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Mercedes to Unveil Two New Cars in New York

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On: Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 11:49AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mercedes to Unveil Two New Cars in New York

As any good auto-show junkie knows, the 2011 New York Auto Show will commence in less than a month. While the show doesn't have the panache of the earlier and more robust Geneva show, it typically plays host to several prominent debuts and concept cars.

For this year's New York event, Mercedes has one of each planned. According to a Carscoop report, the German luxury car maker will present an all-new AMG model as well as a new concept car. Those two debuts will join the already announced 2012 C63 AMG Coupe.

The AMG model is rumored to be the SLS AMG Roadster. The convertible version of Mercedes' flagship will share a powertrain with its hard-topped sibling. It will get the same 571-hp 6.3-liter V8 engine and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The loss of its top will have an impact on the car's 3.8 second to 62 mph time, likely boosting it up over 4 seconds. And of course, the gull-wing doors will also have to be replaced with traditional swinging doors.

Little is known or speculated about the concept that Mercedes has in store. In January, the automaker kicked off a year-long anniversary celebration in honor of its 125th. The company presented the Aesthetics 125 concept, a very artsy piece, and indications were that it would be debuting anniversary concepts at auto shows throughout the year. So the New York concept could be a very avant garde piece like the Aesthetics 125, or it could be more of a traditional new-model-previewing concept; Perhaps a little of both.

The 2012 C63 AMG Coupe (pictured) will make its world debut in New York. Mercedes previewed the coupe earlier this month. It will feature 451 or 481 horses worth of 6.2-liter V8. That engine will be hooked up to Mercedes' AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed transmission. That combo will push the C63 AMG to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds and all the way up to a limited 174 mph. The model will make it to the U.S. in September.


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