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Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 122 December 2011 

Star Car: New B-Class: Discover why the all new B-Class is now a serious contender
Classic Choice: 50 years of the W111 coupe and cabriolet: Celebrating half a century of simple elegance with this charming pair
Technology: F125: Under the skin of the concept built to mark Mercedes' 125th birthday
Road Test: C350 BlueEfficiency Coupe: Driving the brand new C-Class coupe with the impressive petrol V6
Spotlight: Brabus C5.8: A unique, modern classic marvel ready for high speed thrills – and the school run
Buyer's guide: Late W211s: These nearly new E-Class saloons are now brilliant value for money
Motorsport: W165: Ready to win, against all odds, because failure was never an option
Road Test: CLS250 CDI BlueEfficiency: Time in the first ever four-cylinder CLS proves small can be mighty
Spotlight: Canning Stock Route drive: Why only the G-Wagen could conquer over 1,000 miles on Australia's most deadly drive
Youngtimer: E300 Diesel Estate: This characterful, cosseted diesel reminds us why taking it easy can reap rewards
Tuner Car: Carlsson CB25 S: Quick off the blocks, Carlsson works its magic on the all new, four-cylinder SLK250
Used Road Test: CLS320 CDI: Once the UK's best selling CLS, it is now an astonishing used buy

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 121 November 2011 

Star Car Special: SLS AMG Roadster: The SLS gets a soft top and goes after the competition with its huge performance and superb handling
Star Car Special: New ML: Amazing efficiency and a better drive make this the best ML yet of the potent but forgotten C32 AMG with a back road blast
Classic Choice Special: SL triple test: Three stunning, classic SLs together for a rare back-to-back test
Spotlight: Mercedes Live Race: David Coulthard takes on the world in a reality versus virtual reality showdown
Road Test: SLK250 BlueEfficiency: Roof down, it is time to put the brand new, middle of the range SLK to the test
Motorsport: DTM at Brands Hatch: DTM is back in Britain, Mercedes-Benz and Audi going head-to-head on track
Youngtimer: 280CE: Following a bare shell restoration, this 280CE is back to as new condition
Price Point: New C350 CDI Estate vs Used C63 AMG Estate: If a C-Class wagon is what you want, is a new diesel V6 or a used AMG V8 the better buy?
Classic Choice: 300SEL 4.5: A lovely example of this rare, North America only, old school S-Class
Spotlight: CLK DTM AMG Coupe: Built to celebrate Mercedes' DTM success, this 574bhp CLK is a racer for the road
Tuner Car Special: Brabus Rocket 800 & ; High Performance 4WD Full Electric: Two very different cars from the renowned tuner, both with serious appeal

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 120 October 2011 

MODERN CLASSICS SPECIAL: 40 years of the SLC, W201 190E and S123 230TE
MODERN CLASSICS SPECIAL: A124 320CE Cabriolet and the Top 10 dos & don'ts
Spotlight: The W110 Fintail is 50: A pair of four-cylinder Fintails remind us why entry level has never been second best for Mercedes-Benz
Buyer's Guide: Early R230 SLs: Timeless looks and a superb drive are reason enough to want one - and now early R230 SLs are much more affordable, too
Tuner Car: Carlsson CD35 Cabriolet: Powerful, sassy and economical, Carlsson's take on the E350 CDI BlueEfficiency Cabriolet ticks all the right boxes
Classic Choice: 300d Adenauer: This rare, two-tone beauty still turns heads and has quite a story to share
Spotlight: B-Class interior design: Hear the secrets of the team behind the new B-Class's cabin and see how it is ready to help win over more buyers than ever
Road Test: C250 CDI BlueEfficiency Estate: The recent C-Class facelift has made this already enticing four-cylinder biturbo diesel package that bit more 20 First Drive special

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 119 September 2011  

Road Test Special: F-Cell World Drive: Come aboard as Mercedes' fuel cell powered B-Classes take a trip around the world
Tuner Car: MKB SLS P640: Hitting mega horsepower the natural way, but MKB's take on the SLS is just phase one
Used Road Test: E220 CDI Estate: A generation old, this wagon now makes practical luxury affordable
Price Point: New E250 CGI Coupe versus Used E350 CDI Coupe: With around £35K, does new or used make the better buy in the E-Class coupe market?
Spotlight: Modified Mercs: A family's adoration of the marque proves infectious - in the best possible way
Star Car: New E63 AMG: New V8 biturbo brings grunt and efficiency gains to the excellent E63
Preview Special: C63 AMG Coupe Black Series: A sneak peek at the latest Black Series AMG, with 510bhp
Classic Choice: 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet: Beautiful styling hides a hearty V8 and a surprisingly agile chassis
Preview: New B-Class: Packed full of new technology, Mercedes has high hopes for its next generation B-Class - here in spring 2012
Youngtimer: 500SL AMG: A very rare R107 that knows how to put a smile on its owner's face
Roadtest: S250 CDI BlueEfficiency: The first ever four-cylinder S-Class brings lower running costs with impressive style
Motorsport: Fangio at 100: Celebrating the life of one of Mercedes' true racing greats

