The History of Mercedes-Benz AMG®

May 19th, 2015 by

When you have a number of the premiere performance luxury vehicles already on your roster, you need a truly special group of engineers to take those cars and make them even more performance-oriented. At Mercedes-Benz, AMG® has been modifying their vehicles for decades, turning out high-performance cars that urn heads from West Babylon to Hempstead. Even Mercedes die-hard might not know all that much about the AMG® nameplate.

The History of AMG®

Founded in 1967, AMG® was the brainchild of two former Mercedes engineers, Erhard Melcher and Hans Werner Aufrecht. AMG® was originally meant to design, test, and produce racing engines, but they soon found that there was a demand for upgrades and customization well beyond just the engines. Up until 1990, AMG® produced packages as well as fully customized vehicles.

1990 brought a major change, as Mercedes decided to recognize AMG®’s efforts and there was a co-operation agreement signed between the two. This allowed AMG® options and fully-customized cars into Mercedes showrooms, opening up the options to a greater variety of buyer. By the end of the millennium, Mercedes went all-in with AMG®, buying a controlling share of AMG® and making AMG® cars part of the official Mercedes-Benz line-up.

Past and Present AMG® Features

One feature that you are guaranteed to find on any AMG® model is a high-powered engine. In the past, this included a five-cylinder diesel and a variety of V-8 and V-12 engines, but in current times they have added an inline-four cylinder and are developing an electric drive. Current engines also make heavier use of turbocharging, to develop greater horsepower from smaller, more fuel-efficient engines.

While over-powered engines can certainly help performance numbers, drivers need to be able to control that power. This means pairing the engine with an efficient transmission, often a version of the standard Mercedes-Benz transmissions, but tuned to deal with the extra power. In some cases, that hasn’t been enough – at one point, the “65” series of AMG® models had to switch to older 5-speed automatic transmissions, as the power was too much for the early generation of 7-speed automatic transmissions.

Handling upgrades are also necessary, as straight-line speed is impressive but not the end-all. Every AMG® model goes on a bit of a diet, cutting weight through removing unnecessary weight where possible, while keeping the luxury level of the car up to par. This can include swapping in lighter yet more rigid racing seats, using lighter components, and using alternate materials. Heavy-duty brakes and tuned suspensions also increase performance characteristics of AMG® models.

Current Mercedes-Benz AMG® Models

The AMG® series is one of the most extensive high-performance departments in the entire automotive world, and that means there is a wide variety of models to choose from. This includes versions of sedans, SUVs, and even station wagons, such as:

  • The 2-door Mercedes-AMG® GT and GT S, featuring a 4.0-liter V-8 BiTurbo Engine, with 462 horsepower in the GT and 510 horsepower in the GT S.
  • The G 63 and G 65, high-powered versions of the brawny and spacious Mercedes-Benz G-Class sport utility vehicle.
  • Mercedes-AMG® SL 63 and SL 65 – the former is a 2-door coupe with a 585-horsepower 5.5 liter engine, the latter a 2-door convertible with a 630-horseower, 6.0-liter V-12 power plant.
  • Mercedes C 63 AMG®, offering AMG®-tuned versions of the award-winning C-Class, including the C-Class coupe and station wagon.

It’s not just us here at Mercedes-Benz of Massapequa who hold theMercedes-Benz AMG® vehicles in such high regard – along with a slew of records and awards in the past for cars across the model range, the Mercedes-AMG® GT is the most recent winner of the World Performance Car at the World Car of the Year awards. You can find examples of this and other members of the AMG® line-up at our showroom just off of Sunrise Highway in Amityville, minutes from Farmingdale and Massapequa. Contact us today to arrange a test drive.

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