Iterated in the special edition models of already niche market vehicles such as the Lamborghini Gallardo Bicolore and the Aston Martin One-77, the exotic automaker badge is only the beginning of gaining notoriety. German automaker Mercedes-Benz has been no exception to this new luxury car trend. Treating lucky buyers to elite releases of vehicles inside their famed AMG lineup, Black and White Edition versions of certain models In 2009, 200 models of the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG were sold in association with timepiece maker IWC Schaffhausen.
Mercedes-AMG’s newest creation has turned attention to the C63 AMG sedan accessorizing the vehicle as the Affalterbach Edition. Unfortunately not for sale in the United States, it will provide some bewilderment to the occupants of this most popular automobile market where the scarce Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition is destined this year. All 30 vehicles will be sold as an exclusive AMG model for the United States’ northern neighbor Canada.
Named after location for the AMG Performance Studio, the Affalterbach Edition of the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG introduces itself, donning a full array of factory tuning whimsy. Merging with the C63 AMG’s body coated in a designo MAGNO Allanite Grey paint color featuring standard scratch-resistant clearcoat, the sedan’s exteriors lend carbon-fiber mirrors and rear decklid spoiler pieces. Two-tone 19-inch AMG alloy wheels are worn over high-performance disc brakes coupled with striking red brake calipers. Described by a Mercedes-Benz representative at the 2011 Canadian International Auto Show as an uncommon sight on a factory AMG vehicle, he mentioned that the red brake calipers are added as a tribute to the Canadian marketplace.
Chosen power for the Affalterbach Edition vehicle is the same reputable and still hand-built 6.3-liter normally-aspirated V-8 engine found on the 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. Slowly being phased out on other AMG models in favor of the 5.5-liter Biturbo engine for 2011, the 6.2 liter V-8 featured in the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition is still competent to deliver peak performance. Removing the rev-limiter, which had held the C63 AMG below 250 kilometers per hour (155 miles per hour), the unbridled fury of the AMG Performance Package allows the C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition to awake 481 horsepower and 443 pounds-feet of torque running through the SpeedShift MCT 7-speed sports transmission.
Well out-muscling the current BMW M3 in overall engine power, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition takes only 4.4 seconds to shoot from 0 to 62 miles per hour (the highway speed limit Canada’s province of Ontario). As part of the AMG Performance Package, a limited-slip differential ensures a steady application of traction on the C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition.
A hot super sport sedan outside, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition has an equally impressive cabin. Featuring a comfortable yet performance-driven atmosphere, AMG Nappa leather sport seats in the front are trimmed by red accent stitching. A suede-looking cover is fitted along with the 3 and 9 O’clock positions of the steering wheel. AMG cresting is found along the front seat headrests as well as on the gear shift handle. Carbon fiber inserts and some discrete ‘Affalterbach Edition’ badging completes the C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition’s aesthetic interior appeal.
Addressing class throughout, topping the list with performance and luxury, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Affalterbech Edition pampers the gadget-loving community. Adding the Premium Package as standard equipment, rearview camera, PARKTRONIC, DVD changer, and KEYLESS-GO is loaded onto the C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition. Enabling radio, wireless devices, and the hard-drive-based navigation system, Mercedes-Benz COMAND APS allows networked usage of in-car technologies.
Priced at $81,500 in Canadian funds, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition purchase comes with a rather unorthodox condition. A buyer for 1 of the 30 examples of this unique C63 AMG sedans is required to correctly pronounce “Affalterbach.”
For sale in only Canada, it pains me as our southern friends will be forced to miss this Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition. In reference to this fact, I introduce some words from Canada’s second official language; C’est la vie!
Information Source: Mercedes-Benz Canada
Photo Source: Chris Nagy