For over 50 years, Mercedes-AMG has stood for performance and luxury. Let’s take a look together at the visions from that time that have become legends of today.
Our visions of yesteryear are the legends of today.
Dear friends of Mercedes-AMG,
When Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher laid the cornerstone of our company in 1967, they probably had no idea that a global brand would emerge from their small two-car garage. And yet, it was their will to pursue maximum performance that still shapes our company – and thus me as well – today. Let’s take a look in the rear-view mirror of Mercedes-AMG and discover visionary vehicles from days gone by that today are the stuff of legend. Performance and perfection will continue to be our maxim going forward. Our origins are also the measure of our future.
Philipp Schiemer, CEO Mercedes-AMG
AMG 300 SEL 6.8
AMG achieves fame overnight. The first racing car to bear the AMG logo confidently comes out on top in its class at the 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps and also reaches second place in the overall standings. It is the legendary, red-painted AMG 300 SEL 6.8 that symbolizes the roots of AMG to this day.
AMG 300 E 5.0–6.0
Escalation: “The Hammer” answers questions that nobody dared ask before – with up to 385 hp.
Subsequently, the new four-valve cylinder head is used not only in the AMG version of the S-Class, but primarily also in the sedan and, from 1987 onwards, in the mid-range coupé (W 124). The car puts out an unbelievable 265 kW (360 hp) of power, delivers a radical 510 newton meters of torque, and can reach speeds of up to 303 km/h.
C 36 AMG
Epochal: The C 36 AMG is the brainchild of the newly concluded partnership between AMG and Mercedes-Benz.
The C 36 AMG begins its triumphant march. By 1997, with 5,000 units sold, it had developed into one of AMG’s first hits in terms of sales.
“In 1993, we ushered in a new era with the C 36 AMG. It was the first AMG vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz world.” – Mario Spitzner, Director of Marketing (1990-2014)
E 50 AMG
Pure avant-garde: In June 1995, Mercedes-Benz presents a new generation of E-Class models: the 210 series with the four-eyed face. Six months later, a sporty luxury-class sedan is added to the model range in the form of the E 50 AMG. The E 420 forms the technical basis of the “Avantgarde” equipment line, the technically progressive model variant of the E-Class.
SLS AMG 2009
Magnum opus: The SLS is AMG’s masterpiece – the first independently developed supercar. With gullwing doors.
Wings of the brand
The first model completely developed by Mercedes-AMG causes a sensation. With the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Mercedes-AMG creates a modern sports car icon in Affalterbach. The sound and the uncompromising driving dynamics, as well as the legendary gullwing doors, thrill admirers around the world. Mercedes-AMG has reached a new pinnacle in its development: AMG is now the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz.
Mercedes-AMG Safety Cars
The safety cars in particular demonstrate just how deeply AMG’s racing roots run: Without major adaptations, the Mercedes-AMG SLS with series production technology from Bernd Mayländer is able to move out in front of Formula 1 cars with impressive speed, thus also commanding the respect of their drivers.
SLS AMG GT3
The SLS AMG GT3 is the result of more than 40 years of motorsport expertise and concentrated passion. No wonder that the uncompromising GT3 variant only serves one purpose: To race.