Mercedes has unveiled special edition of their SLS AMG and G-Class. They are called the SLS AMG Desert Gold and G55 AMG Edition 79 respectively, and they have/will make their debut at the Dubai Motor Show (Slightly confused about whether or not they have been yet, the explanation is near the end of this article).
The SLS AMG Desert Gold is all about the visual package. It gets a matte gold paint scheme (Hence the name), gloss black accents and black AMG wheels.
The interior gets a few changes too, with sports seats, a solid carbon fibre centre console, and other carbon fibre accents. Everything apart from the carbon fibre accents is painted black. This is just a show car though, and it will not be going into production. Mercedes says that the gold paint may be offered as an optional extra, given sufficient demand.
I think the gold paintjob isn’t very good, but the black wheels look quite nice, and I have to admit, I do like carbon fibre accents. Too bad that it’s only the paintjob that might actually be offered.
The G55 AMG Edition 79 on the other hand will be built.
The car is named after the year the G-Class originally went into production, 1979. It gets a matte grey paintjob, called “designo magno alanite grey” by Mercedes. Other changes from the original G55 AMG include a front bull bar (Also known as a crash bar), a carbon fibre accent stripe down each side, special 19-inch AMG wheels in a titanium finish, and chrome protective grilles for the front indicators, taillights and underguard.
On the inside, there are two-tone (Black and sand) leather seats, carbon fibre trim and a special logo in front of the gear shift indicating that this is an Edition 79, and which one of the 79 produced cars it is.
All 79 cars will only be sold in the Middle East, which is a shame, as I think it looks brilliant.
As with the Kepler Motors MOTION, we haven’t seen any live pictures of the cars, even though they were supposed to debut at the Dubai Motor Show, which ends today. So I’m really not sure what’s going on in that respect.
Here’s Mercedes’ press release on these cars:
Premiere at the “Dubai International Motor Show”: SLS AMG in a striking gold paint finish
Dubai (VAE) – The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, the highlight of this year’s International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main, is on display in a stunning gold paint finish at the Dubai International Motor Show. This matt silk finish with the designation “AMG Desert Gold” lends an extraordinary aura to the new super sports car. The show in Dubai is also the premiere of the special G 55 AMG KOMPRESSOR “Edition 79” model. The Dubai Inter-national Motor Show is regarded as the most important motor show in the Middle East, and takes place every two years.
Matt gold on the aluminium body together with striking highlights in high-gloss black – an extraordinary and highly attractive combination. With its matt silk surface, “AMG Desert Gold” further accentuates the sporty appearance of the Gullwing model. All the decorative and mounted features that are in shining chrome or Silver Shadow in the standard SLS AMG have been given a deep-black paint finish by AMG’s designers. Whether for the Mercedes star and the trim strip on the cross fin at the front, the fins on the bonnet and flanks, the filler cap or all the model plates: high-gloss black is used everywhere, ensuring a striking contrast with the matt silk sheen of the gold paintwork. The black-painted AMG light-alloy wheels in size 9.5 x 19 at the front and 11.0 x 20 at the rear are embellished with a golden ring on the rim flange.
“AMG Desert Gold” has currently only been used for the display vehicle at the Dubai International Motor Show, but given sufficient customer demand, this special gold paint finish could become available as an individual optional extra from the AMG PERFORMANCE STUDIO. Two alluring matt paint finishes – AMG Monza grey magno” and “designo magno alanite grey” – are already offered for the SLS AMG. And as a highlight, the unique “AMG alubeam silver”, a finish that makes the paintwork glisten like liquid metal. At present SLS AMG customers have a choice of nine attractive paint colours.
Completely black interior, with plenty of solid carbon-fibre
The interior of the special SLS AMG model is in uncompromising, sporty black, the AMG sports bucket seats corresponding with the solid carbon-fibre centre console and other carbon-fibre interior features. Opening the bonnet reveals the 420 kW (571 hp) AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine, which is strikingly framed by the high-quality carbon-fibre engine compartment cover.
“The premiere of the SLS AMG in “AMG Desert Gold” at the Dubai International Motor Show is a token of respect for the Middle East. After the USA, Germany and Japan, the Gulf region is the fourth-largest market for AMG,” says Volker Mornhinweg, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
Special G 55 AMG KOMPRESSOR “Edition 79” model
Exclusively destined for the Middle East, the special G 55 AMG KOMPRESSOR “Edition 79” model is a reference to the sales start of the series in 1979. This 373 kW (507 hp) off-road icon has a particularly large community of fans in the Gulf region – which is the largest sales market for the top AMG model. The “Edition 79” has a highly attractive combination of unique features: the exclu-sivity of this limited edition of 79 off-roaders is immediately made apparent by the “designo magno alanite grey” paint finish. This matt finish is already familiar from the SLS AMG, but is otherwise unavailable for the G-Class. The G 55 AMG KOMPRESSOR “Edition 79” differs from the standard model in having a crash bar at the front, carbon-look side trim strips, 19-inch AMG light-alloy wheels in a titanium finish and chromed protective grilles for the front indicators, tail lights and the underguard. Eyecatching interior features include the designo leather seats in black/sand, high-quality, solid carbon-fibre trim and the Edition logo “1 out of 79” positioned in front of the selector lever.
Prestigious setting for other AMG high-performance models
At the Dubai International Motor Show, AMG, the performance brand within Mercedes-Benz Cars, is demonstrating the variety of its model range currently consisting of 16 high-performance models. One particularly attractive example on display is the E 63 AMG, the new sports saloon with a 386 kW (525 hp) AMG 6.3?litre V8 engine. The C 63 AMG and the S 63 AMG complete the AMG lineup at the show. Eight Mercedes-Benz vehicles on the display stand are equipped with the AMG Sports package – among them the S 400 HYBRID and the new E-Class Coupé. The Dubai International Motor Show is open to visitors from 16 to 20 December 2009.