What Shelby is to the Ford Mustang, AMG is to Mercedes-Benz. And while the German automaker has a long history of auto racing, the factory-backed AMG tuner was established less than 50 years ago. The AMG insignia signifies the last names of the two founders, Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher, paired with the German community where it all began: GroBaspach.
Founded on the simple premise of improving the performance of existing Mercedes' models, AMG has become the premier moniker for the range of coupes, sedans, SUVs and extreme supercars produced by the brand. The inspiration that led Aufrecht and Melcher has driven other tuners to further improve upon the power, luxury and function of AMG models. Modification breeds more modification and that is seen within this latest list feature.
Based on web-popularity, we created a top 10 of favorite Mercedes-Benz AMG builds with one wild card rounding off the list. Let us know if we have missed any below in the comments section.
2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG: Transformers
Article excerpt: "The numbers don't mean much on paper, but in action they're enough to launch the Benz to 60mph in 2.8sec, with an absurd sprint from 60-130mph in 5.98sec...Before forcing nitrous down its throat, the C63 made 530whp and 505 lb-ft on pump gas...With a 200-shot installed, the crimson sedan put down a solid 700whp and a massive 730 lb-ft."
Why we love it: "The builder set out to create a unique car that would shatter world records, take his wife to dinner and continually evolve. This C63 is simultaneously bat-shit crazy, stunningly beautiful and fast as hell."
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2012 Weistec Mercedes-Benz SLS 750 AMG: A New Dimension
Article excerpt: "On the road, the SLS 750 AMG is transformed, the supercharger's seamless delivery boosting the feel of bottom end strength...The Weistec CMDP system, which is the subject of a Weistec patent, neatly achieves a change in supercharger gearing, and hence boost pressure, through a change of its cog pulleys."
Why we love it: "When you add more power to an already impressive package you get 571hp packed under the long bonnet of the SLS AMG, if you say that's not enough, most people would look at you as if you were crazy."
Full article: 2012 Weistec Mercedes-Benz SLS 750 AMG: A New Dimension
2009 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG: Turn It Up To 11
Article excerpt: "It took just one brief test drive after the engine upgrade to come to the conclusion that the Mercedes was in need of two things: wider rear tires and bigger brakes...As good as the sound system may be, the angry bellow from the long-tube MBH stainless headers, ACG link pipe and Akrapovic exhaust sounds even better."
Why we love it: "ACG's C63 gets high marks for execution, and we've yet to drive another C63 with such devastating acceleration or composure in the corners."
Full article: 2009 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG: Turn It Up To 11
Mercedes-Benz Mansory Coruem: Dark Flight
Article excerpt: "This is the car that Kourosh Mansory built, an SLS that has been dragged kicking and screaming through the looking glass into an alternate, evil world...The Mansory Cormeum is a 660hp monster, and although it's named after an operatic score, it looks like the Batmobile after a week-long meth bender."
Why we love it: "The SLS is a pure wonder to look at, too, part GT racer, part Batmobile, it has a nose that somehow manages to blend the SLS, SLR and even Ferrari Enzo. It will break the 62mph mark in 3.5sec and top out at 205mph or more."
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Weistec CLK63 AMG Black Series: In The Black
Article excerpt: "Using 7.5 psi of boost, it delivers a staggering 549whp at 6000rpm and 543 lb-ft of torque to the wheels at 4400rpm. That's up from 421 and 402, respectively, without the supercharger but utilizing the Evosport headers and exhaust."
Why we love it: "There's enough power down low to blister the asphalt and send the traction control into working overtime. Not to mention, the joy of pressing the loud pedal down to wake the engine up."
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Brabus 700 Biturbo: Power Corruption
Article excerpt: "Dubbed the Brabus 700 Biturbo, this car has exactly what it says on the tin: 700hp from a twin-turbocharged version of AMG's 6.2-liter powerhaus V8...The outputs are now 700hp at 6600rpm and 627 lb-ft at 4300rpm compared to the standard 571hp at 6800rpm and 479 lb-ft at 4750rpm."
Why we love it: "On long unimpeded stretches of road, where you can sustain extended blasts of full throttle acceleration, the difference over stock is astonishing."
Full article: Brabus 700 Biturbo: Power Corruption
Mercedes-Benz Vath V63RS C63 AMG: Under The Radar
Article excerpt: "Vaeth's top-of-the-line tuning program for the C63 is known as the V63RS. It's a 572hp and 502 lb-ft rework of the C63's 6.2-liter, AMG-tuned V8...The core modifications include an ECU reprogram, a high-flow air filter, a stainless-steel exhaust system and high-flow catalytic converters."
Why we love it: "It takes six weeks to build this particular spec of engine, and it's said only five of them exist worldwide."
Full article: Mercedes-Benz Vath V63RS C63 AMG: Under The Radar
Vath V58 Mercedes-Benz SLK: Wrath Child
Article excerpt: "This is the Väth V58, a 565hp beast with 516 lb-ft of torque that can rip a hole in the road and the murky world of preconception all at the same time...Väth has bored the unit out to 5.8- liters, fitted forged pistons, exhaust manifolds, high-grade cats, polished cylinder heads, and a long- stroke crankshaft."
Why we love it: "There's a certain perverse appeal to this machine. It might be an SLK, but call it a hairdresser's car and prepare to get your head ripped off."
Full article: Vath V58 Mercedes-Benz SLK: Wrath Child
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren: Scorched Earth
Article excerpt: "Under the hood, Hamann remapped the ECU to coax an extra 75hp to bring power up to 700hp and bumped torque up from 575 lb-ft to 612 lb-ft...The soundtrack from the pipes dominates the experience of being in the car, as they're so close to your ears."
Why we love it: "It sounds like a rabid dog straining at the end of its chain, eager to pounce. We couldn't think of a better sound to hear bouncing off canyon walls."
Full article: Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren: Scorched Earth
2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6X6
Article excerpt: "The G63 AMG 6x6 is the SLS of off-road pursuits and practically crushes the competition, not only with its price but also its luxury finishes...Mercedes has truly outdone itself with this ultra-luxurious giant."
Why we love it: "As our wildcard pick, we could not resist adding in this almost 7.5ft high, 6.8ft wide and 19.2ft long luxury off-road Benz. The twin-turbo motor puts out 544hp and 560 lb-ft through an AMG speedshift plus 7G-tronic automatic transmission."
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