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 118 August 2011 

Youngtimer: 500SEL: Living the modern classic limousine dream with this dashing V8
Spotlight: Modified C300: Why it is now all about looking good for this Stateside C-Class saloon
Used Road Test: SLK200 Kompressor: Fun and still good looking, Mercedes' original SLK is now a real summer bargain
Spotlight: Mercedes-Benz Guard: Driving the very latest special protection vehicles from Mercedes-Benz
Preview: New ML: Learning the secrets of Mercedes' brand new M-Class
Classic Choice: W114 280CE: A drive of surprises in this low mile, six-cylinder classic coupe
Tuner Car: Brabus 800 E V12 Cabriolet: Marking Brabus' entry into the Middle East with a cabriolet like no other
Road Test: CLS350 CDI BlueEfficiency: With bags of style and the pace to match, the new CLS is quite a star
Spotlight: CLK GTR Roadster: Behind the wheel of this awesome yet seldom seen roadster
Buyer's Guide: W169 A-Classes: Great value baby Benzes make nearly new Mercedes ownership very affordable
Classic Choice: Adenauer estate: The intriguing tale of a one-off classic designed to do more than just turn heads

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 117 July 2011 

Star Car: New C-Class coupe: Driving the brand new C-Class coupe and its AMG sibling – can they live up to their high expectations?
Classic Choice: 190SL: Back to its best, this classic roadster is now enjoying the open road
Spotlight: Revised E-Classes: New engines and the new 7G-Tronic Plus auto for the E-Class family
Youngtimer: 350SE: Understated luxury with this lovingly cared for 116-series S-Class
Tuner Car: Carlsson C25: Carlsson celebrates its 25th birthday with this SL65 based, 743bhp brute
Price Point: New E250 CDI BlueEfficiency vs Used S320 CDI: For around £35,000 does a new E-Class or a used S-Class win in this diesel duel?
Youngtimer: SL320: The SL you can afford and enjoy, as it sits on the cusp of modern classic status
Used Road Test: C220 CDI Estate: Why this everyday wagon was a real surprise and proved difficult to resist
Spotlight: 190E 3.6 AMG: Exploiting the 190's superb handling with an inspiring engine transplant
Take Two: CLK coupe vs E-Class coupe: Comparing the latest two generations of Mercedes' mid sized, four-seat coupes
Profile: Brabus Classic: Famed Mercedes tuner Brabus gives us the low-down on its classic car business

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 116 June 2011 

USED STARS SPECIAL: Classic pick: 40 years of the R107 SL
USED STARS SPECIAL: Another way: C124 engine transplant
USED STARS SPECIAL: In focus: 123-series marketplace
USED STARS SPECIAL: Hot stuff: 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II
USED STARS SPECIAL: Nearly new: SLK200 Ks
Buyer's Guide: C-Class sports coupes: All you need to know about the 203-series C-Class based two-door, which is now more affordable than ever
Event: Techno Classica 2011: Mercedes-Benz celebrates 125 years of the motorcar as classic prices soar at the ever popular Essen show
Tuner Car: Brabus 700 Biturbo: With its V8 biturbo motor giving 690bhp, this 211mph gullwing reaches new highs thanks to tuner Brabus
Classic Choice: 280se 3.5 Coupe: Family motoring with a difference in this understated and underrated, classic V8 coupe
Used Road Test: CL55 AMG: Stylish bodywork hiding supercharged Affalterbach muscle for less than you might suspect

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 115 May 2011 

Star Car Special: New SLK: Seeking to reward, protect and thrill like never before, the all new SLK is a step above the last in every area
Star Car Special: Facelifted C-Class: Mercedes' biggest selling model gets a mid life refresh, including a new look inside and out, plus new tech
Classic Choice: W108 280SE: An amazing, low mile saloon reminds us of the joy of six cylinders
Used Road Test: CLK320 Cabriolet: Four-seat, droptop Mercedes motoring does not come much cheaper
Tuner Car: Platinum Motorsport SL: With this SL, one tuner shows us what it takes to stand out from the LA crowd
Young Timer: CL420: Take time to enjoy the ride in this handsome and luxurious, future classic
Price Point: New A180 vs Used B200 CDI: New A-Class petrol or used B-Class turbodiesel for around £20,000?
Classic Choice: 300SL Gullwing: With a remarkable history, this 300SL is more special than most
Take Two: C43 AMGs: Loud, proud and pristine V8 C-Classes gently modified by their expert owners
Spotlight: Special build 600: When classic looks and modern technology meet - a convertible Mercedes like no other
Ownership: iPod integration: Find out how to connect your Apple device to your Mercedes with this handy guide

