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Mercedes-Benz super-sports cars: an exclusive
tradition

 Milestones in the history of the Mercedes-Benz brand

 Outstanding performance and marked technical affinity
  with the world of motorsport

 A tradition of originality: the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Stuttgart – Super-sports cars are the nec plus ultra of
automotive technology, as the most powerful and innovative
vehicles of their day. Rather than being designed primarily for
racing purposes, however, these models are marketed as
exclusive cars to be driven on the road. Mercedes-Benz
continues to set the standard with top-performing vehicles for its
customers, inspiring and nurturing a passion among car
enthusiasts for this unique domain of automotive culture.

Yet Mercedes-Benz super-sports cars are also an integral part
of an unparalleled brand tradition. Their origins can be traced
back to the very first Mercedes, which made motor-racing
history in 1901. The line then continues down through a
succession of iconic automobiles to the Mercedes-Benz
SLS AMG, introduced in 2010 as the heir of this proud tradition.




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This family of super-sports cars includes the Mercedes-Benz          Page 2
SSK (1928 to 1932, W 06) and the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
(1954 to 1957, W 198). More recent examples are the
Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR (C 297) from 1997 and the
Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG, launched in 2004, along with
the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (C 199) introduced in the
super-sports car segment in that same year.

All these cars featured were characterised by outstanding
performance for their time and the use of near-racing
automotive technology. Super-sports car designers draw their
inspiration from the racing cars of their time, along with the
latest results from research and laboratory testing. The result is
“limited editions” of exciting and exclusive cars with outstanding
sports performance qualities – genuine originals, also defined
by being largely handbuilt.

The ability to create the right balance between competition on
the racetrack and sporty performance on the road has always
been among the virtues of this vehicle category. Mercedes-
Benz super-sports cars have certainly notched up a long list of
motor-racing successes over the years. The Mercedes 35 hp
and its direct successors and the Mercedes-Benz SSK in
particular were both sold as powerful cars for performance-
focused drivers on the road and used as successful racing cars
in their day.

Along with these super-sports cars, the history of Mercedes-
Benz also features a succession of near-production concept
and experimental cars that never went into series production.
Examples include the legendary family of C 111 models with


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rotary engines in 1969 and 1970, and the C 112 in 1991.   Page 3




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The genes of Mercedes-Benz super-sports cars have also           Page 4
benefited from a succession of record-breaking cars and racing
prototypes, such as the W 194 racing coupé prototype built in
1953, and the “Uhlenhaut Coupé” version of the 300 SLR racing
car (W 196 S).




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Dawn of an era: the Mercedes 35 hp                                   Page 5

 Powerful drive system perfectly matched with chassis

 Successful racing car and exclusive road vehicle

 Succeeded by Mercedes-Simplex models

The first modern car was designed by Wilhelm Maybach, chief
designer of Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG), in 1900. The
state-of-the-art 1000-kilogram car with a characteristic low
centre of gravity was made for Emil Jellinek, as the first vehicle
to bear the “Mercedes” name. Standout features of the new car
included the visionary contours, marking the final break from
coach construction, and the powerful drivetrain. The Mercedes
was propelled by a completely new 27-kW light-alloy engine,
cooled by Maybach’s new honeycomb radiator. These
ingredients combined to make the 35 hp the first super-sports
car in the history of our brand, at least when fitted out as such,
since the car was supplied in a range of body styles according
to customer preference, as was normal practice at the time.

The car’s top speed was 75 km/h, or just under 90 km/h with the
light sports body. These figures were superior to any other
vehicle of the day – and the DMG 35 hp Mercedes proceeded to
dominate the Racing Week event in Nice, winning the hill climb,
street race and
one-mile sprint titles.

Wilhelm Maybach’s design also created the culture of
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highly successful racing car, the vehicle was also sold as an      Page 6
exclusive car for customers looking for a superior sports car.
Emil Jellinek clearly had such ambitions when he commissioned
this outstanding car from DMG. He had been operating in Nice
on the Côte d’Azur as an independent car dealer since 1897,
selling Daimler automobiles to the rich and famous. His
customers included members of the Rothschild family and other
VIPs of the day. By the time of Gottlieb Daimler’s death in 1900,
Jellinek had sold 34 cars in this way – a respectable figure in an
age of very low production runs.

