In 1993, the first AMG officially built for Mercedes-Benz was born
Named C36, it was derived from the original C280
After a long period spent as an independent company dedicated to creating high-performance variants of Mercedes-Benz, the AMG company founded by engineers Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher began an official collaboration with the German industry to develop racing cars for the DTM.
At the beginning of the 90s, AMG was also commissioned to create a new road car that would become the heir to the legendary Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II. The new Mercedes-Benz C280 was used for the development of the car and in 1993 the C36 was presented, the first car officially born from the cooperation between the two German companies.
A Mercedes-Benz M104 3.6 was used as the engine, managed by a five-speed automatic gearbox and combined with rear-wheel drive. Upgraded to deliver the power of 280hp with 385Nm of torque, the power unit was capable of pushing the C36 to a top speed of 272km/h with acceleration from 0 to 100km/h in 5.8 seconds.
The car, despite the competition from the BMW M3, had an excellent commercial success and was sold in 5200 units until 1997, when it was replaced by the more modern C43 AMG.