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					40 Years of AMG

                                                                                                         May 7, 2007

Contents                                                                                          Page

Short version

CL 65 AMG and CLK 63 AMG Black Series
Two extra-special AMG high-performance cars to mark the 40th anniversary                            2

Long version

New high-performance coupé also available as a "40th Anniversary" limited-
edition model                                                                                       5

CLK 63 AMG Black Series
Formula 1 technology for the road                                                                   14

40 Years of AMG
From a two-man start-up to a global business                                                        21

Company and positioning
AMG, the performance brand within the Mercedes Car Group                                           25

AMG milestones
Successes on the track and outstanding technological achievements
on the road                                                                                        29

The history of Mercedes-AMG GmbH                                                                   38

Technical data                                                                                      41

The descriptions and data contained in this press kit apply to the international model range of
of Mercedes-Benz. Specifications may vary from country to country.
CL 65 AMG and CLK 63 AMG Black Series                                              Page 2

Two extra-special AMG high-performance cars to
mark the 40th anniversary of AMG
Los Angeles – 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"              Page 3
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

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                 Page 4

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.

Wolfgang Zanker, tel.: +49 711 17-75847, wolfgang.zanker@daimlerchrysler.com
Pietro Zollino, tel.: +49 711 17-75855, pietro.zollino@daimlerchrysler.com

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CL 65 AMG                                                                                 Page 5

New high-performance coupé also available as
"40th Anniversary" limited-edition model
Not only is the CL 65 AMG high-performance coupé the new flagship model
in the unique AMG range, in its "40th Anniversary" limited-edition guise it
also marks a very special milestone: the performance brand of the Mercedes
Car Group celebrates its 40th birthday in 2007.

Another dream car has joined the AMG model line-up in the form of the new
CL 65 AMG. The powerful AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine familiar from the
S 65 AMG and SL 65 AMG twelve-cylinder models delivers a truly impressive
driving experience in the exclusive high-performance coupé. Its maximum output
of 450 kW/612 hp and peak torque of 1000 Newton metres are reflected in its
outstanding performance data: the CL 65 AMG attains 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds
and reaches the 200-km/h mark in 13.3 seconds. Maximum speed is 250 km/h
(electronically limited). Standard features include AMG bodystyling, 20-inch AMG
forged wheels, the unique AMG interior and highly advanced technology, such as
the AMG sports suspension based on the Active Body Control system and the
anticipatory occupant protection system PRE-SAFE®. The AMG high-performance
brake system with new twin sliding callipers offers maximum stopping power
without fading. The market launch of the CL 65 AMG is due to commence in June

"40th Anniversary" edition with AMG Alubeam paint finish

In order to mark the 40th anniversary of Mercedes-AMG – the high-performance
brand of the Mercedes Car Group – in suitably glittering style, the CL 65 AMG is
also being offered as a "40th Anniversary" limited-edition model. A new type of
paint finish reflects the special status of this exclusive version, which is restricted
to just 40 vehicles for the whole world. This exceptional AMG coupé is the very
first series-production Mercedes to feature AMG Alubeam, a unique paint finish
which has previously only been seen on a handful of Mercedes show cars. A world
first, this new process causes the paint to gleam like liquid metal. The colour,
which seems to be stretched over the vehicle's body like a metallic skin,             Page 6
emphasises the compelling lines of the large Mercedes coupé more effectively
than any other paint finish, while the light plays on them in a way calculated to
produce an even more vivid look. This is made possible by the use of pigment
particles which measure just 30 to 50 nanometres in size and can therefore be
incorporated into the surface of the paint even more evenly. As a result, the light
is reflected much more intensely and the lustre of the paintwork is enhanced. To
put this into perspective, conventional paintwork pigments measure between 100
and 300 nanometres in size.

It goes without saying that AMG Alubeam also has a clear coat with enhanced
scratch resistance which offers greater protection from environmental influences.
The exclusiveness of this limited-edition model is highlighted by the use of a
carbon-fibre diffusor in the rear apron.

Sublime interior ambience with special appointments

The superbly styled interior also makes an impressive statement: the CL 65 AMG
"40th Anniversary" features two-tone EXCLUSIVE PASSION all-nappa-leather
upholstery with the new AMG V12 diamond pattern, a colour-coordinated
Alcantara roof lining and embossed V12 logos on the front head restraints. The
airbag unit of the AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel is also covered in nappa
leather. High-quality trim elements made from genuine carbon fibre add a
decidedly sporty touch. The "40th Anniversary" lettering on the centre console
confirms the elite character of this new coupé and, at the same time, serves as a
reminder of the incomparable history of AMG. Further evidence of the model's
highly exclusive nature is provided by the "one out of 40" badge on the hand-rest
of the COMAND controller.

In addition to these special highlights, the anniversary coupé model boasts an
extremely extensive standard specification. This includes features such as
proximity control, ambient lighting, DISTRONIC PLUS including Parking
Guidance, Night View Assist, reversing camera, ski bag, auxiliary heating and
an analogue/digital TV tuner.
Designed by the specialists of the AMG PERFORMANCE STUDIO, which was set              Page 7
up in 2006, the limited-edition CL 65 AMG "40th Anniversary" V12 coupé belongs
to the exclusive "Editions" category of vehicles.

AMG V12 biturbo engine: dynamic performance at its finest

The AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine with its displacement of 5980 cc promises
performance of the highest calibre: its maximum output of 450 kW/612 hp is
maintained between 4800 and 5100 rpm while the peak torque of 1000 Newton
metres (electronically limited) is on tap from 2000 to 4000 rpm. This impressive
engine data is the key to exceptional performance figures and superbly assured
driving dynamics. But the powerful AMG twelve-cylinder unit is also in its
element when cruising effortlessly in high gear. Its instantaneous responsiveness
is as impressive as its smooth, low-vibration running qualities, which guarantee
the high level of touring comfort typically associated with Mercedes.

The exceptional qualities of the AMG V12 engine resulted in it being singled out at
the "International Engine of the Year Awards 2004": in the "Best Performance
Engine" category, the 450-kW/612-hp AMG power unit was crowned the winner,
beating off a strong field of 70 competitors from Europe, the US and Japan. In the
AMG engine manufacturing facility, each engine is traditionally built according to
the "One man, one engine" philosophy. That means that each complete AMG V12
engine is hand-assembled from start to finish by a single engineer in accordance
with the strictest quality standards – as documented by the engineer's signature
on the AMG engine plate.
Key data for the CL 65 AMG at a glance:                                                 Page 8

                                   CL 65 AMG

Cylinder configuration/            V12/
valves per cylinder                3

Displacement                  cc   5980

Bore x stroke               mm     82.6 x 93.0

Compression ratio                  9.0 : 1

Output                    kW/hp    450/612
                          at rpm   4800-5100

Max. torque                   Nm   1000*
                          at rpm   2000-4000

Acceleration 0-100 km/h        s   4.4

Top speed                  km/h    250*

*electronically limited

State-of-the-art technology with motorsport know-how

The twelve-cylinder biturbo engine in the CL 65 AMG features the very latest
technology from the world of motorsport. Highly resilient components and
materials guarantee consistently high power and torque levels, even at extreme
operating temperatures. These include, for example, the precision-balanced
crankshaft made out of high-strength materials, forged pistons made out of special
material which is extremely resistant to temperature and pressure, a more
effective oil-spray cooling system with a separate individual nozzle for each piston,
plus larger piston pins. The main and big-end bearings are also made out of a
higher-grade material to compensate for temperature and pressure peaks more
effectively. The charge cycle in the cylinder heads benefits from optimised
combustion chambers and longer opening times of the intake valves. A modified
oil pump ensures that all lubrication points are supplied with oil - even under
highly demanding conditions. An engine oil cooler is integrated into the AMG
front apron, with an additional engine coolant radiator located in the wheel arch. Page 9

Extra efficient principle for charge-air cooler

The charge-air cooler has also been redesigned with a low-temperature radiator in
the front of the vehicle that is around 70 per cent larger. The system works on the
principle of an air-to-water heat exchanger for particularly effective cooling of the
intake air (which has been compressed by the turbochargers) before it enters the
combustion chambers. The increased surface area of the low-temperature radiator
results in a 25 per cent reduction in intake temperature at full throttle and
guarantees high power and torque output under all operating conditions and
regardless of the outside temperature. The housings of the compressor and turbine
in both turbochargers as well as the turbine and compressor wheels have been
enlarged, resulting in a maximum charge pressure of 1.5 bar.
The electronically controlled fuel supply with newly developed components
operates with a variable system pressure between 3.6 and 5.0 bar. The fuel
pressure is regulated variably and instantaneously in accordance with the power
requirements and outside temperature. The engine management system
translates the command from the accelerator within milliseconds, resulting in an
extremely fast response from the engine in all load situations.

