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A Look Back At AMG's Illustrious 40 Year History
Posted May 8th, 2007 At 12:05 PM CST
Exterior view of the Mercedes-Benz  CL65 AMG, side view

As we told you back in March, this year marks the 40th anniversary of a little tuning company known as AMG.  To celebrate the occasion, Mercedes has taken a moment to publish a lovely retrospective taking a look back at 40 years of AMG's tuning mastery, highlighting various milestones achieved by the company as well as outlining the two newest additions to the AMG stable:  the CL65 AMG and the CLK63 AMG Black Series.

If you're a fan of AMG, I promise, it'll make for a great read; if you're not a fan of AMG, you're an idiot, but I recommend reading it anyways. So click through, brush up on your AMG history, and indulge in 80+ pictures of AMG tuning goodness.

Enjoy.


1. Short version
2. CL 65 AMG
3. CLK 63 AMG Black Series
4. 40 Years of AMG
5. Company and positioning
6. AMG milestones
7. Chronology

 

CL 65 AMG and CLK 63 AMG Black Series: Two extra-special AMG high-performance cars to mark the 40th anniversary of AMG

Los Angeles, May 08, 2007
Mercedes-AMG is showcasing two very special high-performance vehicles to mark its 40th anniversary in the form of the CL 65 AMG and the CLK 63 AMG Black Series. The new top-of-the-line-model, the CL 65 AMG with its powerful V12 biturbo engine delivering 450 kW/612 hp and 1000 Newton metres of torque, represents the ultimate in driving dynamics. The "40th Anniversary" edition painted in an exclusive Alubeam finish and limited to just 40 vehicles has also been brought out to commemorate a very special date: AMG, the performance brand of the Mercedes Car Group, was founded in 1967 and celebrates its 40th birthday in 2007. The new CLK 63 AMG Black Series represents a transition from motorsport in its purest form. This super-fast V8 coupé bears a strong visual and technological resemblance to the official F1™ safety car. With its sophisticated cooling technology and new AMG sports suspension featuring spring and shock absorber units with adjustable coil springs, this 373-kW/507-hp two-seater car comes with all the right credentials for hard campaigning on the racing circuit.


Following on from the S 65 AMG and the SL 65 AMG, the new CL 65 AMG is the third AMG model to have the mighty AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine under its bonnet. This exclusive high-performance car posts outstanding performance figures: 100 km/h is reached in 4.4 seconds and 200 km/h after just 13.3 seconds in the V12-powered coupé. The high-torque engine distinguishes itself with its refined running and unmistakable AMG V12 sound. The standard specification for the new CL 65 AMG includes not only AMG bodystyling, an exclusive AMG interior, the PRE SAFE® anticipatory occupant protection system and 20-inch AMG forged wheels, but also the AMG sports suspension based on Active Body Control (ABC), and the AMG high-performance brake system featuring twin sliding callipers. The market launch of the CL 65 AMG is due to commence in June 2007.

An even more exclusive specification is offered by the "40th Anniversary" limited-edition model which marks 40 years of AMG. This special breed of CL 65 AMG is the first Mercedes-Benz production vehicle to be finished in AMG Alubeam. This unique paint finish gives the colour the appearance of liquid metal and appears even more vibrant by reflecting the light in a particular way. Inside, the CL 65 AMG "40th Anniversary" makes a distinctive impression with two-tone all-nappa-leather appointments in the new AMG V12 diamond pattern, plus carbon-fibre trim.

CLK 63 AMG Black Series: close kinship with the official F1™ safety car

The CLK 63 AMG Black Series makes its mark with other highlights - although, like the limited-edition CL 65 AMG "40th Anniversary", it was also developed in the AMG PERFORMANCE STUDIO. This lightning fast two-seater V8 coupé takes its cue from the official F1™ safety car that is in action at the Formula 1 World Championship races. The AMG 6.3-litre V8 unit, whose output has been boosted to 373 kW/507 hp, propels the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds, accompanied by a powerful AMG V8 soundtrack issuing from the new AMG sports exhaust system. Carefully honed for the race track, the coupé incorporates sophisticated cooling measures for maximum endurance no matter how hard it is driven.

