Lewis Hamilton might not have won a championship in 2021, but Mercedes-AMG did.
Mercedes has introduced a new special edition of the AMG SL 63; the Motorsport Collectors Edition honors the F1 Constructors' Championship from the 2021 season.
The headlines may have all pointed to Max Verstappen's chaotic victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the drama that followed, but it was Mercedes-AMG F1 that claimed the Constructors' Championship with the Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance race car thanks to a strong showing throughout the season not only from Lewis Hamilton but Valtteri Bottas, too. In celebration, the special edition SL 63 features unique touches shared with the F1 car.
Easily identifiable as a special edition, the car features two-tone graduated paintwork fading from Obsidian Black Metallic at the rear to High-Tech Silver Metallic at the front, with a star pattern on the flanks of the car mimicking that seen on the F1 racer. Petronas-colored accents feature on the front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser, and rim flanges of the matte black 21-inch AMG 10-spoke forged wheels.
The base car is the AMG SL 63 4Matic+ - powered by a 577-horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with all-wheel drive - but in this guise, it's equipped with the AMG Aerodynamics Package as standard, adding larger front and rear aero flics, a prominent rear diffuser, and active aero profiling under the chassis, enhancing stability at speed.
The Motorsport Collectors Edition is furthermore enhanced by the AMG Night Package and AMG Night Package II as standard. The former decks out the front splitter, side sills, mirror caps, and rear diffuser trim in gloss black, while the latter adds a black chrome effect to the Panamericana grille and rear badging, finishes the head- and taillight housings with a smoked effect, and paints the calipers of the AMG high-performance composite braking system in black. The final exterior touch is a silver chrome AMG fuel filler cap with AMG lettering.
More than just an exterior design package, the cabin receives several enhancements. AMG Performance seats are standard, with buyers given the choice of red or yellow accent stitching on the black Nappa leather/Microcut microfiber upholstery with embossed AMG emblems in the headrests. The cabin's trim is the obligatory carbon fiber, with a heated AMG Performance steering wheel boasting a carbon fiber rim.
Other feature highlights are the Burmester high-end 3D surround sound system, ambient lighting, Driving Assistance Package with a head-up display, and the MBUX Interior Assistant, while the AMG Track Pace system logs all data when on the circuit. It's not all track-focused, as the Load Compartment Package adds further practicality, and the illuminated AMG door sills add a little flair.
Production of the Mercedes-AMG SL 63 4Matic+ Motorsport Collectors Edition will be limited to 100 units globally. Pricing and US availability have not yet been announced.
Given its rarity, it's bound to attract a lot of attention, perhaps even of an unsavory sort. Mercedes includes the Guard 360° anti-theft package and an AMG indoor car cover that protects the paintwork.
While we can't deny the attractiveness of the new special edition, we have two reservations. The first is that Mercedes has left it a little late to celebrate, given another F1 season has already concluded in which Red Bull Racing snagged the Constructors' title, and the second is the paint scheme. Yes, it looks spectacular, but this same scheme was offered to AMG GT Black Series buyers as part of the exclusive P One Edition, which was limited exclusively to those who had also ordered an AMG One. We highly doubt those who paid a premium for the limited supercar and its hypercar big brother will be happy to see a run-of-the-mill SL-Class bearing a similar scheme.