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By Product Expert | Posted in Mercedes-Benz, Performance on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 at 10:12 pm
2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG lineup with gray blue and white models

What is a Mercedes-Benz AMG?

We have discussed AMG on numerous occasions, but we’ve never taken a deep dive into all things AMG and definitively answered the question: what is a Mercedes-Benz AMG? If you want to learn about the AMG brand, then this will be a great start.

1993 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG black front viewWhat is an AMG version of a Mercedes-Benz?

To make things simple, if you see AMG in the model name of your Mercedes-Benz, it basically means you are driving a performance Mercedes-Benz model. You’ll still typically see a letter associated with the vehicle’s class, followed by a two-digit number. There are other AMG-only models that do not follow this scheme like the AMG GT.


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History of AMG

Before we go into what AMG is now including what those letters stand for, we have to dive a bit into its history. AMG actually started back in 1967 as something entirely separate from Mercedes-Benz. In fact, it was founded by ex-Mercedes-Benz engineers.

They didn’t start out building whole cars though. They actually started as an engine maker specifically for use in auto racing. By 1971, they had already started expanding their business and were offering unofficial upgrades to current Mercedes-Benz models.

1997 Mercedes-AMG CLK-GTR on a trackUntil 1990, they remained entirely independent from Mercedes-Benz. They were similar to Saleen, Callaway, and RUF in this way. AMG was to Mercedes-Benz as Saleen is to Mustang, Callaway to Corvette, and RUF to Porsche.

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In 1990 however, Mercedes-Benz signed a cooperation agreement which allowed AMG upgrades to be sold through Mercedes-Benz showrooms. In 1999, Mercedes-Benz took their relationship a step further and bought a controlling share in the company. By 2005, Mercedes-Benz was the sole owner of AMG, and now AMG models are still sold right alongside traditional Mercedes-Benz models.

AMG chrome logoWhat does AMG stand for?

This is going to be a tough one to pronounce, but an easy way to impress your Mercedes-Benz friends. Remember when we said Mercedes-Benz engineers founded AMG? There were two of them, and they were Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher.

Their last names formed the A and the M, but the G actually stands for the birth town of Aufrecht which was Großaspach. This means that AMG stands for Aufrecht Melcher Großaspach. As another piece of trivia, Großaspach is often mistaken as the first location of AMG, but in actuality, AMG never had a single facility located in the small village.

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