AMG's History: Do you know how it re-builds Mercedes-Benz cars?


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This article would teach readers how AMG came to existence and the process the company follows in re-building Benz cars.

Human beings have a natural tendency to always want more from anything. A testimony of that is the 45-year-old existence of Mercedes-Benz thanks to two men with a passion for motorsports Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher who decided to develop a racing engine on a 300 SEL model while working in the racing department of Daimler-Benz.


AMG has been the tuner of Mercedes-Benz cars since 1967

After a while, Daimler-Benz pulled out of racing activities to focus on mass production and distribution of cars around the world because unlike today, there was no financial profit from racing asides bragging right and making headlines of Newspapers. This didn't stop these two petrol heads from their passion for racing, they continued to develop various Mercedes engines and in 1965, their hard work paid off when a man named Manfred Schiek won a German touring car championship 10 times in the cars developed by these two petrol heads.

In 1967, they both left Benz and founded AMG tuning company forming the acronym from Aufrecht, Melcher, and Grosaspach.
AMG was able to earn it's way up to becoming the official performance division of Mercedes-Benz motor company. Benz gives AMG almost completed brand new cars to develop fully into official performance trims that would be sold to customers of Mercedes all around the world.
Now you might be wondering what AMG really does? Well, keep reading to find out!

1) Engine development:

AMG builds engines for the Benz cars they work on from scratch and it is very interesting to know that the popular V8 bi-turbo engine by AMG is handcrafted just to make it perfect. AMG uses better performing components in its engine builds and boosts the overall power of its engine so it performs over 30% more than the standard Mercedes-Benz counterpart.


AMG sticks with bolstering performance and sporty look

2) Modified body kits:

AMG modifies the pre-existing body kits on Mercedes-Benz cars so that they can be more aerodynamic just to allow the cars to go fast with less resistance to air. In doing this, they make the car look sportier and better looking. The E63 and E63s are perfect examples for this! can you see the obvious difference in styling between them.


The E63 was made more sporty through styling the exterior

3) Performance brakes:

AMG includes braking in it's building processes by installing performance and lighter brake components that can handle the stopping of cars they modify efficiently. 
The brakes also look aesthetically beautiful because the calipers are always colored and branded AMG. 


Not only tuning the engine and styling the exterior, AMG tampers with the wheels and rims as well

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4) Performance exhaust:

The sound of an AMG is one of the best sounding cars you would find around today as the company makes sure the engine tuning fits the exhaust system perfectly. The cars breathe better and sound deeper with performance exhaust AMG fits onto them.


AMG makes sure the best sounds emitting from its exhaust pipes

5) Performance rims:

AMG uses a better looking, sportier and lighter rims as shoes on all their cars so that the car can be lighter and still look very appealing.


Light rims help the car fleet faster on the road

The AMG company does all these things and just makes its cars irresistible. Mercedes-Benz already styles their cars to the max, then AMG adds sports accents to the car, taking it close to perfect.

How do you identify an AMG?

Well, there is an easier way than trying to tell from the body kit. From the emblem at the rear of the car, you can tell from the alphanumeric code. For it to be an AMG, it must have only two numbers in the code while the standard trims have three numbers in the alphanumeric code.


Some cars just simply put the AMG letter on the rear end of the car

For example, we have the C300, C350 for the standard C-Class while it's corresponding AMG variant is the C45 or the C63s. The most common AMG in Nigeria is the G63s boxy SUV not because it is the cheapest but because Nigerians love the statement it makes for them as owners of the car.  

The following is a list of all the AMG cars in production currently: A45, C63s, C45, C45, C45, CLS63s, CLS53, E63s, GLE63s, GLA45, GLE43, GLE63, GLC43, GLS63, G63, G65, S63, SLS63, SLS65, SL55, SL63, SLK55, CLA45, GT63S, GT 4 DOOR, GTS, SLC43, GLB35, S65, SLS GT, and SLR.

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AMG has produced other performance cars in the past that wasn't a Mercedes-Benz host vehicle. There was once an AMG Mitsubishi Gallant. 


There was a time AMG tuned the Mitsubishi Gallant

AMG cars are not economical at all because maximum performance is what they always strive to achieve with their cars.

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