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 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 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 could directly maintain and sell AMG licensed products.
What makes an AMG Mercedes special?
The main difference between a regular Mercedes and an AMG Mercedes 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 4Matic all-wheel-drive system for ultimate capability.
AMG vs AMG-Line
Various Mercedes 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 C300 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 C300 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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