AMG Sport nameplate shelved in favour of Mercedes-AMG
Mercedes-Benz is killing off its ‘AMG Sport’ brand in favor of ‘Mercedes-AMG’, in an effort to standardise the AMG-lineup and reduce confusion among buyers.
The AMG Sport line-up was initially set to bridge the wide gap between standard Mercedes-Benz vehicles such as the C200 and pricier special models such as the C63 AMG. The resulting C450 AMG Sport came with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, alongside upgraded brakes, suspension and sportier exhaust.
The current range of AMG Sport models includes the C450 and the GLE450 AMG Sport. These vehicles will be rebadged as the Mercedes-AMG C43 and GLE43. A Mercedes-AMG E43 is expected to follow later this year. It is unclear what will happen to the AMG Line models, which were basically AMG-style body kits and wheels for any non-AMG model, but we suspect the kits will still be offered.
The name change should take effect sometime this year and should also end the confusion surrounding cars utilising the same 3.0-litre V6, such as the SL400 and the Mercedes-AMG SLC43.