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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Hot Mercedes! Kinsmart Mercedes-Benz AMG GT and Welly 1:43 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series



The name Mercedes-Benz usually comes to mind a solid, comfortable, German vehicle that can also be bland at times, yet every once in a while a sporty version comes to mind to really test our fantasies.  These two right here are the latest hot rods from M-B and they look good and fierce.







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Kinsmart AMG GT

I am a big fan of the SLS-AMG with those gullwing doors on the coupe, and still love 'em, so when this new, smaller GT replacement arrived I was prepared for disappointment.  I was wrong: it looks just as good and performs even better.  The new GT is smaller to take on the Porsche 911, yet it shares almost the same dimensions and long front/short rear stance.  The difference here is the lack of gullwing doors for more normal-opening doors and a front-end that has more of a family resemblance.  The front has rounded headlights with three LED running lights and eye-brow signal lights that flank the larger grille with chrome three-pointed star and a nice mesh pattern on the grille that waves out from the center logo.  The lower grille dips low while the side scoops get larger to finish off a more fierce-looking front-end.  This Kinsmart casting is a large vehicle (typical of the brand) with a longer length and a wider stance than the C63.  Colors offered are red, silver, yellow, or this blue which looks nice if it wasn't for the metalflakes in the paint.







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The hood has vents with matching side vents that help vent air out of the engine compartment (more on that in a bit), a nice, clean side profile with slits for the signal lights in the mirrors.  The silver wide 5-spoke wheels are ok but I think the thinner 5-spoke wheels would look much better here.  The wheels look smaller to the large car and the stance seems a bit high.  The rear has LED taillights with clear strip in the center, hidden rear spoiler just above the AMG logo's, AMG plate, and some cool dual chrome-tip exhausts right next to the center reverse lamp just below.  The base does not show much, yet I added detailing to the frame, drivetrain, and exhaust to lively it up, and what you'll see in an upcoming review Kinsmart's detailing of the bases have not been much to talk about.  The aluminum frame houses the similar drivetrain setup of the SLS with the 7-speed dual clutch transmission at the rear axle, while up front is a new 4.0L DOHC twin-turbo V8 that houses the turbo's in the Vee of the engine where the intake usually resides (and hence the location of the hood and front fender vents) to produce 460 hp. and 440 Ib-ft of torque in this non-S version.  For those looking for an opening hood you'll not miss it as the engine is covered up except for the silver tray that houses the turbo's.






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The interior follows the SLS, who set a benchmark for other M-B models to use a sportier dash layout with round air vents.  Kinsmart did a great job with the details of the air vents and the large screen in the center, but I wanted more.  So in comes the red/black two-tone layout again with red in the center of the seats, lower console, lower dashboard, and door panels to add some more spice.  The I added silver details to the 3-spoke steering wheel, pedals, and the center console to highlight the buttons on the edges.  It was tight and a bit sloppy, but once again the added details make the interior pop out.  Maybe I should've added some black to the wheels to complete the look.







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Welly 1:43 C63 AMG Black Series

Sometimes things can get really interesting when the AMG treatment gets applied to typical, run-of-the-mill M-B passenger vehicles, as in this C63 AMG, and not just any C63 but the Black Series for a more track-focused ordeal.  The C-class coupe is new to the C-class line in 2012, but in fact it replaces the CLK line that wedge the gap between the C and E-class models.  The new coupe shares much of the styling with the CLK, but in a more sleeker two-door profile.  In addition to the C-class coupe models is the AMG versions that use the 6.2L DOHC V8 that was the last of the naturally-aspirated V8 AMG models and a 7-speed SPEEDSHIFT MCT transmission to the rear wheels.  The Black Series model gets 510 hp and 457 Ib-ft of torque, black diffuser inserts from the SLS GT3, chrome tailpipes, AMG Sport suspension and differential lock, sport bucket front seats with the rear seats removed, microfibre dashboard accents, 3-spoke steering wheel with flat bottom, and red seat belts.  The look was fierce and really added to the aggressive look of the C63 AMG models.






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This Welly is no different, especially in red with the blacked-out multi-spoke wheels that you can't get on the 1:64 version.  The front-end has L-shaped headlights with detailed inner lenses and LED signal lights, black grille with chrome trim, and a lower bumper with some massive air inlets!  The hood has dual scoops to vent the large motor, while the sides show off the aggressive flared fenders and 6.3 badges to the tame C-class profile.  The rear has swoopy taillights, decklid spoiler just above the AMG badges, and a supercar-like lower diffuser with dual exhaust tips that I had to add silver details myself to add to the effect.  The base underneath shows a little more, not much, of drivetrain detail so I added silver accents to the suspension, exhaust, and driveshaft areas.  The interior does not show much in the way of silver accents because of the way the real car is.  The front seats have large supportive racing seats, while the rear seat is gone and the box cover for the pullback motor will gladly take up the real estate.  The center console has the detailed shifter and arm rest pads, while the dashboard takes the cake with detailed center stack buttons, microfibre patterns, gauges and center nav screen, and the flat-bottom three-spoke steering wheel.  The wheel, pedals, and door handles on the detailed door panels are the only silver accents that I added here.




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While everyone likes the new AMG GT coupe, I just love the way the C63 AMG looks and how it's a car that most might likely forget after a while until they see one up close.


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