Mercedes-Benz is a German automaker which traces its roots way back in history, to the very first petrol-powered car. In 1901, Diamler Motors Corporation markets their first automobile and around 30 years later, the company starts mass production for the Nazi army. Adolf Hitler is known to have been fond of the Mercedes-Benz 770 bulletproof model.
The late 30’s brought Mercedes to the point of developing a high-speed record breaker prototype called W125 Rekordwagen. The car broke the top speed record by registering 432.7 km/h and still remains (to this day) the highest speed ever recorded on a public road.
Another iconic body design was released by the German automaker in 1954 under the name: 300SL “Gullwing”. Easily recognizable by its upward opening doors, the two-seat coupe features a 3-liter 212hp direct-injection engine.
The luxuriant S-Class model is officially introduced in 1972. It would come in 5 engine options ranging from a 2.8-liter straight-6 to a larger, 6.9-liter V8 (which was to later become the symbol of AMG line). Other special features include a self-leveling hydropneumatics suspension and brake discs mounted on al 4 wheels. Since then, Mercedes switched through 6 generations of the S-Class, all standing beneath the slogan: “engineered like no other car in the world”. The philosophy behind the quote is that the S-Class was designed (until the W140) without any consideration for cost.
Mercedes-Benz GL-S-Class is the flagship on the automaker’s SUV line and has been in production since 2006. At the time of design, the GL-S-Class was the only 7-seat German SUV on the market. The 2nd generation (current) GL-S-Class comes in with a 3.0-liter turbo V6 (diesel and petrol) and 4.7-liter or 5.5-liter biturbo V8. The AMG hand-built engine found in the hi-performance spec variant is capable of 557hp and reaches a top speed of 155 mph.
However, the German automaker provides a proper off-road suited unit in the form of G-Class. The main particularity of the G-Class is a design that has been kept pretty much the same since it entered production in 1979. The luxury SUV is highly regarded and used by military forces around the globe. An even more beefed-up off-roader was delivered by Mercedes under the form of G63 6×6 which came with two rear axles, traction on all wheels and 50 centimeters ground clearance.
In terms of high performance vehicles, Mercedes-Benz produces the AMG GT coupe. It is available in two trims: GT-S and the more powerful GT-R. The latter comes with the M178 4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine releasing 577bhp and 700 Nm of torque via the 7-speed AMG SpeedShift gearbox with dual clutch. Mercedes Benz AMG GT-R resembles in design and technology with its track-only GT3 relative.
Overall Mercedes-Benz offers an appropriate road vehicle for each size and price segment, all featuring upgraded luxury options compared to their direct competitors, as well as efficient engine variants.