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My Top 5 Track and Performance Driving Events of 2016

My Top 5 Track and Performance Driving Events of 2016

What an epic year. Right around this time last year, I made one New Year’s resolution for 2016: drive as many tracks around the world as humanly possible. To my amazement, I did just that. While I did make that my singular resolution for the new year, I didn’t really care which cars I drove as long as I was on a track somewhere. That opened up some fairly unusual opportunities both for me and for SlashGear: read on for five of the most memorable.

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All hail Mercedes-AMG’s E 63 S 4MATIC+, the anti-Tesla

All hail Mercedes-AMG’s E 63 S 4MATIC+, the anti-Tesla

With Tesla squeezing even more performance out of the Model S today, it's never been a better time to be an electric speed-addict, but what if your tastes lean more toward the Death Star than the plucky eco-resistance? The devils at Mercedes-AMG have just the answer, in the shape of the company's most powerful E-Class sedan ever. Dubbed the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+, it's 612 horsepower of fossil fuel burning magic.

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Furiously fast, the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster cuts the roof not performance

Furiously fast, the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster cuts the roof not performance

Trust AMG to take Mercedes-Benz's luxury droptop and give it a super-aggressive upgrade, with the new AMG GT Roadster and AMG GT C Roadster offering two levels of performance convertible. The Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster packs a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, good for 476 horsepower and 465 lb-ft. of torque, for a 4.0 second 0-60 mph run and a top speed of 188 mph.

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Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R will leave you green with envy

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R will leave you green with envy

Mercedes-Benz's latest special edition is all about green. Just unveiled in the UK, the AMG GT R is, obviously, an eye-catching shade of green. It's called "AMG green hell magno" in reference to Germany's Green Hell, the nickname for the Nürburgring Nordschleife course, which is where the car was tested and tuned. This new performance model will also leave other AMG GT owners seeing green, as the R's specs even top the AMG GT S. And lastly, if you want to drive one, it's going to cost you a whole ton of green.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and S63 AMG Cabriolet First Drive

2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and S63 AMG Cabriolet First Drive

Low-speed cruising down the Promenade des Anglais in the Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet we’re a spectacle, as well we should be — top-down, sun ricocheting off 14-spoke 20-inch AMG wheels, two figures lounging back in white Nappa leather Designo seats with pillow-top headrests. I’d look at us, too.

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