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Sports car Erlkönige in August 2010: the future of cars with V8 engines

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Sports car Erlkönige in August 2010
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I n August the test drivers from Mercedes were very busy and tested many new series and model variants in practice. Among them were some AMG vehicles that are powered by the potent eight-cylinder from Affalterbach.

New Mercedes AMG models on test drives

So the new Mercedes CLS was up in AMG trim the Nürburgring, which will be launched in early 2011. The CLS 63 AMG is powered by a 544 PS strong V8 biturbo, which provides a maximum torque of 800 Newton meters. Also from AMG, the ML and the GL drove in front of the lens of our Erlkönig photographer during Hitzeteste.

The other prototypes from Mercedes: The Mercedes C-Coupé, which replaces the Mercedes CLC. The C-Class Coupé is aimed against the Audi A5 and the BMW 3 Series. There are more details from the Mercedes SL, where our photographer managed to capture the cockpit of the sports car. Here the SL is based heavily on the design of the Mercedes SLS.

Hyundai's VW Scirocco competitor

Our photographer was also able to photograph the interior of the Hyundai Veloster. The VW Scirocco competitor, for example, has sports seats, the almost horizontal rear window and the barely available view of the outside in the back seats.

Audi is already testing its new A6, which will be presented at the end of the year. With a length of almost 4.95 meters in the future, the new A6 will only be a little longer. The engine range for the new Audi A6 includes diesel engines from 143 to 245 hp and gasoline engines that mobilize between 180 and 300 hp. Opel is also in the coordination phase of a sports model. The Rüsselsheim-based company is currently testing the OPC version of the Astra at the Nürburgring, which will top off the Astra series with a 2.0-liter turbo and 240 hp.

New US models with 500 PS-Hemi

Other car manufacturers also have potent prototypes to offer, although less in sports car dress, but with V8 under the hood: The Chrysler models 300C, Dodge Charger SRT-8 and Jeep Cherokee SRT 8 with the new 500 hp Hemi engines cavort in the desert. On European soil we also have the Lotus Evora S and the Ferrari 458 Challenge caught during test drives.


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