You know how when Doc’s Delorean hits 88 mph, it can travel through time? The Mercedes-Benz “Concept IAA” Digital Transformer is kind of like that. IAA stands for Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile, and aerodynamic it is—at least once it hits 80 mph.
When it’s cruising at 79 mph or below, the Concept IAA is a four-door coupé that’s in what they call “design mode”—basically, a stunning Mercedes in the “drop shape” typical of sleek sports cars.
When it hits 80 mph (or when you hit a button), the Concept coupé transforms into a fleeting feat of aerodynamics, altering the shape of the vehicle: eight segments extend at the rear, making the car 390 millimeters longer, while front flaps in the front bumper extend by 25 millimeters to the front and 20 millimeters to the rear—these adjustments increase airflow around the front end and the front wheel arches. But that’s not all. The Active Rims alter their cupping down to zero and the louvre in the front bumper also moves back, to improve the underbody airflow.
While the Concept IAA might not be able to take you back in time, it’s pretty safe to say it’s already propelling us into the future.
Judging by your new digs in Telluride, that Giant Floor Lamp in your office, and your sock size, we know don’t really need to explain why bigger is always better. You get it, and so do the folks at Mercedes-Benz, who implemented that very same motto into the design of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet($144.175).
With the S65, Mercedes introduced the largest engine to ever exist in the AMG, a V-12 that is both more aggressive and sophisticated than previous engines. The twelve-cylinder, 6.0 liter engine reps 738 lb-ft of torque. It also pushes out 630 horsepower that goes straight to the rear with a seven speed automatic transition.
Aside from the major heat the S65 is packing under the hood, it’s got some serious design details that are totally brag worthy. Mercedes included a specific 20-inch wheel design that’s exclusive the S65 only. The interior is full leather that has a luxurious diamond pattern stitching that complements the classic three spoke wheel to a T.
It’s even got Mercedes-Benz’ Distronic Plus, which basically lets the car drive itself. Distronic Plus includes a host of active and passive safety systems including adaptive cruise control, blind spot assistance, and automated emergency breaking. There’s no word on the pricing of the S65 yet, but we’re willing to bet a pretty penny that the price tag will be just as big as the whip itself. Not that that’s any concern of yours…
We know you don’t mean to brag, but battling with dinosaurs is kind of your thing. In fact, it’s so much your thing that they made an entire movie out of it and let Chris Pratt have the honor of playing you. Awesome for him. Another honor Mr. Pratt has recently had bestowed upon him was being able to sit behind the wheel of the unbelievably powerful, Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 in the film.
The Benz, which is a 4 ton, six wheel monster with a pickup bed and a 5.5 liter twin-turbo V8, was basically made for tackling the terrain of the jungle fighting dinosaurs and sh*t. Much like the four-wheeled G63 AMG, this truck has a 544 horsepower engine that can generate 56 lb-ft torque with a seven speed automatic transmission. It can sprint from 0 to 100mph in just 7 seconds and has tire pressure that can be adjusted with a built-in air compressor – awesome for the unpredictable terrain Jurassic World has thrust upon you. Developed for the Australian armed services, the G63 AMG 6×6 is still in development for regular folks, but it’s rumored to be available for around $300,000 someday soon. Take that, Tsintaosaurus spinorhinus.
Especially if you’re a Mercedes G-Wagon EDITION 30($122,000). Three decades ago, the Mercedes Gelandewagen (now we know why they call it the G-Wagon) first hit the road, or should we say the off-road, as a vehicle intended for military use. Today, the G-Wagon returns, with two models—one for your more rugged, “Let’s go shoot an antelope” side, and one for your more refined, “Let’s go shoot a video in St. Tropez” side. So you tell us—which of you is driving today?