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Are you looking to elevate your driving experience in Orange County? Few vehicles can match the power and prestige you’ll feel from behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz AMG® performance model. AMG® vehicles are handcrafted by passionate engineers in Affalterbach, Germany, and are only available at AMG® dealerships.
If you are searching for an AMG® Performance Center near Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, Rancho Mission Viejo, San Clemente or Dana Point, you need not look any further than Mercedes-Benz of Laguna Niguel. Visit our AMG® Performance Center located at 1 Star Dr, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 today to immerse yourself in the world of Mercedes-Benz AMG®. While at our Performance Center, you can interact with AMG® exhibits and displays. We stock a comprehensive new AMG® inventory, and our Performance Center also carries a wide selection of AMG® performance accessories to customize your ride.
Mercedes-Benz AMG® models are not your standard luxury vehicles. AMG® engines are handcrafted by engineers who have a passion for potent performance – after investing in an AMG® vehicle, you’re going to want to ensure that it delivers that same level of performance year-after-year on Mission Viejo roads. The only way to achieve this is with routine maintenance and care, but AMG® engines require a special level of expertise. Who better to work on your AMG® model than certified, factory-trained technicians?
At the Mercedes-Benz of Laguna Niguel service center, we staff an expert team of technicians who are trained on all of the intricacies of AMG® vehicles and components. We carry out all service to the manufacturer’s recommendations, using the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment. For your convenience, you can schedule AMG® service online. If you choose to wait while we work on your vehicle, you can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi and Starbucks Coffee in our guest lounge.
The origins of AMG® date back over 50 years! What does AMG® stand for? A for Aufrecht, M for Melcher, and G for Großaspach. What, or who, do these names represent? Get a brief look into AMG® history to find out:
Early to Mid-1960s
In the 1960s, two engineers in the Development Department for Daimler-Benz were busy at work on a racing engine known as the 300 SE. Unfortunately, the company discontinued all motorsports activities before the engine was complete. But the two engineers, Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher, weren’t about to throw in the towel just yet.
Acting on their shared affinity for all things motorsports, Aufrecht and Melcher continued work on the 300 SE engine at Aufrecht’s home in Grossaspach – a municipality in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. In 1965, a colleague from Daimler named Manfred Schiek participated in the German Touring Car Championship using Aufrecht and Melcher’s 300 SE engine and won not just once, but 10 times over! Backed by Schiek’s triumph with the engine, Aufrecht and Melcher had now effectively established themselves as experts in optimizing Mercedes-Benz performance.
However, Aufrecht couldn’t be satisfied with reputation alone. In his mind, he had one clear vision: to introduce racetrack performance to road vehicles. This led to Aufrecht’s departure from Mercedes-Benz in late 1966, and he persuaded Melcher to follow suit. Together in 1967, they founded the Aufrecht Melcher Großaspach engineering firm, which carried out the design and testing for the development of racing engines. Not long after, the engines the duo was building became the go-to for private racing teams.
In 1971, an unsuspecting luxury sedan fitted with an AMG® Mercedes 300 SEL 6.8 engine developed by Aufrecht and Melcher entered the 24 Hours of Spa – an annual endurance racing event for cars. With the help of their engine, this “heavy sedan” overtook the lighter race cars it was competing against and took home the titles of champion in its class and second place overall! This event sensationalized the sedan, and AMG® quickly became a household name worldwide.