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Top 5: Used Mercedes AMG Cars

31st Oct 2019

Did you know that 'AMG' stands for 'Aufrecht, Melcher and Großaspach'? And did you know this is shorthand for the founders of the division and one of their birthplaces? There you go, every day is a school day!

The reality is, not many people are going to care what AMG translates to, because all that really matters is the utterly mental vehicles that have been released wearing that three-lettered badge.

Presence and outrageous performance have been at the forefront of AMG design for some time now; this is a recipe that works exceedingly well. Thankfully, the recipe improves with every passing year, because each new AMG Mercedes-Benz seems to be a little bit more mental than the last. We like this.

As with any performance vehicle, a good number appear on the classifieds as time goes by. But, with so many excellent AMG vehicles to choose from on the used car market, it begs the question: which ones are the best? Let us find out.

Mercedes A45 AMG

Red A45 AMG

 

What do you get when you combine a luxurious hatchback with a potent power plant and four-wheel drive? You get the A45 AMG, a car that can do the 0-62mph sprint comfortably under the five second mark thanks to a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that sits under the bonnet. Oh, and it produces 360bhp, which makes it the most powerful four-cylinder engine in production. 

Think that is too much power? Think again, power is distributed to all-four wheels, via a complex system called 4MATIC, with the finesse you would expect from a car of this caliber. As a result, the A45 is very effective when the corners appear. And in this car, they appear very quickly. 

Despite all this power, the A45 AMG manages 40.9mpg on the combined cycle and emits just 161g/km of CO2; meaning it's actually reasonably economical compared to other cars with similar performance.

Mercedes C63 AMG

Grey Mercedes C63 AMG

 

The AMG division have played their hand in creating some properly unhinged vehicles, but we believe the C63 is the daddy of them all (excluding the SLS). There is something incredibly satisfying about lifting the bonnet of a C63 and finding a monstrous 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 staring at you. That sense of drama is something seldom mustered elsewhere.

470bhp and a 0-62mph time of four seconds flat are the headline figures with this AMG, which is staggering when you consider this is a 1700kg vehicle that boasts luxury seating for five people. Various driving modes, a switchable exhaust system, AMG body styling, and AMG suspension only enhance the driving experience of the C63.

Available as a coupe, saloon, estate, or even a convertible, there is guaranteed to be a C63 out there to suit your desires. 

Mercedes GLC 63 AMG

Blue Mercedes Benz GLC 63 AMG

 

The majority of car body types have been covered throughout this article, so it only seems fitting that an SUV features as the final car. The GLC 63 AMG is, perhaps, one of the best blends of practicality and performance you can get in a road car. 

A 4.0-litre V8 can be found under the bonnet of the GLC 63 AMG, which produces a substantial 503bhp and 516lb/ft; a remarkable amount of grunt that gets this nigh on 2000kg SUV from 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds. 

This performance is complemented by the sheer versatility of this manic SUV. There is ample seating for up to five people, while the GLC 63 AMG boasts a 550 litre boot. Fold those rear seats down and the storage space shoots up to an incredible 1600 litres. If you want a truly rapid family car that can be used everyday, this is it.

Mercedes SL63 AMG

Silver Mercedes Benz SL 63 AMG

 

The SL63 AMG offers a different flavour for those who value a low-slung driving position and driving experience that is unique in its delivery. In the shell of the already competent Mercedes SL, AMG have crafted what could be coined as the definitive open-top roadster.

As with any AMG, the V8 engine dominates proceedings with its brutal power figures and remarkable ability to settle down and behave when it is required. Essential in a car of this nature. The most noticeable statistic is the incredible 577bhp on tap that propel the SL63 AMG to 62mph in just 4.2 seconds.

Most would assume that this level of performance would naturally combine with harsh suspension, which would usually be the case. However, the SL63 is remarkably comfortable, similar to the rest of the Mercedes SL range.

Mercedes CLA 45 AMG

Grey Mercedes Benz CLA AMG

 

Coupes are renowned for their driving dynamics that no other car can deliver on a daily basis. Unsurprisingly, the CLA A45 AMG does not disappoint. 

Mercedes have employed several technologies to achieve this, including a dual-clutch transmission for instantaneous gear changing. This works smoothly in fully automatic mode, or with the flappy paddles. Similar to the A45 AMG, it also makes use of the 4MATIC four-wheel drive system to make sure you stay planted on the road.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged engine is the same one found in the A45 AMG mentioned at the beginning of this article, which provides the same outrageous power and acceleration. Similar to the standard Mercedes CLA range, the AMG has a 470 litre storage capacity and a spacious interior to boot, meaning there's no compromise on practicality.
The AMG division of Mercedes-Benz have consistently impressed with the caliber of vehicle they have released over the years. In a day and age where technology has taken the edge away from certain performance cars, it is refreshing to see that AMG continue to instil drama and excitement into their cars. 

With a healthy number of used AMG vehicles available for sale through Stratstone, now could be time to enjoy the magic for yourself.

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