The $25,000 Question Edition

In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web:

• Scion announced pricing for its FR-S coupe this week. Starting at $24,930 for the 6-speed manual and $26,030 for a car fitted with a 6-speed automatic, paddle shifters and a rev-matching feature, the FR-S is positioned to compete with the Hyundai Genesis 2.0T, at $25,125 to start, and the V-6-powered Ford Mustang, at $22,995. Scion’s rear-wheel-drive coupe also received its E.P.A. fuel economy estimates this week. On premium gasoline, the manual car is expected to achieve 22 miles per gallon in city and 30 m.p.g. in highway driving, and the automatic 25 m.p.g. in city and 34 m.p.g. in highway driving. The Subaru BRZ, which was co-developed with the FR-S by Scion’s parent, Toyota, received the same estimates, although Subaru has not announced pricing for its coupe. (Scion)

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2013 SL65 AMG Muscles In on SLS AMG Roadster

Though AMG, the in-house performance division at Mercedes-Benz, has been wringing triple-digit horsepower and torque gains from the German brand’s V-8 engines, its engineers have not wrenched on the automaker’s stout 6-liter V-12 in a few years.

Mercedes responded Tuesday with the 2013 SL65 AMG, equipped with a V-12 producing 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. The roadster is expected in American showrooms in November and is scheduled to have its formal debut at the 2012 New York auto show, where press previews begin April 4.

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With 2013 SL63 AMG, Mercedes-Benz Brings Fight to BMW

Mercedes-Benz has introduced the 2013 SL63 AMG, the higher-performance version of the 2013 SL550 roadster, which had its public debut at the Detroit auto show in January. It is scheduled to go on sale at an undisclosed price after the SL550 arrives in American showrooms this spring.

Powered by a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 developing 530 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque in standard trim, the SL63 can accelerate to 60 miles an hour in 4.2 seconds, Mercedes claims. As with other recent AMG products, a performance package brings heightened horsepower, up to 557, which would serve to shave 1/10 of a second from the car’s zero-to-60 number. And though top speed for the standard car is an electronically regulated 155 miles per hour, the performance version is allowed to run up to a claimed 186 m.p.h.

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The Third Way Edition

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• BMW and Mercedes-Benz may have tussled throughout 2011 for the luxury sales crown in the United States — which BMW ultimately won, for the first time in the company’s history — but Rupert Stadler, chief executive of Audi, told Bloomberg that Audi intended to strengthen its American market share with two compact vehicles coming to its lineup. A conceptual version of the Q3 crossover will be displayed at the Detroit auto show next week, and a sedan based on the well-received A3 sedan concept displayed at the Geneva auto show last March would combat the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes’ coming A-Class hatchback. (Bloomberg)

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