Affalterbach - In what’s become a tradition at Mercedes-Benz, an Edition 1 is a special model, sporting unique design features and effectively ushering in a new model range. Being a limited edition, it only hangs about for the first year after launch - meaning that owners get a certain measure of exclusivity.

With that said, we now get to meet the Edition 1 version of Mercedes-AMG’s GT 4-Door Coupe, which is due to hit global markets later this year. 

This GT Edition 1 is only available in full-fat 63 S 4Matic+ guise, which means you get a 4-litre twin-turbo V8 tuned to 470kW and 900Nm and mated to a nine-speed Speedshift MCT transmission. 0-100km/h takes just 3.2 seconds and the top speed is 315km/h, says Mercedes.

Setting the Edition 1 apart from ‘ordinary’ 63 S models is an AMG aerodynamics package. Optional on other models but standard on the Edition 1, it brings a larger front splitter, integrated flics in the front apron, a demand-optimised diffuser and a fixed rear spoiler with mechanically adjustable blade.

The special model is further distinguished by 21-inch AMG cross-spoke alloys with a high-sheen finish and exterior paint options include designo graphite grey magno, diamond white bright and graphite grey metallic.

Inside you’ll find matt carbon-fibre trim and the nappa-leather-upholstered AMG performance seats get an exclusive grey/black colour scheme with yellow contrast stitching, the latter also applying to the door beltlines, instrument panel, unique floor mats and steering wheel - which gets an ‘Edition 1’ badge.

To match the yellow stitching, AMG has thrown in yellow seat belts and the Edition 1 also comes with the Air-Balance Package with a bespoke ‘AMG #63’ fragrance.

Revealed back in March, the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe is the first four-door that was autonomously developed by the Mercedes-AMG division, although in many ways it appears to be a CLS on steroids, with unique low-slung styling and beefed-up dynamics.

It’s available in three versions: a six-cylinder GT 53 4Matic+ with mild-hybrid technology and a pair of eight-cylinder models in the form of a 63 4Matic+ and the aforementioned 63 S 4Matic+.

Read more about the GT 4-Door here

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