Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz: The triplet of German powerhouses

Thursday 03 October 2013, 11:50 AM by

Germany has always grabbed the centre stage when it comes to manufacturing vehicles that are high on power and quality. When it comes to talking about German car manufacturers, the first thing that crosses the mind is the triplet of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The rivalry between these companies is fierce and over the years it has grown stronger and stronger. Apart from manufacturing luxury vehicles, the league of big three have ventured out into making sports cars that have powerful engines. A detailed analysis of the power oriented models of the respective companies is given below, which divulges the details about these car makers.

Mercedes-Benz AMG

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Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz: The triplet of German powerhouses

Formerly, AMG used to function independently as an engineering firm that manufactured performance oriented powertrains. At that time, the company mainly resorted to enhancing the engine of Mercedes-Benz vehicles until in 1990, when Daimler Chrysler took over the controlling interest. After that in 2005, AMG became a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler.

At present, the cars that bear the AMG tag are the most expensive ones manufactured by Mercedes-Benz. The appearance of AMG designed cars have significant characteristics that is coupled with top class engine performance. While designing AMG models, Mercedes-Benz extensively uses the carbon fibre material so as to reduce the kerb weight of the car besides the carbon ceramic brakes.

Unlike the other car specialised car modifiers that mainly deal in tweaking Mercedes-Benz vehicles, AMG models are sold in tandem with regular cars by the company itself. Some of the renowned cars that are powered by AMG designed engines are SLK 55 AMG, CLK 63, SL 65 AMG, C63 AMG and SLS AMG.

BMW M

Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz: The triplet of German powerhouses

In case of BMW, the company has a dedicated wing that looks after the designing the performance oriented models. Known as M GmbH, the company actively manufactures models that are quite high in terms of giving a power packed performance. To facilitate the

manufacturing of high-end cars, the company created BMW M or M-Technik, which was aimed at supplementing the portfolio of the company with modified and higher trim models.

The cars that are powered by the M technology have specifically tweaked gearbox, suspensions, interiors and exteriors so as to offer a distinct feel to the customers as compared to conventional models. Alterations made to the exteriors makes the cars of M series stand out amongst the regular production models of BMW. As of now, all the regular production models of BMW are available in M trim level except the X1, X3 and 7 Series models.

Audi Quattro

Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz: The triplet of German powerhouses
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz: The triplet of German powerhouses

German car manufacturer Audi owns Quattro GmbH company, which specialises in producing high performance vehicles and components. Besides from designing and producing performance driven cars, the company also manufacturers sporty suspension systems. It also makes exteriors parts such as front bumpers, side skirts, rear bumpers and rear spoilers. The current line-up of models for Audi include RS and S models besides a few regular production cars. Out of all, the most prolific model that is designed by the Quattro team is R8. It has got a 4.2-litre FSI engine that is available in V8 and V10 options.

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