Jellinek finally convinced Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm
Maybach to build him a powerful car. The new DMG vehicle
was to enter the Nice races under the name of “Mercedes”.
Jellinek and his team had entered races under this pseudonym
since 1899. Even then, he realised that, as well as being
powerful advertising tools for their manufacturer, high-
performance sports cars also provided a foretaste of series-
production cars of the future: “I want the car of tomorrow!”, he
told the DMG engineers. He placed a bulk order for 36 cars for
a total price of 550,000 Mark.

The first new 35-hp car was delivered to Jellinek on
22 December 1900, and already on 4 January 1901 there was a
report in the Côte d’Azur car magazine “L’Automobile-Revue du
Littoral” reading as follows: “The place to see the latest trends at
the moment is not Paris, but Nice. The first Mercedes car built in
the workshops at Cannstadt has just arrived in Nice, and thanks
to the kindness of its owner, Mr Jellinek, all our motorists have
been able to try it out. We make no bones about it: the
Mercedes appears to be a very, very good car. This remarkable


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vehicle will be a fearsome competitor in the 1901 racing              Page 7
season.”

These words were borne out in no uncertain terms during the
Nice Racing Week in March 1901. The new Mercedes returned
home with four first places and five second places to their credit,
in such diverse events as the endurance race, the hill climb and
the one-mile race. After watching these successes, Paul Meyan,
General Secretary of the Automobile Club de France, coined
the phrase “Nous sommes entrés dans l’ère Mercédès” (“We
have just entered the Mercedes era”).

Maybach’s conviction that there would soon be customers for
the exclusive high-performance sports car was proved right,
with a list of buyers for the DMG Mercedes during 1901
including a string of American billionaires: Rockefeller, Astor,
Morgan and Taylor.

The Mercedes 35 hp marks the beginning of a creative process
that led to the production of numerous powerful and exclusive
cars over the next few years, particularly the the models in the
Simplex family. These were the fruit of Wilhelm Maybach’s
tireless efforts to produce an even better successor for the first
generation of Mercedes models. This project started in autumn
1901 and resulted in the top model of the 1902 year: the
Mercedes-Simplex 40 hp. This car dominated the Nice Racing
Week in April 1902 just as the first Mercedes had done one year
before.

The next development stage of the race-winning super-sports
car was the Mercedes-Simplex 60 hp of 1903. This vehicle


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enjoyed its hour of stardom as a racing car, but only as the          Page 8
result of a disastrous accident. In 1903, the Daimler factory in
Cannstatt was largely destroyed in a fire. The casualties
included the three Mercedes 90 hp cars to be raced in the
Gordon Bennett race. So DMG decided to replace its factory
racing vehicles with Mercedes-Simplex 60 hp cars, which the
manufacturer borrowed back for the race from customers who
had already received cars. One of these cars was driven to
victory against very strong international competition by the
Belgian racing driver Camille Jenatzy. So it was that the
Mercedes-Simplex 60 hp came to stand for one of the most
legendary motorsport successes of the Mercedes brand.

Other outstanding DMG models that can be regarded as
forerunners preparing the way for contemporary super-sports
cars include the
six-cylinder Mercedes 75 hp (1906), the Mercedes 37/90 hp
featuring three-valve technology, double ignition and
encapsulated drive chains (1911), and the Mercedes 28/95 hp,
powered by a six-cylinder engine inspired by aircraft technology,
with overhead camshaft, V-shaped overhead valves and steel
turned cylinders (1914).

Benz & Cie., a competitor of DMG up until the merger of the two
companies in 1926, also made a little piece of super-sports car
history in 1909 with a very famous car: the Benz 200 hp, which
as the “Blitzen-Benz“ (or “Lightning Benz”) set numerous
records and entered the technology history books as the fastest
car of its time. It had a 21.5-litre engine developing an output of
147 kW, and definitely belongs in the ranks of the super-sports
cars. In contrast with the experimental cars and “record-


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breaking cars” of later years, the Benz 200 hp was both sold to   Page 9
customers and entered in motorsport events.

