Have you seen a Mercedes rolling around, but it’s a little… off? Yeah, it’s sort of a Mercedes still, but there’s something different, something a touch more special about it.
Then, before you recognize it, it flies with a guttural THWUMPERRRR and it’s such a lot faster than you expected. you’ll also notice there are two sets of dual exhaust recommendations on the rear and a touch badge that reads “AMG”.
What Does AMG Mean?
AMG stands for “Mercedes-Aufrecht, Melcher and Großaspach”, which is an homage and abbreviation to Hans-Werner Aufrect and Erhard Melcher, with their birthplace being alittle town called Großaspach, Germany.
While this is often the direct meaning of the term “AMG”, it’s just barely touching the surface of what it means.
Where BMW has their “M” cars, Chevrolet has their “SS” variants, and Mazda has “Mazdaspeed”, Mercedes has their “AMG” brand of high-performance cars.
This comes within the sort of a hand-built bespoke engine, styling tweaks, nicer leather interior, suspension modifications for the additional speed, and typically , the govt limiters are increased from where they were within the original vehicle.
Which Vehicles Have AMG Versions?
There are many vehicles within the Mercedes line that have AMG versions, including the A, C, CL, G, GL, E, and AMG GT classes. The latter of which is their flagship vehicle that comes standard with 585 horsepower, and more grip than you’ll know what to try to to with.
Even their “Baby” vehicle, the A35 4matic comes with 305 hp at a minimum! That’s twice the maximum amount as most hatchbacks from other companies accompany from the factory. (This excludes high performance “Hot hatches”)
If you would like to really ride around during a fast tank, look no further than the G63 AMG. A 1970s design that Mercedes came up with for the German military, built on what wont to be a Unimog chassis, this AMG comes with an equivalent 585hp motor mentioned above, yet it rides high and has portal axles for rock crawling! (Not that any G63 owner will actually take their car off-road)
Mercedes-Benz AMG History
It all started with Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher building a racing engine for the Daimler Benz 300SE within the development department.
When the corporate ran out of cash as an entire , they took the engine home and continued honing it in their personal workshop. Time came, and a racing driver named Manfred Schiek raced within the German phaeton Championship with their engine and managed to win 10 times during a row.
This instantly gave Aufrecht and Melcher credibility as engine builders. However, they didn’t stop there and continued to create racing engines which were then becoming very fashionable .
In 1971, within the 24 Hours of Spa race, a 300SEL 6.8 won its class and came in 2nd overall using an AMG engine. consistent with the AMG publicist, this set the planet “on fire”, but are you able to imagine an important luxury car crushing most of the sunshine and fast competition during a 24hr race? Insane!
The performance division continued to grow steadily, and eventually, the group moved to their own workshop along side their 12 employees.
In 1984, the group developed a tremendous piece of kit, a totally independent plate with 4 valves per cylinder! This was then shoehorned into an E class sedan, and achieved worldwide fame as “The Hammer”.
Next came AMG’s work on the 190, which went on to convert 50 phaeton races between 1988 and 1992. Pretty impressive stuff if you ask me!
Nowadays, AMG radiates a number of the fastest luxury cars you’ll purchase with a guaranty from the factory. While these do come at a price, many homeowners swear they wouldn’t be seen in anything else!
What’s the Difference Between AMG and Regular Mercedes-Benz?
The difference between a “Normal” Mercedes Benz and an AMG Mercedes is pretty stark.
The AMG’s will have some styling cues which will allow you to know it’s special: perhaps some carbon fiber trim, a ground effects kit, and a few extra exhaust pipes out the rear . there’ll even be a shiny “AMG” badge on the rear , opposing the model code.
Some normal Mercedes owners will put these badges on their cars to form it appear as if they need an actual AMG (aka: up-badging), but you’ll verify further by watching the above features, along side the brake calipers (which are usually a “sporty” color”, and therefore the wheels will probably be forged, 20 inches+ and have some race rubber.
Now, this isn’t to mention that a traditional Mercedes Benz isn’t worth buying, because they’re a very great company. Up until last year, all of their dealerships were actually owned by Mercedes Benz. This meant that their mechanics were certified by Mercedes and there was far less of a chance to urge shoddy work done on your car.
Compare this to the Honda dealership which will charge you for 50,000 miles of air cleaner replacement, but never change it out once.
AMG is Special
From humble beginnings on a race team, to a workshop thanks to lack of funding, through the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today, AMG has proven themselves as a tremendous engine builder and tuner.
Even though they began even as you and me, tinkerers, they made it to an area where AMG may be a household name.
AMG still has the raw tuning spirit in every fiber of their being, I just hope I can at some point tour the factory. (AMG, are you listening??)