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AMG Performance Media mines data from Mercedes-Benz rides

Thu, 13 Oct 2011

AMG, creator of all of the best Mercedes-Benzes, posted a video of a new option for the high-performance models called AMG Performance Media.

Performance Media is a $2,500 option on AMG-badged Benzes that turns the COMAND display into race control. Using the system, drivers can switch among gauges showing speed or acceleration, lateral and longitudinal g-forces, lap times and oil and trans temperatures. The system seems similar to the PlayStation-like display in the center of the Nissan GT-R.

In the video, we see what looks to be an SLS taking on the Hockenheim track in Germany, switching through all the different modes. The system also has a setup for how much power is being used.

To view the recorded data, the car has to be stationary. Drivers can compare lap data from the current session but can't bring in a previous session's data. The info is downloadable but it only comes in text format; currently there is no app for drivers to dissect the data.

By Jake Lingeman