Tobias Moers is about to leave the top job at AMG and we decided to look back at the products that define his legacy
Tobias Moers is about to leave the stage to the left of AMG, ready to lead Lawrence Stroll’s rebuilding at Aston Martin.
Moers has been Head of AMG since 2013 and part of the company since 1994. From then until 1999 he was in charge of project management before assuming responsibility for the brand’s main production series. In 2002 he became head of full vehicle development.
His influence on the Mercedes-Benz performance department is undeniable, and his touch and style shape the products that Affalterbach has placed in his area of responsibility.
The Mercedes blog team has decided to list the five that best define Moers’ time at AMG:
Mercedes-AMG SLS – Mercedes blog
It can be argued that the Mercedes Benz SLS is the most important car in the history of AMG and therefore the most important car of the Moers era.
It is the first model to be completely designed and built by AMG from scratch. It has been an expert and fan favorite since it was first presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009.
A spiritual successor to the legendary 300 SLThe two-door coupe was a true successor to the wild Mercedes-McLaren SLR and a revelation. Its design is iconic and has aged superbly in the ten years since it was shown to the world – thanks to the man behind the pen, Mark Fetherston. The heroic piece of its timeless appearance is the gullwing doors which, according to AMG engineers, have to be closed manually as they could not justify the extra 41kg of weight that an auto-shut system would add.
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AMG claimed the M159 V8 under the hood was the most powerful naturally aspirated engine in the world when it was first shown, producing 420 kW at 6800 rpm and 650 Nm at 4750 rpm. The 6.2-liter atmo V8 is considered to be one of the last great free-breathing eights. Although AMG is based on the M156 block, AMG gave the V8 its own engine code – M159 – to mark the major changes that were made, including a dry sump.
Most of the SLS was assembled by hand. The chassis and the aluminum body were manufactured by Magna Steyr in Graz before it was brought to Sindelfingen for assembly. The engine was of course completely hand-built in Affalterbach.
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Moers, of course, is very fond of the SLS, having once claimed that it is a more complete car than its predecessor, the hypercar SLR, as it is not only faster on the track in the hands of a professional driver, but also normal guys.
SLS AMG OMG indeed.
AMG CLK 63 Black Series
While technically not the first Black Series model – that was the SLK 55 – for many, the CLK 63 Black Series is the car that best defines the limited-edition badge.
The Black Series was introduced in 2007 and is based on the “regular” CLK 63 AMG Coupé. Only 500 were ever built, it had an optimized M156 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 under the hood that covered a larger intake manifold, redesigned the exhaust and remapped the control unit to deliver 373 kW at 6800 rpm and 630 Nm produce at 5250 rpm.
AMG tossed the rear seats into the nearest bin during production, and the top speed limiter was raised to a staggering 299 km / h. Ooft.
There were also 19-inch forged alloy wheels on every corner, wider track front and rear, a completely redesigned suspension with manual adjustability that would melt your mind, and loads of carbon fiber.
AMG management was so proud of their creation that they proclaimed it a rival for the incomparable Porsche 997 911 GT3. Just don’t mention the seven-speed automatic transmission.
Our sister likes DARE proudly proclaims this as the ultimate AMG. It’s hard to disagree.
W176 Mercedes-AMG A45
While not the original hyper hatch, the W176 Mercedes-AMG A45 can be credited with taking the genre to a whole new level.
When it arrived in 2013, it blew its arch-rival, the Audi RS3, out of the water. The M133 was introduced at 265 kW before being updated to 280 kW in 2015.
This four-pot terror made AMGs accessible. No, it wasn’t cheap, but it was a bloody sight that was cheaper than the V8 hero cars in the series.
With the introduction of the A45, AMG was able to develop a kind of pedigree where customers start with the A45 before moving up to faster, more expensive models.
The M133 also showed that AMG wasn’t a one-trick V8 pony, proving that regardless of the number of cylinders, they are perfectly capable of producing the world’s best engines.
M177 / M178 twin-turbo V8
It’s not a car, but it’s the most iconic product Affalterbach currently produces.
This 4.0-liter V8 with a hot V is synonymous with modern Mercedes Benz AMGs and has been amassed with much deserved praise.
When the M177 / M178 first arrived in 2014, it had an uphill battle. Replacing the popular 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 with a scaled-down turbocharged option has always been a tough sell.
Each unit has a different code name depending on the application and is handcrafted according to Affalterbach’s “One man, one motor” guideline.
Based on the 2.0-liter four-cylinder from the original A45, the engine is essentially made up of two M133 blocks connected by a single crankshaft. It has the same cylinder spacing of 90mm and the same bore and stroke (83.0 x 92.0mm) as the four-pot, while the compression ratio has been increased to 10.5: 1.
The biggest discovery, when it was first revealed, was the Hot-V setup with two BorgWarner turbochargers in the valley of the 90-degree V.
The most powerful vehicle with an M177 / M178 drive is currently the AMG GT R, which has an output of 430 kW and 700 Nm. However, a plug-in hybrid version with 600 kW + should be just around the corner.
This vehicle won’t go into production until after Moers leaves the building, but it perhaps best defines his ambition at AMG.
The AMG One (nee Project One) is Moers’ winning lap. He takes the 1.6-liter turbo engine and hybrid powertrain from Lewis Hamilton’s W07 F1 car and rams it into a production vehicle.
The challenges are immense – this is not just an F1 engine – but the very same powertrain that made the W07 one of the greatest racing cars of all time.
If the engineers at AMG manage it, the AMG One should have a combined output of between 778 and 918 kW when both the electric and the combustion engine work synchronously.
There have been numerous delays with the project since it was first revealed in 2017, but when it finally rolls off a production line, Tobias Moers should be given a majority of the credit.
Only 275 copies are slated for production, and all of them have already been sold.
If Tobias Moers can repeat the success he had at AMG at Aston Martin, you should be very excited. We are.