At the end of 2012, AMG – the high performance arm of Mercedes-Benz – celebrated 45 years of existence boasting no less than 22 cars in its line-up, the largest and most diverse range it has ever offered. The selection includes saloons, coupés, roadsters, station wagons and SUVs, including the SLS AMG which is the first vehicle developed independently by Mercedes-AMG. Power outputs range from 310 to 463 kilowatts – and by the end of 2013 four more models will be added, increasing the power range from 260 to 552 kilowatts. Overseas, the SLS AMG E-Cell will debut as the world’s first series production super sports car with electric drive.
Locally, in April a GL63 AMG will appear and a limited-edition SLS AMG Black Series will be unveiled at the upcoming Johannesburg International Motor Show. Also this year, for the first time in its history AMG will offer a high-performance vehicle in the compact class with the launch of the A45 AMG, which forms part of a global AMG Performance 50 strategy leading up to the company’s 50th anniversary in 2017. A new CL AMG will round off the year’s local launch programme. Dedicated AMG Performance Centres are located in Bedfordview, Bryanston, Hatfield, Cape Town and Umhlanga.
AMG was founded in 1967 by Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher in Grossaspach, Germany as an independent engineering firm specialising in performance improvements for Mercedes vehicles. The manufacturer took a controlling interest in 1990 and became sole owner in 2005. Mercedes-AMG GmbH is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler AG and is headquartered in Affalterbach with a workforce of more than 1000 employees. AMG has been providing both the Safety Car and Medical Car to Formula One since 1996 and this year the vehicles will be an SLS AMG GT and C63 AMG estate, respectively.