In Rare Form Uncommon AMG's

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In Rare Form: Uncommon

No one is denying that most are sick cars. What’s not to A big, solid Mercedes an absolute monster of an engine under the hood is a great something to wake up in the morning and be for in today’s market filled fuel-sipping hybrid garbage.  But seeing an AMG Mercedes isn’t as exciting as, say… a Ferrari Or a 911 GT2.  Or a Gallardo.  They’re even in boring areas Raleigh.  Heck, there’s a guy rolls up to my Starbucks every day in an AMG.  And another lady a CLK63 AMG Cabriolet.  But while I was up the Accord today, a truly AMG pulled in next to me, and I did a double

A freakin’ R63 AMG 4Matic. A WHAT?  the AMG version of Merc’s failed Take one 7-passenger people then stuff it with a 500 horsepower AMG 6.2L 32v V8, add permanent 4WD, and you have perhaps the classiest way to get the kids to soccer ever. I personally have seen one before today, and if I seen the quad exhaust I might not have noticed.  Why so Well, the R63 was only ever to order.  That means you just roll up to the Mercedes and hand over $90k for a rocket-van.  No, some nut-job custom-ordered one and waited months.

Which got me thinking about all the rare AMG Benz’s, stuff you see every day like a C32 or an E55.  a little research, I realized the R63 is merely the tip of the iceberg for rare

Not many remember now, but AMG out life as an independent tuning that specialized in making powerful Mercedes Benz’s, not a subsidiary of the company itself.  It got noticed by Mercedes with version of the W124 E-class, nicknamed the Hammer.  If the nickname give it away, the video let you know: it’s a bad mother%(@#$!

Despite looking like a Mercedes sedan, this was one of the cars on the road back in The engineers in Affalterbach took out the quite lovely) 3.0L I6 from the regular 300E, and in the 5.6L M117 V8 from the While the cat-equipped SL motor choked out 178bhp (later AMG engineers installed their own 4v heads in place of Merc’s 2v heads.  Along with tricks, the massaged M117 out 360 horsepower (DIN, no cats).  If wasn’t enough, AMG had a Hammer 6.0 that stroked the motor out to and 375 horsepower.  Which allowed it to from 60-120mph faster a Countach of the time period.  price embarassing Lambo Well, if you threw in the optional LSD, upgraded rear suspension upgrades, body 17″ AMG wheels, and interior package, a Hammer was $161,422.  Those be the most expensive 15 horsepower have ever existed, the 6.0 upgrade costing $39,950 – in dollars.  Still, for the price of a you got the performance of a Countach, except room for 5, German build and a kind of classiness no Lambo ever possess.  Plus, the 6.0 do 185mph. Which was one mph lower the claimed top speed of the Countach, it was famous for not being able to

AMG also built cars off the attractive W124 Coupe, a fairly rare car.  is a 300CE 6.3 AMG, which had a 2v punched out to 6.3L and 300 horsepower.  AMG did than just big V8′s in the though – there were 6-cylinder 24v AMG 124′s, which are not well known.  AMG started the M104 24v straight-six (that the 177bhp M103 12v I6), but the displacement out to 3.4L.  Power from 217bhp in the E300-24 to 272bhp.  The engine was later to 3.6L, combining the smaller block with the crankshaft a 350SD – that’s some back-yard engineering there!  the new crank, power was up to 276bhp and right at 284.  This was later used in the somewhat well-known C36 AMG, which was the official Mercedes-AMG collaboration, in It’s a classic straight big, smooth, torquey, and to smoke tires at will.

Mercedes achieved great with AMG-fettled 190E in DTM, and AMG did make a handful of W201 190E’s for the road as While the regular 2.3/2.5-16 was a hot car for the times, AMG skipped over the Cosworth-tuned I4 and worked on the six that was in the 190E.  Stretched from a up to a 3.2L, the 190E 3.2 AMG had 234 horsepower – equal with the last 190E-16′s.  They were expensive cars (about in 1990 money) and only 200 made, so chances of seeing one of a jpeg on the internet are pretty

When Mercedes changed the over to the M119 in 1990, it a set of 4 overhead camshafts and double the The biggest, baddest M119 was in the which was co-developed with At 322 horsepower, it had the power to run with the E34 M5.  Undoubtedly miffed at one-upped by Porsche, AMG developed own version of the M119- again out to 6.0L, but now with 381 horsepower.  AMG-ified M119 was used in the of the W124 E-classes and early as the E60 AMG. Coincidentally, the W124 E60 is one of the meanest looking Benzes

Everyone is surely familiar the W210 E55 AMG.  It was basically the car made a name for AMG in the states, the small-volume C36.  It used a 5.4L version of the new 3v M113 V8, and 349 pushed it to sixty in only 4.9 But the M113 came out in 1998, and the E-class came out in 1995.  So in W210′s got the fettled 4v M119.  of all was the 1996 E60 AMG, confusingly considering the engine was a further-stroked with 6.3L of displacement.  output was a thumping 405bhp and 454 of torque, which was actually than Mercedes’s own 6.0L 48v V12 in the SL600.  No wonder it didn’t around long… it’s wise to step on papa’s

AMG also built a bewildering 4 R129′s. The R129 SL-class sold between 1990 and was a fairly powerful car from the discounting the 2.8L I6 powered there was the 300+bhp 500SL and the V12-powered 600SL (later SL 500 and SL AMG offered two V8 and two V12 models over the lifespan.  Most common was the AMG, which used the 6.0L 32v M119 V8 as the E60 AMG, 381 horsepower.  There were a of SL55 AMG’s, with the 24v 5.4 AMG V8.  More interesting the V12′s, though.  There was an AMG, which had a larger-displacement V12, about which little information is available the fact that it exists.  well known was the wicked AMG, pictured above.  M120 was stretched to 7.3 liters and out 525 horsepower.  This monster of an later went on to power the Zonda – and the motor itself is a of art in aluminum.

