under the bonnet, producing 350kW or 375kW depending on model...


2017 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster review
Rating: 910 /10
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2017 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster review

This is the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster. The big question: Has lopping the roof off AMG's GT halo car robbed it of its monster performance credentials and visceral pleasures? Curt heads to Arizona to find out.

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$284,000 - $339,000

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS won't be offered with V8 option - report
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2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS won't be offered with V8 option - report

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS will reportedly not be offered with a V8 engine option because AMG is planning to launch its own 'four-door coupe'. According to Autocar, the CLS replacement will be powered by a range of turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines, but will do without V8 motivation. The new car's range will be topped by an AMG CLS50 variant powered by a 3...


2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 4Matic review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 4Matic review

Some might see the E43 as a step below the E63, in performance terms. It is, in fact, a price alternative to the C63 - such is its blend of performance and equipment.

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$159,900

Mercedes-Benz testing autonomous system in ‘unique’ Australian conditions
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Mercedes-Benz testing autonomous system in ‘unique’ Australian conditions

You might assume that driving conditions in our country are different to those around the world, and you’d be right - but you might not have thought about exactly what is different and, more importantly, how that impacts what happens on the road. Mercedes-Benz is spending a lot of time considering and testing exactly that though, in a concerted effort to make its autonomous driving technology as safe and as capable as possible...


2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet update spied
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2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet update spied

The facelifted Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet has been spied this week during development testing, giving us a first look at what to expect from this relatively mild mid-life update for the German company's flagship drop-top. It appears not much will change visually with the forthcoming update, with revised front and rear treatments the noticeable changes on this lightly-camouflaged prototype...


2017 Geneva motor show: Full walkaround experience
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2017 Geneva motor show: Full walkaround experience

Missed out on going to this year's 2017 Geneva motor show? Join Dave as he takes you to each corner of all seven halls of one of the world's best automotive exhibitions. In this epic from-the-show-floor film, you’ll see everything from the show-stopping Aston Martin Valkyrie, Ferrari 812 Superfast, and McLaren 720S, to race cars and concept cars that will leave you breathless...


Mercedes-AMG E43 goes operational with Victoria Police - UPDATE
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Mercedes-AMG E43 goes operational with Victoria Police - UPDATE

Update - Victoria Police have issued a statement regarding the potential for Mercedes-AMG models to replace the current high-performance fleet of locally-made vehicles. See bottom of article for details Victoria Police has welcomed the Mercedes-AMG E43 to its highway patrol fleet...