Stand­out fea­tures pride of lim­ited-edi­tion rac­ers

Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS - Mo­tor News Re­porter

Mercedes’ per­for­mance divi­sion, AMG, is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary in 2017. Un­sur­pris­ingly, this mile­stone is an ex­cuse to churn out a few lim­ited-edi­tion mod­els in­clud­ing the AMG GTC Road­ster Edi­tion 50 as well as the C63 Ocean Blue Edi­tion con­vert­ible and C43 4Matic Night Edi­tions.

Mercedes-Benz SA has only been able to con­firm the AMG GTC mod­els for our mar­ket but it is look­ing at the other mod­els too, all of which com­bine ex­tended ranges of equip­ment with spe­cial de­sign fea­tures.


“2016 was the most suc­cess­ful year so far in our com­pany history,” says To­bias Mo­ers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG. “We will be us­ing this momentum to fill even more cus­tomers with en­thu­si­asm for Mercedes-AMG in our an­niver­sary year, 2017. We will be sup­ported in this by our new edi­tions, which we are pre­sent­ing at the Geneva Mo­tor Show. So we can of­fer our cus­tomers a wider choice of in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance mod­els.”

Just 500 AMG GTC road­ster Edi­tion 50s will be man­u­fac­tured. It can be recog­nised by the two spe­cial-paint fin­ishes, in de­signo graphite grey magno or de­signo cash­mere white magno. Black chrome ac­cents are ap­plied to the side skirt trim, the front split­ter, the trim strips in the air in­takes of the Panamer­i­cana grille, the fins on the side air out­lets in the front wings, the trim on the rear dif­fuser and the ex­haust tailpipe trim el­e­ments.

The in­te­rior is marked by a con­trast be­tween black and sil­ver. This colour scheme is fol­lowed not only by the trim in Style Ex­clu­sive nappa leather in sil­ver pearl/black with grey di­a­mond-pat­terned con­trast­ing top­stitch­ing, but also by the black AMG per­for­mance steer­ing wheel with grey con­trast­ing top­stitch­ing, 12 o’clock mark in sil­ver pearl, “Edi­tion 50” let­ter­ing and a note on the lim­i­ta­tion.

To em­pha­sise the sporty char­ac­ter, it comes as stan­dard with the AMG in­te­rior night pack­age, which in­cludes steer­ing wheel spokes, shift pad­dles and door sill pan­els in black. The head re­straint of the AMG per­for­mance seat is em­bossed with “GT Edi­tion 50”.

The Ocean Blue Edi­tion mod­els of the C63 are slightly dif­fer­ent in that they are de­signed for a par­tic­u­larly de­sign-ori­ented and fash­ion­con­scious tar­get group and lim­ited to 150 units world­wide. The new deep ocean blue for the fab­ric acous­tic soft top is ex­clu­sively ear­marked for this new edi­tion. This colour also fea­tures on other de­tails, such as the trim strips on the front and rear apron, the wheel sur­rounds, the con­trast­ing top­stitch­ing in the crys­tal grey in­te­rior and the ana­logue clock in an IWC de­sign. The paint fin­ishes de­signo cash­mere white magno and de­signo se­len­ite grey magno are avail­able for the ex­te­rior. The front apron in an A-wing de­sign, the ex­te­rior mir­ror hous­ings, the side sill pan­els and spoiler lip are painted in the ve­hi­cle colour.


In the in­te­rior, there is a crys­tal grey in­te­rior in nappa leather with di­a­mond quilt­ing and deep ocean blue con­trast­ing top­stitch­ing. It is com­bined with trim in matt sil­ver glass fi­bre or high-gloss car­bon fi­bre with the Edi­tion badge in the cen­tre con­sole. The steer­ing wheel comes from the S63 con­vert­ible.

The Night Edi­tion for the C43 4Matic coupe and con­vert­ible get ad­di­tional black de­tails. The trim strips on the front split­ter, on the rear apron and the side skirts are painted black. The same ap­plies to the spoiler lip on the boot lid and tailpipe trim el­e­ments on the ex­haust sys­tem.

The in­te­rior gets the per­for­mance steer­ing wheel, in nappa leather/Di­nam­ica mi­crofi­bre, with its flat­tened bot­tom sec­tion also in black, and a badge on the cen­tre con­sole high­light­ing that it is the Night Edi­tion.

The MercedesAMG GTC Edi­tion 50 road­ster. Be­low: The MercedesAMG C43 Ocean Blue Edi­tion con­vert­ible.

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