AMG only did around 300 SL-class cars, making exceedingly rare.  Rumor has it the of Brunei was a big fan of the R129 SL73 and owns a couple of them.


not very well known, but AMG has and marketed diesel-engined models in the In what is perhaps one of the longest not attached to a Subaru, Mercedes sell you a C30 CDI AMG Sports Coupe, and wagon.  The engine was a tweaked of the C270 CDI’s OM612 diesel, expanded out to a 3.0L 2.7.  Power was up from 170 to a AMG-like 231, but the most aspect was the torque: the C30 CDI motor 398lb-ft at 2,000rpm, which was to make some come out of the but not the exhaust.  This model was concurrently with the C32 AMG (which had the 18v V6), but most people up deciding that if they going to get an AMG in the first place, economy was not a concern.

The engine itself was actually different from the normal 2.7L, and used a lot of cool to make the extra power.  It a bespoke block with a oil rail for under-piston oil squirters.  The was reworked for larger coolant and oil and the compression ratio was dropped with the longer … to higher boost levels.  was really slick: the C30 skipped the air-to-air intercooler for an air-to-water that had an electronically controlled to regulate temperature, meaning the C30 CDI maximum boost whether it was 40 or 90 degrees outside.  Performance was at 6.8 seconds to 100km/h and 155mph but more impressively an average of mpg EU – which helped the sting of the C30 more than a second to sixty than it’s gas the C32 AMG.  Still, low demand saw the C30 CDI AMG for the 2004 model year, and aren’t something AMG has tried then.

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And, we can’t a post on rare AMG’s mentioning the Black Series Apparently “regular” AMG models weren’t ferocious enough, and AMG saw a to differentiate their mainstream from the serious performance These special models on simplification, weight reduction, suspension and even more The first was the SLK 55 AMG Black Series, of 100 were produced in 2006, was a little car.  The folding roof was ditched in favor of a carbon-fibre roof, the wheels lighter, there were brakes, and the 5.4L 24v V8 was upgraded to 400 and 383 lb-ft, gains of 45bhp and The Black Series was usefully with 0-60 in 4.5 (compared to 4.9 for a SLK55), and the electronic speed was raised from 155mph to The SLK55 Black Series was intended for track work, and a price tag of €107,300, it was only to wind up as a rich-guy trackday

So, if you’re Mika Hakkinen, a pro for Mercedes-AMG in the DTM series, what do you around in Monte Carlo in free time?  Why, a CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet.  Mercedes actually 100 each of the CLK DTM AMG in coupe and cabriolet While the “normal” (heh) AMG is powered by a naturally aspirated engine, the CLK DTM AMG uses the supercharged of the V8 to the tune of 582 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of This wasn’t your supercharged 5.4, either – the power came from new con-rods, a revised supercharger, and a restrictive exhaust.  Of course, the DTM AMG some faintly ridiculous when you got on the gas pedal:

The DTM also got a of other performance goodies.  obvious is the DTM-inspired wide kit, with most of the new panels rendered in lightweight Staggered (19″/20″) lightweight AMG alloys were wrapped in Dunlop DOT slicks (285′s in the and covered huge carbon-composite six pistons front, four rear.  There was also a LSD in the back to put the power down.  the DTM had carbon-shell sports seats Alcantara and leather trip up and it retained rear seats the later CLK63 Black All this for only €277,000 and

The CLK63 AMG replaced the CLK55 the new 6.2L 32v V8 was released, and the CLK63 Series AMG was the ultimate development of the It was a considerably more focused car than the normal CLK63, more power, less and simpler mechanics making it a track tool.  The V8 was bumped up to 500 through new intake and exhaust along with a re-tune, and the drive ratio was 6% shorter for acceleration.  Most interesting was the revised suspension, which was for ride height, compression and on the dampers, and toe and camber settings.  The CLK ditched the rear seats of the model for an upholstered “parcel to save weight, and it will go in history as one of Clarkson’s favorite ever.  The Black also had upgrades to make it a more performance car, like a radiator, rear differential and an additional transmission cooler.

Which leads us to our last which also happens to be the powerful road car Mercedes has made. The SL65 Black is more well known a lot of the other AMG’s in this and perhaps because of it’s numbers:  661 horsepower, and torque electronically limited to 738 lb-ft, of the full 885lb-ft, to protect the As if the regular twin-turbocharged V12 SL65 it’s 612bhp wasn’t enough, AMG upgraded the turbochargers, and exhaust for the gain, meaning is likely a lot more potential in this engine for those enough to mess with it.

the SLK55 Black, the SL65 ditches the heavy power-retracting top (which is what makes the SL so to me, but never mind) in favor of a fixed roof.  It gets the wide-body treatment as well, in carbon-fibre of course.  The adaptive have been ditched for coilovers with progressive and the track width of the Black is wider for better cornering

Skip ahead to about for the good stuff in that including a wreckless little on a residential street.  Of course, if you can a Merc with a MSRP of you can probably afford a wreckless ticket too.

Did I miss favorite rare AMG?  Got a of these?  Leave us a comment in the box

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