Mercedes 35 hp
In production: from 1900 to 1902
Engine: 4-cylinder, in-line
Displacement: 5913 cc
Output: 26 kW at 1000 rpm
Top speed: 75 km/h




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Mercedes-Simplex 40 hp                                          Page 10
In production: from 1902 to 1903
Engine: 4-cylinder, in-line
Displacement: 6785 cc
Output: 29 kW at 1100 rpm
Top speed: 80 km/h

Mercedes 75 hp
In production: from 1906 to 1911 (including successor models)
Engine: 6-cylinder, in-line
Displacement: 10,180 cc
Output: 55 kW at 1300 rpm
Top speed: 95 km/h

Mercedes 37/90 hp
In production: from1911 to 1915 (including successor types)
Engine: 4-cylinder, in-line
Displacement: 9,530 cc
Output: 66 kW at 1300 rpm
Top speed: 115 km/h

Mercedes 28/95 hp
In production: 1914 to 1924 (all models)
Engine: 6-cylinder, in-line
Displacement: 7280 cc
Output: 69 kW at 1800 rpm
Top speed: 130 km/h




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“Super-sport short”: a sports performer among                       Page 11
the “white elephants”

 Racing technology on public roads

 7.1-litre engine with Kompressor supercharger delivering
  up to 184 kW

 Outstanding success in the motorsport arena

The integral connection for Mercedes-Benz between motor
racing and exclusive vehicles for the customer was still in
evidence in the late 1920s. A good example is the Mercedes
24/100/140 hp model K, launched in 1926. Its top speed of
155 km/h made it the world’s fastest touring car, and it was also
entered for motorsport events. “K” stood for “kurz”, the German
word for “short”, since this high-performance sports car with a
supercharged Kompressor engine had a shortened version of
the 24/100/140 hp model chassis.

Soon afterwards, a whole family of special Kompressor sports
cars was launched on the market, comprising the S, SS, SSK
and SSKL models. The most sophisticated of all these racers
also sold to customers was the SSK, presented in 1928.

The exclusive lineage of this super-sports car is clear even from its
name, since SSK stands for the “super-sports short” in German.
The SSK was a logical extension of the “S” model from 1927 and
the SS (standing for “short” and “super-short”, respectively). Both
of these models were already outstanding examples of exclusive
and high-performance sports cars, but the SSK took these


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attributes to a whole new level.                                    Page 12

Like the SS, it was propelled by a new 7.1-litre engine (with the
in-house code M 06) with a mechanical supercharger. Power
ratings rose from 147 kW at the start of the production period to
184 kW in the vehicle’s most sophisticated development stage.
The SSK was designed for maximum manoeuvrability, with a
shorter wheelbase than the SS (2950 millimetres rather than
3400 millimetres), and a correspondingly shorter chassis.

Technical innovations introduced in 1928 included wet cylinder
bushes, which allowed the cylinder bore to be increased to
100 millimetres, bringing the displacement to 7.1 litres. Then
crankshaft with four main bearings was fitted with an oscillation
damper, and power was increased with a racing camshaft for
racing purposes. A further power boost was provided with a
Kompressor supercharger activated when the accelerator pedal
was pressed right down to the floor. As a special option, it was
also possible to order a Kompressor with larger vanes for even
higher engine power. Private motorists could also order racing
Kompressor devices and camshafts for their SSK.

Mercedes-Benz S, SS and SSK Kompressor cars notched up
many victories in motor races, with the SSK proving particularly
successful. In 1929, racing driver Rudolf Caracciola was the
overall winner of both the Prague mountain race from Zbraslav
to Jiloviste and the International Tourist Trophy in Ireland in a
Mercedes-Benz SSK. In that same year, August Momberger
and Max Arco-Zinneberg won the Grand Prix des Nations on
the Nürburgring track in the class for the over three-litre
displacement sports car category.


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Caracciola then became the European sports car hill climb        Page 14
champion for the 1930 season in a Mercedes-Benz SSK. In
1931, the
Mercedes-Benz engineers created a purely racing version of the
SSK super- sports car, also known as the SSKL (super-sports
short light). It was at the wheel of an SSKL that Caracciola won
the Italian “Mille Miglia” long-distance race from Brescia to
Rome and back in spring 1931 – the first non-Italian to achieve
this feat.

As well as being raced by the works team, the Mercedes-Benz
SSK was entered in many events by private drivers, with
considerable success. This clearly validated the concept of
designing a super-sports car that would also be competitive on
the racetrack. However, not all customers buying an SSK
intended to race the vehicle. Some wealthy clients wanting
sports quality performance ordered the ex factory chassis with a
cabriolet body, so they could enjoy driving their SSK as a fast
sports car on the road.

