Welcome to Affalterbach! This is where the foundations of the Mercedes-AMG success story were laid. Motorsport, small series production, engine manufacturing and complete vehicle developments were and are to be found here. Affalterbach - Home of Driving Performance.
Relocation to the Affalterbach site
Start in Affalterbach
In 1967, Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher found AMG and install their workshop in a mill in the village of Burgstall. The company grows, in 1976, AMG moves to Affalterbach. The newly built Aufrecht family home is wall to wall with the workshop and the first showroom. Over the years, the site expands. Today, the new customer centre is situated right next to these first buildings. By the way: The "G" in the company name stands for the town where both company founders lived when they first set up the company, Grossaspach.
Development of the first AMG/MB 4-valve engine
FIRST AMG V8 4-VALVE ENGINE
The 6.0-litre version of this engine makes the "Hammer" the world's fastest series-production car, highlighting once more AMG's engine expertise. As an aside: The cylinder head which Erhard Melcher developed for this engine, a new concept featuring four valves per cylinder, was also used by Mercedes-Benz in the 500 SEC.
Cooperation agreement with Mercedes-Benz/C36
Co-operation with Mercedes-Benz
Official co-operation with Mercedes-Benz opens up new sales opportunities for AMG via the worldwide Mercedes-Benz dealer network. First car developed under the co-operation contract is the C 36 in 1993. For many years, AMG model prices are listed separately from the Mercedes-Benz models. In 2005, the Mercedes-AMG GmbH becomes a 100 per cent subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz.
Production E 50 AMG BR 210 in Affalterbach
The E 50 is built on a small scale in Affalterbach. This AMG sedan produces 255 kW (347 hp) which is nearly 25 per cent more than the E 420, Mercedes-Benz' top model in the E-Class. The magazine “Road & Track” writes: “On the road the E 50 has a dual character. At mild throttle openings it drives just like an E 320 [...]. However, when you really put your foot deep into the long-travel throttle (...), the spirit of the 500 E rises up and turns this 4-door sedan into a rocket.”
Opening of showroom and engine factory
One Man – One Engine
The showroom and the engine workshop are inaugurated at their present sites. For the first time, every engine built here comes with a plaque that shows the mechanic's signature, bearing visible witness to AMG's handcrafting approach.
Market launch SLS AMG
The SLS AMG is the first car developed solely by AMG. The coupe marks the return of the gullwing doors after the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL from the Fifties. For the first time, AMG launches a super sports car with a stiff and light-weight aluminium spaceframe body shell. Also typical of sports cars is the weight distribution of 47 over 53 per cent front to rear axles due to the front-mid engine and the transmission in transaxle layout.
Start of customer sport @AMG
Launch of AMG Customer Racing
AMG enters customer racing with the new SLS GT3. Already in its first full season, the racecar becomes the most successful newcomer of the year scoring over 20 victories on four continents. The teams’ title in the FIA GT3 European Championship for HEICO Motorsport crowned the debut season. Prestigious Championship titles and victories in worldwide racing series make Mercedes-AMG one of the leading manufacturers in international motorsports today.
SLS E Drive
First electric Super-Sportscar
Simultaneously with coupe and roadster, AMG develops the SLS Electric Drive. It is the world's first fully electric super sports car. Its four electric motors sit close to the wheels and produce 733 hp (552 kW) of output and a torque of 1000 Nm. The extremely powerful high-voltage battery is the result of the collaboration between Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth in the UK.
Market launch AMG GT
The GT Family – Pured-bred AMG
The Mercedes-AMG GT is the second sports car developed in-house by AMG. Like the SLS, it has a front mid-engine concept with transaxle and a body shell made almost completely from aluminium. It is the first model to be fitted with the compact 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine. With its favourable power-to-weight ratio of 3.3 kilograms per hp, already the first model that is launched self-confidently lines up alongside the very best in its segment.
Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 8.7 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 198 g/km; Stromverbrauch kombiniert: 32 kWh/100 km | Emissionsangabe [1,6]
The Future of Driving Performance
Bringing Formula 1 technology to the road is what the Mercedes-AMG ONE is all about. This automotive dream is made possible through the close-knit co-operation of Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach with the Formula 1 experts in England. New and astounding: The 1.6-litre V6 hybrid petrol engine with direct injection and electrically assisted single turbocharging comes directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 racing car. The drive system is completed by an electrically driven front axle. Together they produce a system output of over 740 kW (1,000 hp).