AMG is a specialist performance division of Mercedes Benz. AMG was founded in 1967 by two former Mercedes Benz engineers, with the name AMG coming from the first letters of the two founders surnames, and G for the town of Grobaspach. Initially AMG modified Mercedes racing cars, along with providing body kits and upgrades for the passenger car range. A famous early AMG car is the racing 300SEL 6.3, along with DTM 190E and C Class vehicles from the 1980’s and 1990’s. The highly regarded AMG Hammer, based on the W124 E Class, featured a tuned 5.6 litre V8 engine and started the trend of high performance AMG Mercedes Benz road cars.
The first official AMG Mercedes Benz car sold in Australia was the C36 of 1996. With a subtle body kit, upgraded six cylinder engine with 206 Kilowatts and a lowered and upgraded suspension, it had an initial recommended retail price of $155,100. As a result of its success, within two years V8 engines were being fitted to the C Class, with the culmination being the hugely successful C63. The first C63 models featured a naturally aspirated 6.2 lite V8, with the current model having a more emission friendly turbo changed 4.0 litre V8. All produce a magnificent exhaust note.
A consistent theme of AMG Mercedes Benz road cars is the fitment of the largest possible performance engine that can be fitted within the engine bay, without sacrificing comfort, handling or safety.
An excellent example is the 65 Series which is the pinnacle of the AMG Mercedes Benz range, and can be had as a S65 Sedan, Coupe or Cabriolet, or as a SL65 roadster. The 65 Series vehicles have a twin turbo V12 engine with an incredible 463 Kilowatts of power and 1,000 Nm of torque. Pagani use this engine in their Pagani and Huayra hypercars. They also feature all possible luxuries, and can comfortably be used as a daily driver vehicle.
Traditionally AMG have upgraded existing models within the Mercedes Benz passenger car range, for example the E63 (based on the E Class), S63 (based on the S Class). AMG Mercedes Benz have now also manufactured a model that does not share bodywork with any other model in the Mercedes Benz range - the AMG GT. The AMG GT is offered in either a two door or four door coupe configuration or a roadster and is a sports car through and through.
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