This performance is matched by the power transmission, suspension and brakes. The modified AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC with its shorter rear-axle final drive ratio is designed for even greater agility at any speed. Not only have the front and rear axles been redesigned for optimum handling dynamics, the new AMG sports suspension comprising spring and shock absorber units with adjustable coil springs enables a personalised suspension setup, including the ride-height setting. A rear-axle limited-slip differential provides optimum traction, while the AMG high-performance brake system with thicker, composite brake discs at the front delivers tremendous stopping power. Astonishing cornering speeds are made possible by the standard tyres, which measure 265/30 R 19 at the front and 285/30 R 19 at the rear and are mounted on extra-light 19-inch AMG forged wheels.

Pure motorsport: exterior and interior of the CLK 63 AMG Black Series

The CLK 63 AMG Black Series closely resembles the official F1™ safety car visually too. A new front apron with large air intakes and carbon-fibre outlets at the sides, flared wings and a rear apron with diffusor fins plus active rear-axle cooling are telltale signs of the transfer of technology from motorsport, something which has been part and parcel of Mercedes-AMG's business philosophy for 40 years now. The uncompromising tone is echoed inside the car. AMG sports bucket seats (on the ECE version), an AMG performance steering wheel with an oval rim and a diameter of 365 millimetres, as well as carbon-fibre trim on the centre console, the AMG instrument cluster and the interior door panelling combine to create the functional atmosphere of a genuine racing car.

The CLK 63 AMG Black Series will be receiving its market launch in June 2007.

 

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Mercedes-Benz starts the 2007 DTM season with the new AMG Mercedes C-Class.
 
Mercedes-Benz starts the 2007 DTM season with the new AMG Mercedes C-Class.
 
Mercedes-Benz starts the 2007 DTM season with the new AMG Mercedes C-Class.
 
Mercedes-Benz starts the 2007 DTM season with the new AMG Mercedes C-Class.
 
Mercedes-Benz starts the 2007 DTM season with the new AMG Mercedes C-Class.
 
The 500 SEC AMG competes at the 1989 24 hour race in Spa-Francorchamps.
 
The 500 SEC AMG competes at the 1989 24 hour race in Spa-Francorchamps.
 
In 1994 the newly developed AMG-Mercedes-Benz C-Class replaces the 190 E in the DTM.
 
In 1994 the newly developed AMG-Mercedes-Benz C-Class replaces the 190 E in the DTM.
 
In 1990 AMG starts in the DTM with the 190 E 2.5-16 Evo II.
 
In 1990 AMG starts in the DTM with the 190 E 2.5-16 Evo II.
 
The 450 SLC AMG wins the Touring Car Race on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife in 1980.
 
The 450 SLC AMG wins the Touring Car Race on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife in 1980.
 
Milestones of motorsport
 
Milestones of motorsport
 
Milestones of motorsport
 
40 years of AMG have seen numerous race wins and outstanding technological achievements in the development of high-performance vehicles.
 
40 years of AMG have seen numerous race wins and outstanding technological achievements in the development of high-performance vehicles.
 
Shortly after the launch of the new SL-Class Mercedes-AMG presents the SL 55 AMG at the IAA in Frankfurt.
 
The C 36 AMG, launched in 1993 was the first vehicle jointly-developed as a result of the cooperation agreement with Daimler-Benz AG.
 
The most powerful roadster in the world was launched in 1999 - the SL 73 AMG.
 
20 years ago AMG succeeded in giving a saloon car sports-car performance with the 300 E 6.0.
 
The C 36 AMG, launched in 1993 was the first vehicle jointly-developed as a result of the cooperation agreement with Daimler-Benz AG.
 
The C 36 AMG, launched in 1993 was the first vehicle jointly-developed as a result of the cooperation agreement with Daimler-Benz AG.
 
The most powerful roadster in the world was launched in 1999 - the SL 73 AMG.
 
The most powerful roadster in the world was launched in 1999 - the SL 73 AMG.
 
The E 50 AMG was launched in 1996, in close cooperation with Mercedes-Benz.
 
The E 50 AMG was launched in 1996, in close cooperation with Mercedes-Benz.
 
The E 50 AMG was launched in 1996, in close cooperation with Mercedes-Benz.
 
Shortly after the launch of the new SL-Class Mercedes-AMG presents the SL 55 AMG at the IAA in Frankfurt.
 
