Why AMG are so special to Mercedes-Benz – part 1
You may have noticed at AMG models are the special type of Mercedes-Benz’s, with greater appeal in terms of performance, looks amongst a number of different aspects. They are Mercedes-Benz’s high performance vehicles, mirroring BMW’s M vehicles. What is so special about the brand?
For a start all engines are handmade, ensuring that they are built with the most exceptional amount of quality. You will get a more aggressive look and feel with an AMG Mercedes-Benz. Carbon fibreCarbon fibre material has been around for years, but it’s use has been fairly rare. The Mercedes-Benz high performance division ensure that their vehicles contain a fair amount of the material. It is not only lighter than your typical metal that is used to build a car, but it is also stronger.
If a vehicle has carbon fibre panels, it will take off a lot faster and has the potential to reach a higher speed. The historyThe Mercedes-Benz high performance division was originally founded back in 1967, named AMG Motorenbau. To begin with they were known as a racing engine institution, testing and designing engines destined for racing. Eventually the brand was building sporty road cars with custom features based upon Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
At first AMG were a major outlet for Mercedes-Benz vehicles back in the 1990’s and eventually secured a deal with Daimler-Benz AG. The first mass produced vehicle to come from the deal was in 1993, with the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG being developed.
Before that during the 1980’s, AMG sold products such as alloy wheels, various sportily looking body parts such as spoilers and side skirts amongst a number of different exterior body features. AMG body kits were highly desired products, bringing out greater aggression in the car’s character.
The AMG Hammer Sedan, based upon the Mercedes-Benz W124 E-Class is a significant vehicle in the history of the company. The worldwide automotive stopped to take notice of a vehicle that had reached new heights in terms of modifications to a standard passenger vehicle. Developed back in 1986, the car gained the prestigious nickname of being the quickest passenger sedan in the world.
Under the bonnet came a super 5.6 litre V8 engine. AMG’s tuning ensured that it hit a maximum of 360 BHP, an amount of power that you wouldn’t usually associate a compact sedan with. It developed the nickname Hammer for it bullet like speed and fierce aggression. The powerful engine worked alongside twin camshafts and 32 valve cylinder heads. It’s acceleration wasn’t bad either. From the speeds of 60 to 120 MPH, the car was quicker than the Lamborghini Countach, quite an impressive achievement. The Mercedes-Benz high performance division really made a name for itself at this point.