According to the official factory records, a total of 33 cars of the
legendary SSK and SSKL models were built from 1928 to 1932,
twenty of them in 1929 alone. While the SSKL was never
available to private customers, the SSK remained officially
available through until February 1933. After that time, it no
longer appears in the
Mercedes-Benz price list.

Mercedes 24/100/140 hp model K
In production: 1926 to 1929 (including successor models)
Units produced: 150 (including successor models)


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Engine: 6-cylinder, in-line                                Page 15
Displacement: 6240 cc
Output: with Kompressor supercharger, 118 kW at 3100 rpm
Top speed: 155 km/h

Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180 hp model S
In production: 1927 to 1928
Units produced: 146
Engine: 6-cylinder, in-line
Displacement: 6800 cc
Output: with Kompressor supercharger, 132 kW at 3000 rpm
Top speed: 160 km/h

Mercedes-Benz 27/140/200 PS model SS (W 06)
In production: 1928 to 1933
Units produced: 111 (all engine variants)
Engine: 6-cylinder, in-line
Displacement: 7065 cc
Output: with Kompressor supercharger,147 kW at 3300 rpm
Top speed: 170 km/h

Mercedes-Benz SSK (W 06)
In production: 1928 to 1932
Units produced: 33 (including SSKL)
Engine: 6-cylinder, in-line
Displacement: 7065 cc
Output: up to 184 kW
Top speed: up to 192 km/h




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Mercedes-Benz 300 SL: an icon with racing                          Page 16
genes

 Gullwing selected as “sports car of the century”

 Design a timeless blend of elegance and dynamism

 Successor rotary engine C 111 model remains an
  experimental vehicle

The “Gullwing” era began in 1952, when the Mercedes-Benz
W 194 racing coupé notched up victory after victory. An
enhanced version followed in 1953, with a petrol-injection
engine delivering an extra 29 kW, bringing the power rating up
to 158 kW. The transaxle design provided a more favourable
weight distribution and better vehicle dynamics. The sharp
corners of the front of the vehicle earned it the in-house
nickname of “Hobel” (or “plane“). This unique model was never
raced, since all available capacity was diverted to the
company’s entry into Formula 1 planned for 1954, but the car
was a significant milestone on the path towards the 300 SL
production sports car. And incidentally, the prototype with its
transaxle construction also forms a parallel with the Mercedes-
Benz SLS AMG.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 198) production “Gullwing”
model was clearly a close relation of these racing vehicles,
since it took the engineers just one-and-a-half years to create
the new design on the basis of the W 194 racing sports car.
This was the first true production sports car to be developed by
Mercedes-Benz following the Second World War. The design


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project was started in September 1953, in response to requests       Page 17
from Maximilian Hoffman, Mercedes-Benz’s importer in the
USA. The 300 SL was first presented to the public at the
International Motor Sports Show in New York in February 1954.

The signs of the coupé’s allegiance to the racing sports car are
clearly evident, from the ultra-light tubular lattice frame to the
distinctive body contours and the “gullwing” doors, perpetuated
in the popular name of the car in English-speaking countries.
The decision to use this unusual form of access, more
characteristic of racing-car designs, was no gimmick designed
to grab public attention, however. The doors hinged on the car
roof were a purely structural requirement, since the lattice frame
carried over from the racing SL did not allow the use of
conventional front-hinged doors.

Instead of the M 194 six-cylinder in-line carburettor engine with
a displacement of three litres and 129 kW power rating, the
W 198 model series had the 158-kW M 198 engine with
mechanically controlled direct injection. This was the first
Mercedes-Benz production vehicle to be fitted with a petrol-
injection engine, which delivered 29 kW more power than the
carburettor-based racing version of the engine.

