To understand the loftiness of Mercedes’ AMG performance division, one must understand its bold beginnings. In 1967, two automotive engineers hunkered down in an old German mill to build engines for Mercedes-Benz racecars. As skilled craftsmen, designers and engineers, they were driven to test the automotive limits. They were also guided by a simple philosophy, “One Man, One Engine,” which launched one of the most sought-after vehicles in the world.
The absolute greatness of Mercedes’ AMG rests not simply in the beauty or power of a hand-built car, rather in a manufacturing process that has been fine-tuned but never downgraded.
Even now, every AMG engine is hand built from start to finish by one of only about 50 AMG Master Engine Builders—and each is affixed with a plaque engraved with his signature. Crankshafts are combined with remarkably lightweight aluminum pistons for smooth, immediate response. Weight is perfectly distributed, exhaust systems are acoustically tuned and both wider axle tracks and tires make for enhanced road grip.
And, of course, racing-derived features—like dual- or multi-clutch technology, rear diffusers, powerful breaking systems, an incredibly sleek exterior and a racecar-like cockpit—make AMG vehicles very exciting to drive.
Among just a handful of AMG 2016 models in the pipeline this year is the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT S (debuting in spring 2015), as well as the all-new redesigned C 63 Sedan, which follows the fall 2014 launch of the all-new C-Class sedan.
The Mercedes-AMG GT S is a car created for the racetrack, with an AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine, lightening-fast power transmission and an aviation-design-themed interior. Other key features include:
•The ability to go from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds (preliminary) and to a top speed of 193 mph;
•Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with electronically controlled limited slip differential;
•AMG Dynamic Exhaust System with electronically controlled variable vane and AMG Dynamic suspension;
•AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with multiple driver selectable suspension and steering modes;
•AMG Performance steering wheel with shift paddles;
•High-quality Nappa leather and numerous trim options, including silver chrome, matte carbon fiber, high-gloss carbon fiber, black diamond and matte silver fiberglass;
•Advanced safety technologies, including COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, Adaptive Braking technology, ATTENTION ASSIST, PARKTRONIC, Rearview Camera, and the PRE-SAFE® system;
•And optional Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist.
To test drive the GT S or any other Mercedes AMG in its natural environment, visit the AMG Driving Academy. Under the guidance of professional instructors, you'll push your driving abilities and a selection of Mercedes-AMG models to the limit on some of America's most legendary racetracks.
With the purchase of an AMG vehicle at Benzel-Busch, clients are entitled to a complimentary beginners’ experience on the racetrack of their choice. All scheduling and Mercedes AMG Driving Academy information is available online, here. Clients may also speak with their sales associate for more information.
Mercedes-Benz offers at least one AMG model for every class except for the GLK. A complete list of AMG models is below.
•CLA-Class: CLA 45
•GLA-Class: GLA 45
•C-Class: C 63 and C 63 Coupé
•E-Class: E 63 (sedan without performance package), E 63P (sedan with performance package also referred to as S model) and E 63SP (wagon, which only comes with performance package standard)
•CLS-Class: CLS 63P (only available with performance package as of 2015MY)
•S-Class Sedan: S 63V4 (sedan only available with 4Matic), S 65V (sedan only available in a rear wheel drive)
•S-Class Coupé: S 63C4 (coupe only available in 4Matic) and S 65C (coupe only available in rear wheel drive)
•SL-Class: SL 63 and SL 65
•SLK-Class: SLK 55
•ML-Class: ML 63
•GL-Class: GL 63
•G-Class: G 63 and G 65 (will become available March of next year in US TBD)