The package celebrates the 130th anniversary of Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler's development of early automobiles.
Mercedes-AMG has introduced the S63 4Matic Cabriolet 'Edition 130' at the Detroit auto show.
The unique package celebrates the 130th anniversary of Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler's development of early automobiles. Both engineers had separately worked on relevant technology for years prior, though Benz's Motorwagen patent was approved in January 1886. At the same time, Daimler was making progress integrating gasoline engines into a stagecoach capable of hitting a then-record 10 mph.
The S63 is significantly quicker than the first horseless carriages, launching to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds thanks to a 5.5-liter biturbo V8 with 577 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque.
"The first automobiles from Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler were open vehicles," says Mercedes-AMG head Tobias Moers. "Mercedes-AMG honors this achievement of the founding fathers with this highly exclusive cabriolet, and demonstrates the developments the automobile has undergone in the last 130 years, developments which would have been inconceivable at that time."
Each Edition 130 convertible features a high-gloss Alubeam silver paint finish, previously applied to the 2014 SLS AMG, along with a red fabric top and matching Bengal red Nappa leather and trim panels for the interior. Five-twin-spoke 20-inch wheels help complete the look, borrowed from V12 S-Class models and shrouding red brake calipers.
Limited-edition badging has been placed in the middle console and engraved onto the steering wheel bezel. The company apparently expects all 130 examples to land in personal collections rather than serve as daily drivers. Each unit ships with an individualized indoor car cover with "Edition 130 - 1 of 130" embroidery.
Buyers will get a chance to purchase the Edition 130 this spring, however pricing remains unclear.
Live photos by Brian Williams.