Well that was quick – Mercedes has killed off the AMG Sport models.
Introduced in late 2014, AMG Sport models were meant to bridge the gap between traditional Mercedes-Benz offerings and the hardcore, performance-oriented AMG lineup. But recently the German automaker announced the new SLC as the SLK replacement and with it, an AMG SLC43 model. Powering that model is the same engine found in the C450 AMG and GLE450 AMG, hinting that something was changing.
According to Car and Driver, the Mercedes-AMG SLC43 isn’t an exception, but rather it’s the start of something new. Current AMG Sport models will become full Mercedes-AMG models, which means the C450 AMG will become the Mercedes-AMG C43, same with the GLE450 AMG to GLE43.
Powering these 43 models is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with 362 horsepower and it is likely that more models are coming. Considering AMG Sport models were more than just aesthetic upgrades and interior trim – they actually have chassis upgrades – the move makes sense for the brand. It broadens Mercedes-AMG’s reach in the marketplace and shoppers are no longer confused on why AMG Sport exists in the first place.
[Source: Car and Driver]
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