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Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG Special Series

Driving (and drifting) the of Mercedes-Benz AMG

This photo $5,250,000 worth of AMGs a total of 16,428 horsepower. by Greg Jarem.

Mario has been at AMG 24 years. He has been with America for slightly Photo by Greg Jarem.

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Spitzner is a man who loves motorcycles, his job, and loves America.

is the current director of branding and at Mercedes AMG, a role he 24 years ago working for Hans-Werner — the A, quite simply, in He is thin and wiry, always always grinning — a of AMG lore and knowledge that he ceases to dispense. It’s so cool to be here, he gushed, up the sun from behind blue-tinted If I could work here instead of Stuttgart, where he terrifies autobahn laggers in sportbikes that sound tanks — I would yesterday!

See, began AMG was founded by two guys who first each other. Hans-Werner and Erhard Melcher both at Mercedes-Benz’s RD department, hired for engine development by Rudolf the father of the SLR. Melcher was an and an engine genius as well. called him the camshaft emperor.

The two their garage in an old mill in Burgstall. shortly after out their differences and summoning the to leave Mercedes-Benz together. It was Their first race car four years later; it was on the 300SEL 6.3, already a concept within Benz’s halls. AMG bored the engine to 6.8 painted it red, struggled to a driver willing to race the Sau , found one (Hans Heyer ), another one (Clemens Schickentanz ), second at the 1971 24 Hours of and laughed all the way to the bank .

AMG celebrated its employee in 1985; they’ll to uncork some more for the 1,200 workers who now ring the at Affalterbach. Of those 1,200, 70 build engines — a granted after they mechanics certification and a six-week These engine builders are so that customers routinely them gifts; when visit the factory, they take pictures with the man who worked on their car. customers go as far to order another AMG if its engine is built by the same AMG does this, sometimes, but we do this on a bigger scale. Is a popularity contest within the of Motorenbau und Entwicklungsgesellschaft . Not even knows.

In fact, Spitzner is the reason for all of 12 years ago, he was conducting seminars in his beloved United when he was shocked to learn not even the dealers knew AMG engines were hand-built. had to be a way to emphasize this, he thought. One one engine. It felt appropriate to these engine builders out of and into the limelight — so he went back to Germany, he the idea of plaques bearing the of the man who built the engine. His cohorts aghast. It was a gaudy, pretentious they argued; a line was supposed to be self-effacing, someone who by hand because it conveyed to detail, not personal celebrity. fought for six months before finally agreed. Every AMG comes with a plaque, with the signature of its very One man, one engine. Lucky is the who gets Schumacher’s autograph .


Spitzner dons Ray-Bans in front of some SLS Series, which he dubs the Vader of AMG.

Some fun facts about AMG:

only factory is in Affalterbach 30 north of Stuttgart. All engines are there and painstakingly shipped to factories around the world, in a of Just-In-Time hand-wringing. (More Benz still builds the in Tuscaloosa, Ala. despite not it here. AMG sold exactly 30. ) The crest depicts an apple both the symbol and meaning of AMG is building its own museum there; it bought back a 300CE once the fastest production car in the production falling into loosened definition of serial and DMV trickery. The only non-Mercedes project AMG ever did was in Japan, for the Debonair and Galant. Those, alludes, are better left AMG signed a cooperation agreement Mercedes-Benz in 1990; nine later, DaimlerChrysler would buy the company. The first official AMG with corporate blessing was the C36 AMG. AMG collaborated with on a Diavel two years ago; was this close to snapping up before archnemesis Ferdinand did so himself, to the tune of a cool billion. The collaboration ended after. Now, VAG can brag owning a motorcycle brand. still doesn’t stop from advertising in Motorrad. largest motorcycle magazine.

And another fun fact: the total sum of the 41 gathered at Willow Springs for our came to $5,250,000. Among were 16,248 hp and 24,430 of torque. As AMG’s biggest one-third of the entire range end up in America. Maybe that’s why likes it here so much.


The Edition 507 refers to its figure, which gets for truth in advertising but not creativity.

