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News The Mercedes-Benz E 50 AMG Premiered 25 Years Ago

The Mercedes-Benz E 50 AMG Premiered 25 Years Ago

The success of the Mercedes-Benz E 50 AMG spawned a huge collection of fantastic AMG vehicles.


  • It put AMG on the map as a serious performance brand.

  • The E 50 AMG was powered by a 347-horsepower V8.

  • It was the legendary 500 E spiritual successor.


AMG had already collaborated with Mercedes-Benz on a handful of production models when the 1996 E 50 AMG hit the road. The difference is that this super-saloon, as they say, set the bar on a considerably higher plane than any other performance-oriented sedan had done before.

Classic Mercedes-Benz AMG cars | Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Of the projects developed between AMG and Benz before the E 50, there was the 1993 C 36 AMG based on the 202 model series C-Class. There was also a 124 model based series E 60 AMG saloon and the E 36 AMG model as a coupé and estate. The love Mercedes-Benz E 50 AMG got from the automotive media back then, became a star and cemented AMG’s place in the world of tuning.

Physically, the E 50 AMG sported functional aerodynamic add-ons both in the front and on the sides. The rear was buttoned down with the memorable twin oval tailpipes. More powerful than the base Mercedes-Benz E 420 on which it was based, the E 50’s 347 horsepower allowed it to reach 100 km/h from a standstill in only 6.2 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz E 50 AMG | Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Helping performance along, the E 50 was fitted with a dedicated AMG sports suspension with stiffer shock absorbers as well as a new larger and more powerful braking system uniquely developed for this high-performance vehicle.

Had it not been for the remarkable Mercedes-Benz E 50 AMG, it is probable that cars like the C 63, E 63, ML63, S 65, SLR, SLS, and the GT and GT 4-door would have never seen the light of day. We don’t want to imagine a world without these fast and loud performance cars.

Mercedes-Benz E 50 AMG | Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz E 50 AMG | Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz E 50 AMG | Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz E 50 AMG | Photo: Mercedes-Benz

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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