I’m taking an online class regarding the AMG performance group of Mercedes-Benz this evening. It has been an interesting class so far. For instance, AMG engines are hand-built by one technician. With the number of cars being produced by most car companies, you can imagine that there is only a small group of cars that have this advantage. The course lists only six other specific cars that can claim this.
- Maybach 5.5 bi-turbo V-12, 6.0 AMG bi-turbo V-12
- Corvette Z06 7.0 V-8, ZR-1 6.2 Supercharged V-8
- Nissan GTR 3.8 twin turbo V-6
- Pagani Zonda 7.3 AMG twin turbo V-12
- Bentley Arnage-Brooklands 6.75 turbo V-8
- Aston martin 4.7 V-8, 6.0 V-12
That’s definitely an advantage that sets these models apart from all other vehicles. Most engines are produced on an assembly line quickly in an efficient way. But knowing that an AMG engine is hand-built adds to the idea that you’re getting something special. It’s kind of like the difference between mopping the floor or getting down on your hands and knees and scrubbing it clean. The latter almost guarantees better results. But as nice as it is to know that these engines are hand-built, I have a lingering suspicion that the list above is not complete.
Q: What other brand hand-builds its engines?