Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG Showcar

AMG has just developed a completely new AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine with a peak output of up to 420 kW (544 to 571 hp) and maximum torque of up to 900 newton metres will enter the lineup in summer 2010.

The new eight-cylinder unit known internally as the M 157 comes with a wealth of technological highlights such as direct petrol injection with spray-guided combustion and twin turbochargers, all hand built in line with AMGs famous one-man,one-engine policy

AMG was founded as a manufacturer of racing engines in 1967 by former Mercedes engineers Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher in Burgstall an der Murr, near Stuttgart. The letters "AMG" stand for Aufrecht, Melcher and Gro├časpach, Aufrecht's birthplace.

AMG started off by designing and testing racing engines. It expanded its business into building custom road cars based upon standard Mercedes cars.

In 1971, the company entered the spectacular 300 SEL 6.8 AMG at the 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium). The car won a class victory and second place in the overall ranking for AMG - and made the company world-famous overnight.

To showcase the new engine, AMG placed it in a spectacular S 63 showcar it unveiled at the recent Geneva Motorshow. The car is decorated with sponsoring stickers identical to those on its historic predecessor.

Theres even exotic wood trim in the style of the original car in the interior!!

Naturally, the S 63 AMG delivers superior performance at sports car level: the high-performance saloon accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, and has an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. The 100 km/h mark is reached in just 4.4 seconds with the AMG Performance package, with the top speed increased to an electronically limited 300 km/h.