AMG is currently the performance division of Mercedes Benz. It was founded in 1967 by Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher. They were former Mercedes Benz engineers who designed and tested engines for racing.
They were independently tuning Mercedes Benz cars for better performance as well as other brands. In 1999, they were acquired by Daimler and officially became the performance division for the brand.
AMG has made some crazy cars over the years and these are some of the best cars they’ve made.
15. Mercedes R63 AMG
In 2007, Mercedes made a minivan with an AMG badge. The R63 AMG was equipped with a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 making 510 horsepower. The base V8 made 302 horsepower. It had a 7-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive system and could hit 60 in less than 5 seconds. The R63 didn’t sell very well with only 200 units made worldwide making it one of the rarest AMG’s ever made.
14. Mercedes 300 SEL AMG
The 300 SEL AMG aka the Red Pig was one of the most successful AMG’s that ever raced. The 300 SEL was originally a luxurious car made from 1968-1970. The team at AMG then took the car and stripped all the luxury goodies and fit in a 6.8 liter V8 producing 428 horsepower. The car could hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and had a top speed of 160 MPH. It participated in the spa 24 hours and came 2nd overall in the competition. This car was very impressive considering the fact that it was never made for racing in the first place.
13. Mercedes CL65 AMG
The C216 CL what’s the last generation of Mercedes grand tourers. It was made between 2006 and 2014 all the AMG versions came in 2010. A CL63 version with a 5.5 twin-turbo V8 was available with 537 horsepower but the craziest version was the CL65. The CL65 had a 6 liter twin-turbo V12 making 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. It had a 5-speed automatic transmission and power was sent to the rear wheels only. The CL coupe was eventually replaced with the S-Class coupe.
12. Mercedes SL73 AMG
This SL was built between 1989 and 2001. The SL73 was a crazy small car with a huge engine. It has a 7.3-liter V12 engine making 525 horsepower which was later used in the Pagani Zonda. It could do 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 199 mph. Only 85 cars were made.
11. Mercedes 300E (Hammer)
The 300E was a car made between 1984 and 1995. The 300E Hammer was one of the fastest 4-door cars of its time. It was fitted with a 6.0 liter naturally-aspirated V8 that made 380 horsepower. The transmission at the time was a 4-speed automatic with power being sent to the rear wheels. It could hit 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and has a top speed of 190 mph. This was faster than the Ferrari Testarossa and a Lamborghini Countach.
10. Mercedes C63AMG (W204)
The W204 Mercedes-Benz C-Class was the brand’s best-selling vehicle at the time with over 2.4 million cars sold. The C63 AMG is one of the best cars in its class but the W204 C63 is one of the best ever made. It has a 6.2 liter V8 making 460 horsepower and was a direct rival to the Audi RS4 and BMW M3. It’s also one of the last naturally aspirated AMG’s that were made.
9. Mercedes AMG A45 S
The A-Class is currently the baby Mercedes for the A45 S is the most powerful version available. It has a 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 420 horsepower which is the most powerful four-cylinder engine on sale today. It has a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and angels 4matic+ all-wheel-drive system with a 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds has a top speed of 168 mph.
8. Mercedes AMG E63 Wagon
Wagons are great as they give you the low sitting position of a regular car and the luggage capacity of an SUV. The latest Mercedes E63 AMG wagon is a fun fast AMG-powered vehicle that can seat 5 people and their luggage. It has a 4-liter twin-turbo V8 making 563 horsepower and the S version produces 612HP and can do 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 186 mph. It has the benefits of every new Mercedes with its new 9-speed automatic transmission as well as the Mercedes 4matic+ all drive system.
7. Mercedes AMG G63 6X6
The G-wagon has been in production since 1979 and is one of the most iconic SUVs in production today. But in 2013 Mercedes gave us the most outrageous version of the G wagon. A 6×6 was a pickup version of the G63 AMG, it had a 5.5 liter twin-turbo V8 making 536 horsepower. You have a seven-speed automatic transmission and sends power to All 6 wheels. This G wagon was lifted with portal axles and was given a truck bed. It had 18 inches of ground clearance as well as 37-inch Beadlock wheels which gave the car awesome off-road capabilities. A bit over 100 vehicles were made for the entire world, Brabus-made versions were also available with as much as 700 horsepower.
6. Mercedes McLaren SLR
The Mercedes McLaren SLR was a hyper GT jointly developed by Mercedes-Benz and McLaren automotive between 2003 and 2009. Mercedes-Benz at the time on 40% of McLaren, the car was an homage to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. It has a 5.4 liter supercharged V8 making 620 horsepower. The SLR used a 5-speed automatic transmission and send power to the rear wheels. The car could hit 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 208 mph. It was also made as a roadster and had special versions like the 722, 722s, and Stirling Moss.
5. Mercedes AMG GT R
The AMG GT Black series has just been announced but the sweet spot of the AMG GT is the AMG GTR. Mercedes AMG we’re so proud of the GTR that they nicknamed it the “beast of the green hell” after the Nurburgring. It has a front mid-engine 4 liter twin-turbo V8 making 577 horsepower. It has AMG 7-speed dual-clutch transmission which sends power to the rear wheels. A roadster version was made in 2019 but is limited to 750 units.
4. Mercedes AMG CLK DTM
The CLK DTM had a 5.5 supercharged V8 making 582 horsepower. The car was made to celebrate the recent version of the CLK which won the German touring car championship. It used a 5-speed automatic transmission and was rear-wheel drive only. It had manually adjustable suspension, new 19-inch alloy wheels, bucket seats, a wing, and a host of other race-inspired upgrades. Only 100 coupes and 80 convertibles were built for the European market only.
3. Mercedes SLS AMG
The Mercedes SLS AMG is the spiritual successor to the Mercedes-Benz 300SL made between 1954 and 1957. The SLS was produced between 2010-2014. It has a 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 making 563 horsepower but the Black series version made 631 horsepower. The party piece of this car is its engine and its gullwing doors which are inherited from the 300SL. The Black series version had a redline of 8000 RPM and could do 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds and had a top speed of 196 mph.
An all-electric vehicle was also available which was the most powerful version making 740 horsepower from its electric motors. The car was a bit slower than its engined counterparts and could do 60 in only 3.9 seconds and had a range of 160 miles. It was also a bit heavier than the regular SLS and less than 100 of them were sold.
2. Mercedes CLK GTR
The CLK GTR was a race car that was later homologated for road use. It had mid-engine a 6.9 liter V12 making 612 horsepower. The transmission has a 6-speed sequential manual which sent all of its power to the rear wheels. The FIA GT1 class which the CLK GTR was supposed to race in was canceled in 1999. But Mercedes still had to make the road cars as promised. Only 28 of these cars were ever produced 20 coupes, 6 roadsters, and 2 prototypes. They cost as much as a million dollars when they were brand new.
1. Mercedes AMG ONE
The AMG one is the latest upcoming limited edition formula 1 derived car being made by Mercedes-Benz. It has a 1.6-liter engine from the 2016 formula 1 car driven by Lewis Hamilton. Combined with its electric motors the car is set to meet between 1050 and 1250 horsepower. All 275 minutes of the car has already been sold each costing a whopping $2.7 million per car.
AMG is one of the best performance divisions of any car maker and knows how to create awesome engines and make normal cars exciting. Their V8 and V12 powered cars are legendary and we look forward to more exciting cars.
Have you owned an AMG-powered car? if you have please let us know and if you haven’t which one is your best AMG-powered vehicle.