To mark the launch of their new 5.5 liter V8 engine we’ve just been talking about, Mercedes has prepared a special S63 AMG show car which pays homage to 300 SEL 6.8 AMG or the Red Pig. It is decorated in the same manner as the SEL. We’ve already told you about this as well, but now Mercedes has released official images of this car, which is literally the 2011 S63 AMG you’ll be able to buy in a couple of months.
The S 63 AMG showcar harks back to the historic success in 1971A historic success was achieved by the 300 SEL 6.8 AMG in 1971: powered by an AMG V8 engine with a displacement of 6.8 litres and developing 315 kW (428 hp), this signal red racing saloon crossed the finishing line in second place during its very first outing at the 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), securing victory in its class.
The spectacular S 63 showcar is homage to this triumph, which made AMG world-famous overnight although the company had only been founded in 1967: decorated with sponsoring stickers identical to those on its historic predecessor, this powerful S-Class made by Mercedes-AMG is a sensation. The imposing tyres in size 275/35 R 20 and 325/30 R 20 at the front and rear are just as eye-catching as the 4.5-centimetre wider front wings on each side. The discerning car-lover will even discover exotic wood trim in the style of the original car in the interior. The showcar is powered by the new AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine and the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports