Mercedes AMG Sport Axed But the Models Aren't Going Away

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

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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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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