Driven 1995 MercedesBenz C 36 AMG – 45 Years of AMG Road & Track

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Driven: 1995 Mercedes-Benz C 36 AMG 45 Years of AMG

June 26, 2012 / / By Nick Kurczewski

Mercedes-Benz invited us to Affalterbach, Germany, to the past, present, and future of its AMG division during its 45th AMG brand began as an outside engineering and tuning house by Hans-Werner Aufrecht and Erhard The company now builds everything high performance coupes and to racing machines and the upcoming SLS AMG E-Cell supercar .

As an automotive appetizer, so to speak, brought along several AMG models to help put the visit a historical context (and to lay a little rubber on the sleepy surrounding Affalterbach, the site of HQ since 1976). Our first was the oldest vehicle of the group, a 1995 C 36 AMG sedan. This was the vehicle jointly developed Daimler-Benz and AMG.

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The exterior of the C 36 has aged well. undoubtedly stodgier and more than any modern small sedan, but the chunky 17-inch AMG wheels and rear spoiler add a dose of sportiness into the Of course, none of this you for the time warp when you into a cabin that’s a sea of grey and black plastic. decals in Lego kits infinitely classier than the covering this car’s console. In the States the C 36 interior walnut trim, thank

Enough aesthetic griping, this 17 year old sports like to drive? In a straight-line reasonable punch, the 268-bhp inline-6 hustles the car from 0 to 60 mph in a over 6.0 seconds. That’s good, even by today’s Yet the brakes and steering definitely their age. Perhaps it was a of this model, but the brakes more `wooden’ than you expect. There was also a amount of slack in the steering traveling in a straight line. improved when pushing the car corners, and the suspension provided a ride and stable feel.

To be honest, a BMW M3 from the same era feel nimbler and more fun to #150; despite being 28 horsepower (in U.S. models) to the C 36 AMG. Driving enthusiasts also favor the 5-speed offered in the M3, versus the 4-speed fitted to the Benz. I was still in school when the C 36 AMG was new and, than likely, drooled the first reviews in my stack of car But time has moved on, and the C 36 is beginning to as dated as my MC Hammer cassettes.

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