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20 Best AMG-Tuned Mercedes-Benz Cars Ever Made

Vukasin Herbez October 7, 2017

10. Mercedes G55 AMG

Although AMG produced the ML55 AMG as the first super SUV from Stuttgart, nobody expected the company would attempt to introduce its version of the venerable G-Class off-roader. First, the G-Class was and still is a dinosaur among modern SUVs since it is almost 40 years old with unchanged mechanics and design.

But AMG had a different idea and in 2003, they introduced the G55 AMG, which proved to be a sales hit. The AMG team changed the driving dynamics and performance of this boxy off-roader. With the 5.5-liter supercharged V8 engine, 500 HP and sub 6 second 0 to 60 mph times, AMG transformed an ex-military machine into a Ferrari-beating terror car. Since then, AMG has continued to produce high-powered G-Class models with the G63 AMG and G65 AMG.

11. Mercedes R63 AMG

With each new product, AMG seems to set the limits further. Ever since Mercedes fully acquired it in 2005, they’ve wanted to use the name and performance expertise on basically all models. So, car enthusiasts got the R63 AMG.

If you are not familiar with the R-Class, it is a big minivan based on the S-Class sedan, equipped with all conceivable luxuries and powerful engines. It is perfect for crossing continents in the comfort of a leather sofa traveling at 100 mph. However, AMG had something to say about that. They introduced the R63 with a fantastic 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated V8 and 503 HP.

With a stiffer suspension, tons of power and great performance, the R63 was no ordinary minivan but a sports car with room for seven people. This was the perfect example of a glorious engine AMG installed in a car that was not adequate, but the R63 simply didn’t grab the market.

12. Mercedes SLS AMG

The SLS AMG is one of the greatest sports cars of our time. This bold claim is supported by several aspects. First, AMG built it from scratch using the top Mercedes research and development experts, who were among the best in the business.

Second, they designed the chassis, transaxle system and suspension using the most advanced materials and techniques available. Third, it had the sublime 6.2-liter V8 under its long hood. And fourth, the Gullwing doors opened the same way as they did on the 1955 Mercedes 300 SL some 55 years before.

The car was destined for success and it blew every car journalist’s mind in the testing phase. If you don’t count the CLK GTR, this was the first fully AMG-developed passenger car they built in significant numbers. It also showed the sports car world what exactly AMG is capable of, too.

13. Mercedes A45 AMG

When you think of AMG, the first thing that pops into your mind is fast coupes, sedans or perhaps SUVs. That is all correct, but since 2013, AMG has produced a proper hot hatch model that also happens to be one of the best cars in its class. Mercedes introduced the A-Class as their super-compact model back in 1996 and in 2013 introduced its third generation. The first models from the late ’90s are strange-looking, but the latest generation has evolved into a great-looking premium compact.

However, AMG has a different vision. First, they developed a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder with 365 HP. Next, they designed an all-wheel-drive system with a seven-speed automatic transmission. And finally, they packed it into the aggressive-looking hot hatch that can accelerate to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds with one of the craziest engine notes ever.

14. Mercedes AMG GT

After the success of the SLS AMG, Mercedes decided to attack its neighbor from another side of Stuttgart, Porsche. Knowing that Porsche`s main sports car was the everlasting 911, Mercedes thought that a smaller, lighter and more conventional version of the SLS would keep up with the venerable 911.

That is why AMG presented the GT, a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8-powered coupe or roadster with better performance, more power and higher top speeds than most 911 versions. With fantastic driving dynamics and several versions, the AMG GT is not only a successful sports car but also a championship-winning race car with the AMG GT3 version.

15. Aston Martin DB 11

An Aston Martin on the best AMG cars list? How could that be? It’s easy, thanks to the new Gran Turismo model from the legendary Aston Martin. It features an engine AMG engineered and developed. By agreement between the two factories, AMG is helping Aston produce world-class engines and their new power plant is just that.

Their new V8 engine is a 4.0-liter unit with 503 HP and 489 lb-ft of torque. Even though Aston engineered its own V12 engine for the new DB 11, the AMG-sourced V8 is a part of the offer. As expected, it delivers a fantastic performance. The 0 to 60 mph time is around four seconds and top speed is well over 180 mph.

16. AMG Project 1

The latest and greatest car by AMG is out of this world. They introduced the Project I a couple of weeks before at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This car is, in fact, the future of hypercars with F1 technology just for street use with gorgeous bodies.

Under the carbon fiber body panels, there is a 1.6-liter V6 engine straight out of a Formula One car paired with four electric engines. The power output of the gasoline V6 engine is an unbelievable 670 HP. The total output with the electric engines is over 1,000 HP, which is insane. AMG didn’t release much information about this car, but the top speed is well over the 200-mph mark, but car fans can only speculate on the 0 to 60 mph times.

You can expect this hypercar will conquer all Nürburgring track records and claim the title of the world’s fastest production car soon. In addition, rumors are that all examples of the Project I are already spoken for at this time.

17. Mercedes E55 AMG

In the early ’90s, AMG stopped being just another Mercedes tuner and became a part of the company which meant expansion. They had access to the Mercedes engineering facilities and expanded their lineup. But in the late ’90s, they introduced the first widely popular and “massively” produced AMG model as the perfect definition of a German muscle sedan.

It was the Mercedes E55 AMG. With 349 HP and 391 lb-ft of torque, E55 AMG could accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 5.4 seconds. That was late ’90s Porsche Turbo territory. AMG built over 12,000 examples, making them relatively plentiful today.

18. Mercedes W123 AMG

The W123 series of Mercedes sedan is well-known around the world as one of the most durable and elegant executive sedans of the period. Since it was a Mercedes product, AMG had it in their workshop and the result was the Mercedes W123 280 AMG.

The 2.8-liter twin-cam engine was thoroughly upgraded as well as the suspension and aerodynamics. And the stately-looking sedan now delivered 210 HP and exciting performance. Buyers could get the car with or without the graphics package, which was late ’70s looking.

19. Mercedes G63 AMG 6×6

The Mercedes G-Class is one of the longest-running models in the car world. First emerging in 1979 as a primarily military off-road SUV and truck, it is still on the market with the same basic design. So, how did AMG improve it?

They just attached a pickup truck bed and installed one more axle. This made it the fastest, most expensive and rarest 6X6 in the world. Under the hood is the 5.5-liter twin-turbo engine with 540 HP. It delivers power to all six wheels through a specially built automatic transmission unit.

20. Mercedes SL63 AMG Black Series

If you think that SL-Series cars are comfy cruisers for retired bankers and lawyers, just look at the SL 63 AMG Black Series. This highly exclusive series of specially prepared and tuned cars have almost nothing in common with the regular SL models.

AMG installed bigger turbos, a different suspension and a stripped cabin. And the fully functional aero package resembled racing cars from Le Mans. Amazingly, the AMG Black Series delivered 670 HP and a whopping 737 lb-ft of torque.

AMG has changed the face of performance cars around the world. If you are in the market for one of these cars, you’d better start shopping. With their limited production numbers, you will need to look long and hard to find one of these beauties.

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