AMG sports exhaust system for typical AMG twelve-cylinder vocals

The characteristic AMG twelve-cylinder sound is ensured by the AMG sports
exhaust system with two twin chromed tailpipes in the exclusive AMG V12
design. Catalytic converters with tri-metallic coating provide a faster response
from a cold start, more efficient exhaust-gas aftertreatment and a longer service
life. The CL 65 AMG complies with the EU 4 emissions standard as well as
specific requirements of the US market.
AMG SPEEDSHIFT 5-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel                       Page 10
gearshift paddles

The drive power of the new CL 65 AMG is transmitted to the wheels by the AMG
SPEEDSHIFT 5-speed automatic transmission with AMG gearshift paddles and
DIRECT SELECT gearshift. An "S/C/M" button in the centre console allows the
driver to choose between the "Sport", "Comfort" and "Manual" driving modes. As
well as changing the transmission characteristics, these modify the accelerator
response and the spring/damper settings of the AMG sports suspension based on
Active Body Control. Gears can also be shifted manually at any time by means of
the silver-coloured aluminium shift paddles on the AMG ergonomic sports steering

The AMG V12 power unit's torque delivery of 1000 Newton metres (electronically
limited) calls for a powertrain that has been systematically reinforced. In the
automatic transmission, this includes newly developed clutch plates with a high-
quality metallic coating and the modified shift and torque converter lock-up logic.
Redesigned drive shafts, larger hub carriers as well as strengthened steel spring
links supplement these measures.

AMG sports suspension based on Active Body Control

The AMG sports suspension based on Active Body Control almost completely
eliminates the body movements that occur when moving off, cornering and
braking. The CL 65 AMG negotiates bends of every type with a greatly reduced
roll angle, while body roll during fast evasive manoeuvres is suppressed
effectively. In this way, the AMG V12 coupé not only opens up new dimensions of
dynamic handling, comfort levels receive a tangible boost too.

AMG high-performance brake system with innovative twin sliding callipers

The polished 20-inch AMG twin-spoke forged wheels painted in titanium grey also
contribute to the superb roadholding of the CL 65 AMG. At the front, the 8.5-inch-
wide wheels are fitted with 255/35 ZR 20 tyres, while 275/35 ZR 20 tyres partner
the 9.5-inch-wide wheels at the rear. With their delicately styled spokes, they offer
tantalising views of a brake system, the like of which is not to be found in any        Page 11
other manufacturer's vehicles. The system in question is the AMG high-
performance brake system which sets new standards for stopping power,
sensitivity and resistance to fading. In keeping with the innovative approach
typical of AMG, the front brakes of the CL 65 AMG are equipped with twin
sliding callipers. A world first, this new technology combines the advantages
of a floating-calliper brake – lower heat transfer to the brake fluid and
significantly enhanced comfort as a result of the way the brake pads are located –
with the performance of a large fixed-calliper brake.

At the rear, braking is handled by a large frame-type sliding calliper. Composite
blind-drilled brake discs at the front and rear with diameters of 390 and 365
millimetres respectively ensure the shortest stopping distances, excellent
resistance to fading and outstanding sensitivity. Based on the ADAPTIVE BRAKE
system, the electronically controlled dual-circuit hydraulic brake system supports
numerous driver assistance functions – such as the PRE-SAFE® Brake system,
Brake Assist PLUS and DISTRONIC PLUS – for even greater safety and comfort.

AMG bodystyling: powerful and elegant design idiom

The advanced technology of the CL 65 AMG is complemented perfectly by the
vehicle's powerful, elegant and dynamic design idiom. The AMG bodystyling and
the self-assured lines of the large Mercedes coupé make a superbly cohesive
formal statement. Large air intakes, side air outlets and round fog lamps with
chrome surrounds dominate the front, as do the exclusive AMG radiator grille
with two horizontal chrome fins and the darkened bi-xenon headlamps.
Distinctive side skirts and "V12 Biturbo" lettering embellish the flanks, while the
two twin chromed tailpipes in AMG V12 design and the muscular rear apron with
its black diffusor insert make the rear of the vehicle particularly eye-catching too.
Interior: dynamic style and the finest materials                                      Page 12

The range-topping V12 model makes quite an impression inside too, with its
dynamic style and its use of the finest materials: the AMG sports seats have a
special upholstery layout as well as both multicontour and massage functions;
the EXCLUSIVE PASSION all-nappa-leather upholstery sports the new AMG V12
diamond pattern. Metal AMG badges adorn all four seats. The AMG ergonomic
sports steering wheel has a specially sculpted rim and silver-coloured AMG
aluminium gearshift paddles. Integrated in the AMG instrument cluster (which is
calibrated up to 360 km/h), the AMG main menu shows the currently selected
gear and recommends when to shift up to the next gear. It also allows the driver to
view either the engine oil temperature or the battery voltage as well as the
"RACETIMER". Using the latter, the driver can record and analyse lap times, for
example when driving on a private race circuit.
A particularly notable highlight of the interior is the IWC-design analogue clock.
A V12 logo on the centre console, AMG door sills and the AMG sports pedals in
brushed stainless steel complete the picture.

The following features are just a brief extract from the extensive standard

•   Adaptive brake lights
•   Ambient lighting
•   COMAND APS with hard-disc navigation system
•   DVD changer and sound system
•   Luxury seats with seat heating and ventilation
•   Pre-installation for a mobile phone
•   Poplar wood trim elements
Two carbon-fibre trim packages available as an option                                Page 13

For customers seeking to lend an even more personal touch to their car, there is a
choice of two AMG carbon-fibre trim packages from the AMG PERFORMANCE
STUDIO. The exterior carbon-fibre trim package encompasses the front apron
deflectors, exterior mirror housings and the diffusor insert in the rear apron.
Inside, AMG carbon-fibre trim can be elected in place of all the wood trim
elements, including the hand-rest of the COMAND controller.
CLK 63 AMG Black Series                                                              Page 14

Formula 1 technology for the road
Transition from motorsport in its purest form: the new CLK 63 AMG Black
Series is derived from the official F1™ safety car – the AMG high-
performance vehicle that has been the sentinel of safety at Formula 1 races
since 2006. Carefully honed for the race track, the coupé is powered by an
uprated AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine delivering 373 kW/507 hp and 630 Newton
metres of torque. Dynamic handling of the highest order is assured by the
newly designed axles, the painstakingly developed AMG sports suspension
featuring spring and shock absorber units with adjustable coil springs and
19-inch AMG forged wheels, the new steering and the thicker AMG high-
performance composite brakes. The affinity of the CLK 63 AMG Black Series
to the official F1™ safety car is clearly obvious from its looks too: its striking
front apron with large air intakes, flared wings, diffusor-look rear apron and
carbon-fibre spoiler lip all demonstrate the car's sporting, puristic pedigree.

The new CLK 63 AMG Black Series draws its technical and visual inspiration from
the official F1™ safety car, meaning that it will appeal to all sports-car
enthusiasts looking for enhanced race-track capability. Thanks to an extra
19 kW/26 hp of output, the CLK 63 AMG Black Series races from standstill to
100 km/h in 4.3 seconds, making it 0.3 seconds faster than the standard
354-kW/481-hp model. The top speed is 300 km/h (electronically limited).

Mercedes-AMG engineers achieved the increase in power to 373 kW/507 hp
by completely overhauling the intake and exhaust systems. The high-revving,
naturally aspirated AMG engine with a displacement of 6208 cc is supplied with
fresh air via enlarged intake ducts. The new AMG sports exhaust system with full-
length twin pipes features brand new silencers and a lower exhaust backpressure.
Not only does this have a beneficial effect on output, it has an impact on the
acoustics too by producing that irresistible, unmistakable AMG V8 sound.
Together with a reprogrammed engine management unit, these measures not
only ensure a more efficient charge cycle, they enable the V8 power unit to          Page 15
respond to the accelerator with even greater alacrity. It goes without saying that
the CLK 63 AMG Black Series complies with the EU 4 emissions standard as well
as the specific requirements of the US market.

