If you want a performance-oriented Audi but can't stretch to an RS model, you can go for an S instead. If you want a performance-oriented BMW but can't stretch to a full M car, you can go for an M Performance model instead. If you want a performance-oriented Mercedes but can't stretch to an AMG model... you're out of luck. But you won't be for long, as circulating reports indicate that Benz is planning to launch a second line of AMG Sport models.

As we reported a few months ago, Mercedes is preparing to launch a C450 AMG Sport to slot in between the new C400 and upcoming C63 AMG, with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 producing around 367 horsepower – a few dozen horses more than the C400 but still a hundred or so shy of the C63. The model was subsequently spotted in wagon guise, pictured above.

The C-Class won't be the only one to get the AMG Sport treatment, however. Autocar reports that, while not all Mercedes models are slated at first to get the mid-level performance upgrade, many models will – including the A-, E-, S-, M, GL, GLK and GLA-Class models, as well as the upcoming MLC crossover coupe.

While they won't all get the same engine, each AMG Sport model is expected to undergo a similar transformation, with upgraded suspensions, wider tracks, reprogrammed electronics and more. Expect both gasoline and diesel versions to be offered (at least in certain markets), taking Mercedes into performance diesel territory for the first time to rival BMW's trio of M550d, X5 M50d and X6 M50d as well as Audi's SQ5 TDI and (currently concept-only) RS5 TDI.

The new line, to be jointly developed by Mercedes and its AMG performance division, would also give the Silver Star a three-tiered performance line-up, starting with the new AMG Sport line, followed by the AMG range and topping out with the AMG S models.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Supafast jellyfish
      • 4 Months Ago
      I'm not sure how I feel about these new half way performance models from bmw mercedes and Audi...how will this not take away from their own high performance models?
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Supafast jellyfish
        Audi doesn't have a RS-lite kind of car. Their S series have always been there and is not an all out model. All other mfg seems to want leech off their performance division's name without giving the performance division a free reign on the final say.
      • 4 Months Ago
      It's for people who want to say they have a fast car, but don't really know how or ever plan to use the performance.
      • 4 Months Ago
      This is the best looking car in the Merc lineup!!
      • 4 Months Ago
      I have never been a fan, nor will be a fan of these black rims on consumer "performance" cars...for racetrack cars it's fine...
        • 4 Months Ago
        I agree, but it's got to help with the brake dust issue though... My Q5 dusts up like crazy.
      Eta Carinae
      • 4 Months Ago
      Falls more in line to what cadillac is doing with its vsport .......Audi and bmw's m-line and S-line are just apperance packages.......no added suspension tuning or dedicated engine like mercedes and cadillac are doing.....
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        It is like V-Sport, but they were talking about Audi S models (S4,S6) being between A and RS which is also similar.
      • 4 Months Ago
      This is great. There is such a disparity in power and presence between the currents: C350 and a C63.
      • 4 Months Ago
      Cool. What does this mean for the existing AMG sport packages, though? They gonna stick around, like the M sport packages, or will Mercedes phase them out?
      • 4 Months Ago
      I don't see a problem with the "AMG Sport line" I just hope that the AMG sports package, AMG Sport Line, and actual AMG models don't all look the same. Currently, there isn't THAT much difference in between the Sports package and the AMG models. I hope they offer these with the traditional Mercedes symbol. It's OK in the grill, but a bit too showy for me.
      • 4 Months Ago
      Even the badge is reminiscent of the Lexus F-Sport badge.
      • 4 Months Ago
      I don't like this at all, stupid PR move. Way to tarnish a very respected performance brand.
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