Crowds around the all-new Mercedes-Benz, AMG, and Maybach models at the L.A. auto show resembled paparazzi staking out a Kardashian family reunion. To say that the South Hall of the convention center looked like a mob scene would be an understatement.
Still, the automobiles, SUVs, and cabriolets looked grand. We witnessed the world premiere of the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet, a dreamboat and Bentley/Rolls-Royce fighter that is priced accordingly at $321,000.
Aside from the cabriolet, all eyes were feasting on the third-generation 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 reveal.
Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board, Mercedes-AMG, said Mercedes “will keep pushing the pedal” as he fielded questions from camera crews on the crowded convention center floor.
Moers tells us the Mercedes-AMG E63 Sedan is “the most powerful and dynamic E Class” to date. He sports a dark blue suit, a light blue shirt that matches his eyes, sandy brown shoes like his hair, no tie, and a healthy tan.
“Everything is new,” he explains as he points out the E63’s powerful 4.0-liter twin turbo V-8 engine stats and boasts about its 9-speed transmission.
When a fellow reporter asks about the drift mode, he excitedly tells us it’s all in the paddles.
“First you have to turn off the ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and then you use the paddle shifters…,” Moers explains.
That shifts a ton of power to the rear wheels and takes quite a bit of practice in reality. It is not recommended for amateurs.
Also at the show was the global debut of the Mercedes-AMG GT 3 racecar and auto show premiere of the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster.
A new Mercedes-AMG C-Class Black Series coupe is still being considered Moers told Autocar.
“How do we make it better? That’s the dilemma,” Moers said.
He also confirmed to the U.K. publication that the 2018 Formula 1 hypercar will have over 1000 hp and a limited run of 200 to 300 cars.
Other debuts at the show included price tags on the Mercedes-Benz E400 Wagon ($62,300) and Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4² ($225,000), a beautiful beast that we would love to call our own.