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What's the Difference Between a Standard Mercedes-Benz and an AMG® Model?

What's the Difference Between a Standard Mercedes-Benz and an AMG Model?

Inventory Contact If you're looking at a brochure, magazine, or website to help you decide which Mercedes-Benz is right for you, there will be standard models and some models with the initials AMG® in the name. So, what is an AMG® model and how do they differ from a standard Mercedes-Benz?

AMG® and its history.

While all Mercedes-Benz models are luxurious, impressive performers of an incredibly high quality, AMG® models are more performance-oriented both in terms of how they handle and how they look. Basically, AMG® is to Mercedes-Benz what M models are to BMW and what RS models are to Audi.

AMG® is the high performance arm of Mercedes-Benz, which independently engineers, manufactures, and customizes those superb Mercedes-Benz AMG® vehicles. The headquarters of MB AMG® are located at Affalterbach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and it actually used to be an entirely independent engineering company that specialized in delivering performance upgrades for Mercedes vehicles. That independence came to an end in 1999 when Daimler-Benz AG took a controlling interest in AMG®.

What separates AMG® from standard models?

The first thing you'll normally notice with an AMG® variant of a Mercedes-Benz model is a more aggressive approach to styling. After that you'll then find they offer a considerably higher level of performance, better handling, better stability and a more extensive use of advanced materials such as carbon fiber than their standard Mercedes equivalents. Inevitably, AMG® will typically be among the most expensive and highest-performance variants in each class of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

AMG® can now be relatively more affordable.

It used to be the case that AMG® models would be almost exclusively the preserve of the more expensive Mercedes-Benz model lines, but that has changed over recent times as models closer to the entry levels of the Mercedes family now offer AMG® variants. The C-Class now has more than half its USA models carrying the AMG® badge, starting with the C 43 AMG® at $52,000, which compares to $41,500 for the standard C 300 4MATIC® Sedan. That's pretty reasonable for such a stellar performance Mercedes-Benz, but buyers in Europe can get an AMG® for even less. Over there they have the compact A-Class, and there are now AMG® Line versions costing not a great deal more than a standard model. Although there's no announcement so far from Mercedes-Benz that it intends to bring the A-Class over here, rumors do persist.

The other end of the AMG® spectrum

Of course, some AMG® models sit at the very pinnacle of the Mercedes-Benz range and pricing structure, and three models are competing for the title of ultimate AMG® right now. The first is the AMG® S 65 with a price ticket of $247,900, an incredible performance take on the statesmanlike S-Class Convertible. A slightly less expensive, but also less practical, ultimate AMG® is the AMG® SL 65 SL Roadster at $219,850. Both feature a stunning 6.0-liter AMG® V-12 bi-turbo engine developing a staggering 621 horsepower, which gets you from 0 to 60 mph in the S 65 in just 4.0 seconds and 3.9 seconds in the SL 65. But for sheer performance value, we need to consider the AMG® GTS Coupe, which although a relatively affordable $131,200 and utilizing a smaller 4.0-liter V-8, still manages to get to 60 in as little as 3.7 seconds.

AMG® style

The way an AMG® performs is the very heart of what sets it apart from a standard Mercedes-Benz, but the styling is almost as important. Many aspects of AMG® styling are inherent contributors to the car's overall performance, but some are just beautifully aesthetic enhancements. Think exclusive wheel designs, air vents and scoops, spoilers, splitters, body kits and sport-themed interiors, and you're starting to get the idea. Every Mercedes-Benz is a special car, but an AMG® is perhaps just a little bit more special.

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