The key data at a glance:

                                   CLK 63 AMG
                                   Black Series

Cylinder configuration/            V8/
valves per cylinder                4

Displacement                  cc   6208

Bore x stroke               mm     102.6 x 94.6

Compression ratio                  11.3 : 1

Output                    kW/hp    373/507
                          at rpm   6800

Max. torque                   Nm   630
                          at rpm   5250

Acceleration 0-100 km/h        s   4.3

Top speed                  km/h    300*

*electronically limited
Naturally aspirated AMG V8 engine with an array of high-tech features                  Page 16

Made entirely from high-strength aluminium, the naturally aspirated V8 engine
is packed with a wealth of fascinating racetrack technology that reflects AMG's
rich motorsport heritage. The vertical arrangement of the intake and exhaust
ports together with the sophisticated new variable intake manifold featuring
two integral throttle flaps results in perfect cylinder charging. The use of bucket
tappets in the cylinder heads paves the way for an unyielding valve train and
therefore high rev speeds. Variable camshaft adjustment, an extra-rigid closed-
deck crankcase and cylinder walls with a revolutionary new LDS coating are
further attributes of this ultra-sophisticated V8 engine made by Mercedes-AMG.
The electronically controlled fuel supply operates with a system pressure of
between 3.8 and 5.0 bar, depending on current requirements. The fuel pressure is
adjusted instantaneously to match the power demands and outside temperature.
The engine electronics translate the command from the accelerator into a
corresponding specified target pressure in a matter of milliseconds. This variable
control guarantees spontaneous response combined with sporty overrun
characteristics throughout the full spectrum of engine loads and rev speeds.

This unique combination of a high-revving concept and a large displacement
achieves the best of both worlds: exhilarating, free-revving flexibility accompanied
by high pulling power at low engine speeds. The decidedly sporty character of the
CLK 63 AMG Black Series manifests itself in the form of tremendous agility across
all engine speed ranges. The new AMG V8 delivers 500 Newton metres of torque
to the crankshaft as low down as 2000 rpm, while the maximum of 630 Newton
metres is on tap at 5250 rpm.

In the AMG engine manufacturing facility, each engine is traditionally built
according to the "One man, one engine" philosophy. Every AMG V8 engine is
hand-assembled from start to finish by a single engineer in accordance with the
strictest quality standards– as verified by the engineer's signature on the AMG
engine plate.
Seven gears with a distinctly sporting feel                                               Page 17

Power is transmitted to the wheels through the AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC.
Compared to the standard CLK 63 AMG, the rear-axle final drive ratio of this
puristic special-edition series has been shortened by about six per cent for even
greater agility when accelerating at any speed. The driver can move between the
seven gears by using the AMG aluminium gearshift paddles on the steering
wheel, while an indicator in the AMG instrument cluster shows the gear currently
selected at any given time.

In the manual "M" driving mode, gear changes are executed around 20 per cent
faster than in "S". Moreover, in the manual "M" mode the driver can truly harness
the immense pulling power generated by the V8 engine, as there is no automatic
downshift under full throttle or during kickdown; the transmission remains in the
selected gear. AMG SPEEDSHIFT does not automatically shift up a gear when it
reaches the engine speed limit in manual mode either to enhance the vehicle's
dynamic performance on the race track. A visual icon appears in the AMG main
menu when it is recommended to change up a gear.

Optimised cooling for peerless stamina

Motor racing sets the tone for the looks of the CLK 63 AMG Black Series too. The
redesigned front section is directly descended from the official F1™ safety car,
and its generously proportioned air intakes provide a visual hint of the
sophisticated cooling measures at work. For greater resilience under extreme
operating conditions, not only is there a larger main radiator and an optimised
cooler for the power steering, an additional transmission oil cooler can also be
found in the front-left wheel arch. The engine oil cooler is located in the right wheel
arch. The cooling measures are rounded off by optimised air ducts with side
outlets made from genuine carbon fibre in front of the front wheels. The front
wings are made entirely of plastic. The "6.3 AMG" badge on their flanks
announces the exceptional power of the naturally aspirated V8 under the bonnet.
Restyled side sill panels extend back to the broad rear wings, which are in turn
connected by a newly developed rear apron. As well as carbon-fibre diffusor fins       Page 18
and the two twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system, the rear apron
also incorporates the cooler for the rear-axle limited-slip differential, which is
subject to particularly high loads when the vehicle is being raced. For this reason,
it comes with a separate oil cooler with an electric pump which is activated as a
function of the oil temperature. The new carbon-fibre spoiler lip on the boot lid
reduces uplift at the rear axle. The AMG logo with "Black Series" lettering
provides a discreet yet clear reminder of the formidable exclusiveness and race
track capabilities of this high-speed AMG coupé. In addition to the above, a series
of measures have been incorporated to purposefully reinforce the entire

Adjustable AMG sports suspension for optimum track performance

Like its counterpart in the Formula 1 World Championship, the CLK 63 AMG
Black Series also has a newly developed AMG sports suspension. Featuring
spring and shock absorber units with adjustable coil springs, it delivers optimum
road contact and maximum precision. It allows drivers to create a personalised
suspension setup for competitive driving: not only is the ride height adjustable
but also the compression and rebound stages of the shock absorbers, the front-
axle track and camber, as well as the rear-axle track. Both axles come with newly
developed components, such as the spring links, wheel carriers and the thrust,
camber and torque arms, as well as completely reworked elastokinematics
including the strut tower bearings for the front suspension . Compared to the
series-production CLK 63 AMG, the Black Series has over 75 millimetres more
track width at the front and an extra 66 millimetres at the rear. Extra rigidity
to handle increased lateral dynamics is provided by the strut tower braces in the
engine compartment and the boot as well as the supplementary diagonal braces
in the front section of the vehicle. On the rear axle, a multi-plate limited-slip
differential ensures optimum traction, with a 30 per cent locking effect under
throttle and 10 per cent when overrunning. Acceleration skid control (ASR) and
the Electronic Stability Program ESP® have been recalibrated to make allowance
for the more dynamic handling.
Ultra-light forged wheels, sports tyres for a perfect grip                             Page 19

The wheel and tyre combination used is the perfect complement for the AMG
sports suspension with its adjustable coil springs. Pirelli P Zero Corsa sports
tyres size 265/30 R 19 (front) and 285/30 R 19 (rear) permit exceptional levels of
grip and astonishing cornering speeds, combined with outstanding characteristics
in the wet. The tyres are mounted on handsome multi-spoke forged wheels. The
imposing 9.00 x 19 and 9.50 x 19 AMG light-alloy wheels are manufactured using
forging technology to make them even lighter. The weight reduction results in
improved response from the speed-sensitive power steering, which has also been
modified for greater precision and agility.

AMG high-performance brake system with composite discs at the front

Looking through the tracery of the AMG forged wheels, you can catch a glimpse
of the ventilated and perforated disc brakes. Thicker 360 x 36 mm brake discs
featuring the composite technology that has been tried and tested on the race
track can be found at the front wheels. Their counterparts at the rear measure
330 x 26 millimetres. Flawless deceleration, optimal metering of braking power
and tremendous fade resistance are the hallmarks of the AMG high-performance
brake system – even when pushed to the limit out on the track.

Interior with the functional feel of a genuine racing car

The transfer of technology from motorsport is equally evident in the interior of
the CLK 63 AMG Black Series. This dedicated two-seater sports car not only
dispenses with rear seats, but with its new AMG sports bucket seats (ECE version
only), alluring carbon-fibre trim and black headliner, it pulses with the functional
atmosphere of a true racing car – and thus documents 40 years of Mercedes-AMG
motorsport history. The AMG sports bucket seats without sidebags are covered in
flame-retardant nylon velour with white AMG logos. The interior is given an even
classier air by carbon-fibre trim elements on the centre console and on the
interior door panelling, which also features embossed AMG logos, aluminium door
handles as well as black anodised trim strips. Further highlights of the centre
console include the specially styled sports selector lever, the new start/stop          Page 20
button with its gleaming matt finish and the AMG logo with "Black Series"

The new AMG performance steering wheel is 15 millimetres smaller in diameter
and comes with silver-coloured aluminium gearshift paddles. The steering wheel
rim, with a diameter of 365 millimetres, is flattened on its underside to ensure that
the driver of the CLK 63 AMG Black Series maintains an optimum seating position
and perfect control over the vehicle at all times.

