Driven: AMG World Of Driving Performance 2016

With one of the most impressive line-ups of Mercedes – AMG vehicles to date, the 2016 AMG World of Driving Performance tour delivered the ultimate driving experience at the iconic Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. And there we were, up for a ‘drivePing’ challenge.

With a combined output of over 18,671 horsepower, the 2016 AMG line-up included:  A 45, CLA 45, GLA 45, C 63 S, C 450 S, GLE 63, GLE 63 Coupe, GLE 450 S, GLS 63, G 63 and the AMG GT S. The Performance tour offered media and customers the chance to experience the thrill of testing the ‘Driving Performance’ of Mercedes-AMG cars in an environment that showcased the power, speed and agility of these exceptional machines.

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After a welcoming message from Lennart Mueller-Teut, Head of Marketing & Communications, Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars – Daimler Middle East & Levant, and a safety briefing from the Mercedes AMG team, we were finally ready to take the cars out to the track.

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The day consisted of a series of on-track events ranging from high speed lead and follow laps to a handling exercise across a cordoned section of the track, leading up to my highlight of the day, drifting the C63 S AMG across a skid pan which emulates driving on ice.

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As the exhilarating day drew to an end, we gathered for a delicious outdoor dinner that overlooked the wonderful Yas Viceroy Hotel. A fitting end to an adrenaline packed day.

Experienced by contributor: Chadi K