AMG Performance Tour 2013 at Yas Marina Circuit

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 by

The AMG Performance Tour was back and with nearly the entire line-up of Affalterbach’s finest, 14,904 horsepower and 19,165 Nm of torque was at the disposal of our right foot. What began with a slalom, handling parcour, drag race and emergency braking course, went on to adrenaline filled hot laps with cars as small as the A 45 AMG to the notoriously furious SLS AMG shattering the silence with tire squeals and firecracker exhaust notes at the Yas Marina Circuit.

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A 45 AMG

Claimed to be the most powerful production four cylinder engine in the world, the A 45 AMG was fitted with a handbuilt 2.0 litre engine that produced 360 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque thanks in part to a twin scroll turbocharger. The AMG4MATIC all-wheel drive platform along with an ideal 50:50 power distribution propelled the A 45 AMG from 0 – 100 km/h down the dragstrip in an astonishing 4.6 seconds.

The size of the A 45 AMG worked in its favour as the slalom proved a breeze and with its sport suspension setting, allowed the car to carry higher speeds around the course. The continuously adjustable flap on the sport exhaust system allowed the A 45 to be as loud as a lion or as quiet as a mouse depending on the amount of power requested by the driver and engine speeds.

The A 45 AMG also packed in a SPEEDSHIFT 7 speed sports transmission that featured a dual clutch, double de-clutch, three driving modes – Comfort, Sport and Manual and a launch control feature. With a large rear wing, racing stripes and multiple other aesthetic features as a node to the performance under the hood, the A 45 AMG is best described in two words – Pocket Rocket.

 Mercedes A 45 AMG

Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG “Edition 507”

Expressed by many, including owners and enthusiasts as quite possibly the most entertaining AMG for those who haven’t got pockets lined with gold, the C 63 AMG had a name to live up to and a game to back it up.

Equipped with a 6.3 litre V8 naturally aspirated engine, the special “Edition 507” model churned out 507 horsepower and 610 Nm of torque. The boost of 50 horsepower and 10 Nm over the standard model made the “Edition 507” two tenths of a second quicker in a straight line.

Be it in a straight line or a lap around the track, the C 63 AMG was an absolute blast to drive. While making its way from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and onwards to its electronically limited top speed of 280 km/h, the C 63 AMG made sure it put a smile on our face by wagging its tail out on corners before correcting it and emitting a loud growl.

When seated in the driver’s seat with the V8 rumbling in front of us, the Alcantara covered steering with a red band at the 12’o clock position and AMG badge on the gear lever served as a constant reminder that the C 63 AMG “Edition 507” meant business.

 Mercedes C 63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG

The loud and obnoxious relative of the tamer CLS made an appearance at the AMG Performance Tour as well. Fitted with a 5.5 litre bi-turbo V8 engine, the standard CLS 63 AMG sent 557 horsepower and 720 Nm of torque to the rear wheels, while the saucier “S” variant was equipped with an all-wheel drive layout and produced 585 horsepower and 800 Nm of torque.

Flipping the rotary knob to Sport+ and putting the pedal to the metal, the CLS 63 AMG S propelled us from a standstill to 100 km/h in an eye watering 3.6 seconds. The 7 speed sports transmission along with double de-clutching and launch control was an interesting feature fitted as standard across the CLS 63 AMG range.

Hooning around the track in the CLS 63 AMG S proved a heck load of fun as well as a simple tap of the suspension button on the centre console beefed the rear suspension up and the Sport+ handling mode utilized torque vectoring to individually brake certain wheels and reduce understeer.

With a steering wheel flattened on the top and bottom, a large mesh grille, quad exhaust tips and a lip spoiler, the CLS 63 AMG S is a loud and distinctive way to showcase practicality and performance.

 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG

The E-Class – a range of executive cars produced by the German brand where once upon a time, the “E” stood for Einsprtzmotor (German for fuel injection engine). The steroid injected brother of the civilized E-Class was present and proudly strutted its twin-blade radiator grille around the Yas Marina Circuit.

