Advertisement

Mercedes launches new sub-brand with C 450 AMG Sport

New family of more accessible high-performance Mercs will sit below core AMG models and feature 4WD as standard

Mercedes is following the example of BMW's M Performance and Audi's S ranges with a new line-up of AMG Sport models, designed to bridge the gap between the standard cars and the full-blooded AMG vehicles. 

And the brand has been launched with two new models, the C 450 AMG Sport (available as a saloon and an estate) and the GLE 450 Coupe AMG Sport, at the Detroit Motor Show

Advertisement - Article continues below

More models are expected to be added to the range in due course.

Tobias Moers, Chairman of AMG, told Auto Express that “if the C 63 AMG is Batman, then the C 450 AMG Sport is Robin. The dynamics will be completely by AMG - the steering, the front and rear axle, the handling is all us. It’s a way of bringing the brand closer to the customer.”

The C 450 AMG Sport and the GLE 450 Coupe AMG Sport both feature an uprated version of the C 400’s turbocharged 329bhp 3.0-litre V6 engine, with the former getting 367bhp and the latter 369bhp. That still leaves a significant gap to the 469bhp C 63 AMG and 503bhp C 63 AMG S.

As well as upgraded engines, the models use 4MATIC four-wheel drive and suspension technology from the C 63 AMG S.

• Read our in-depth Mercedes C-Class review

The C 450 AMG Sport dispatches 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds – impressive but some way short of the four seconds of the C 63 AMG S. The estate version is a tenth of a second slower, at 5.0 seconds.

Fuel economy is respectable at 37.0mpg, while emissions are 178g/km. (The estate’s figures are 36.6mpg and 180g/km).

Among the styling differences are a single bar across a pin grille, and body coloured bumper nostrils rather than the black of the full-fat AMG model.

"The new Sport models represent a convincing proposition for our customers: genuine sports car technology becomes accessible, appealing to an even broader-ranging clientele worldwide," said Moers. "For all our dynamic growth, we remain true to our brand claim of "Driving Performance"."

There’s no word yet on whether Mercedes will take a leaf out of BMW’s book with high-performance diesel models (such as the BMW X6 M50d) bearing the AMG badge, but it would seem a logical extension of the brand. 

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit New 2020 Mercedes-AMG One: specs, details and on-sale date
Mercedes

New 2020 Mercedes-AMG One: specs, details and on-sale date

Mercedes-AMG One teased in new video, as F1-engined hypercar takes to the track
21 Apr 2020
Visit New 2022 Mercedes EQE: Tesla Model S rival spied for the first time
Mercedes EQE

New 2022 Mercedes EQE: Tesla Model S rival spied for the first time

Our spy photographers have caught the new all-electric Mercedes EQE testing ahead of its 2022 arrival.
10 Mar 2020
Visit Mercedes CLA and GLA plug-in hybrid models revealed
Mercedes

Mercedes CLA and GLA plug-in hybrid models revealed

Mercedes has launched new PHEV-powered variants of the CLA Coupé, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA crossover
3 Mar 2020
Visit New all-electric Mercedes EQS teased ahead of 2021 release
Mercedes EQS - teaser 1
Mercedes EQS

New all-electric Mercedes EQS teased ahead of 2021 release

The Mercedes EQS luxury electric car is based on an all-new EV platform and is due on sale in 2021
29 Jan 2020

Most Popular

Visit New 2021 Mercedes SL to be developed by AMG with 2+2 layout
Mercedes SL

New 2021 Mercedes SL to be developed by AMG with 2+2 layout

The new Mercedes SL roadster will return with a fabric roof and will share tech with the AMG GT sports car. Our exclusive images preview how it could …
29 May 2020
Visit New Ford tech kills coronavirus by heating cars to 56 degrees Celsius 
News

New Ford tech kills coronavirus by heating cars to 56 degrees Celsius 

Ford’s “heated software enhancement” system designed for American police cars is said to reduce viral concentration “by greater than 99 percent”.
27 May 2020
Visit New facelifted BMW 5 Series takes aim at Audi A6 and Mercedes E-Class
BMW 5 Series

New facelifted BMW 5 Series takes aim at Audi A6 and Mercedes E-Class

The BMW 5 Series has been updated with styling and efficiency tweaks, while a new 545e performance plug-in model joins the line-up
27 May 2020