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Houston area auto enthusiasts get a taste of normalcy with The Car Culture Invitational

Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land hosted a car show at the Sugar Land Town Square last weekend.

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land

On Saturdays in 2019, the Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land parking lot was traditionally filled with customers getting their fill of eye candy. Last weekend, the dealership brought a taste of enthusiast entertainment, with a dash of a return to normalcy, to Sugar Land Town Square.

More than 250 guests enjoyed The Car Culture Invitational where more than 60 luxury and performance vehicles were on display. The roster of parked attendees including models from Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land's own collection of luxury cars - a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, and a custom Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S - as well as a Ferrari La Ferrari, a McLaren 765LT, a Lamborghini Diablo SV, and the Valarravette. Professional race car driver Kory Enders showed off his Indy Pro car as well.

Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land Car Culture InvitationalCrowds gathered in downtown Sugar Land for the car show.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land

Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land Car Culture Invitational

"We are thrilled to partner with Car Culture and support bringing this popular community event back to the Sugar Land area," said Ken Enders, President and Owner of Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land. "These events truly unite the local car community and celebrate some of the most exceptional, unique vehicles in the world. When you are ultra-passionate about cars and more importantly being with other car people that share that passion, there is nothing better."

The event also included a live DJ and giveaways.

In addition to hosing events like The Car Culture Invitational, Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land is known for their teen driver safety course for local high schoolers.

Indy Pro driver Kory Enders brought his ride to show off.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land

The dealership, located on Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land near the Town Square, has also made waves with their owner exclusive First. Class. Access. VIP Card. The card allows bearers to enjoy enhanced lifestyle opportunities. Partners for that program include Kendra Scott, Smart Financial Centre, Momentum Indoor Climbing, Blendin Coffee Club, Tenenbaum Jewelers, Texas Biergarten, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Forth & Nomad, and Yes Yoga, among others.

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New performance sedan

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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