Because aerodynamics always matter.
Mercedes-AMG wants to make sure all of its customers have enough cargo space because, sometimes, the journey to the Nurburgring requires additional stuff. Instead of opting for an aftermarket roof box, the German luxury-performance brand has introduced its own.
Designed and developed in-house, the new Mercedes-AMG roof box is not only superbly engineered, but underwent extensive testing by the firm's High-Performance Team in order to ensure optimum aerodynamics, handling, and less noise. It also looks pretty darn cool too, thanks to its comet-grey magno shade with lateral lines and some shiny black elements, such as the embedded fin. Heck, there's even a rear diffuser which, again, looks great and helps to improve overall aero.
Even the handles are fully integrated into the lid design. To make sure everyone knows your car's roof box is better than theirs, Mercedes-AMG logos can be found at the front and sides. Two versions were developed, one of which is suitable for all models while a second one is more ideally suited for coupes. The only subtle difference is the shape of the diffuser.
With a total of 14.5 cubic feet of space and up to 154 pounds of payload, owners can mount the box using a quick-release clamping system. Only Mercedes base-railing carriers are required. Weighing a total of just over 57 pounds and measuring at 86.6-inches x 33.4-inches x 17.3-inches (L x W x H), the roof box opens at box sides and can be used at speeds up to nearly 81 mph.
Unfortunately, no pricing information has been announced, though the roof box will be available for purchase at dealerships beginning this November.