Which Mercedes Benz models are exotic?

This article will answer the following questions: which Mercedes Benz models are Exotic? What are the special features of the exotic Mercedes Benz models? Can you buy an exotic Mercedes Benz?

Which Mercedes Benz models are exotic and what are the special features?

The Exotic models made by Mercedes Benz are listed below:

  • The Mercedes Benz E 60 AMG
  • Mercedes Benz CLK GTR

Following are the special features and specifications of the Exotic models

  • The Mercedes Benz E 60 AMG

Mercedes Benz acquired the AMG brand in 2000 but before that AMG was an independent company known for tuning Mercedes Benz models. Many customers liked the comfort and luxury of Mercedes Benz models in 1980 but the cars were slow due to their weight. 

AMG started tuning Mercedes Benz cars and entering motorsports races which gave them publicity and customers were shocked to see a Mercedes Benz winning a motorsport race. In 1994, after establishing itself as the best Mercedes Benz tuner, AMG modified the E class W124 and created the E 60 AMG.

Only 147 units were made and it had an infamous nickname called ‘The Hammer’ which was rightfully so as the car utterly defeated its rivals like BMW M-powered cars in the late 1990s.

The E 60 AMG had a 6.0 litre hand-built V8 and produced 318 horsepower, AMG also used a stiffer suspension setup and chassis reinforcements to handle the enormous torque of 500 Nm. The E 60 can go from 0-100 in 5.3 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km.

AMG had to use a wide-body kit to accommodate new 17 inches slightly wider alloy wheels and a custom exhaust that gave the E 60 its distinct noise. The modified V8 engine from the E 500 e could rev so quickly that the needle in the tachometer couldn’t keep up. The engine had high lift camshafts and made its maximum torque at only 3000 RPM.

The E 60 AMG is exotic not because of its handbuilt engine and performance but because it is such a rare car to find. Many customers purchased brand new Mercedes Benz 500e and sent it to Affalterbach, where AMG converted the cars by installing the bored-up V8 engine and modifying the suspension. 

The only way to identify a real E 60 AMG is by checking the vehicle identification number. Cars made by the AMG had 957 digits in the VIN while the Mercedes Benz E500 had an entirely different VIN.

Even today the car is rare and the majority are still in Europe as AMG made the E 60 before the Merger with Mercedes Benz and never shipped the car to international markets.

  • Mercedes Benz CLK GTR

The CLK GTR is a two-seater high-performance version of the Mercedes Benz CLK. It was manufactured from 1998-to 1999 and due to the regulation of the FIA GT Championship, the CLK GTR also had to be a production car. Therefore Mercedes Benz made only 25 units and today less than 20 units are still in circulation in the exotic car market.

It was powered by a 6.9-litre V12 engine and produced 612 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque. The CLK GTR could achieve 0-100 in under 5 seconds with a top speed of over 300 km per hour. This car is also the most expensive sports car built by Mercedes Benz and out of 20 units, there are a few two-door convertible models.

Can you buy an exotic Mercedes Benz car?

It is very difficult to buy an exotic Mercedes Benz car as the limited production number makes it very rare. If a model like CLK or E 60 even appears in the used car market, it is usually auctioned at a car collectors auction and sold at millions of dollars.

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Conclusion

Mercedes Benz is mass-producing and shipping its cars to the rest of the world and most of the latest models are not considered exotic but the company today still makes models like the G wagon 6×6 and AMG GTR black edition in limited production numbers. These cars will become and their value is set to increase in the coming future as Mercedes Benz AG has decided to go full electric.

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FAQs: Which Mercedes Benz models are exotic?

Is the AMG GT exotic?

The Mercedes AMG GT is not an exotic car, the AMG GT is a high-performance sports car completely designed by the Mercedes Benz AMG and it was also mass-produced. Exotic cars are rear and mostly one-off  models manufactured by car companies

What is the coolest Mercedes in the world?

The Mercedes Benz SLS AMG is the coolest Mercedes Benz in the world. The SLS is also the first car completely designed by the Mercedes Benz AMG and it has gull-wing doors that open upwards. The gull-wing door is just one of the features that make the SLS cool. Some of the other features include an active rear wing, font mid-engine placement that gives it a very long engine hood and its naturally aspirated hand-built engine.

What is the most beautiful Mercedes Benz car?

Mercedes Benz makes good and beautiful cars but the 1950 300 SL is considered the most beautiful Mercedes Benz car. The gull-wing two-door sports model is still sought after by collectors. The 2022 Mercedes Benz SL is the spiritual successor of the original SL and it also looks really beautiful. 

Is the AMG GT a supercar?

Yes, the Mercedes AMG GT is a sports car. It has a two-door coupe and a convertible roadster model and a hand-listed 4.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces more than 600 horsepower.

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