Fitted with a 5.5 litre V8 bi-turbo engine, the standard E 63 AMG produced 557 horsepower and 720 Nm of torque, while the insane “S” variant produced 585 horsepower and 800 Nm of torque. Drag strips were where the E 63 AMG excelled the most as the standard model completed a 0 – 100 km/h sprint in 4.2 seconds while the mighty “S” variant laughed at that time and recorded the same run in 3.6 seconds.

With seats that hugged us on the straights and held us like captive prisoners on the corners, the E 63 AMG was an inconspicuous supercar. Cover the wife’s ears and you may just convince her that it’s an ordinary luxury sedan…yea right!

 Mercedes E 63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG

The best way to describe the SL 63 AMG would be to refer to it as “the underdog”. Sure, the badge on the back suggests it’s Small and Lightweight but there were no other hints suggesting the SL would humiliate other sports cars the way it did.

Equipped with a 5.5 litre V8 bi-turbo engine, the SL 63 AMG put out 537 horsepower and 800 Nm of torque while the optional Performance Pack upped the game to 564 horsepower and 900 Nm of torque!

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7 speed transmission along with the all aluminium body shell previously seen on the SLS AMG, allowed the SL 63 AMG to dart from 0 – 200 km/h in 12.9 seconds before topping out at 250 km/h. The Performance Pack improved the output by demolishing a 0 – 200 km/h sprint in 12.6 seconds before continuing to its 300 km/h electronically limited top speed.

The small size meant the SL 63 AMG was nimble and could be handled easily around the track, but getting the tail out on the 1,845 kg monster was just a pedal depress away. Irrespective of the speed, the SL 63 AMG felt planted on the track and the slightly poor sound insulation worked in its favour as the sound of exhaust pops, tire squeals and turbo spools enhanced the experience.

 Mercedes SL 63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Could it be the Gull-wing doors, or the ridiculously long hood that hid the growling V8 beneath it? We’re not too sure, but the SLS AMG was the car we were most anxious to try out. Having driven the Coupe and Roadster, we can say they’re both brilliant machines, but there was one underlying problem.

The SLS AMG was equipped with a 6.3 litre V8 naturally aspirated engine that produced 563 horsepower and 650 Nm of torque. Mated to AMG’s SPEEDSHIFT 7 speed sport transmission, the SLS demolished a 0 – 100 km/h run in 3.7 seconds and a 0 – 200 km/h run in a mere 11.2 seconds.

In a straight line, the SLS faced a tough time keeping up with the twin turbocharged E63 AMG and lighter SL 63 AMG. However, for all the straights they pulled away at, the SLS made up for it in the corners. With ample amounts of down-force and an exceptional chassis to accompany, the SLS AMG could be thrown into a corner without much hesitance and would come out facing the right way round.

The Roadster definitely allowed greater amounts of the raunchy exhaust notes to creep in, however, it couldn’t carry the iconic Gull-wing doors with it. The fundamental dilemma remains that we won’t be able to gather AED 1,137,000 to buy the SLS AMG as a company car before production ends in May 2014.

Mercedes SLS AMG

Here’s a quick comparison table we’ve compiled of all the cars we drove around the Yas Marina Circuit.


“Edition 507”


(S variant / Standard)


(S variant / Standard)


(Standard / Perforamnce Pack)


Engine Size (litre)



5.5 / 5.5

5.5 / 5.5

5.5 / 5.5





585 / 557

585 / 557

537 / 564


Torque (Nm)



800 / 720

800 / 720

800 / 900


Maximum Engine Speed (RPM)



5,500 / 5,500

5,500 / 5,500

5,500 / 5,500


0 – 100 Km/h

4.6 secs

4.2 secs

3.6 secs / 4.2 secs

3.6 secs / 4.2 secs

4.3 / 4.2


Top Speed (Km/h)



250 / 250

250 / 250

250 / 300


Price (AED)







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