The Intriguing History of AMG® and Mercedes-Benz®
When you here the three letters of AMG® what comes to mind? Is it brutal acceleration? Maybe it is the philosophy of “one man, one engine”? Whatever comes to mind, one thing is certain, it is the best of Mercedes-Benz® has to offer in performance engineering.
AMG® started in 1967 bory of AMG® and My former Mercedes-Benz® engineers Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher. AMG® stands for Aufrecht, Melcher, and Großaspach. These two started AMG® developing racing engines and then branched out in to building custom road car. AMG® used production Mercedes-Benz® passenger cars. AMG® initially was an unofficial way to add performance and accessories to Mercedes-Benz® cars. In the 1980’s up until 1990, AMG® offered a plentiful selection of engine performance upgrades, styling upgrades, and alloy wheels. A common upgrade were the styling additions on Mercedes-Benz® models. They included custom upholsteries, new wood options, smaller steering wheel, full wide body kits, spoilers, and many more to make your Mercedes-Benz® both exclusive and unique.
In 1990 Daimer-Benz AG entered in a cooperation agreement with AMG®. With this deal going through AMG® products were officially available in showrooms along with regular Mercedes-Benz® cars starting in 1993 with the C 36 AMG®. With AMG® becoming a partner with Mercedes-Benz®, AMG® achieved a new level of success and recognition in the automotive landscape. Throughout the ’90s AMG® grew to unparalleled success in Europe where AMG®’s were focused. In the 90’s Mercedes-Benz® AMG models were known for brutal acceleration and exclusivity. One of the rarest models of the 1990s was the SL73 AMG. It had a 7.3L V12 that produced 518 HP and 553 LB-FT of torque. The 7.3L V12 is still produced today exclusively for Pagani Automobili vehicles.
Daimler-Benz AG merged with Chrysler Corporation in 1997 to form DaimlerChrysler AG. This “merger of equals” let Mercedes-Benz® expand in the important North American market. In 1999 Mercedes-Benz® purchased a controlling interest in AMG® and AMG® became Mercedes-AMG® GmbH. In the early 2000s AMG® developed and built a whole selection of cars from C-Class to S-Class models. AMG® cars of this era were known for their acceleration prowess and luxurious appointments. BMW’s ///M Motorsports Division was and is AMG®’s main competitor. In 2005 Mercedes-Benz® purchased the remaining shares of AMG® and AMG® then became a fully owned subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler AG.
Currently, Mercedes-AMG® models are the most expensive of their respective class with lots of styling changes and go fast bits. Every AMG® engine is built under the “one man, one engine” philosophy. This unwavering philosophy is so special that every AMG® engine is signed by the engine builder that created it. AMG fanatics are known to send birthday cards and even letters to their builders expressing their gratitude and love for the engine they have built. AMG fanatics are also known to only buy cars that have the
their favorite engine builder’s engines in them as well. According to Mercedes-Benz® there are only 50 AMG® engine builders, and every AMG® engine is built to the highest standards and specifications.
Mercedes-AMG® cars are some of the best cars you can buy today, with more aggressive looks, a more exclusive ownership experience, breathtaking performance, and exclusivity make owning each different AMG® a once in a lifetime experience. AMG®’s have a rich and fulfilling history going back several decades of innovation and performance. By purchasing an AMG® you can rest assured that you are buying the very best of what Mercedes-Benz® has to offer our customers, and a model that stand out against competitors like the BMW M lineup. Compare models like the AMG® C 63 vs. AMG® C 43 to learn more!