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Fascinating driving activities, the highest exclusivity, shared values, passion in every detail – what makes Mercedes-AMG an extraordinary experience is far more than just engine performance.

AMG Heritage

AMG Roadster

In 1967, two automotive engineers with a passion for motorsports began fine-tuning engines for Mercedes-Benz racecars in an old mill.

Today, as the performance division of Mercedes-Benz, AMG creates some of the most sought-after vehicles in the world. They're the product of skilled craftsmen, designers and engineers who live to test the limits, and one shared conviction: on the road to driving performance, short cuts never win the race.

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The birthplace of AMG

Welcome to Mercedes-AMG Affalterbach

There aren't many places in the world that literally crawl with supercars, but Affalterbach, Germany is one of them.

It's the home of Mercedes-AMG, and it's a hotbed of world-class engineering and old world craftsmanship. Go behind the scenes in this Mercedes-AMG factory tour to see what goes into each and every AMG, and even catch a glimpse of one AMG that you might not know about.

Welcome to AMG Affalterbach Kundencenter

One man - One engine

From the beginning, the "One Man, One Engine" philosophy has guided AMG's approach to manufacturing.

Every AMG engine is hand built from start to finish by one of about 50 AMG Master Engine Builders in a special facility.

As the final step in the assembly process, the engine-maker affixes a plaque engraved with his signature to the engine cover. It's an enduring reminder that even the heart of a Mercedes-AMG has a soul.


AMG 2.0 Litre 4 Cylinder Turbo

AMG 2.0 Litre is a 4-cylinder petrol engine with turbocharging developed independently by Mercedes-AMG. All of the components relevant to performance and strength have been newly developed and optimised.

AMG Engine - 2 Litre 4 Cylinder Turbo

AMG 4.0 litre V8 biturbo

The AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo petrol engine delivers exceptional performance with an unrivalled power output range of up to 375 kW and 700 Nm of torque. The engine is notable for low emissions and the world's best fuel economy in this segment.

AMG Engine - 4 Litre V8 Biturbo

AMG 5.5 Litre V8 Biturbo

The AMG 5.5-litre biturbo engine combines performance with efficiency to a previously unknown extent. This is made possible by a unique combination of innovative high-tech systems such as direct petrol injection with piezo injector, twin turbochargers, air/water inter-cooling and the Controlled Efficiency ECO Start-Stop function.

AMG Engine - 5.5 Litre V8 Biturbo

AMG 6.0 Litre V12 Biturbo

The AMG 6-litre V12 biturbo engine has been comprehensively revised. It is not just the inner qualities of the AMG 6-litre V12 biturbo engine that impress. The powerplant's looks are as inspiring as its performance: the high-quality carbon-fibre and aluminium engine cover reflects the exceptional character of the powerful twelve-cylinder unit.

AMG Engine - 6.0 Litre V12 Biturbo

The AMG difference

Hand-Built AMG Engine

A Team Effort

While the hand-built engines usually steal the spotlight, the AMG approach to raising heart rates is anything but one-dimensional. It's about using all the weapons in the engineering arsenal to create a high-performance driving experience that's simply without equal.

AMG Performance Design Transmission Gearbox

Power Delivery

With each successive generation, AMG engines produce more muscle more efficiently, but it's the job of AMG transmissions to refine that power and deliver it with both speed and precision. Advanced gearboxes, up to four selectable driving modes, and racing-derived features including dual- or multi-clutch technology are more than up to the task.

AMG Performance Design Suspension Brake Systems


In a Mercedes-AMG, everything from weight distribution and wheel design to load transfer and frame rigidity has been engineered for responsiveness. AMG suspensions feature exclusive components and hardware, not to mention sophisticated architecture honed over years on the track. Likewise, AMG braking systems employ technologies from the world of racing like heat-conquering compound discs and carbon-ceramic construction.

AMG Performance Design Exhaust Systems


At AMG, what you hear when you put your foot down is just as important as what you feel. More than just tuned for performance, AMG exhaust systems are acoustically tuned to unleash the muscular growl of AMG engines during acceleration and downshifts, as well as when you fire the ignition. At cruising speeds, you're treated to a mellow yet throaty reminder of the power within.

AMG Performance Design 4Matic All-Wheel Drive

4Matic All-Wheel Drive

Based on legendary Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC technology, the AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive system is not only engineered to preserve the signature AMG feel while making the best use of available torque - it´s also up to 35% lighter than comparable systems. Which means it's a force to be reckoned with.

AMG Design Front Side

The Shape of Performance

Even at first glance, you can tell there's something different about a Mercedes-AMG. The sharpened profile. The wider wheel arches. The road-hugging lower bodywork. At the AMG Design Center in Affalterbach, the aggressive character of Mercedes-AMG takes shape based on the advanced, high-performance technology beneath its skin.

AMG Design Front Hood

Twin Power Domes

On many AMG models, distinctive bulges on the hood draw the eye and the mind to the hand-built powerhouse beneath.

AMG Design Wheel Wide Axle Wide Tires

Wide Stance

High-performance handling calls for enhanced road grip, which is delivered by wider axle tracks on most models, as well as wider tires.

AMG Design CLS 63 Rear

Rear Diffuser

Used in auto racing to manage airflow exiting from under the vehicle, most AMG models incorporate it as a functional or stylistic element.

AMG Design Black Cockpit Interior

AMG Cockpit

From the sport steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles, to the sport seats and special instrumentation, the purpose of a Mercedes-AMG is clear.

AMG Corner Vents Bodystyling

AMG Front Apron

A signature element of AMG bodystyling, it features enlarged vents at both corners to channel air to the engine.

AMG Handcrafted Steering Wheel

Handmade Quality

In a Mercedes-AMG, impeccable craftsmanship isn't confined to the engine compartment. Every element is conceived and created to outperform in every arena, including its ability to catch the eye of a discerning driver. From the finishing of the cabin appointments to the calibration of the running gear, an AMG automobile represents the seamless intersection of high-tech engineering and handcrafted excellence.

Embroided AMG Logo

Finishing Touches

Finishing touches are made in the application of an embroidered AMG logo.

AMG Master Engine Builder Engine Plaque

Engine Plaque

An AMG Master Engine Builder affixes an engine plaque to his handiwork.

Handcrafted AMG Leather Seat Covers

Seat Covers

A leather seat cover is meticulously shaped to ensure an exact fit.

AMG Excess Leather Seat Material Removed

Excess Material

After stitching, excess material is carefully removed from a leather seat cover.

AMG Seal Debossed Into Leather

The AMG Seal

The AMG seal is debossed into premium leather upholstery using a metal die.

Multi-Piston AMG Front Brake Caliper


An identifiable oversize, multi-piston AMG front brake caliper.

AMG Front Brake Rotor On Front Axle

Front Brake Rotor

AMG perforated front brake rotor is installed on a front axle.

AMG Motorsport

Being behind the wheel of one of the world’s elite automotive vehicles is an experience that has to be lived to fully be understood.

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AMG Models

The high performance division of Mercedes-Benz - AMG vehicles are hand built, using a "one man, one engine" philosophy.

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