New AMG sub brand created to rival performance divisions from Audi and BMW, with new C450 AMG Sport among the first models to arrive
1 August 2014

Mercedes-Benz is developing an extended range of AMG Sport models to be positioned underneath its traditional line of AMG cars, Autocar can reveal.

Intended to challenge the various performance orientated models from the Audi Sport and BMW M Performance line-ups, the new AMG Sport models are set to receive exclusive exterior and interior styling touches and upgraded engines.

They'll also use uniquely calibrated chassis tuning and electronics, according to sources familiar with Mercedes-Benz’s plans.

As with the performance car strategies pursued by Audi and BMW, Mercedes-Benz plans to offer its upcoming AMG Sport models with a choice of either petrol or diesel engines, although not in every model.

Among the features differentiating them from the standard Mercedes-Benz models upon which they are base will be widened tracks similar to those used by full-blown AMG models.

“We have identified growing demand for our more overtly sporting models, both in petrol and diesel guises. We intend to extend our range with a new line of models developed in partnership with AMG,” an insider revealed to Autocar.   

Included in the new AMG Sport line-up will be models from the A, C, E and S-class line-ups together with variants based on GL- and M-, GLK- and GLA-class.   

Among the first of Mercedes-Benz’s new AMG Sport models will be the upcoming C450 AMG Sport. Planned to make its public debut later this year, it runs a tuned version of the C400’s turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that produces a claimed 367bhp.

That's 34bhp more than the standard C400, but over 100bhp short of the upcoming C63 AMG, which runs a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 powerplant.

Also under development and planned for launch in 2015 is an AMG sport variant of Mercedes-Benz’s new BMW X6 rivaling M-class coupé.

Get the latest car news, reviews and galleries from Autocar direct to your inbox every week. Enter your email address below:

Our Verdict

Mercedes-Benz C-Class
The C-Class shares a lot of its looks with the new S-Class, furthering its desirability

Can our perennial runner-up in this class finally reach the top spot?

Join the debate

Comments
1

1 August 2014

Thank Christ for that. I was beginning to worry that they hadn't covered enough niches that no-one cares about...

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Ford Focus RS Mountune FPM375
    First Drive
    20 January 2017
    Does an official Mountune upgrade of 25bhp and 30lb ft, improve the already rampant and rather magnificent Ford Focus RS?
  • Audi S5 Sportback
    First Drive
    19 January 2017
    The Audi S5 Sportback is more bruising GT than practical sports car, but it makes sense for those wanting a fast executive saloon in coupé get-up
  • First Drive
    18 January 2017
    Despite receiving a cosmetic and mechanical refresh, Lexus's compact executive saloon still fails to provide much driving involvement
  • 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 5h review
    First Drive
    18 January 2017
    Big-selling plug-in SUV gets a light refresh in the face of new challengers to offer decent economy but only average driving dynamics
  • Mini Countryman Cooper S
    First Drive
    18 January 2017
    All-new bigger Mini continues to make a curious, flawed crossover hatchback, though it’s more compelling to drive than some and more practical than it used to be