Shortly after the launch of the new SL-Class Mercedes-AMG presents the SL 55 AMG at the IAA in Frankfurt.
 
20 years ago AMG succeeded in giving a saloon car sports-car performance with the 300 E 6.0.
 
20 years ago AMG succeeded in giving a saloon car sports-car performance with the 300 E 6.0.
 
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series: The new CLK 63 AMG Black Series is based on the Official F1 TM Safety Car. Its uprated V8 engine, the newly constructed axles, the AMG threaded sports suspension and the AMG highperformance brake system guarantee driving dynamics on the highest level.
 
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series: The new CLK 63 AMG Black Series is based on the Official F1 TM Safety Car. Its uprated V8 engine, the newly constructed axles, the AMG threaded sports suspension and the AMG highperformance brake system guarantee driving dynamics on the highest level.
 
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series: The new CLK 63 AMG Black Series is based on the Official F1 TM Safety Car. Its uprated V8 engine, the newly constructed axles, the AMG threaded sports suspension and the AMG highperformance brake system guarantee driving dynamics on the highest level.
 
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series: The new CLK 63 AMG Black Series is based on the Official F1 TM Safety Car. Its uprated V8 engine, the newly constructed axles, the AMG threaded sports suspension and the AMG highperformance brake system guarantee driving dynamics on the highest level.
 
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series: The new CLK 63 AMG Black Series is based on the Official F1 TM Safety Car. Its uprated V8 engine, the newly constructed axles, the AMG threaded sports suspension and the AMG highperformance brake system guarantee driving dynamics on the highest level.
 
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series: The new CLK 63 AMG Black Series is based on the Official F1 TM Safety Car. Its uprated V8 engine, the newly constructed axles, the AMG threaded sports suspension and the AMG highperformance brake system guarantee driving dynamics on the highest level.
 
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series: The new CLK 63 AMG Black Series is based on the Official F1 TM Safety Car. Its uprated V8 engine, the newly constructed axles, the AMG threaded sports suspension and the AMG highperformance brake system guarantee driving dynamics on the highest level.
 
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series: The new CLK 63 AMG Black Series is based on the Official F1 TM Safety Car. Its uprated V8 engine, the newly constructed axles, the AMG threaded sports suspension and the AMG highperformance brake system guarantee driving dynamics on the highest level.
 
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series: The transfer from motorsport can be clearly seen in the interior of the CLK 63 AMG Black Series.
 
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series: The transfer from motorsport can be clearly seen in the interior of the CLK 63 AMG Black Series.
 
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series: The AMG 6.3 litre V8 engine with 373 kW/507 hp, upgraded by 19 kW/26hp, accelerates the CLK 63 AMG Black Series from zero to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds.
 
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series: The transfer from motorsport can be clearly seen in the interior of the CLK 63 AMG Black Series.
 
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series: The new CLK 63 AMG Black Series is based on the Official F1 TM Safety Car. Its uprated V8 engine, the newly constructed axles, the AMG threaded sports suspension and the AMG highperformance brake system guarantee driving dynamics on the highest level.
 
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series: The new CLK 63 AMG Black Series is based on the Official F1 TM Safety Car. Its uprated V8 engine, the newly constructed axles, the AMG threaded sports suspension and the AMG highperformance brake system guarantee driving dynamics on the highest level.
 
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series: The new CLK 63 AMG Black Series is based on the Official F1 TM Safety Car. Its uprated V8 engine, the newly constructed axles, the AMG threaded sports suspension and the AMG highperformance brake system guarantee driving dynamics on the highest level.
 
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series: The new CLK 63 AMG Black Series is based on the Official F1 TM Safety Car. Its uprated V8 engine, the newly constructed axles, the AMG threaded sports suspension and the AMG highperformance brake system guarantee driving dynamics on the highest level.
 
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series: The new CLK 63 AMG Black Series is based on the Official F1 TM Safety Car. Its uprated V8 engine, the newly constructed axles, the AMG threaded sports suspension and the AMG highperformance brake system guarantee driving dynamics on the highest level.
 
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series: The new CLK 63 AMG Black Series is based on the Official F1 TM Safety Car. Its uprated V8 engine, the newly constructed axles, the AMG threaded sports suspension and the AMG highperformance brake system guarantee driving dynamics on the highest level.
 
