History lesson: Mercedes-AMG diesel van, dream or reality?

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Nowadays, Mercedes-AMG is lending its magic to almost every Mercedes, from the compact A-Class to the big and tough G-Class. But once upon a time, the wizards from Affalterbach have also made a Mercedes-AMG diesel van.

Yes, you read that right. The Mercedes-Benz MB 100 D from 1989 – precursor to the Viano – has once been the subject of thorough and official modifications made by AMG and the Germans wanted to remind us this was a real project and not just a pipe dream via a history lesson Facebook post on their page.

Mercedes describes the sports van as “the only diesel vehicle to date that AMG ever got involved in.” The MB 100 D AMG was powered by a diesel (of course!) 2.4-liter inline-four engine rated at 72 horsepower. Yes, that is less than a fifth of the power ratings on the smallest AMG models today, the A45, CLA45, or GLA45.

30 years later, the Mercedes-AMG MB 100 D van makes us wonder if an AMG V-Class or Sprinter would make sense anymore. Who knows, maybe Mercedes’ Formula 1 team staff could use a faster van to move between each victorious Grand Prix.