AMG instrument cluster with RACETIMER

The carbon-fibre-embedded AMG instrument cluster with a speedometer
calibrated up to 320 km/h and red needles radiates an air of exclusivity paired
with excellent functionality. The AMG main menu in the instrument cluster is
just the thing for serious outings on the race track: it displays the gear currently
engaged and recommended upshifts in Manual mode, plus either the engine oil
temperature or the battery voltage, as well as the RACETIMER. This last function
allows the driver to record lap times on private racing circuits, storing not only
the time for the fastest lap but also the average and top speeds as well as the lap
Despite its race-car-like handling dynamics, the CLK 63 AMG Black Series retains
all of those trademark qualities that distinguish a true Mercedes-Benz: everyday
practicality, longevity, safety and quality. Just like the SLK 55 AMG Black Series
before it, the new CLK 63 AMG Black Series was developed in the AMG
PERFORMANCE STUDIO opened in 2006. Customer deliveries of the unlimited
AMG special series are due to commence in June 2007.
40 Years of AMG                                                                     Page 21

From a two-man start-up to a global business
From its beginnings 40 years ago as a specialist motorsport and tuning
firm, Mercedes-AMG GmbH has grown into a supplier of exclusive high-
performance cars with some 750 employees, an extensive model range
comprising 18 different AMG cars, customers across the world and a
brand name which has gained a high level of recognition.

The company was founded on June 1, 1967 by Hans Werner Aufrecht (A) and his
partner Erhard Melcher (M); the third letter in the company name (G) came from
Aufrecht's birthplace, Großaspach. The two men officially described themselves as
"Engineering, construction and testing specialists in the development of racing
engines". The firm was based in an old mill in Burgstall (near Affalterbach).

Breakthrough in 1971 with second place at the 24 Hours of Spa

In the early years of the company, its founders concentrated on building racing
cars based on the Mercedes-Benz 300 SE and competing in European touring car
races. They did not have to wait long for their breakthrough: a Mercedes-Benz
300 SEL 6.8 AMG finished a surprising second overall at the 24 Hours of Spa in
1971 in Belgium, winning its class at the same time. The 315-kW/428-hp racing
saloon was driven alternately by Hans Heyer and Clemens Schickentanz.

This historic victory was followed by countless successes at all manner of
motorsport arenas: AMG took the DTM team title no less than five times. Bernd
Schneider, Gary Paffett and Klaus Ludwig collected a total of eight DTM titles,
with Schneider also taking the ITC (International Touring Car Championship)
title. It was Bernd Schneider again, at the wheel of the Affalterbach team's
CLK-GTR, who took the drivers' title in the inaugural FIA GT Championship
in 1997, a success repeated by Klaus Ludwig and Ricardo Zonta the following
year when they also won the constructors' title for Team AMG Mercedes – the
CLK-GTR won all eleven races of the season. In the current 2007 DTM season,
Bernd Schneider - who already has a record-breaking five titles to his name –
is committed to doing everything he can to defend his 2006 championship title          Page 22
in the all-new AMG Mercedes C-Class.

Outstanding technological achievements boost business

AMG's success was to spread far beyond the world of international motorsport. By
the 1970s, customers were beginning to acquire a taste for more individuality in
their cars, a trend which the Swabian company used to develop its business. The
transfer of technology from motorsport to series-production development was
already an integral part of the company's philosophy. AMG's ability to deliver
outstanding technological achievements and first-class quality as a result of its
involvement in motorsport meant that the company quickly made a name for
itself and became highly respected. As a result of the aims which it had set itself,
AMG soon became one of the pioneers in the refinement and tuning of premium
The strong demand for refined and tuned Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the 1970s
led to a steady increase in the number of orders received by AMG. The company
outgrew its base in Burgstall and moved to Affalterbach in 1976. As the first
Mercedes-Benz tuning company, AMG developed into a model for an entire
branch of the automotive industry. The company's impact was evident at the 1981
Frankfurt Motor Show, where a total of 176 exhibitors were involved in tuning
and accessories for the Mercedes-Benz brand. An important event in the history
of AMG was the launch of the Mercedes-Benz 190 in 1982. The compact saloon
soon became a favourite with German car tuners and helped AMG to tap into a
whole new clientele.

AMG opens its second plant and the workforce grows to 100

AMG continued to expand: the company opened its second plant in 1985 and took
on its 100th employee. Customers from all over the world began to come to
Affalterbach, among them prominent figures from the spheres of motorsport, film,
music, sport and business, not to mention royalty. Time and again, the extremely
specialised requirements of these highly discerning customers resulted in
exceptional projects, which AMG was always able to bring to fruition thanks to
its unerring passion and expertise. As an industry pioneer and trendsetter, AMG      Page 23
was able to draw on its ever-expanding wealth of experience to great effect.
Ignoring short-lived fads, the company was already committed to its vision of
securing – and maintaining – the position of world leader in its sector in terms
of technology, design, sales and earnings.

Cooperation agreement with Daimler-Benz AG in 1990

One of the key milestones in the history of AMG came in 1990, with the signing
of the cooperation agreement with Daimler-Benz AG. Demand and customer
acceptance were given a tremendous boost now that AMG products could be sold
and maintained through Mercedes-Benz' worldwide network of company-owned
sales and service outlets and dealerships. Further expansion led to the opening of
a third plant in 1990 and an increase in the workforce to 400 employees. In 1993,
the company unveiled the Mercedes-Benz C 36 AMG, the first jointly developed
vehicle to result from the cooperation agreement. In another development the
same year, the Patent Office recognised AMG as a trademark as the name was
now so well known.

Incorporation into the DaimlerChrysler Group in 1999

Hans Werner Aufrecht transferred a majority stake in the steadily growing
company to DaimlerChrysler AG on January 1, 1999. On January 1, 2005
DaimlerChrysler acquired 100 per cent of the shares. This allowed the newly
founded Mercedes-AMG GmbH to benefit to an even greater extent from the
Group's resources and global standing. Also in 1999, the motorsport department
was transferred to company founder Hans Werner Aufrecht's firm H.W.A. GmbH
(now H.W.A. AG). Located in close proximity to Mercedes-AMG GmbH, some 200
staff now work there together with Mercedes-Benz Motorsport to manage the two
companies' long-standing involvement in the German Touring Car Championship
Involvement in Formula 1 with the official F1™ safety car                              Page 24

Mercedes-AMG has been an important part of the safety concept in Formula 1
for over ten years. The official F1™ safety car is based on the CLK 63 AMG whilst
also providing the technological blueprint for the new CLK 63 AMG Black Series.
The C 55 AMG Estate, meanwhile, provides the basis for the official F1™ medical
car. The decades of experience acquired in touring car and GT racing played a key
role in the development of these two extra-special AMG vehicles.

Opening of the AMG PERFORMANCE STUDIO in 2006

The opening of the AMG PERFORMANCE STUDIO in 2006 marked the start of a
new initiative to appeal to customers on a most individual level. In addition to the
AMG high-performance cars available through the global Mercedes-Benz sales
organisation, the PERFORMANCE STUDIO develops and produces special series of
AMG vehicles in exclusive numbers. Offered as the Signature Series, Black Series
and Editions, these uniquely special models stand out by virtue of their
outstanding handling, race-track capability, distinctive technical and visual
features or their exclusive equipment details, depending on the particular model
in question. Apart from the new CLK 63 AMG Black Series, the latest product from
the AMG PERFORMANCE STUDIO is the SLK 55 AMG Black Series, a purist's
lightweight version equipped with an AMG 5.5-litre V8 engine delivering
294 kW/400 hp, plus numerous components from the world of motorsport. As
well as focussing on particularly compelling AMG vehicles, the AMG
PERFORMANCE STUDIO also attends to customers' individual requests – a
traditional forte of Mercedes-AMG. These special requirements can take the form
of specific technical modifications, such as AMG sports suspension systems,
AMG high-performance brake systems, AMG wheel/tyre combinations, limited-
slip differentials and customised interior appointments, as well as bespoke
one-off models.
Company and positioning                                                             Page 25

AMG, the performance brand within the
Mercedes Car Group
AMG — around the world, these three evocative letters embody individuality,
dynamism and exclusivity. Over the last four decades, Mercedes-AMG GmbH
has evolved from a tuning firm specialising in premium cars to a
performance brand within its own right under the umbrella of the Mercedes
Car Group.