C63 AMG 507 : Mercedes views the C63 AMG 507 Edition as a a zenith of the C-class’s potential a new model bows. What are really celebrating? The destruction of rear tires, perhaps, or the long-forgotten glories of 507 naturally horsepower. (Benz’s special planners are blessed with rather than flourish.) they’re celebrating tape packages, gray hash along the lower doors mimic the AMG logo — but still a novelty for normally Mercedes-Benz.

The C63 has always been but the new-found prowess and power 56 hp over the regular C63’s 451 accentuates what’s great: balance, intoxicating sound, and the satisfying steering of any AMG. Its tires feel as if they’re on ice. Its naturally aspirated never lags or interrupts. Its is unparalleled — and yet, it’s time to settle and get to the business of driving fast, and the C63 is comfortable and communicative, able to put on its behavior. A car for the masses, even it won’t be.

All the sedans have sold. AMG, who simultaneously this proclamation while that its cars weren’t said that just the will be available until a new is foisted upon us. Lord what the next C will If it’s lighter as Benz then it may be an even greater of tire smoke.


The E63 S AMG Wagon is known in some as the Auto Journalist’s Special.

E63 S AMG : The name of the above vehicle is, and I an AMG product manager, the 2014 AMG E63 S-Model 4MATIC.

I swear, he evidently filled with as disbelief as us.

That S designation adds 37 hp the regular E63, in case the 540 simply wasn’t cutting it the homeowner’s association. But for 2014, the E63 S AMG is the E63 we get. And now that the E63, mandates 4MATIC all-wheel there’s a new hierarchy among the V8s at The C63 maintains the tail-out, burnout-happy that marked the range, the E63 has now advanced to the older brother of the If the AMG family can be likened to an actual family, the E63 would be older, — but prefers to use the term He’s moved out of the house, up a full-time job. Still a his suits are less Alfani. Brioni. And he forgoes the rambunctiousness of for all-weather comfort, at least in AMG tweaks the 50/50 front/rear split to something more a 33/67 split, nothing nothing less.

In precise 34/66 simply wouldn’t cut it.

And if you’re wondering, go ahead and put troubled mind to rest: you can still drift an E63. a wagon. Especially a wagon. it helps to be AMG Driving Instructor and 24 of Nьrburging winner Reinhold first.

You can step out the rear end a corner, but the E63 does so tepidly and — as if it’s chiding you it’s too grown up for this of thing. Instead, we may be allowed to Subaru on this: the beauty of drive means that not a one of the E63’s 577 hp goes to waste. It is all down exactly on cue. Its is wonderfully balanced for precision

Mercedes-Benz says that the system adds 150 lbs, but cuts 0-60 times to 3.5 seconds versus the RWD’s sprint. And what’s more, the product managers, when the choice Americans will order the faster model. No asked.

Greg Jarem

The AMG leads the pack, briefly.

AMG : We used to have a saying at said Spitzner. We use four-cylinder to drive the windshield wipers. was so pleased with this that he repeated it throughout the approximately 15 times. If it were one would have to imagine two 1.) AMG products are fabled throughout the for hefty wipers, powerful to clear bug and bird alike; and 2.) the AMG represents a Tectonic shift in how AMG its cars.

Even if a four-cylinder is an affront to V8s, the one it’s created is with 355 hp through a 26.1-psi presumably the size of a middle-aged the 2.0-liter holds the honor of the most powerful four-cylinder in today. It’s all very But the CLA failed to deliver the solidarity, and composure of the other AMGs

On Streets of Willow, the CLA45 AMG flimsy, uncharacteristically light The power delivery from amazing four didn’t smooth, sometimes tripping up the permanent 4MATIC system; it onto revs while uninspiring in the process. Yes, a cheap Mercedes, but it didn’t to sound cheap. On the only road near Willow the CLA45 felt more at — the road revealed a chassis that rotated through corners, as well as feel-worthy brakes.

Perhaps the CLA’s rub: it’s not pushing hard on track, but worth taking that drive. Its potential owners most likely agree.

Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG Special Series


An unknown journalist to do the SLS Roadster justice with an (Not even the 5S.)

SLS AMG : Admitting this to the public may be but here goes: the SLS Gullwing’s doors are overrated. The original featured those fabulous doors out of necessity. Its racing-derived chassis extended halfway the bodywork, and the doors needed to the sky-high sills. Today’s SLS has a modern unibody, low sills, and of legroom; its doors are slavishly a gaudy relic, an attempt to history for curbside flashiness. It but it’s intellectually dishonest.

No, for the Mercedes supercar experience, want the SLS Roadster. (Both have notchback rooflines, so wouldn’t you want the roof actually disappears?) Dropping the of the SLS only serves to emphasize its luscious and perfect in a classical — an automotive Golden a Fibonacci sequence rendered in

Where did the long hoods go? Why everyone sit over the rear Who would have expected the horsepower adherents at AMG to be such

Your average SLS shopper care about intellectual or form for form’s sake, but he care about how the Roadster him feel. It is a grand tourer in most noblest of European a modern-day Lancia Aurelia B24 a Ferrari 410 Superamerica Roadster. in every sense. Suddenly Marcello Mastroianni, speeding the countryside in a heady and loveless What country? Perhaps one, the featureless desert of its roads stretching into the two-tone horizon, broken by distant hills unreachable, towns uninhabited. Maybe a love waiting at the other of the horizon, your Catherine In a lavish automobile like the mind inevitably turns to such introspective rumination.

Plus, driving with the down only emphasizes the note.

It is the best-sounding car you can buy, with real money. It a fine line between the precision of the Lexus LFA and the obnoxious of the Jaguar F-Type. An example of the mechanical precision: when time to stop, the engine off right now . No drama, no lingering. One a burble; the next, silence. And all of your thoughts come back.

Perhaps those never left. Unlike the coupe, the SLS Roadster leaves no for intellectualism, only a decidedly passion. It is a conduit for hopeless of speeding across the desert at and gazing at the stars. It is a car that poetry.

Greg Jarem

the G-Wagen from a stoplight is firing the UN Building out of a circus

G63 AMG : Driving the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG is like a school bus attached to a Blue ocean liner attached to an Funny Car attached to a 1998 Explorer with a mattress on the

The G63 is a car that defies all rational or comparison. Take the doors, for Many who have been the G63 trot out the tiresome clichй its doors slam like vaults. I disagree. The G63’s slam like the ones on an European train car, the of some hoary mail-carrying stock from Yugoslavia big and heavy and square, never slamming on the first try. have exposed metal these big, outrageously units long surpassed by any quest for refinement or detail Of course they’re like They haven’t changed the G-Wagen entered production between the Marshall Plan and the of Kraftwerk, and why should they? then, should any of the G63 change?

The G63 AMG is the only vehicle with control that activates at lot speeds, blinking so much it cause seizures in cats. a warning on the sun visor, in 72 pt Corporate A proclaiming WARNING: ROLLOVER Please. The G63 has a rollover risk sitting still. AMG engineers mitigated this risk triple locking differentials, side pipes, and 8 inches of wheel travel, none of actually help on-road God forbid anyone takes $135,700 SUV into the desert the mine people live.

The time you take a corner at in the G63 AMG is an experience scarier than any Six roller coaster. It’s Try it. Turn in and realize that the tiller doesn’t so much the front wheels as it offers positive life-changing affirmations. The work well in the philosophical that anything that can to slow the G63 AMG down is impressive by If the brake discs were the of a pizza, its eater would win a upon finishing it .

Oh, and did we mention the G63 has 536 hp? Accelerating from a standstill is watching the UN Building being out of a circus cannon.

In the end the very of corners, to pseudo-paraphrase Mister is bunk. (For a while didn’t believe in them, Mercedes tuners have building ridiculous, gaudy, vehicles for decades — Lorinser. Koenig. Sbarro but not Famiglia — and what is the G63 if not the AMG codpiece, proof that ownership can hardly dampen insanity? Freud should be to know that not all unconscious are cigar-shaped.

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