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 114 April 2011 

Buyer's Guide: SECs: Effortless style from this pillarless, modern classic favourite – but good examples are getting harder to find
Classic Choice: 220 Cabriolet A: Come for a ride in this 1954 convertible – post war droptop heaven
Take Two: E220 Cabriolet vs E250 CDI BlueEfficiency Cabriolet: Two generations of stylish E-Class cabriolets go head to head
Spotlight: 125 years: As Mercedes-Benz turns 125, we look back at its illustrious history
Used Road Test: 400E: Driving the rare, left-hand drive only, V8 powered W124 that is now a real bargain
Top 10: Family Performers: Need to be practical but want to have fun? These 10 might do the trick
Youngtimer: 450SEL: A low mile, S-Class stunner with class and quality in abundance
Tuner Cars: Vath V25 & V35 CDI: Vath transforms two saloons to give everyday motoring an extra dose of fun
Ownership: A collection: Meet one Mercedes lover whose passion has become something of an obsession
Used Roadtest Special: SL65 AMG vs SL500 Brabus: V12 meets V8 as we pit these two second hand, performance SLs against each other
Classic Choice: 170S-D: This special space ace is the perfect Mercedes-Benz for one dedicated owner
Spotlight: Modified E55: Smoking rubber with a US super saloon boasting much more than just fancy wheels

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 113 March 2011 

Road Test: E250 CDI BlueEfficiency Cabriolet: Refined, diesel, droptop motoring is here, with bags of style and torque to spare
Profile: Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio, Carlsbad: The inside line from Mercedes' head designers as we go behind the scenes
Price Point: C250 CDI BlueEfficiency Estate vs ML320 CDI: New and used, practical Mercedes go head to head on a budget of around £30,000
Spotlight: Brabus S V12 R iBusiness: The German tuner goes Apple crazy with this ludicrously fast, luxury office on wheels
Star Car: CLS63 AMG: Equipped with all the latest AMG know-how, the V8 biturbo powered coupe takes Affalterbach to new heights
Spotlight: 20 years of the W140: A look back at perhaps the most controversial S-Class of them all
Classic Choice: 190 Ponton: Remembering how special and extraordinary the very ordinary can be
Motorsport: 450SL racer: Not your usual race car, but this R107 is proving a real threat to the opposition
Top 10: Drivers' Mercedes for under £10,000: For the driving enthusiast on a budget, these will get your pulse racing
Tuner Car: Kicherer SLS: An increase in power plus new suspension for this less is more, gullwinged supercar
Youngtimer: W123 300D: Charting the rise of diesel power with this stunning saloon

Mercedes Enthusiast 112 February 2011 

Buyer's Guide: C124s: Still affordable modern classic coupes with serious style - and why now could be the time to buy one
Classic Choice: W111 220b Fintail: A low mile, 1964 Mercedes saloon that rolls back the years
Used Road Test: CLS350: The trendsetting CLS, even with a smooth petrol V6, is now well under £20,000
Youngtimer: 190E 2.5-16: This old school performance saloon still thrills and has much to give today
Technology: Electric vehicles: The future is coming, fast - we jump behind the wheel of the A-Class E-Cell, B-Class F-Cell and Vito E-Cell
Classic Road Test: 450SLC: Unlocking the potential of the coupe that many seem to have forgotten
Spotlight: Modified W108: Not your usual classic, this striking four-door has quite a tale
Road Test: C350 CDI BlueEfficiency: We're wondering what the catch is with Mercedes' brilliant, top diesel C-Class
Youngtimer: 300SE: Time with this W126 shows that some dream Mercedes are well within reach
Tuner Car: ASMA Design Perfectus: We sample this awesome, carbon fibre bodied, 690bhp SLR in Abu Dhabi
Used Road Test: C220 CDI Estate: Comfortable, spacious and economical - why this 203-series wagon is a used gem
Ownership: Professional detailing: Top tips and more from our expert as one classic goes under the sponge

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 111 January 2011 

Youngtimer: R107 350SL: Why this much treasured SL roadster stands out from the crowd
Preview: New CLS63 AMG: Hot from the show, the full story on the CLS63 from the people who created it
Technology: Driving the future: Learn about the latest safety simulators and come aboard the F800 Style concept
Take Two: 300SL Gullwing vs SLS AMG: The new supercar goes head to head with its spiritual predecessor
Roadtest: E220 CDI BlueEfficiency Coupe: Emotive design meets fantastic fuel economy in this excellent two-door coupe
Top 5: 5K Lifelong Mercs: For a modest £5,000, we think each of these stars is built to last
Tuner Car: MKB SL65 P1000: MKB lets us loose in the most powerful road legal Mercedes based car ever
Classic Choice: 290 LWB Pullman limousine: Rolling back the years with this rare and very well travelled 1935 290
Price Point: E250 CDI BlueEfficiency Cabriolet vs CLK63 AMG Cabriolet: Two four-seat cabriolets, one £40,000 budget, which is the better buy?
Spotlight: Mechatronik M5 Coupe: You won't believe what Mechatronik has managed with this W111 280SE 3.5 Coupe
Youngtimer: 500SEC: A colourful history and a bright future for this 1984 coupe
Motorsport: Rennwagen recreated: Inspired by the race track, this is a very evocative recreation
Used Roadtest: CLC 180 Kompressor: Eye catching looks and falling prices make the CLC very attractive