Indeed, much of AMG’s most memorable works featured large V8 engines, although they have learned to diversify their line-up a bit. The “45” series models, for example, departed significantly from the usual AMG template. In place of a thrumming V8 ever ready to overwhelm its rear wheels, a zingy 2.0-litre turbo sits transversely across the front dispatching grunt to all corners.
Fast, uncompromising, outright brutal even, the AMG 45s are all explosively quick on a straight line yet also insanely grippy around bends. For point-and-shoot driving in city roads, they are unrivalled. Yes, you may be faster around Sepang with a Ferrari, or cover interstate highways more rapidly in an Aston, but you won’t find a car that gets you from PJ to Cheras on a working day quicker than a GLA 45.