The engine was set at an angle, resulting in a particularly flat
front end with outstanding air-flow characteristics. The
consistent focus on a lightweight structure helped to provide
some extremely impressive performance characteristics, with
top speeds of up to 250 km/h, according to the rear axle ratio.
The chassis was essentially based on the 300 model saloon
(W 186), but with suspension settings more focused on sporty


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performance qualities.                                             Page 18

The appearance of the super-sports car has been refined to
create a more elegant and dynamic look in comparison with the
racing sports vehicle. The visual design qualities and
concessions to passenger comfort did not, however, limit the
car’s performance qualities. The 300 SL duly continued the
motorsport tradition of its namesake, with top placings in many
competition events. These included winning its class in the 1955
Mille Miglia race, and in that same year Olivier Gendebien and
Pierre Stasse drove a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL to victory in the
Liège–Rome–Liège rally.

The car also delivered championship titles for three drivers in
Europe and America: Werner Engel won the European touring
cars championship in 1955, and Walter Schock in 1956. And in
the USA, Paul O’Shea won the category D American sports car
championship in 1955 and 1956, finishing well ahead in the
ratings.

Some 1400 units of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL were built at
Sindelfingen from August 1954 to May 1957, including 29 cars with
a light-alloy body, and even one experimental car with a plastic
body.

In 1955, the company also built two coupé versions of the
Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W 196 R) racing sports car. These
were specifically designed for long-distance races, to provide
somewhat more comfortable conditions for the driver than in the
open version. Externally, the car looked similar to the 300 SL,
but with purebred Formula 1 technology under the bonnet.


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These cars did not find their way into any customers’ hands, but   Page 19
one fortunate individual was able to enjoy the attributes of the
Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR: its designer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut. On
the cancellation of the sixth Carrera Panamericana race in
1955, in which the coupé was to be used for the first time, and
since Daimler-Benz AG withdrew from racing at the end of that
season, Uhlenhaut was allowed to drive one when travelling on
business – and he made extensive use of this privilege.
Accordingly, the car has become known as the “Uhlenhaut
Coupé”.




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Many fans of the 300 SL expected Mercedes-Benz to unveil the Page 20
C 111 as a foretaste of the next generation of a super-sports car
with a star on the bonnet in 1969, at the International Motor
Show in Frankfurt am Main. This breathtaking experimental
vehicle was a lightning-fast, wedge-shaped car with gullwing
doors, driven by a futuristic-looking rotary engine (Wankel
engine).

Hopes of series production really started to rise for an enhanced
version of the car, the C 111-II, which was unveiled just six
months later at the Auto Show in Geneva, generating feverish
enthusiasm among the automotive community. However, the
vehicle with its super-sports car genes and 257-kW four-disk
rotary engine was to remain a near-production concept study.
Arguments against series production included the comparatively
low efficiency of the engine and stricter exhaust regulations.

Similar reactions were prompted by the Mercedes-Benz C 112
in 1991. This amazing sports car concept study had a six-litre,
twelve-cylinder engine delivering 300 kW. The C 112
anticipated some of the technical innovations that were to flow
through to Mercedes-Benz series-produced vehicles over the
next few years – including Active Body Control (ABC) and the
DISTRONIC proximity control. The C 112 was influenced by the
C 11 Mercedes-Benz racing sports car of the time, in which
Jean-Louis Schlesser won the Group C sports car world
championship for Mercedes-Benz in 1990.




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Mercedes-Benz 300 SL racing sport prototype (W 194 011)   Page 21
In production: 1953
Units produced: 1
Engine: 6-cylinder, in-line
Displacement: 2996 cc
Output: 158 kW at 5960 rpm
Top speed: 250 km/h

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 198)
In production: 1954 to 1957
Units produced: 1400
Engine: 6-cylinder, in-line
Displacement: 2996 cc
Output: 158 kW
Top speed: up to 250 km/h

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR “Uhlenhaut Coupé” (W 196 S)
In production: 1955
Units produced: 2
Engine: 8-cylinder, in-line
Displacement: 2982 cc
Output: 222 kW at 7500 rpm
Top speed: 290 km/h

Mercedes-Benz C 111-I
In production: 1969
Units produced: 5
Engine: 3 rotary pistons
Chamber volume: 1800 cc
Output: 206 kW at 7000 rpm
Top speed: 260 km/h


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Mercedes-Benz C 111-II                            Page 22
In production: 1970
Units produced: 6
Engine: 4 rotary pistons
Chamber volume: 2400 cc
Output: 257 kW at 7000 rpm
Top speed: 300 km/h

Mercedes-Benz C 112
In production: 1991
Units produced: 1
Engine: 12-cylinder, V arrangement
Displacement: 5987 cc
Output: 300 kW at 5200 rpm
Top speed: 310 km/h




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Mercedes-Benz super-sports cars from AMG                           Page 23

 1997: racing technology hits the road with the CLK-GTR

 2004 CLK DTM AMG also based on a purebred racing
  design

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, as the latest Mercedes-Benz
contribution to super-sports car history, harks back to a very
special tradition of high-powered automobiles over the last four
decades: the AMG era. The successful collaboration now
operating as
Mercedes-AMG GmbH had also created two previous super-
sports cars: the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR and Mercedes-Benz
CLK DTM AMG.

