Mercedes-Benz AMG® Decoded

May 16th, 2024 by

What if every drive could be an exhilarating adventure, every moment behind the wheel a celebration of power? Mercedes-AMG® stands as a beacon of unbridled excitement, a testament to the relentless pursuit of performance and power in the world of automotive engineering. Since its inception, AMG® has been on a mission to redefine performance, transforming every California street into a runway, every bend into an electrifying thrill, and every drive into an unforgettable journey of power and precision.

Rooted in a legacy of track-based engineering, the 2024 Mercedes-AMG® lineup is crafted to ignite both your senses and your love for high-performance driving. Each Mercedes-AMG® vehicle offers exhilarating performance and sophisticated design, featuring race-inspired aesthetics that promise to captivate. Delve deeper into the thrilling world of Mercedes-AMG® SUVs, sedans, coupes, cabriolets, and roadsters with this comprehensive overview— then make sure to experience the excitement in person with a test drive here at Mercedes-Benz of Fresno.

A Legacy of Excellence: What does AMG® Stand for?

To put it simply, “AMG®” originates from the founders’ names— Hans-Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher, along with the birthplace of Aufrecht in Großaspach, Germany. Thus, the iconic AMG® namesake was created.

Beyond its origins, AMG® signifies a level of luxury sports cars that are unrivaled. AMG®’s journey began with a vision to enhance Mercedes-Benz models with cutting-edge performance technology. Each Mercedes-Benz with the AMG® badge undergoes specific enhancements in trim and tuning, resulting in unparalleled power, handling, and a distinctively sporty appearance. These are not just cars; they’re exhilarating experiences that ignite your senses and make every drive an adventure. (To learn more about these specific adjustments, check out this blog → Pushing Boundaries with Mercedes-Benz Performance Tuning.)

The brand’s commitment to innovation and performance go back a long way through the history of Mercedes-Benz. This dedication to pushing boundaries and delivering outstanding performance has been a cornerstone of Mercedes-Benz’s heritage, driving their relentless pursuit of innovation since the very beginning. (You can read more about the inception of this distinguished brand in this blog → Luxury, Innovation & Craftmanship | How German Cars Set the Standard Worldwide.)

AMG® Performance: One Man, One Engine.

At the core of each 2024 Mercedes-AMG® model is a high-performance engine meticulously crafted for exceptional power and agility. The AMG® brand has one foundational principle: One Man, One Engine. This ethos ensures that each Mercedes-AMG® engine is meticulously crafted by a single Master Engine Builder. After assembly, the engine is personally signed by the builder, symbolizing a commitment to quality and excellence that extends beyond mere mechanics.

This attention to detail is not limited to the engine alone. Collaboration between Mercedes-AMG® and Mercedes-Benz experts ensures that every vehicle is a harmonious blend of luxury and performance. Mercedes-AMG® vehicles benefit from over 500 specialized parts, enhancing their power and precision.

Distinguished as the only automaker handcrafting each engine, Mercedes-AMG showcases technological prowess with innovations like advanced biturbos and remarkable fuel efficiency. From the potent 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder to the mighty 621-hp V12, Mercedes-AMG® engines set industry standards, defining the pinnacle of automotive performance.

What are the Different AMG® Engines?

With a range of handcrafted engines designed to cater to every thrill seeker, AMG® offers a driving experience like no other. Whether you crave the raw power of a V8 or the precision of a turbocharged V6, there’s an engine for you. Each engine is carefully crafted to deliver exhilarating performance, where power meets passion and driving is elevated to an art form. Here are the key AMG® engines available:

