It is the middle of winter, but don’t tell that to Mercedes-Benz. The automaker has warm weather, sunshine and birthday celebrations on its mind.
Case in point, one of the automaker’s unveilings Monday at the Detroit Auto Show. It was a special edition AMG S63 4Matic Cabriolet. The occasion? To celebrate its 130th anniversary. So as you might expect, only 130 of them will be built.
When you do the math, that takes you back to 1886 when Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler invented the automobile. (That’s 22 years before Ford rolled out his Model T).
The models get the exclusive treatment. For one, the exterior is a high-gloss Alubeam silver, a paint also used on the 2014 SLS AMG. The wheels are 5-twin-spoke 20-inch forged alloy and they’re normally only available on the V12 S-Class model.
The exclusive touches continue to the cabin. The seats are covered in custom Bengal red/black upholstery. Red also accents the brake calipers and edging of the floor mats. Interior trim accents are in AMG piano lacquer black carbon fiber. A special badge on the center console and engraving on the steering wheel marks the limited-edition 130 production run.
It is clearly a collectors car with its standard tailor-made AMG Indoor Car Cover. The cover not only keeps it it tip top shape, but also declares its status with embroidered lettering of Edition 1-130 of 130. The keys also come in a Welcome Package with an Edition 130 badge key ring and an aluminum box for storage.
While the car’s design and special trims are all well and good, the real excitement is under the hood. The 130 Edition carries a 5.5-liter V8-biturbo engine with 577-horsepower and a whopping 664 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds. It also packs the AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive.
The 2017 Edition 130 Cabriolet will go on sale in the U.S. in late spring.