AMG was founded in 1967 by Hans Werner Aufrecht and
Erhard Melcher, establishing a reputation as a pioneer in the
motorsport and vehicle tuning sectors. After signing a
cooperation agreement with Daimler-Benz AG in 1990, AMG
became increasingly integrated with what was then
DaimlerChrysler AG in the years from 1999. Its acquisition as a
wholly owned subsidiary took place on 1 January 2005.

The collaboration has resulted in a number of racing sports cars
and high-performance models, with many examples of cross-
fertilisation between the two areas of AMG’s activity. For
example, Team AMG 1997 won the FIA GT championship in
1997 with the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR racing sport prototype,
and AMG then produced a road-registered model based on the
racer – the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR super-sports car,


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presented in April 1997. The coupé was equipped with a 6.9-          Page 24
litre V12 engine, developing 450 kW. Innovative details
implemented by the engineers in this vehicle included the
carbon fibre composite body. The super-sports car also came
with air-conditioning, a hi-fi system and leather upholstery, in
contrast with the racing vehicle designed exclusively for power
and handling attributes.

Yet the CLK-GTR remains true to its racing lineage at all times:
the super-sports car delivers outstanding driving performance
ratings, and the compact cockpit provides an authentic racing
feel for both driver and passenger. This vehicle highlights all of
AMG’s skills and experience in technology transfer from sports
racing to sophisticated production cars with outstanding sports
performance. A total of 25 CLK-GTR cars were made.

AMG repeated the feat of transferring purebred racing
technology onto the public roads in 2004, with the Mercedes-
Benz CLK DTM AMG. As before, the road driving model is
derived from one of the most successful racing cars of its time,
the racing version of the Mercedes-Benz CLK. This is the car
that gave Bernd Schneider the German Touring Cars (DTM)
championship title in 2003.

The production version of the vehicle has a 428-kW AMG 5.5-
litre V8 Kompressor engine, along with a new chassis design,
optional sports tyres and aerodynamics optimised in the wind
tunnel. The new
super-sports car accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just
3.9 seconds, with a top speed electronically controlled at
320 km/h.


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The interior features two leather-upholstered AMG sport bucket     Page 25
seats with four-point safety belts, an oval AMG racing deerskin-
upholstered steering-wheel, and the AMG instrumental panel
with speedometer reading up to 360 km/h. The production run
of the Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG was limited to 100 units.




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AMG is now established as the performance brand within                Page 26
Mercedes-Benz Cars. Other standout high-performance
vehicles in the AMG range since 2006 include the “Black
Series” models, where AMG has been totally committed to its
motto of “technology transfer from purebred motorsport”. This
family of top performers so far includes the Mercedes-Benz
SLK 55 AMG Black Series (2006), Mercedes-Benz
CLK 63 AMG Black Series (2007) and Mercedes-Benz
SL 65 AMG Black Series (2008), AMG’s most powerful car at
that time at 493 kW.

Another high-performance sports car launched in the same year
as the CLK DTM AMG was the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.
First unveiled in 1999 at the Detroit Motor Show as the
Vision SLR, it incorporates numerous innovations and features
carried over from the Formula 1 vehicle. Standout features
include the distinctive front end with its arrow-shaped tip and the
characteristic double wing. Examples of functional refinements
are the carbon-fibre body, ceramic brake disks and pneumatic
brakes.

The Vision SLR proved such a sensation that it was decided to
put the vehicle into series production. The first Mercedes-
Benz SLR cars for sale to customers arrived on the market in
2004. Their AMG Kompressor engine developed 460 kW, for a
top speed of around 334 km/h. The open-top version followed in
2007, and there were also two special models with engine
power ratings boosted to 478 kW, the SLR 722 from 2006 and
the SLR Stirling Moss from 2008. Production of the
SLR McLaren ended in 2004.



