High demand from the USA propelled growth to new heights, above all thanks to the Mercedes-Benz 300 CE 6.0 AMG, also nicknamed the Hammer. In addition to a four-valve-per-cylinder design, the improved V8 had a refined camshaft and all manner of requisites to make it a real powerhouse. The Hammer was naturally aspirated and had a six-litre combustion chamber to generate a more than ample output of 283 kW / 385 hp. The peak torque was, for the time, an unimaginable 566 Nm. And the top speed? 289 km/h. The fact that Melcher's engine cylinder head was a true masterpiece of German engineering was evident over every single kilometre. The sound, the pressure and this superior feel were worth the crazy sum of 335,000 Deutschmarks to customers in the heady days of the 1980s.