"Performance" is at the essence of the AMG brand. The workforce delivers top
performance, AMG models are the quintessential high-performance cars – and
performance shines through in every single aspect of customer relations. AMG's
own specific brand values are derived from the brand essence of "performance":
"Individual" and "Dynamic", two values which are mirrored in each and every
AMG product:
•   "Individual": the development and production of new AMG models,
    technologies and components draws on the wealth of experience and the
    innovations of fine German handcrafting and engineering – as can be
    witnessed in the AMG engine manufacturing facility, for example. Here, the
    powerful V8 and V12 engines are hand-built to the highest standards of
    quality by highly qualified specialists, whilst adhering to the traditional
    philosophy of "One man, one engine". The AMG PERFORMANCE STUDIO
    produces exclusive, small-scale model series such as the CLK 63 AMG Black
    Series or the CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet, and is capable of accommodating even
    the most fanciful customer requests, including custom-built one-off models.
    The brand value "Individual" thereby denotes an approach that is perfectly
    tailored to a discerning clientele of elite achievers and their wish for
    exclusivity and exceptionality.
•   "Dynamic": every single AMG high-performance vehicle exemplifies
    outstanding power delivery and braking performance, dynamic handling that
    thrills, vibrant design, as well as a memorably sonorous acoustic experience.
    The brand value of "Dynamic" therefore stands for self-assured enjoyment of
    effortlessly superior sportiness.                                                Page 26

AMG's own interpretation of the Mercedes-Benz brand values of "Authentic",
"Leading", "Respectful" and "Fascinating" is likewise expressed in its products:

•   "Authentic": the singular combination of Mercedes genes and the AMG "DNA"
    ensures genuine everyday practicality and long-distance comfort despite the
    supremely dynamic performance. As every AMG is, at the same time, a
    Mercedes-Benz too, ride and acoustic comfort are subject to the very highest
    standards, as are the vehicle's endurance and guaranteed long-term
    performance. The superior performance potential of all AMG products is the
    direct result of this.

•   "Leading": in keeping with the innovative flair of Mercedes-Benz, the high-
    performance cars from AMG are made to excel by meaningful innovations and
    perceived quality of the highest order. In doing so, AMG endeavours at all
    times to live up to the expectations of all vehicles bearing the three-pointed
    star in terms of robustness and value retention.

•   "Respectful": both the AMG high-performance vehicles themselves and the
    full range of customer services offered satisfy the needs and expectations of
    the brand's highly discerning clientele. The deepest respect for every
    customer goes without saying - establishing lifelong customer relations is the
    much sought-after goal.

•   "Fascinating": AMG inspires an air of enthralment with its pre-eminent
    sportiness and its workshop-built character. Civilised dynamism combined
    with aesthetic design radiates vitality and a zest for life. AMG epitomises a
    matchless, perfect synthesis of emotion and function which serves up a genre
    of motoring indulgence that satisfies even the most scrupulous tastes. These
    traits all add up to secure lasting enthusiasm for the Mercedes Car Group's
    performance brand.
Mercedes-AMG has a far-reaching responsibility                                        Page 27

Mercedes-AMG GmbH specialises in unique, high-performance vehicles; its
sporty saloons, SUVs, coupés, cabriolets, roadsters and specially built one-off
models constitute a product portfolio which meets its customers' every wish.
The highly specialised subsidiary company has overall responsibility for
developing the design, aerodynamics, interior as well as the powertrain, engine,
suspension, brakes and electronics – right up to granting final approval for
production of the complete AMG vehicle. Mercedes-AMG GmbH is also in charge
of all marketing and sales-related activities for its products, too.

Early integration in the strategy and product phases

Since its incorporation into DaimlerChrysler AG on January 1, 1999 - and even
more so since it became a fully owned subsidiary on January 1, 2005 - Mercedes-
AMG GmbH has been able to ensure that it is integrated in the strategy and
product phases at an early stage and make optimum use of the Group's resources
when needed. New AMG high-performance models are included in the
specifications book from the very start of the concept phase and run through all
the steps of the development process leading to series-production maturity in
parallel to the Mercedes-Benz vehicles. In addition to its own high-tech test rigs,
Mercedes-AMG also has access to all Mercedes Car Group test facilities.
Furthermore, Mercedes-AMG has its own testing centre at the Nürburgring race
circuit where particularly demanding AMG-specific development and test
programmes can be conducted on the circuit's legendary "Nordschleife" – the
world's most challenging stretch of racetrack. The end product of the company's
development process is always an AMG vehicle that is perfectly tuned in every
During their development and production, all AMG products must meet the same
high quality, safety and environmental standards that apply to every Mercedes
vehicle. And because every AMG sports car is a genuine Mercedes-Benz too, the
comprehensive Mercedes service and warranty cover also applies in full to
vehicles with the AMG logo.
Some 750 AMG employees work at the company's Affalterbach headquarters             Page 28

The strength of Mercedes-AMG lies in its highly motivated employees and the
consolidation of all automotive functions in a very compact organisation. This
ensures fast decision-making and the ability to quickly and flexibly implement
the steps needed to satisfy all manner of customer requests, as proven by the
rapid growth of the company's model range. Mercedes-AMG also offers an
extensive range of accessories and optional equipment for almost all Mercedes-
Benz models.

Some 750 employees currently work at the Mercedes-AMG GmbH headquarters in
Affalterbach. All are highly qualified specialists whose commitment to providing
the ultimate in high performance and precision is central to their own sense of
professional integrity. They are motivated by performance, meaning that they
experience every day the essence of the AMG brand at its very purest.
AMG milestones                                                                         Page 29

Successes on the track and outstanding
technological achievements on the road
40 Years of AMG – an anniversary which has come about after four decades
of numerous motor racing victories and of continuously striving to be the
No. 1 for technical innovation. This look back at eleven milestone models
plots the unprecedented history of the firm from Affalterbach.

•   300 SEL 6.8 AMG: a racing saloon with a unique history
A fire red paint finish, imposing tyres and a mighty eight-cylinder engine under
the bonnet – it could only be the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG. Even today,
motorsport aficionados still rave about the victory at the 24 Hours of Spa-
Francorchamps 36 years ago. Piloted by Hans Heyer and Clemens Schickentanz,
the racing saloon took its place on the start grid of the classic long-distance race
in the Ardennes in Belgium alongside established rivals from Alfa Romeo, BMW,
Chevrolet, Ford and Opel. Nobody had thought it possible, but the 300 SEL 6.8
AMG crossed the line in second place on its very first outing, winning its class in
the process. As a result, the company from Affalterbach which had been founded
in 1967 became famous overnight – and the AMG legend was born out on the race

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 - at that time the fast German-built car in series
production - provided the technical platform for the AMG racing car. With its V8
engine mustering 184 kW/250 hp from a displacement of 6.3 litres and a peak
torque of 51 mkg, the Stuttgart-built luxury saloon was deemed to be the scourge
of the sports car fraternity. In the racing version, AMG implemented a host of
measures including expanding the displacement to 6.8 litres and fitting "sharper"
camshafts, larger intake valves, as well as modified rocker arms and pistons to
boost output to 315 kW/428 hp and torque to 62 mkg. This enabled a top speed of
265 km/h on the race track, compared to the standard-production saloon's 221
km/h. However, this spectacular racing car was denied any further success
following a change to the regulations which imposed a maximum capacity of 5.0      Page 30
litres on cars in the European Touring Car Cup from 1972 – too little for the
large-displacement, naturally aspirated AMG V8 engine.

•   300 SEL 6.3 AMG: Luxurious sports saloon developing up to 235 kW/320 hp
The achievement of the racy "6.8" in Spa-Francorchamps had a definite impact on
day-to-day business at AMG. With the German and international press still
lavishing praise on the red touring car racer, power-hungry Mercedes customers
were already requesting that AMG tune their 300 SEL 6.3. Despite the fact that
the saloon had maintained its status as the fastest German car in series
production ever since it was unveiled in 1968, squeezing even more power from
the standard 184-kW/250-hp eight-cylinder unit was an effortless task for AMG.
There was a choice of three power ratings: 206 kW/280 hp, 221 kW/300 hp or
235 kW/320 hp. The engine's displacement of 6289 cc was left unchanged,
instead the untapped potential of the Mercedes engine was harnessed by the
traditional means of machining the cylinder head, fitting new camshafts and
modifying the intake and exhaust ducting to turn it into a true AMG V8. The 235-
kW/320-hp version of the 300 SEL 6.3 AMG accelerated from 0 - 100 km/h in just
6.7 seconds and attained a top speed of 235 km/h (standard model: 8.0 s; 221
km/h). This allowed the racy AMG Mercedes to truly hold its own with any sports
car. AMG fitted a newly developed sports suspension to handle the heightened
performance capabilities.

