AMG At Forty

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Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG Special Series

AMG At Forty

Two guys in a garage. the proverbial American high-tech story. It’s also the of AMG, now Mercedes Car Group’s high-performance subsidiary. Forty ago, AMG was, in the then-new own words, made of engineering, and testing specialists in the development of engines.

The company name from the initials of its founders, Werner Aufrecht and Erhard and Aufrecht’s birthplace, Grossbach, Not strictly in a garage, but in an old mill in near Affalterbach, AMG built cars based on the Mercedes-Benz sedan, and competed in European car races.

The first major was in the 24-hour endurance race at Belgium in 1971, where the Mercedes 300SEL finished in class and second overall. was followed with multiple in the German Touring Car (DTM) and a title in the International Touring Car series. When the FIA, the body of world motorsport, a GT championship series for Grand prototypes based on production in 1997, the title went to for the winning performance of the CLK coupe-based (if CLK-GTR. The following year, the won all eleven races of the season. AMG competes — and wins in the DTM.

With competition came a demand for street-legal but AMG high-performance cars based on sedans. This started in the mid-1970s, and quickly grew. By AMG had opened a second plant and has to employ 100 people. Its products, on Mercedes-Benz sedans, gained not only from well-heeled enthusiasts but from celebrities as Its first U.S.-legal offering was The based on a 1987 300E and by a 360-horsepower 5.6-liter V8.

By 1990 AMG had grown to 400 employees and factories, large for a tuner and manufacturer but still miniscule to the major players. More at that time AMG and Mercedes-Benz a cooperative agreement that AMG products to be sold and maintained Mercedes-Benz’s worldwide dealer a decided advantage for a small like AMG.

That venture soon bore in the form of 1993’s C36 AMG. cooperation continued throughout the and in 1999 Hans Werner transferred a majority stake in AMG to AG. Aufrecht kept the motorsport which became H.W.A. works closely with Motorsport for DTM projects. Yet more models ensued, and on January 1, DaimlerChrysler bought the remaining AMG to create Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

with the E63 AMG, CLS 63 AMG, S 65 CL 63 AMG, CLK 63 AMG, SLK 55 AMG, SL 55 SL 65 AMG, ML 63 AMG, and G 55 AMG there are AMG of many of the members of the Mercedes-Benz Does this reduce Hardly. The cars — and in the cases of the ML and G — are produced in quantities in the old-world manner. built to an obsessive degree an intensive amount of skilled As an example, each engine is by one of a group of 45 master technicians, who signs a plaque in the engine Exhaust systems and aerodynamic parts are unique to AMG, as are to standard Mercedes-Benz automatic optimized for higher performance. and suspension upgrades are the result of of competition experience.

You will notice that in the above, the number 63 appears often. This signifies a new for AMG. The twincam, 32-valve V8 is the first AMG engine not to be based on a powerplant. This helps differentiate AMG vehicles from Mercedes counterparts, and points to future. With horsepower from 475 to well over depending on application, it compares to the existing AMG/Mercedes supercharged V8. World emissions requirements are stricter, and the current supercharged AMG will soon be unable to those requirements.

Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG Special Series

As part of the of its 40th anniversary, AMG had a display some of its historic and newest at the Pebble Beach Concours, Monterey, CA. After that there was a special event for the press a few miles to the north, in Moon Bay, CA. The 1971 300 SEL and some other vintage AMG were on display, and examples of the E 63, ML 63, and CLK 63 Series were available for on the local roads.

The E 63 is closest in spirit to the original a four-door, five-passenger sedan combines a level of upscale and comfort that rivals of a standard Mercedes-Benz with potential that can humble a sports car. It’s an fist in a velvet glove the way that the Germans know with 507 horsepower, 465 lb-ft of a 4.3-second 0-60 potential, and a limited) 155-mph top speed. also available as a wagon, possibly the quickest and fastest wagon ever, and that is the I drove first. Verdict: As quiet, and civilized as any car ever and remarkably competent even on the indifferently-paved roads that off California Highway One into the hills. Combine the space and of a wagon — not to mention its stealth factor — serious power and brakes and to match, and the E 63 AMG wagon is the most supercar ever made. A all-around vehicle for the well-heeled.

up was what the AMG representatives called the all-rounder AMG, the ML 63. Now, in the hands, high-performance SUV is an oxymoron of the order. Power added to weight and and a high center of does not necessarily equal in vehicle dynamics. Fortunately, the ML is an excellent starting point for a SUV, being as the base ML is competent at speed on the road, or on the track. AMG works its magic to the of 503 horsepower and 465 lb-ft, full-time drive with three differentials, and an AMG-tuned fully-independent air

At 5100 pounds ready to and roll, consider it a sumo rally car, with sub 0-60 potential and handling would be considered good for a car its mass. With a minimum of 7.1 of clearance (and a maximum of it was the perfect vehicle for the section of on which I drove. I was familiar that sorry strip of from riding motorcycles in the twenty years ago, and it was paved then. If it had seen since those days, it seen much. The frost-heaved of the Midwest and East have on California’s fine back and when I came over a rise to find a four-inch lump of pavement in the middle of the — evidence of soil from rain or tectonic or a combination thereof — it was not the of terror that might been had I been in a sports car limited clearance under its The suspension was stiff enough to body roll, all the more because of the vehicle’s height, but it was not at all Add to its athletic abilities on the road a towing capacity and spacious and cargo interior, and the ML 63 AMG combines and utility like nothing

The most exclusive, and best, was for last. That would be the CLK 63 Series, a more limited-production of the regular CLK 63 AMG. It improves on the CLK 63’s 475 horsepower with with the same 465 lb-ft of It’s a road-legal replica of the Formula One safety cars, and as leverages the look and technology of the world. That is far more skin deep — as in a car, the suspension is fully Probably few of the Black Series will be used for track understandable due to their price and but a shame nonetheless, as the car is meant to be as to that as to road use. with blistered fenders and fiber aerodynamic devices, it like a road-legal DTM car. An oil for the differential is hidden in the rear fiber venturi panel.

it’s all business, and the business is driving in comfort. To save the CLK’s rear seat is and while the appointment level is to the high AMG standard, it’s far luxo-tourer opulence — as is for its mission. From the factory, the is very, very firm, for racing speeds. Most high-performance cars are electronically to 250 kph — about 155 mph — for top the CLK 63 Black Series goes to or 186 mph. Not that I got within 100 mph of or 120 for that matter, such is in traffic. Acceleration is fierce, a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds, and and cornering grip easily that level. The AMG representatives that the Black Series toward the future of AMG. looks like a very future.

Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG Special Series
Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG Special Series

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