If you’ve ever shown any interest at all in Mercedes-Benz models, the chances are you’re at least familiar with AMG® vehicles. You’ll know there are Mercedes-AMG® versions of many of the models the German automaker produces, but just what is an AMG® model, and are all AMG® models created equal? The truth is, most casual observers probably don’t fully understand what AMG® is and what the different AMG® designations are, so let’s look at the subject in detail to explain it all.

What exactly does AMG® stand for?

AMG® stands for Aufrecht, Mechler, and Großasch, but that probably won’t mean much unless you’re German. Aufrecht and Melcher where AMG®’s two founding members and Großasch was the Southern German birthplace for Aufrecht’s birth town. Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher were Mercedes-Benz Motorsport engine technicians, and the pair basically broke away from the company to set about tuning engines on their own for both the track and the road. Mercedes-Benz recognized their expertise and soon employed them to work on the company’s race engines. AMG® was formed in 1966 and was successful from the very beginning. In 1990, the partnership between AMG® and Mercedes-Benz was consolidated when an agreement was signed so Mercedes-Benz could directly maintain and sell AMG® licensed products.

What makes an AMG® Mercedes-Benz special?

The main difference between a regular Mercedes-Benz and a Mercedes-AMG® is the power unit under the hood. An AMG®-tuned engine will produce considerably more power than the non-AMG® units it’s based on. However, the trick AMG® performs is to make its engines as docile and friendly as normal engines when they need to be, but staggeringly powerful and quick when the driver wants them to be.
That’s just the start though, and that’s because an AMG® model must also have plenty of other upgrades to handle, and to make the absolute most of the power AMG® squeezes out of the engine. Adaptive sports suspension setups, limited-slip differentials and other motorsport-derived features find their way into many AMG® models. And body-kits, flared arches, rear spoilers, big wheels, and other aesthetic enhancements leave nobody in any doubt about what an AMG® is capable of. Every full-fledged AMG® model also comes complete with the Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC® all-wheel-drive system for ultimate capability.

AMG® vs AMG®-Line

Various Mercedes-Benz models will have AMG® variants, and these will be designated as AMG® 43, 45, 63 and 65 models. These are the full-fat AMG® models with all the features we’ve discussed already, but as time goes by you’re more and more likely to come across “AMG® Line” models too. At the moment, here in America, AMG® Line is an option package that can be added to non-AMG® models, so buyers can get AMG® styling and some extra performance for a lot less money than a full-blown AMG® model with all of the performance upgrades. For example, a C 300 can be upgraded with an AMG® Line Package that includes AMG® body styling, an AMG® rear spoiler for Sedans and Coupes, and 18-inch AMG® 5-spoke wheels. The package also gets the C 300 sport suspension and steering, perforated front brakes with painted and lettered calipers, sport front seats, flat-bottom sport steering wheel, brushed aluminum pedals, AMG® floor mats and a black headliner. In Europe, AMG® Line has pretty much become a trim level, and as time goes by it wouldn’t be surprising if things developed in a similar way over here.

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