Mercedes-Benz is undoubtedly one of the most storied brands in the automotive world. Playing a part in the birth of automobiles, the German automaker spawned numerous classics such as the 300SL Gullwing and the G Wagen. Below are some modern Mercedes models that have a good chance of being future classics.
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series
In 2010, Mercedes gave the green light to their tuning subsidiary, AMG, to build a car from the ground up. The engineers developed the SLS AMG, a supercar responsible for burnishing the image of two iconic companies.
The SLS AMG was a direct successor to the Mercedes SLR Mclaren, a coupe that derived much of its high performance from Formula One technology. Additionally, the SLS AMG carried on the stylings of the 300SL, perhaps the most famous Mercedes ever created.
However, AMG took a step further with a Black Series version – an AMG model with even more powerful upgrades than the AMG version.
The Black Series SLS naturally-aspirated 6.2L V8 engine gained 39 horsepower over the SLS AMG and now had a total of 622 horsepower with 468 ft-lb of torque. The redline was also increased to 8000rpm. More liberal use of carbon fiber also dropped the weight by 154 pounds. The Black Series SLS accelerates 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 196 mph.
Mercedes E63 AMG Wagon
Globally, the station wagon is becoming an endangered species, with crossovers quickly overtaking the segment. The few station wagon-style models left sit high with plenty of lower plastic cladding to mimic the ruggedness of an SUV, and Mercedes is one of the last to offer a station wagon design without compromise.
The Mercedes E63 AMG Wagon features a unique mix of performance and utility as it is a wagon variant of the E63 Sedan.
Mercedes has been steadfast in producing this performance wagon over the years and continues to deliver it to this day. The current model features a twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 603 horsepower and 627 ft-lb of torque, launching the wagon from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds.