Beautiful. Timeless. Luxurious. These words all come to mind when most people think of Mercedes-Benz. One word that doesn’t always come to mind, however, is fast, and that’s a shame. Mercedes-Benz has around since cars began running on gas (that’s 130 years and counting, if you’re keeping score), and has been at the forefront of automotive performance nearly every step of the way.
In the 1920s and ’30s, its supercharged roadsters and aerodynamic racers were trailblazers in Europe. After World War II, it triumphantly returned to racing in the 1950s, before a horrific 1955 crash at Le Mans led to the automaker pulling out of competition — and performance cars — for decades. In the 1980s, the company returned to the races thanks to help from tuner AMG. The aftermarket company was bought by Benz in the ’90s, and since then, it’s been making up for lost time.
In recent years, Mercedes has been dominating Formula 1, its AMG cars are some of the best performance cars on the road, and its offerings seem to get faster and more luxurious with each passing year. Here, we’ve listed out some of the fastest Mercedes of all-time, and unsurprisingly, many of them are still in production. We’ve left out concept cars, one-offs, and third-party modified vehicles things like Brabus or Mansory. As a side note, we ranked them by zero to 60 times, because some of the heavier performance models are actually slower to the mark than smaller and more nimble offerings. With that in mind, here are the 18 fastest production Mercedes of all-time.