W124 E-Class AMG, also known as The Hammer, was one of the most powerful cars ever built. This restomod version reminds us why.
In 1986 AMG planted a powerful V8 in an E-Class Coupé, which was nicknamed “worldwide fame”.The hammer.This car has put AMG in the spotlight. Suddenly people in the United States got to know a small German town called Affalterbach. The car had a massive wide body and great power that got the car to 60 mph in about 5 seconds. It topped out at nearly 190 mph.
This car drove with Lamborghinis and Ferraris of the day. And it wasn’t just the speed, but the look of the thing. The square front and back and the large, bulging fenders made the nickname Hammer more than appropriate. A lot of time has passed since then. And AMG is on the way to electrification like everyone else. However, the prospect of a second-generation hammer is too tempting to ignore.
Digital artist Shashank That is one of those of us who miss the original W124 AMG. As a result, He gave us the creation we see here. It’s what he calls the Hammer “MK2” Concept Widebody Design. The car is a restomod version of the original design and looks damn good. It’s not all of the turns and dives like many modern cars today. It retains the original, angular look and the bulging fenders. Even so, it clearly looks like something made today rather than 35 years ago.
The car sits on a set of Rotiform KPS Toyo tires wrapped around wheels. There are a number of custom LED headlights in the front. At the rear, the taillights look like the originals that have just been updated with modern technology. And of course the whole thing starts with a killer widebody kit.
If the original was called a hammer, this Restomod version can be called a sledgehammer. It’s a tribute to the original car but looks like it’s been in the gym for a few decades. The car would look at home in a DTM race. Lines would be around the block for buying something like this if it was ever brought to life.
Unfortunately, we cannot buy this amazing car. However, it takes us back to a time when AMG was really something special. A time before the AMG emblem was slapped on everything, from the smallest A-Class to the largest SUV. It was a time before all the electronic nannies and hybrid drives. The original hammer was an extraordinary thing. It was full of noises and anger and meant a hell of a lot.
We miss it very much.
However, this new concept takes us back. It reminds us that a standard Golf GTI today can almost keep up with the performance of the hammer, but does not even come close to having the seal of approval. If this rendering were brought to life and available at your local Mercedes-Benz dealer, would you buy it? What do you think is a fair price? Let us know your thoughts in the MB World Forums.