The AMG acronym is likely to ignite excitement amongst petrol heads and the general automotive enthusiast.
Mercedes Benz is a well-established marque in the luxury car market, the company attempts to pioneer, constantly innovate, provide optimum comfort, develop new technologies and maintain purity within designs. Consequently, the company’s automobiles are often timeless and class-leading as a result. There is particular emphasis on luxury, technology, comfort, prominence and boldness. These qualities often render the cars heavy and enable them to possess a general completeness competitors find difficult to match.
AMG is Mercedes’ performance arm. It adds high-performance capabilities to existing Mercedes cars. As mentioned, the existing cars are heavy and prominent. Performance variants of such cars are likely to adopt muscly qualities. AMG products have mostly been V8 engined.
This engine layout Is a crucial ingredient within the muscle recipe. V8 engines rev freely and provide good amounts of torque. Torque refers to twisting force. If one were to screw a nail into a piece of stubborn hardwood, they would have to produce a high amount of torque.
This concept drives the philosophy behind the character of a Muscle car’s engine. As the majority of Mercedes are heavy, with most not being sports cars and all adopting the bold design philosophy just mentioned, torque is an essential. It helps materialise strength. AMG Mercedes have always sounded thunderous given this abundance of torque and weight. AMG pay particular attention to the quality and character of their exhaust systems.
There have been four V8 engines produced by Mercedes and AMG since the collaboration formed decades ago. The m126 (code named) is perhaps the most notable in terms of the spark it ignited within automotive enthusiasts. It was the highest powered v8 engine during its time totalling a massive 6.2 litres of capacity. It produced masses of torque and sounded megalomaniacal. The engine was used in a majority of Mercedes products including the C, E, S, ML class and more.
The possibility of purchasing a conventional and often practical car with this crazy engine was a thrilling prospect. The C class, Mercedes’ smallest saloon model, would often find its rear tyres struggling for traction due to its engine’s immense power and torque. The car developed a thrilling reputation for this alone.
It is worrisome to imagine and challenging to fathom the future of AMG character as the electric revolution sets in. The next generation of AMG products are likely not to be V8 engined. The downsizing of engines in order to comply with emissions regulations and the general settling of electric fuel within the market is placing pressure on manufacturers.
This is understandable, righteous and inevitable, however it does mean the AMG character needs to be reinvented, successfully transferred or mutated. Electric cars produce maximum torque as soon as the accelerator is pressed, unlike a combustion engine car which takes time to do so.
Will AMG have to work harder to signify torque during an age of generally very torquey cars. When there is no sound, how will the thunderous sound of present AMGs be reformulated or see its significance replicated? With the death of the V8 engine, can any one type of motor replicate or surpass its feel?
Such questions are food for thought. The AMG character is not to be savoured until it runs out but mutated and transferred to the future successfully, given its value to the automotive enthusiast and especially anyone who likes a shouty, hulkingly great and tastefully ridiculous car in their life!