Mercedes-Benz Celebrates F1 Titles with Special Edition SL63 AMG
During the 2014 Formula 1 season, if you weren’t driving for the factory-backed Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, odds are third place was the highest you could hope to finish. The Silver Arrows of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton bagged 16 of the 19 races (Cheshire Cat-esque Red Bull man Daniel Ricciardo won the other three.), and they finished 1-2 in 11 of those 16 races and had at least one driver on the podium in all 19. Not surprisingly, both the constructors’ and drivers’ world championships (the latter going to Hamilton) went to Mercedes by massive margins over the competition.
To celebrate this borderline-obscene domination of auto racing’s pinnacle, the House that Karl and Gottlieb Built is releasing a special limited commemorative version of the SL63 AMG roadster. Officially named the *deep breath* Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG World Championship 2014 Collector’s Edition, this special edition will be strictly limited to just 38 units: Nineteen of the black-and-gold Hamilton version, and 19 of the mostly-white Rosberg version (Read into the two drivers’ color choices what you will, Sharptonites…). All 19 copies of each variant will be individually numbered, and each will feature the map and name of a circuit from the 2014 F1 calendar on the center console plaque, embroidered floor mats, and even the key fob!
However, the rest of the car is standard SL63 AMG fare, though you certainly won’t catch us complaining about the power folding hardtop or the 5.5L twin-turbo V8 making 577 horsepower and 664 lb.-ft of torque. That kind of muscle should be capable of winning you a few grands prix of the stoplight variety (not that you should ever street race)…