  1. Handcrafted 6.0L V12 Biturbo Engine (M279)
    With its twin turbos breathing life into each cylinder, this engine roars, delivering an exhilarating performance that is as thrilling as it is refined—characterizing the very definition of AMG® craftsmanship, this engine creates a thrilling performance, making every drive a work of art. The Handcrafted 6.0L V12 Biturbo Engine offers:
  • Horsepower: 621
  • Torque: 738 lb-ft
  • Featured Models: Mercedes-AMG® S 65 Sedan (Will use complete model names, w/links)
  1. AMG® Enhanced 3.0L V6 Biturbo (M276)
    Picture a compact powerhouse, finely tuned and ready to unleash a surge of performance—this piece of machinery is a marvel of engineering, blending the efficiency of a V6 with the power of twin turbos. Meticulously crafted by Mercedes-AMG®, this symbol of precision and power is designed to elevate your driving experience to new heights. The AMG® Enhanced 3.0L V6 Biturbo offers:
  • Horsepower: 385
  • Torque: 384 lb-ft
  • Featured Models: GLE 43 Coupe, GLC 43 4MATIC® (Will use complete model names, w/links)
  1. Handcrafted 2.0L Inline-4 Turbo (M133)
    Despite its size, this engine packs a punch, thanks to the turbocharger that boosts its power output. Whether you’re cruising down the highway or tackling twisty roads, this engine offers a driving experience is both exhilarating and refined, making every journey a joy. The Handcrafted 2.0L Inline-4 Turbo offers:
  • Horsepower: 375
  • Torque: 350 lb-ft
  • Featured Models: GLA 45, GLA 35 4MATIC® (Will use complete model names, w/links)
  1. Handcrafted 4.0L V8 Biturbo (M177)
    With twin turbos spurring its cylinders, it awakens with a thunderous orchestra of power, like a symphony coming to life—delivering exhilarating performance that will leave you breathless. Painstakingly crafted by AMG®’s skilled artisans, this engine is a true work of art that elevates driving to a whole new level. The Handcrafted 4.0L V8 Biturbo offers:
  • Horsepower: 630
  • Torque: 664 lb-ft
  • Featured Models: E 63 S Sedan, E 63 S Wagon, AMG® GT 63 S 4-door coupe, GLC 63 4MATIC® (Will use complete model names, w/links)
  1. Handcrafted 4.0L V8 Biturbo with Dry Sump Lubrication System (M178)
    A force that is ready to deliver jaw-dropping performance —this masterpiece by Mercedes-AMG® combines the raw power of a V8 with the precision of a handcrafted engine, delivering an unrivaled driving experience. The addition of a dry sump lubrication system ensures that the engine stays properly lubricated even under extreme conditions, allowing it to perform at its best no matter the challenge. The Handcrafted 4.0L V8 Biturbo with Dry Sump Lubrication System offers:
  • Horsepower: 577
  • Torque: 516 lb-ft
  • Featured Models: AMG® GT, GT Coupe, GT R, GLC 63 4MATIC®
  1. Handcrafted 5.5L V8 Biturbo (M157)
    Picture a masterpiece of power and precision, that combines the brute force of a V8 with the sophistication of twin turbos— delivering a truly hair-raising driving experience. Each component is carefully crafted to ensure optimal performance and reliability, making it a true work of art. Whether you’re cruising on the highway or pushing the limits on the track, this engine unleashes a thrill that is unmatched. The Handcrafted 5.5L V8 Biturbo offers:
  • Horsepower: 577
  • Torque: 665 lb-ft
  • Featured Model: GLS 63

AMG® delivers an unmatched driving experience with its lineup of handcrafted engines. Whether you desire the brute force of a V8 or the precision of a turbocharged V6, there’s an engine tailored to your preferences. Every engine is meticulously crafted to elevate driving to an art form, delivering exhilarating performance that blends power with passion.

Mercedes-AMG® Performance 4MATIC All-Wheel Drive

While many high-performance all-wheel-drive vehicles are available, none quite match the unique operation of a Mercedes-AMG®. The Performance 4MATIC® all-wheel-drive system is exclusive to Mercedes-AMG® and is derived from Mercedes-Benz’s 4MATIC® technology, refined for race-inspired performance. This system utilizes lightweight yet durable components to intelligently distribute torque between the front and rear wheels, enhancing the agility of the Mercedes-AMG® lineup on various road surfaces.

