The 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit has received an interesting premiere – the S63 4MATIC Cabriolet 130 Edition special series is here to celebrate the invention of the automobile.
Back in 1886 the automobile was seemingly invented by Karl Benz – with his Benz Patent-Motorwagen being widely regarded as the first gasoline powered automobile in the world and now an equally exotic model is here to celebrate its 130-year anniversary. Exclusivity is also a concern here – though arguably on an entirely different level over a century later. Anyways, this convertible marking the 130th anniversary of the invention of the automobile will only be seen in alubeam silver with contrasting Bordeaux red fabric roof and some matte black 20-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels for good measure. Inside the cockpit there’s a host of amenities such as nappa leather upholstery in Bengal red/black or crystal grey/black complete with trim elements in black piano lacquer. To highlight that you’re treated here with a limited edition model there are badges on the center console and the steering wheel that also show the production number of each vehicle. That’s because manufacturing will be limited to 130 units as sales will begin in April, with a list price in Germany of 226,457 euros ($246,589).
According to Mercedes-AMG, the exclusivity level will also be inclusive of a tailor-made AMG indoor car cover to “protect this valuable vehicle from dust in the garage,” while each owner at the handover would also receive the Welcome Package with an Edition 130 badge key ring and an aluminum box. This S63 Cabriolet packs the mighty 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine churning out 585 horsepower and 665 pound feet of torque – mated to the 9-speed automatic gearbox it sends the raw power to all four wheels via the 4MATIC system, allowing for a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) run of just 3.9 seconds.