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Mercedes to Give AMG Sport Treatment to More Models

Mercedes-Benz is planning to make performance products with a tri-star badge available to a wider range of people.

BMW offers M Performance versions of its vehilces to bridge the gap between its normal and nutso much the same as Audi has it’s S models. Now Mercedes-Benz is preparing to offer in-between performance on more models with AMG Sport packages that will be more affordable than eye-wateringly expensive models like like C63 AMG. As you might remember, Mercedes is planning to offer a C450 AMG Sport model that will slot below the full-fledged AMG model, but according to AutoCar it won’t be alone. The company will also include the A-, E-, S-, M-, GLA-, GLK- and GL-Class models.

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Offering AMG packages across the board is good news for the driving enthusiast. There was a time when all BMW's were offered with manual transmissions, rack-and-pinion steering and overall great, communicative road handling. As BMW has moved the product line towards a quiet and isolated luxury vehicle as the base BMW experience (more in line with the traditional Mercedes experience), enthusiasts have been left to pay a premium for manual transmissions and "M" packages; often available only through special order builds requiring a multi-month wait for delivery. This is one reason I have left the BMW camp because I think Mercedes makes the better quality, more durable luxury car and if I have to pay for a 'sport' package, I think AMG does just a fine a job as M on a better base platform. For a street car to be used as at an occasional track event, I am not sure that either are well suited as I prefer manual transmissions, sub 3500 lbs curb weight, and normally aspirated or at least an engine capable of handling 30 minutes of hard driving in 95+ degree track temperatures. Of current offerings, this leaves only the M3 & M4 variants and I would wait to see someone campaign the twin turbo engine to see if this demonstrates the durability suitable for amateur events.
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