•   450 SLC AMG: victory in the 1980 European Touring Car Championship
In contrast to Daimler-Benz AG, which raced the Mercedes-Benz SLC in the World
Rally Championship, AMG built a racing coupé for circuit competition. Hans
Werner Aufrecht sought to triumph over Jaguar and Alpina-BMW in the European
Touring Car Championship with the SLC. According to the Group 2 regulations,
the coupé could slim down to 1225 kilograms – in its original guise, a standard
450 SLC tipped the scales at around 1690 kilograms. AMG succeeded in upping
the output of the 4520 cc V8 from the previous 160 kW/217 hp to 276
kW/375 hp; at the same time, the rated engine speed was increased from a
modest 5000 to 6550 rpm. The three-speed automatic transmission basically
remained unchanged, the five-speed manual transmission that would have been
the preferred option had not been homologated. Work on the AMG racing coupé            Page 31
was completed just before the first race of the 1978 season of the European
Touring Car Championship in Monza, Italy. Notwithstanding this, the AMG
drivers Hans Heyer and Clemens Schickentanz immediately secured a highly
respectable fifth place on the grid, despite there still being plenty of room for
improvement as far as both the brakes and the power transmission were
concerned. During the four-hour race, the AMG team even managed to move up
the field to third, a feat which it then repeated in the race on the Salzburgring in

Finally, in 1980, the 450 SLC AMG came in second in the opening race of the
season in Monza again. But it was in the car's very last European Touring Car
Championship race on the Nürburgring circuit that the driver team of
Schickentanz/Denzel finally scored the victory that Hans Werner Aufrecht had
yearned so long for.

•   300 E 5.6 AMG: first saloon to break the 300-km/h barrier
300 km/h – today, it's a speed which quite a number of series-production models
are capable of attaining. However, many obstacles blocked the path to achieving
such speeds. But obstacles are there to be overcome, especially for someone like
Hans Werner Aufrecht, the founder of AMG. Over 20 years ago, he succeeded in
breaking through the 300-km/h barrier with his Mercedes-Benz 300 E 5.6 AMG,
setting a record for a saloon car in the process. Reverent AMG fans in the US
dubbed the mighty four-door saloon with its all-powerful eight-cylinder engine
"The Hammer".

In 1987, the high-speed saloon took part in a head-to-head test organised by the
German motoring magazine "auto motor und sport". The result: a top speed of
303 km/h, all thanks to the copious 265 kW/360 hp of power stemming from the
AMG eight-cylinder engine's capacity of 5.6 litres. Incidentally, the 300 E from
Affalterbach reached its top speed with a four-speed automatic transmission – in
the most serene, unperturbed, uneventful manner possible. This was quite
unprecedented: for the first time, a fully-fledged saloon with enough room for four
people, a large boot, hallmark Mercedes comfort and unerring straight-line
stability was capable of the sorts of speeds which had previously been the               Page 32
preserve of capricious sports cars – whose owners often had to contend with
questionable endurance, strenuous handling characteristics and inadequate

The power unit behind the sports-car-like performance was the AMG V8 with
newly engineered four-valve technology and a capacity of exactly 5547 cubic
centimetres. The car ultimately evolved into the 300 E 6.0 AMG brought out in
1987, boasting a whole six litres of engine capacity, an output of 283 kW/385 hp
and 566 Newton metres of peak torque.

The first 300 E 5.0 AMG developing 250 kW/340 hp was launched in 1984 and
sparked off the use of V8 engines in the mid-range W 124 model series. It can
therefore be said that AMG created the forerunner of the Mercedes-Benz E 500
series-production saloon, which did not arrive on the market until 1990.

•   500 SEC AMG: second attempt at 24-hour races in 1989
Three years after AMG's debut in the DTM German Touring Car Championship in
1986, AMG tried its hand at long-distance motor racing for a second time. The 500
SEC – the large Mercedes coupé with a five-litre eight-cylinder engine - was
chosen as the right car for the job. Originally, there was even talk of entering it in
the DTM – but the 190 E took preference due to the race regulations. The V8
power unit originally developed 180 kW/245 hp but, after undergoing a thorough
overhaul, output was raised to 338 kW/460 hp in racing trim. The standard-fit
four-speed automatic transmission gave way to a five-speed manual shift. The
luxury coupé was made lighter to bring it down from its original 1660 kilograms
to its homologation weight of 1340 kilograms. Two vehicles were constructed and
entered in the 1989 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps race in Belgium. After
excellent results in training and leading for many kilometres, Klaus Ludwig's 500
SEC AMG with the start number 5 was forced to retire with technical problems a
good 12 hours into the race. A second outing on the Nürburgring also ended
prematurely, prompting AMG to decide to focus exclusively on its motorsport
activities in the DTM with the 190 E.
•   AMG Mercedes 190 E 2.5-16 Evo II: first ever DTM victory for a woman                Page 33
1984 marked the inaugural season of the German Touring Car Championship
(DTM). Daimler-Benz only became involved two years later, and even then not
officially: in 1986, two private teams entered the DTM Championship driving the
new Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 - one of the two cars bore the magical initials A-
M-G. That very same season, AMG driver Volker Weidler took the runner's-up
title in the Mercedes 190 E. 1988 saw the official return of Daimler-Benz to the
race track, 33 years after the manufacturer withdrew from motorsport. It backed
five private teams who lined up on the start grid with a total of fourteen 190 E 2.3-
16 touring cars in race trim. At the start of its racing career, the four-cylinder
engine with four valves per cylinder delivered just short of 300 hp; AMG
constructed all of the powerplants for the other works-backed teams. By the end of
the 1988 season, the brand behind the three-pointed star had six victories to its
name, with AMG driver Johnny Cecotto taking the chequered flag four times.

The more advanced 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution I with an increased output of 340 hp
lined up for the start of the 1989 season. During the season, drivers Klaus
Ludwig, Roland Asch and Kurt Thiim notched up a total of eight wins between
them. In 1990, AMG took over responsibility for all development activities from
Daimler-Benz; in this same season, the uprated 375-hp 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II
made its debut. With Kurt Thiim and Klaus Ludwig driving, AMG celebrated a hat-
trick of victories, winning the first three races of the season. The next year, in
1991, AMG took the team title and Mercedes-Benz the constructors' title, but
Klaus Ludwig was edged out of the DTM title in the final race of the season at

In 1992, AMG and Mercedes-Benz dominated the DTM scene, winning 16 of the
24 races. At Hockenheim, Ellen Lohr recorded the first and, as yet, only ever DTM
victory by a woman. This time round, the drivers' title could be added to the team
and constructors' titles: driving an AMG Mercedes 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II,
Klaus Ludwig was crowned DTM champion. In its final season of racing for a
works team in 1993, and despite having to compete against the Alfa Romeos with
their more powerful V6 engines, the 190 E came in first in no less than eight
races, with Roland Asch finishing runner-up in the drivers' championship. The
Mercedes-Benz 190 E took top spot in a total of 52 DTM races between 1986 and       Page 34
1993, holding its own against tough competition from the likes of Alfa 155 V6 TI,
Audi V8 Quattro, BMW M3, Ford Sierra Turbo and Opel Omega.

•   AMG Mercedes C-Class DTM: pure high-tech paved the way to success
In 1994, the 100% newly developed AMG Mercedes C-Class superseded the 190 E
in the DTM. The Affalterbach team were crowned champions in the car's debut
season. Klaus Ludwig topped the drivers' classification at the end of the season
ahead of Mercedes colleague Jörg van Ommen. A Mercedes driver took the
chequered flag in 11 of the 24 races, ensuring the constructors' title went to
Stuttgart too. In 1995, it was Bernd Schneider who won the DTM championship at
the wheel of the AMG C-Class, and went on to complete the double by winning the
inaugural International Touring Car Championship (ITC) too. One year later,
Schneider finished runner-up in the ITC championship.

