Top 5: What are the Fastest Mercedes-Benz Models?

02nd May 2024

By Kenny Longdon

Fast Mercedes-Benz Models

It comes as no surprise to see that Mercedes-Benz have made a lot of fast cars in their history.

Although fast may be interpreted differently, generally, when talking about cars, it is usually the top speed and 0 to 62mph sprint we look at.

And in terms of Mercedes-Benz, it is usually the Mercedes-AMG models which are amongst the fastest, what with Mercedes-AMG being the high performance arm of the Mercedes brand.

For this list, we will take the top speed as the deciding factor as being the fastest, which incidentally are naturally also rather rapid when it comes to acceleration, too.

Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Super Sport

Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR

Built to go racing, the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR is 90s icon, that looks even more insane, the more time goes on. Built for homologation, only 26 were made, comprising twenty coupes, and six roadsters. Only five of them featured the Super Sport package, which made them even more special, and of course, faster.

A 'standard' CLK GTR (pictured) has a 6.9-litre engine producing 604bhp, good for 0 to 62mph in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 214mph. Ridiculously fast numbers today, and to think the CLK GTR was unveiled in 1997. However, to hit the top spot in our list it needs to be faster and in 2002, Mercedes did just that, launching the Super Sport version, which saw the engine increased from a 6.9-litre to a 7.3-litre. And if you are thinking you have heard about a Mercedes 7.3-litre engine somewhere before, it is because it was the one to be used in the Pagani Zonda hypercar.

So are we saying a car made over two decades ago is the fastest Mercedes-Benz in our list? In terms of top speed it certainly is, clocking 231mph, and accelerating from 0 to 62mph in 3.6 seconds.

It may be the fastest road car in terms of top speed, but we feel the next car in our list would have it beat in terms of track lap times, for its connection with Formula One.

Mercedes-AMG One

Mercedes-AMG One

What do you get when, in essence, you make a road-going F1 car? You get the Mercedes-AMG One.

Unsurprisingly, a product of Mercedes-AMG, it comes as no surprise when this high performance section of Mercedes are responsible for creating their latest most performance-focused models.

What may surprise you, though, is the AMG One's humble 1.6-litre engine. Okay, it is joined by four electric motors which ensure 0 to 62mph is dealt with in just 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 219mph,

In essence, it is as close as you will get to a road-legal F1 car, and Mercedes-AMG taking their F1 expertise and applying it to a road car. This thing will destroy lap times with ease.

It may not have a higher top speed than the CLK GTR Super Sport, but being based on an F1 car, and being the showcase of the latest state-of-the-art engineering, it will surely be the fastest Mercedes road car when it comes to setting lap times on track, without doubt.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss

Naturally, one of the fastest Mercedes-Benz models is named after a legendary racing driver, and has input from supercar maker, McLaren.

Sir Stirling Moss was an iconic racing driver, who had a history with Mercedes-Benz, most notably in the Mercedes-Benz Type W196S 300 SLR in which the SLR McLaren Stirling Moss was inspired by, when in 1955 Sir Stirling Moss piloted the car to a record braking win in the Mille Miglia.

Only 75 examples of the SLR Stirling Moss were made in 2009, and showcased a 5.4-litre V8 producing 641bhp, good for a 0 to 62mph sprint in just over 3 seconds, and a top speed of 217mph, all incredibly without a windscreen.

The car cost around £700,000 upon launch, but as is the case with limited edition cars like this, and of course being named after one of the best racing drivers to have ever lived, prices are now well in excess of £2million. You may have to invest in a helmet or goggles to drive it, however.

Mercedes-AMG GTR Black Series

Mercedes-AMG GTR Black Series

Another high performance Mercedes-AMG, and if you know anything about Black Series models, you will hardly be surprised of it making our list.

The huge wing and aggressive styling is enough to express the GTR Black Series' intentions, in being an ultra-fast 'Merc'.

Its beating heart consists of a 4.0-litre, twin- turbocharged V8 engine, producing a monstrous 720bhp, via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and rear-wheel drive. 0 to 62mph happens in just 3.2 seconds, with this Black Series Merc not stopping until it gets to 202mph.

Other Mercedes-Benz Models

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance

With the four models above all comfortably sitting in the supercar/hypercar ranks, it is worth noting that many of the more 'normal' Mercedes-Benz, most notably Mercedes-AMG models are just as fast, especially in the real world.

Take the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance for example, with 0 to 62mph coming up in just 2.8 seconds, making it the fastest accelerating AMG model of all time. Meaning it is faster to 62mph, at least, than all of all cars mentioned above. It will top out at 199mph.

Then there is the four-door Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance saloon, which takes 2.9 seconds to go from 0 to 62mph and has a top speed of 196mph, which is ridiculously uncanny when you take into account it is a practical saloon,

And with the SUV showing no signs of slowing in popularity, the Mercedes-AMG GLC SUV can go from 0 to 62mph in just 3.5 seconds, and go on to a top speed of 171mph, which is incredible for a practical SUV.

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