Mercedes-AMG doesn't make a bad vehicle, but in such a broad model range a few of them are sure to be especially great. CarWow decided to put them to the test by collecting six AMG-built Mercs ranging from the least expensive to the most costly and challenged them all to a drag race.
CarWow's collection represents every engine that AMG currently offers and one that it breathes on a little. As the brand's entry point, there's the A45 with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The 4.0-liter biturbo V8 is next, and the video tests it in the AMG GT and C63. The 5.5-liter biturbo V8 shows up in some of Mercedes' larger vehicle like the GLE63 in this clip. The performance-division's largest engine is the 6.0-liter biturbo V12 in the S65 Coupe for this evaluation. Finally, the SLC43 is here with a 3.0-liter biturbo V6, which AMG doesn't actually build.
Each one of these vehicles is special in its own way, but only one of them can be quickest in the quarter mile. Place your bets, watch the video, and see if you guess the winner correctly.
The little A45's performance is too good not to spoil, though. The model doesn't take the overall victory, but the hot hatch briefly leads the race at the start. That makes the little car quite a giant killer. Someone can buy one of the least expensive vehicles that gets AMG's complete attention and know that it's also the quickest one – at least for a couple feet off the line.
The big GLE also performs astonishingly well. At that start, it goes right along with the A45, but eventually the more aerodynamic models start to make up the difference.
Unfortunately, the new E63 S wasn't a part of this battle because it could have been a real contender for overall winner. Like the C63 and AMG GT, the sedan uses the 4.0-liter biturbo V8, but the powerplant makes 603 horsepower (450 kilowatts) and 627 pound-feet (850 Newton-meters) in this one. With a sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 3.3 seconds, the four-door is the quickest road-going product that AMG offers.