Standout features pride of limited-edition racers
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.