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Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR (C 297)                     Page 27
In production: 1997
Units produced: 25
Engine: 12-cylinder, V arrangement
Displacement: 6898 cc
Power: 450 kW
Top speed: 320 km/h

Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG
In production: 2004
Units produced: 100
Engine: 8-cylinder, V arrangement
Displacement: 5439 cc
Power: 428 kW
Top speed: 320 km/h

Mercedes-Benz Vision SLR
In production: 1999
Units produced: 1
Engine: 8-cylinder, V arrangement
Displacement: 5496 cc
Power: 410 kW at 6500 rpm
Top speed: 320 km/h

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (C 199)
In production: 2004 to 2009
Engine: 8-cylinder, V arrangement
Displacement: 5439 cc
Power: 460 kW at 6500 rpm
Top speed: 334 km/h



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2010: the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG                                      Page 28

 Technical refinements taken directly from racing designs

 AMG’s first ever totally independently developed car

 Official F1™ Safety Car in Formula 1

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is part and parcel of the
Mercedes-Benz tradition of super-sports cars. While not directly
based on a specific contemporary racing model, the design
features many technical details from racing technology.
Examples include the “torque tube” between the engine and the
rear axle, with a transaxle gearbox system: inside the tube is a
carbon-fibre material shaft rotating at engine revolution speed,
as used in the current Mercedes-Benz C-Class racing touring
car competing in the German Touring Car Masters
championship. The car also has the 420-kW AMG 6.3-litre
V8 engine and an aluminium space frame.

This super-sports car, with its swing-wing doors and lines after
the style of the 300 SL, is the first car to be fully developed by
AMG in the company’s history of over 40 years. As the
performance brand within Mercedes-Benz Cars, the firm has
successfully applied all its skills and experience to the
development of high-performance cars on the basis of
Mercedes-Benz models.

Production of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (C 197) got under
away at Sindelfingen in January 2010. Just a few weeks later,
this extraordinary new vehicle established its claim to a place in


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the Mercedes-Benz super-sports car tradition by making its         Page 29
debut in the most exclusive of all motorsport event series: as
from March 2010, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has been the
new official F1™ safety car. Its predecessor in this capacity in
the 2008 and 2009 seasons had been the SL 63 AMG. The new
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is the most powerful and exclusive
safety car ever seen in Formula 1 racing.

Meanwhile, the SLS AMG was also making its first appearance
in the racing arena: at the end of March 2010, Mercedes-Benz
unveiled the SLS AMG GT3 at Puebla in Mexico, as a purebred
racing version of the super-sports car, with enhancements
including a higher engine power rating. This sports car for sale
to customers is designed to compete in both sprint and long-
distance racing. The concept complies with the GT3 regulations
of the FIA (International Automobile Federation), whose racing
series for near-production GT vehicles has been gaining
prominence all around the world in 2010. The SLS AMG GT3
differs from the production version in matters such as
aerodynamic enhancements, roll bars and use of the HANS
(head and neck support system) familiar from Formula 1.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (C 197)
In production: from 2010
Engine: 8-cylinder, V arrangement
Displacement: 6208 cc
Power: 420 kW
Top speed: 317 km/h




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About Daimler

Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its
divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler
Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest
producers of premium cars and the world's biggest manufacturer of commercial
vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides its customers
with a full range of automotive financial services including financing, leasing,
insurance and fleet management.
The company’s founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the
invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As an automotive pioneer, Daimler
continues to shape the future of mobility. The Group applies innovative and green
technologies to produce safe and superior vehicles which fascinate and delight its
customers. With the development of alternative drive systems, Daimler is the only
vehicle producer investing in hybrid drive, electric motors and fuel-cell systems,
with the goal of achieving emission-free mobility in the long term. This is just one
example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility
towards society and the environment.
Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and

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has production facilities on five continents. Its current brand portfolio includes, in
addition to the world’s most valuable automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, the
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brands smart, Maybach, Freightliner, Western Star, Fuso, Setra, Orion and
Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt,
New York and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2009, the Group sold 1.6
million vehicles and employed a workforce of more than 256,000 people; revenue
totaled €78.9 billion and EBIT amounted minus €1.5 billion.




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