5. Mercedes W124 The Hammer
Mercedes introduced their mid-size W124 sedan in 1984 and AMG immediately started working on this platform. At first, the idea was to tune the existing 3.0-liter six-cylinder. But, they decided to transplant the big 5.0-liter from the S-Class and SEC coupe models into a smaller W124 sedan. The idea was crazy, but it worked perfectly. They gave the W124 V8 power delivering 365 HP. It also had an automatic transmission, a stiff suspension, and subtle exterior modifications.
Other than bigger wheels and a small spoiler in the back, nobody could tell there was a monster under the hood. Called “The Hammer,” this W124 AMG could accelerate as fast as a Ferrari Testarossa at 5.3 seconds to 60 mph. Yet it could provide all comforts and space you would expect from a Mercedes product. The price was high, as you would expect, but AMG managed to sell enough vehicles to justify the investment.