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series: The AMG 6.3 litre V8 engine with 373 kW/507 hp, upgraded by 19 kW/26hp, accelerates the CLK 63 AMG Black Series from zero to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds.
 
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series Power Output Graph
 
Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG with Exterior Carbon Package: The exterior carbon package consists of the front apron deflectors, the wing mirror housings and the diffuser applications in the rear apron.
 
Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG with Exterior Carbon Package: The exterior carbon package consists of the front apron deflectors, the wing mirror housings and the diffuser applications in the rear apron.
 
Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG with Exterior Carbon Package: The exterior carbon package consists of the front apron deflectors, the wing mirror housings and the diffuser applications in the rear apron.
 
Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG with Exterior Carbon Package: The exterior carbon package consists of the front apron deflectors, the wing mirror housings and the diffuser applications in the rear apron.
 
Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG with Exterior Carbon Package: The exterior carbon package consists of the front apron deflectors, the wing mirror housings and the diffuser applications in the rear apron.
 
The new top model CL 65 AMG impresses with exquisite appointments, state-of-the-art technology from motorsport and top-level dynamism.
 
The new top model CL 65 AMG impresses with exquisite appointments, state-of-the-art technology from motorsport and top-level dynamism.
 
Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG with Exterior Carbon Package: The exterior carbon package consists of the front apron deflectors, the wing mirror housings and the diffuser applications in the rear apron.
 
Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG with Exterior Carbon Package: The exterior carbon package consists of the front apron deflectors, the wing mirror housings and the diffuser applications in the rear apron.
 
Mercedes Benz CL 65 AMG: The interior of the V12 performance coupe is both dynamic and uses the finest materials.
 
Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG: Outstanding driving performance is guaranteed by the AMG 6.0 litre V12 bi-turbo engine with 450 kW/612 hp and 1000 Nm of torque.
 
The new top model CL 65 AMG impresses with exquisite appointments, state-of-the-art technology from motorsport and top-level dynamism.
 
The new top model CL 65 AMG impresses with exquisite appointments, state-of-the-art technology from motorsport and top-level dynamism.
   
The new top model CL 65 AMG impresses with exquisite appointments, state-of-the-art technology from motorsport and top-level dynamism.
 
The new top model CL 65 AMG impresses with exquisite appointments, state-of-the-art technology from motorsport and top-level dynamism.
 
The new top model CL 65 AMG impresses with exquisite appointments, state-of-the-art technology from motorsport and top-level dynamism.
 
The new top model CL 65 AMG impresses with exquisite appointments, state-of-the-art technology from motorsport and top-level dynamism.
 
The new top model CL 65 AMG impresses with exquisite appointments, state-of-the-art technology from motorsport and top-level dynamism.
 
Mercedes Benz CL 65 AMG: The interior of the V12 performance coupe is both dynamic and uses the finest materials.
 
Mercedes Benz CL 65 AMG: The interior of the V12 performance coupe is both dynamic and uses the finest materials.
 
Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG “40th Anniversary”: Even more exclusive appointments such as the AMG Alubeam paint and carbon diffuser on the rear apron characterise the limited edition CL 65 AMG “40th Anniversary”. Only 40 such models are to be produced.
 
Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG “40th Anniversary”: Even more exclusive appointments such as the AMG Alubeam paint and carbon diffuser on the rear apron characterise the limited edition CL 65 AMG “40th Anniversary”. Only 40 such models are to be produced.
 
Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG “40th Anniversary”: Even more exclusive appointments such as the AMG Alubeam paint and carbon diffuser on the rear apron characterise the limited edition CL 65 AMG “40th Anniversary”. Only 40 such models are to be produced.
 
Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG “40th Anniversary”: Even more exclusive appointments such as the AMG Alubeam paint and carbon diffuser on the rear apron characterise the limited edition CL 65 AMG “40th Anniversary”. Only 40 such models are to be produced.
 
Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG “40th Anniversary”: The CL 65 AMG “40th Anniversary“ features a two-tone EXCLUSIVE PASSION all-nappa leather upholstery with a new AMG V12 diamond pattern.
 
Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG “40th Anniversary”: The CL 65 AMG “40th Anniversary“ features a two-tone EXCLUSIVE PASSION all-nappa leather upholstery with a new AMG V12 diamond pattern.
 
Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG Power Output Graph


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