Performance 4MATIC® incorporates two key systems: the 3-Stage Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) with Sport Mode and the 4-Wheel Electronic Traction System (4ETS® offers three modes—ESP® ON, ESP® SPORT HANDLING MODE, and ESP® OFF. During drives along San Joaquin’s winding highways, ESP® enhances stability by selectively braking individual wheels as necessary, providing a degree of flexibility in Sport Mode. Meanwhile, 4ETS® enhances traction, ensuring confident handling around corners and on challenging terrain.

Mercedes-AMG® Attention to Detail

While it’s clear the performance is the most important aspect of an AMG®, you can still expect the same level of craftsmanship and innovation inside the cabin as you would any other Mercedes-Benz vehicle. The exquisite interior of every 2024 Mercedes-AMG® model is designed with refined elegance, bold styling elements, and luxurious materials throughout. Sport front seats are included on most models, or you can delight in ultimate relaxation with the available multicontour massaging front seats. Elevating the race-inspired aesthetic of most Mercedes-AMG® cabins are unique AMG® illuminated door sills and brushed stainless steel pedals, along with a flat-bottom AMG® Performance steering wheel, standard except on the 2024 Mercedes-AMG® GLA SUV and 2024 Mercedes-AMG® CLA Coupe.

Some Available interior features include:

  • MB-Tex, MB-Tex/microfiber, or Nappa leather upholstery
  • Sport or multicontour front seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats & Heated rear seats
  • Black, red, yellow, beige, or gray seatbelts
  • 64-color ambient LED lighting
  • Panoramic roof (except on cabriolets and roadsters)
  • AMG® illuminated door sills
  • AMG® carbon fiber interior trim

In addition, cutting-edge digital innovations in Mercedes-AMG® vehicles provide effortless access to your multimedia, vehicle dynamics, and in-cabin settings. The Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) interface is standard on Mercedes-AMG® models, in addition to HD Radio™, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Bluetooth®, which are also standard across the lineup.

Some Available connectivity features include:

  • AMG® Track Pace
  • MB Navigation
  • MBUX Augmented Video
  • Burmester® Surround Sound system
  • Wireless charging
  • Head-up display
  • In-car Wi-Fi

Safety & Driver Assistance Features

Whether your destination is the open road of the San Joaquin Valley or Fresno’ enclosed CenCal Speedway, 2024 Mercedes-AMG® vehicles elevate your confidence and awareness with a wealth of intuitive safety and driver assistance features. A rearview camera is standard, though select models include a surround view system. Additional standard driver assistance features include Active Brake Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST®, Blind Spot Assist, and an anti-theft alarm system.

Available driver assistance features include:

  • Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC®
  • Active Lane Change Assist
  • Active Lane-Keeping Assist
  • Car-to-X Communication
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Parking damage detector
  • PARKTRONIC with Active Parking Assist
  • PRESAFE® PLUS & PRESAFE® Sound


Mercedes-AMG® represents the pinnacle of automotive engineering, offering a thrilling blend of performance, luxury, and innovation. With a legacy rooted in track-based excellence, each Mercedes-AMG® vehicle is meticulously crafted to ignite your senses and elevate every drive into an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re drawn to the raw power of a V8 or the precision of a turbocharged V6, there’s an AMG® engine designed to cater to every thrill seeker. And with the exclusive Performance 4MATIC® all-wheel-drive system, you can enjoy race-inspired performance and agility on any road surface. Step inside, and you’ll find the same level of craftsmanship and innovation, with luxurious materials and cutting-edge technology enhancing every aspect of your drive. Experience the excitement firsthand with a test drive at Mercedes-Benz of Fresno and discover why AMG® is synonymous with unbridled performance and luxury.

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