This rare, and very fast, RENNtech SLR McLaren was on display at First Class Fitment. It’s a local car, and I have the pleasure of seeing it around on the streets fairly often.
Always awesome seeing it up close!
Mercedes-Benz has made the SL for over 60 years, and despite the fact that some of them have been duds, the original is a timeless classic. Some people love the Gullwings, others love the Roadsters. I’m firmly in the latter camp, by virtue of the fact that the first toy car I bought with my own money selling candy as a kid was an ivory-colored 190SL Roadster. I don’t have it anymore, but the memories flood back when I see a 190 droptop in the flesh. This medium blue example drew a lot of attention at Monmouth Park Racetrack this weekend. It succeeded in keeping my attention span occupied for a good amount of time, and was my favorite foreign car at the show. Enjoy the photos of this timeless piece of artwork.
When we rolled up to meet my parents at dinner this weekend, we saw this clean SLS AMG parked out front of the restaurant. It’s been a while since I’ve seen one in a random situation, and really is a handsome machine in a real world setting. With its thundering 6.2L naturally aspirated V8, the SLS remains one of the best sounding cars out there.
Yesterday I reviewed the impressive, but massive, BMW X6 M. In that article I talked about how the performance of large SUVs will always be held back by their hefty physical size and weight. While the X6 M was mighty impressive for what it was, I still found myself wanting one of the options one size smaller. As it so happened, the same day my review went live, Mercedes-Benz decided to drop their trump card. Meet the GLC63 AMG.
How did we get to this point, where there is now a 503hp twin turbo V8 engine in a medium-size crossover. Less than a decade ago, a crossover like this was a sign that a car enthusiast had given up on fun, that family life had beaten them into submission. But you can fit a car seat, or two, in this AMG just the same as you can a basic Subaru Forester. It’s still a fully functional crossover, but now with some brutally serious high performance credentials. This is a family car I’ll be more than happy to consider whenever that time comes (If I can afford one by then, of course).
Performance wise, the thing we most need to consider when comparing the GLC63 to the likes of a BMW X6 M is weight. The 4.0L twin turbo V8 only adds around 100lbs to the weight of the Mercedes C-Class, comparing the C43 and C63. Apply that same difference onto the GLC43, at 4,150lbs, and the GLC63 should weigh around 4,250lbs. That’s 1,000lbs less than the BMW X6 M, and the GLC63 S still has over 500hp. So it’s a LOT lighter and will handle much better as a result, and it’s also not much less powerful at all. In short, this new Merc will be better than any of the bigger options, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche the like.
I already loved the Mercedes GLC43 AMG, the Porsche Macan S/GTS/Turbo, and the Jaguar F-Pace S, and they only have 350-400hp. The GLC63 AMG S is upping the bar to 500hp, and as of now it’s only real rival will be the Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV.
I love that we’re actually at a time where I can be genuinely excited about SUVs. These medium size high performance models drive like luxurious rally cars, and they’re a phenomenal package for the real world.
It would appear that BMW and Porsche need to catch up…
Many of you see an old antique Mercedes here, but I see the first supercar. The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was a car that moved the bar for performance to an entirely new level in the 1950s. It was the first road car capable of reaching 150 mph, and it was raced extensively all over the world. The coupe version of the 300SL also had the fabulous gulling doors you see here, which really set it apart from anything else on the road.
Yes, today it is a classic, maybe even a museum piece, but I hope anyone lucky enough to own one of these cars has the dignity to let it stretch its legs, at least once in a while.
Taking a trip down memory lane, looking through the photos I’ve taken over the years, I stumbled across this gem from Pebble Beach in 2011. It’s none other than Sir Stirling Moss, and he’s driving the legendary Mercedes 300 SLR 722 in which he won the 1955 Mille Miglia. He set the all-time speed record for the Mille Miglia that year, and it has never been beaten. I realized I hadn’t shared it yet, and it definitely needed to be published.
Sir Stirling Moss is a gentleman about as epic as they come. His wit is hysterical in conversation, and he’s an absolutely fearless driver. Stirling didn’t just put-put the SLR around at the event either. No, after I snapped the shot above, he took the 722 down to the shoreline for a quick photo-op, and then proceeded to absolutely flog the car up the side road behind the lodge. The crowd had moved on while Sir Stirling was having his photo-op, and everyone was astonished and surprised as the SLR’s racing-spec straight-six was fully unleashed, tires screeched, and we all saw a silver flash pass between the openings between buildings. The sound was delicious to our ears, and I was beyond thrilled to see the man himself give it the beans for old time’s sake.
Sure, the 300 SLR 722 is about as valuable as a car can be, easily worth $50 million + if it ever went to auction, but who better to let it rip than the man who still know’s it best? It’s a moment I will surely never forget.
More photos of the car from Pebble Beach below, as well as two videos about Sir Stirling Moss and this most-insane Mercedes racecar.
Petrolicious on the 1955 Milli Miglia:
My video from a press conference Sir Stirling held at Lime Rock:
I’m in love with the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, and I desperately hope it’s able to roast the competition. Let’s see what Motor Trend has to say about it!
They’re asking a quarter of a billion dollars for this house in Bel Air that comes stacked with more fancy shit than you’d ever know what to do with. It even comes complete with a helicopter on the roof, and a collection of rare classic and exotic cars, including one of those special edition Bugatti Veyrons, a Pagani Huayra, and, I believe, a pre-war Mercedes 540K.
It’s a total orgy of materialism, and it looks incredible. That said, I feel like after the realtor handed over the keys and left, I’d just be standing there like, “Okay, now that I have everything I ever wanted, now what?”
For me the GT1 homologation era has been the epitome of the high performance automobile thus far. These were actual race cars that had been converted for road use, and they make the hypercars of today seem like shallow status symbols. You actually need a decent amount of skill to drive a McLaren F1, a Mercedes CLK GTR, or a Porsche 911 GT1 at all, let alone quickly.
This video from The Supercar Driver shows us a collection with all of them, as well as a glimpse into the ultra-exclusive world of trading automobiles at the highest end.
There are some great car tunes in the realm of Country, and up-and-coming star Maren Morris carries on the torch with her recent hit “80’s Mercedes.” The song is an ode to our millennial generation’s taste for having the finer things in life, even if it has to be on a shoe string budget.