AMG is Mercedes-Benz’s performance arm and is responsible for taking standard family oriented vehicles, upgrading their parts and making them faster, more agile and brake harder. It’s a formula that has spawned generations of AMG versions of standard Mercs.
The company was founded by a couple of ex-Mercedes-Benz engineers, and started out as a racing engine forge in 1967. The name AMG, is an abbreviation of the surnames of both co-founders, Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher. And the G in the name, stands for Großaspach, which is Aufrecht’s home town.
Originally, AMG and Mercedes-Benz were two separate entities with the former functioning as an independent engineering firm that modified new Mercs with performance parts. It wasn’t until 1999 did Daimler-Benz AG, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, acquired AMG and turned it into it’s performance arm.
Visual dissimilarities between an AMG Mercedes-Benz and the car that is based are quite striking. Normally, the AMG one will feature more aggressive looks, side skirts, more prominent spoilers and larger yet lighter alloy wheels.
Despite the extensive changes, the vehicles still resemble their docile brethren, which is why many refer to AMG models as sleeper cars. These are vehicles that have the performance of sports cars but are still practical enough to function as a family oriented ones.
Overall, they will have a higher level of performance, handle better and incorporate more carbon-fibre in the construction of their body panels and interior. Basically, AMG cars are a direct rival to BMW’s M divsion, which is responsible for the M3, M4 and M5.
If you aren’t sold on the allure of an AMG version of a Mercedes-Benz like many car aficanados, take a look at the youtube video released by Petrolicious. It depicts the life and and experience of an owner of one of the best known AMG station wagons in existence, the 1987 Mercedes-Benz AMG Hammer Wagon.
Granted, it wasn’t the original car, but extensive work was put into the base one, which is exactly what AMG used to do back in the day, to create the ultimate sleeper Benz. Take a look at the video and let us know what you think.