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$242,000 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Night Edition will only be sold in the U.S.

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The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 is already one of the most luxurious cars you can buy. The new Night Edition model is one of the most exclusive.

Just 15 of the 2020 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Night Edition models will be headed to the U.S. Each features a distinctive exterior hallmarked by carbon fiber and black elements. The car's Obsidian Black paint job is highlighted by carbon fiber trim on the front and rear, a carbon fiber rear spoiler, and shadow "smoked" 20" Maybach forged wheels. Night Edition badges adorn the front fenders.

2020 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Night Edition

2020 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Night Edition

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It is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine that delivers 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. It can get to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.6 seconds.

It has the company's Magic Body Control suspension that uses a camera to scan the road ahead and adjusts the proactively counteract the jostle of imperfections in the pavement.

Each model gets Night Edition leather floor mats and a trunk mat in black with porcelain edges. Night Edition badging features on the interior trim. The details are illuminated by 64-color ambient lightning.

It also comes equipped with the Maybach S 650's two executive rear seats with a 43-degree recline angle and power calf rests, front and rear seats with massage feature, a wood/leather steering wheel and leather covered door sills and seat consoles, and rear seat entertainment.

On the dashboard are two 12.3-inch high-resolution display screens, one in front of the driver and one centrally located to control the car's infotainment system. Mercedes has given the model a head up display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Burmester High-surround sound system.

The model is now arriving at showrooms in the U.S. priced at $242,950.

Earlier this year, the 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 debuted. It's a super luxury take on the already plush GLS offering plenty of power, chrome, and high-tech interfaces.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 on the way with F1 tech

The new C 43 gets engine tech straight from Formula 1.

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It's about time we started considering Mercedes-AMG's 43-level cars in some of the same conversations that include the 53- and 63-level monsters. Today, Mercedes-AMG announced the 2023 C 43 Sedan. But even though it's the "entry-level" C-Class performance car, AMG gave it some serious upgrades, including standard rear-wheel steering, a mild-hybrid system, and plenty of power.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanRear-wheel steering is standard, as is adaptive suspension. Mercedes-AMG

The new turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 402 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque - up from last year's 385 ponies. It's paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and rear-biased all-wheel drive. Mercedes says the powertrain is strong enough to propel the C43 to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds.

The four-cylinder is the first production engine with an electric exhaust-gas turbocharger. The tech came directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team, who won the 2021 Constructor's Championship. Where traditional turbochargers have to build boost over a short period of time, an electric motor spins the turbo to start before allowing the exhaust gases to take over. The system is driven by the car's 48-volt mild-hybrid system and should reduce turbo lag and improve responsiveness.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanThe car's electric turbocharger is a first in a production car. Mercedes-AMG

Five driving modes are available, including Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport +, and Individual. The drive modes alter throttle and steering response, transmission shift points, exhaust sound, and settings for the adaptive dampers. Shockingly, the car comes standard with rear-wheel steering with an angle of up to 2.5 degrees. The system works at speeds of up to 37 mph, and can drastically reduce the C 43's turning radius while improving turn-in and handling.

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Just 55 of the SUV will be built.

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The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is an aspirational vehicle, and is one that shouts "I've made it" to the world. Its six-figure price tag legitimate military background, and hardcore off-road capabilities make it appealing on many levels, and there's even a go-fast version from AMG. The G63 cranks up the already bonkers G-Class to 11, with a big V8 and aggressive styling. To commemorate AMG's 55th year tuning Mercedes' vehicles, the automaker is releasing a limited "Edition 55" G 63.

Mercedes-AMG G 63 "Edition 55"The Edition 55 gets unique styling touches inside and out. Mercedes

Though the Edition 55 adds plenty of unique flair to the AMG-massaged G-Wagen, the SUV's beating heart remains untouched. It's a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 making 577 horsepower, and is good for a 0-60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds. That's in an SUV with a curb weight just shy of 6,000 pounds. Four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission are also standard.

Mercedes says the Edition 55 comes finished in Obsidian Black metallic and rides on 22-inch forged wheels, even though the images it sent to accompany the announcement clearly show a not-black SUV. It also comes with the AMG Night Package, which brings blacked-out trim and unique accents, and the fuel filler cap is embossed with the AMG logo. Inside, the cabin features a black and red color scheme with stainless steel accents throughout. Black velour floor mats stitched with "Edition 55" in red are standard, along with an AMG Performance steering wheel wrapped in microfiber. The seats are covered in black and red Nappa leather upholstery, and Edition 55 badges are seen throughout the space.

Mercedes-AMG G 63 "Edition 55"The 577-hp super SUV can sprint to 60 mph quicker than many sports cars. Mercedes

When Mercedes says "limited edition" here, it means business. Just 55 of the SUVs will be available in the United States, and will be released later this year. There's no word on ordering or pricing details yet, but it's a safe bet that the ultra-exclusive G-Wagen will sell out quickly.

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