In search of the world’s best engines? We take a look at Mercedes-AMG’s “One Man, One Engine” philosophy, and how they achieve technological masterpieces filled with soul.
When one thinks of Mercedes-AMG, what comes to mind are notions of strength, character, and an impeccable driving experience. With a workforce of over 1,700 specialists at its plant in Affalterbach, the high-performance subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz AG is characterised by its pursuit of quality, down to the finest detail.
Catering to the diverse needs of its varied clientele, Mercedes-AMG’s offerings range from sedans, to coupés, SUVs, roadsters, and more — all of which promise exceptional delivery and excellent handling, for the sort of driving performance you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere.
Proverbial exclusivity and that swoon-worthy engine roar aside, what truly sets Mercedes-AMG apart is the emphasis on workmanship. Here, each V8 engine is hand-made by a single person, and completed units come with a tag that bears the signature of its creator. What this means is that every engine produced is a unique work of art — high-tech, lightweight masterpieces that promise the best of both energy efficiency and power.
The Engines: Meet the Soul of Mercedes-AMG
Hands-down the heart of every car, engines are a key core of Mercedes-AMG. Originating from the race track, machinery at Mercedes-AMG is carefully assembled by hand at the Manufaktur to deliver power, efficiency, and an unmistakable acoustic allure. The high-performance V8 engines can be categorised into two types — a petrol-powered M177 twin-turbo, which you’ll find powering the current 63 models, and the M178, which is the core of the GT family.
True to Mercedes, the brand doesn’t skimp on craftsmanship. Rather, the team continues to set new standards for maximum output and torque — with current power outputs ranging from 225kw to 470kw — ensuring outstanding performance for an exciting and highly-enjoyable drive.
The Craftsmanship: A Day in the Life of an Engine Builder
Weighing around 200 kilos, and consisting of over 600 different elements, it takes roughly four to five hours for a single technician to build a classic V8 engine. The V12s take a little longer — with engine builders spending one to two days to put them together. Each engine builder sees the production process from start to finish, accompanying their work from the installation of the crankshaft in the engine block, to the camshaft assembly, and finally the wiring and oil fill-up.
It isn’t hard to understand why Mercedes-AMG manages to achieve such supreme performance — here, each engine is the result of a true passion for craftsmanship from the team, embodying an exceptional level of craftsmanship one can only expect from the brand.
To find out more about Mercedes-AMG GmbH’s “one man, one engine” philosophy, visit mercedes-benz.com.