The touring cars raced in the DTM and ITC were packed with high-tech and had
far more in common with a Formula 1 racing car than the series-production
versions. The AMG Mercedes C-Class was powered by a 2.5-litre V6 engine which
delivered a maximum output of 510 hp at 12,000 rpm. Power transmission was
the task of a semi-automated six-speed transmission with mechanical limited-slip
differential and electronic traction control. A computer-programmed suspension
comprising electronically variable shock absorbers and automatically adjustable
stabiliser bars enabled optimum contact with the road. Cooling air ducts in the
front end which closed automatically resulted in sleek aerodynamics in fast

Thanks to the use of composite carbon/Kevlar materials for the bonnet and other
flaps as well as for the add-on aerodynamic components, the C-Class weighed in at
a mere 1000 kilograms. A ballast weight served to lower the vehicle's centre of
gravity and was slid forwards or backwards hydraulically during braking for
optimum axle load distribution. Such elaborate measures were required because
Mercedes-Benz was the only manufacturer to compete against the all-wheel-drive
power of Alfa Romeo and Opel with a rear-wheel-drive car. Between 1994 and
1996, AMG and Mercedes-Benz amassed a total of 34 DTM/ITC wins and five              Page 35
championship titles with the lightning-fast C-Class touring car.

•   C 36 AMG: the first to car to result from the cooperation agreement
26 years after the company was first founded, AMG and Mercedes-Benz unveiled
the first ever model to have been developed and produced jointly: the C 36 AMG.
The sports saloon received its premiere at the 1993 Frankfurt Motor Show. The
C 36 AMG was initially launched on the European market, before making its US
debut a year later.

The range-topping model in the highly successful first generation of the
Mercedes-Benz C-Class was fitted with a 3.6-litre six-cylinder in-line engine with
two overhead camshafts and four-valve-per-cylinder technology. Maximum output
of 280 hp was attained at 5750 rpm, torque peaked at 385 Newton metres at 4000
rpm. Power was transmitted to the rear wheels by an automatic transmission with
at first four, then later five gears. The AMG sports suspension with 17-inch AMG
light-alloy wheels ensured optimum contact with the road combined with the high
level of touring comfort typical of Mercedes; maximum stopping power was
delivered by the generously proportioned AMG high-performance brake system.

By 1997, less than four years on from its world premiere, sales of the C 36 AMG
had already reached the 5000 mark. Consequently, not only did the first joint
product prove to be a tremendously successful business venture, it also marked a
milestone in the firm's history that turned AMG into a household name. The
successor to the C 36 AMG was revealed in September 1997, once again at the
Frankfurt Motor Show: the C 43 AMG powered by a 306-hp AMG V8 engine.

•   E 50 AMG: keeping true to the eight-cylinder philosophy
Inspired by the success of the C 36 AMG, the firm presented the E 50 AMG in
1996. The eight-cylinder flagship model held true to the philosophy of the 1980s
of offering a saloon with phenomenal engine power that was also suitable for long
journeys. Taking the new E-Class from 1995 with the model series designation
W 210 as a basis, the AMG engineers gave the top-of-the-line model a
displacement of five litres, an output of 260 kW/347 hp and 480 Newton metres
of torque. Distinguishing features of the AMG powerplant compared to the             Page 36
Mercedes unit included reengineered cylinder heads, new camshafts, larger
intake valves, a twin-pipe exhaust system as well as a new AMG sports exhaust. A
five-speed automatic transmission directed the drive power to the rear wheels,
with an AMG sports suspension, 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels and a powerfully
proportioned AMG brake system also making up part of the standard
specification. The Affalterbach-built E 50 AMG was replaced in autumn 1997 by
the E 55 AMG with a new 24-valve eight-cylinder engine.

•   SL 73 AMG: the ultimate V12
1999 saw AMG take the wraps off its most powerful road-going model to date: the
SL 73 AMG developing 386 kW/525 hp. This made the new roadster the undisputed
No. 1 in the highly exclusive and refined market segment for open-top super sports
cars. The SL 73 AMG completed the sprint to 100 km/h in an electrifying 4.8
seconds; top speed was either 250 or 300 km/h in accordance with customer

The technical data of the AMG 7.3-litre V12 engine still make impressive reading
today: a stroke of 80.2 millimetres and a bore of 92.4 millimetres produced a
formidable total capacity of 7291 cubic centimetres. Torque delivery was just as
exhilarating, reaching no less than 750 Newton metres at 4000 rpm. In excess of
600 Newton metres was on tap over the entire rev range. The AMG engine in the
SL 73 AMG was a close relation of the twelve-cylinder power unit in the CLK-GTR,
which had a displacement of 6.9 litres and a power output 612 hp. The 394-hp
V12 base engine fitted in the SL 600 underwent fundamental modification to
produce the high-performance AMG unit. The entire powertrain including the
five-speed automatic transmission was likewise adapted to make allowance for
the increased power on offer. Faultless handling dynamics resulted from an AMG
sports suspension that featured the Adaptive Damping System (ADS) and 18-inch
AMG light-alloy wheels.

The AMG 7.3-litre V12 engine continues to be built today at AMG's engine
manufacturing facility in Affalterbach and now delivers its scintillating
performance in an Italian super sports car, the Pagani Zonda.
•   SL 55 AMG: a class apart                                                      Page 37
In 2001, the brand new Mercedes-Benz SL-Class was brought out, bringing
production of its predecessor to an end after a run of twelve years. Shortly
afterwards, Mercedes-AMG unveiled the SL 55 AMG at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
With a newly developed AMG 5.5-litre supercharged V8 engine, AMG sports
suspension based on Active Body Control, the vario-roof and a feast of other
innovations besides, the high-performance sports car redefined standards in its
segment. The V8 unit was made available in two power ratings - 350 kW/476 hp
and 368 kW/500 hp - and summoned up a peak torque of 700 Newton metres. The
result was truly top-notch performance: the SL 55 AMG raced to 100 km/h in just
4.7 seconds, with the top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h. The "dream
machine" from AMG came out on top in numerous head-to-head comparisons
conducted by motoring magazines – and it made an extremely favourable
impression on customers too, with demand for the racy AMG roadster soon
outstripping production capacity at DaimlerChrysler's Bremen plant.

The latest generation of the SL-Class was premiered in 2006; the reworked AMG
5.5-litre supercharged V8 engine now delivers 380 kW/517 hp and a peak torque
of 720 Newton metres. Thanks to an advanced version of the AMG sports
suspension based on second-generation Active Body Control, more direct steering
and a new AMG high-performance brake system, the performance of the SL 55
AMG is now more dynamic than ever.
Chronology                                                                                   Page 38

The history of Mercedes-AMG GmbH
1967         Hans Werner Aufrecht (A) and Erhard Melcher (M) establish AMG. the third
             letter in the company name (G) comes from Aufrecht's birthplace, Großaspach.
             The company is housed in an old mill in Burgstall, and the two men officially
             designate themselves as "Engineering, construction and testing specialists in the
             development of racing engines".

1971         The first major sporting triumph for AMG: the AMG Mercedes 300 SEL 6.9
             driven by Hans Heyer and Clemens Schickentanz records a surprise win in its
             class at the Spa 24 Hours and finishes second overall.

1976         The Old Mill in Burgstall has become too small for the company, which now
             boasts customers all over the world. AMG and its 40 employees move to

1980         Victory for Clemens Schickentanz and Jörg Denzel at the Touring Car
             Championship race on the Nürburgring in an AMG Mercedes 450 SLC.

1986         The motor racing comeback: AMG supplies engines for the 190 E 2.3-16 in the
             German Touring Car Championship. Premiere for the Mercedes-Benz 300 E 5.6
             AMG. The mid-range model is propelled by a 265-kW/360-hp V8 engine with
             newly developed four-valve cylinder heads. A four-door saloon succeeds in
             breaking the 300-km/h barrier for the first time ever.

1988         Mercedes-Benz joins forces with AMG to back the works teams in the German
             Touring Car Championship.

1989         AMG is the most successful team in the German Touring Car Championship:
             Klaus Ludwig and Johnny Cecotto score a total of seven wins.

1990         Plant III is opened in Affalterbach. The company now has a staff of 400 and a
             co-operation agreement with Daimler-Benz which extends beyond the motor
             racing sphere.

1991         AMG Mercedes wins the team title; Klaus Ludwig is the best-placed driver.
             Mercedes-Benz comes out on top in the constructors' championship. DTM is in
             its prime: the TV audience for the races tops 153 million.

1992         AMG driver Klaus Ludwig takes the German Touring Car Championship title
             in a 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II. AMG Mercedes once again wins the team title,
             the constructors' title is retained by Mercedes-Benz.
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1993   The first vehicle jointly developed on the basis of the co-operation agreement
       with Daimler-Benz comes onto the market: the Mercedes C 36 AMG. The name
       AMG is so widely known that the Patent Office registers it as a trademark.

