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The 2022 London Concours, presented by Montres Breguet, recently announced that they will be celebrating one of the greatest marques in automotive history: Mercedes-Benz.

From June 28 to 30, the London Concours will feature iconic examples from the marque that embodied innovation, luxury, and engineering excellence from when they were first introduced to the present day. The Honourable Artillery Company based in the heart of the City of London will be housing the gorgeous examples from Mercedes-Benz.

On the immaculate lawns of the HAC, the examples that will be on display will proudly tell the history of Mercedes-Benz. Landmark cars from the marque will tell the rich and impressive history, showcasing both luxury and performance.

The list of impressive motorcars starts with a real automotive icon, the 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ which is arguably the most beautiful car ever made. Codenamed ‘W 198’, the 300 SL was first introduced at the International Motor Sports Show in New York in February 1954. It immediately grabbed people’s interest as they have never seen a road car quite like it. It had a streamlined body wrapped around an innovative lightweight spaceframe and equipped with a 215 bhp straight-six engine. It was also the first car to have direct fuel injection. The Gullwing impressed not just with looks but also its power as it was capable of 155 mph, which was truly impressive back in the mid-1950s. A similar gorgeous roadster version was introduced in 1957. By the time production stopped for the 300 SL, they were able to produce 3,258 cars.

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SL Pagoda

Launched in 1963, the SL ‘Pagoda’ is the successor of the 300 SL. Much like its predecessor, the drop top became Mercedes-Benz’s flagship automobile during the 60s and early 70s. The car was simple, elegant, and of the highest quality. It became known in history as having one of the most admired automotive shapes of all time. The SL ‘Pagoda’ was equipped with a series of inline-six-cylinder engines with a size ranging from 2.3-liters to 2.8-liters. Also known as ‘W113’ the car can be specified to have both a soft top as well as a removable hard top. It immediately became a favorite of popular and revered people in its time with owners that included Juan Manuel Fangio, Sophia Loren, and John Lennon.

The modern version of the 300 SL will also be showcased: the SLS Coupe which is a modern interpretation of the ‘Gullwing’. Launched in 2009, the powerful SLS is reminiscent of the design of the ‘Gullwing’. They both had a long bonnet, both two-seaters, and similar dramatic doors. The SLS was also an SLR McLaren successor, and as such, it has a snarling, naturally aspirated 563 bhp, 6.2-liter V8 engine which allows it to have a top speed of 196 mph. During its production run, the SLS continued to evolve until it has turned into a savage, bewinged ‘Black Series’. All the variants of this new GT car have almost immediately become instant modern classics.

One of the rarest models in the Mercedes-Benz history is the CLK DTM Coupe. The model made its debut in 2004, to celebrate the brand’s victory in the 2003 German Touring Car championship driven by Bernd Schneider. The DTM was unconventional and wild, designed with a vented body work and dramatically flared arches. The performance of the DTM, was as powerful as it was wild. Equipped with a 582 bhp 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine, it can go from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds. It also has a (limited) top speed of 199 mph. Only 100 units of the CLK DTM were produced and understandably, it has since become one of the rarest and most coveted performance models from Mercedes-Benz.

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SLS AMG

The London Concours will also be featuring the most luxurious limousines from the marque: the stately Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB ‘Pullman’. It made its debut in 1963, and from when it was introduced, it has raised the bar and set new standards for both performance and luxury. The ‘Grosser’ is

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By: Reggie
Title: The London Concours Presents The Most Iconic Mercedes Models
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Published Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2022 15:26:33 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
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Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

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2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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Title: The Swan Song of the V12
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Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
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