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The History of Mercedes AMG

The History of Mercedes AMG

The letters AMG signify a higher performance model of a regular Mercedes-Benz. Most will have unique, more aggressive styling, sporty interiors and high power engines.

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The History of AMG

The story of AMG begins in the 60's with Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher, who worked on the 300 SE racing engine used by Daimler-Benz. When motorsport activity was discontinued, Aufrecht and Melcher continued fine tuning the engine in their spare time in Aufrecht's home in Großaspach. Their reputation for being experts in the field of high performance engines began when the 300SE engine was raced in the German Touring Car Championships of 1965 and won 10 times.

By 1967 Aufrecht and Melcher formed a business together called AMG (Aufrecht, Mulcher and Großaspach) the engines they worked on soon became highly sought after by private racing teams.

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Further success came in the 1971 at the 24 Hours of Spa where the 300 SEL 6.8 engine was the champion in its class and second overall despite being a heavy luxury saloon against much lighter race cars. The AMG name quickly spread, and the company grew.

In 1984 AMG became an engine manufacturer after Mulcher invented a completely independent cylinder head with 4 valves per cylinder and in 1986 this engine was placed inside the Mercedes-Benz E Class which was nicknamed 'The Hammer'.

In 1990 AMG officially collaborated with Mercedes-Benz and by 1993 the Mercedes-Benz C 36 AMG was revealed. AMG is now wholly owned by Mercedes-Benz and a range of high performance cars are available.

The AMG range

All AMG badged vehicles will have hand crafter, high performance engines with better handling, better stability and a more aggressive look from the standard version.

The Mercedes-AMG is range is bigger than ever before including hatchbacks, cabriolets, coupes, estates and SUV's. Engines available are the AMG 43, 45, 63 and 65 which offer from 300bhp to up to 621bhp. All have 0-62mph times under 5 seconds and reach at least 155mph as a top speed.

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