1994   Once again, Klaus Ludwig wins the German Touring Car Championship for
       AMG in an AMG Mercedes C-Class. The US version of the C 36 AMG is
       developed and homologated by AMG.

1995   An AMG driver takes the German Touring Car Championship title for the third
       time and wins the International Touring Car Championship in its inaugural
       year. In both cases, the driver's name is Bernd Schneider.

1996   AMG is the runner-up in the International Touring Car Championship with
       Bernd Schneider. At the Geneva Motor Show, AMG unveils the E 50 AMG and
       makes the transition from a component plant to a component and vehicle

1997   AMG celebrates a whole series of production milestones with 5000 units of the
       C 36 AMG and almost 3000 units of the E 50 AMG. The successor models, the
       C 43 AMG and E 55 AMG, are launched following the Frankfurt Motor Show.
       Bernd Schneider in the Mercedes CLK-GTR takes the drivers' title and AMG
       Mercedes the team title in the FIA GT Championship.

1998   For the first time, a road-going version of the CLK-GTR is built in a limited
       edition of 25 units. AMG Mercedes wins all ten races in the FIA GT
       Championship. Klaus Ludwig and Ricardo Zonta take the championship title.

1999   Mercedes-AMG GmbH commences business on 01.01.99. Some 5000 vehicles
       are sold worldwide.

2000   Sales figures reach a record 11,500, the most popular model being the
       ML 55 AMG with over 4500 units sold. The Mercedes-Benz CLK is entered in
       the newly established German Touring Car Masters (DTM). Bernd Schneider is
       crowned champion and Mercedes-Benz takes the constructors' title.

2001   18,700 Mercedes-AMG models are sold. The best-selling model is the
       C 32 AMG with some 3800 vehicles sold. Market launch of the SL 55 AMG.
       Bernd Schneider successfully defends his DTM title.

2002   The workforces increases to around 580. Market launch of the CLK 55 AMG, E
       55 AMG, C 30 CDI AMG, S 55 AMG and CL 55 AMG. Vodafone/AMG Mercedes
       takes the DTM team title.
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2003   Market launch of the CLK 55 AMG Cabriolet, E 55 AMG Estate, S 65 AMG and
       CL 65 AMG. Mercedes-Benz wins nine out of ten DTM races. Bernd Schneider
       takes his fourth DTM title, Vodafone/AMG Mercedes retains the team title and
       Mercedes-Benz wins the constructors' championship. By the end of 2003, AMG
       sales figures reach a record-breaking total of over 20,000 units.

2004   Mercedes-AMG now has around 650 employees. Market launch of the C 55
       AMG, G 55 AMG KOMPRESSOR, SL 65 AMG and SLK 55 AMG models. A
       limited edition of 100 CLK DTM AMG models is produced. AMG enters the new
       C-Class touring cars in the DTM; Gary Paffett finishes the season as runner-up.
       Mercedes-Benz and Vodafone/DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG Mercedes both
       come second in the race for the constructors' and team titles respectively.

2005   Market launch of the CLS 55 AMG. World premiere of the ML 63 AMG, CLK
       DTM AMG Cabriolet and Vision R 63 AMG at the 61st Frankfurt Motor Show.
       Two-time Formula 1 champion Mika Häkkinen joins AMG Mercedes’ DTM
       team. Gary Paffett wins the drivers' title. Mercedes-Benz secures the
       constructors' title, with DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG Mercedes taking the team

2006   Mercedes-AMG launches a model initiative: presentation of the new CL 63
       AMG, S 63 AMG, E 63 AMG, CLS 63 AMG, CLK 63 AMG, S 65 AMG, SL 55
       AMG, SL 65 AMG, R 63 AMG and SLK 55 AMG Black Series high-performance
       models. Official opening of the AMG PERFORMANCE STUDIO. The previous
       season's DTM title triple is repeated, Bernd Schneider is crowned champion for
       the fifth time.

2007   AMG turns 40; to mark the occasion, the CL 65 AMG "40th Anniversary" is
       brought out. Market launch of the CL 65 AMG and CLK 63 AMG Black Series.
       Mercedes-AMG now has around 750 employees. The new AMG Mercedes
       C-Class lines up for the start of the new DTM season.
                                  Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG                                             Page 41
No. of cylinders/arrangement                      12/V, 3 valves per cylinder
Displacement                      cc              5980
Bore x stroke                     mm              82.6 x 93.0
Rated output                      kW/hp           450/612 at 4800-5100 rpm
Rated torque                      Nm              1000** at 2000-4000 rpm
Compression ratio                                 9.0 : 1
Mixture preparation                               Microprocessor-controlled petrol injection, twin
Power transmission
Drive                                             Standard drive
Transmission                                      AMG SPEEDSHIFT 5-speed automatic
Ratios                            Final drive     2.65
                                  1st gear        3.60
                                  2nd gear        2.19
                                  3rd gear        1.41
                                  4th gear        1.00
                                  5th gear        0.83
                                  Reverse         3.17/1.93
Front axle                        Four-link suspension, Active Body Control
Rear axle                         Multi-link independent suspension, Active Body Control (ABC)
Brake system                      Internally ventilated and perforated composite disc brakes all
                                  round, electric parking brake, ABS, Brake Assist, ESP
Steering                          Speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, steering
Wheels                            Front: 8.5 J x 20; rear: 9.5 J x 20
Tyres                             Front: 255/35 ZR 20; rear: 275/35 ZR 20
Dimensions and weights
Wheelbase                      mm                 2955
Track width, front/rear        mm                 1601/1607
Overall length                 mm                 5084
Overall width                  mm                 1871
Overall height                 mm                 1418
Turning circle                 m                  11.6
Boot capacity*                 l                  490
EC kerb weight                 kg                 2240
Payload                        kg                 395
Perm. gross vehicle weight     kg                 2635
Tank capacity/of which reserve l                  90/14.0
Performance and fuel consumption
Acceleration 0-100 km/h        s                  4.4
Top speed                      km/h               250**
Fuel consumption NEDC, comb. l/100 km             14.8

*in accordance with VDA measurement method; **electronically limited
                       Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series                                            Page 42
No. of cylinders/arrangement                     8/V, 4 valves per cylinder
Displacement                     cc              6208
Bore x stroke                    mm              102.2 x 94.6
Rated output                     kW/hp           373/507 at 6800 rpm
Rated torque                     Nm              630 at 5250 rpm
Compression ratio                                11.3 : 1
Mixture preparation                              Microprocessor-controlled petrol injection. HFM
                                                 (hot-film air-mass sensor)
Power transmission
Drive                                            Standard drive
Transmission                                     AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7-speed automatic
Ratios                           Final drive     2.82
                                 1st gear        4.38
                                 2nd gear        2.86
                                 3rd gear        1.92
                                 4th gear        1.37
                                 5th gear        1.00
                                 6th gear        0.82
                                 7th gear        0.73
                                 Reverse         3.42/2.23
Front axle                       Three-link suspension, McPherson struts, anti-dive control, spring
                                 and shock absorber units with adjustable coil springs and gas-filled
                                 shock absorbers, stabiliser bar
Rear axle                        Multi-link independent suspension, anti-squat and anti-dive
                                 control, spring and shock absorber units with adjustable coil
                                 springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, stabiliser bar, multi-plate
                                 limited-slip differential
Brake system                     Internally ventilated and perforated composite disc brakes at front,
                                 internally ventilated and perforated disc brakes at rear, foot-
                                 operated parking brake, ABS, ESP
Steering                         Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, steering damper
Wheels                           Front: 9 J x 19; rear: 9.5 J x 19
Tyres                            Front: 265/30 R 19; rear: 285/30 R 19
Dimensions and weights
Wheelbase                        mm              2715
Track width, front/rear          mm              1568/1540
Overall length                   mm              4657
Overall width                    mm              1833
Overall height                   mm              1365
Turning circle                   m               11.75
Boot capacity*                   l               435
EC kerb weight                   kg              1760
EC payload                       kg              235**
Perm. gross vehicle weight       kg              1995
Tank capacity/of which reserve   l               62/12
Performance and fuel consumption
Acceleration 0-100 km/h      s                   4.3
Top speed                    km/h                300***
Fuel consumption NEDC, comb. l/100 km            15.3

*in accordance with VDA measurement method **max. boot payload 50 kg ***electronically limited

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