To celebrate Roger Federer’s retirement, Mercedes-Benz will auction off an AMG GT 63 S E PERFORMANCE in the color of tennis balls.
Roger Federer, the father of modern tennis, announced in mid-September that he was hanging up his racquet and sneakers. The Swiss player will thus embark on a new facet of his life that begins with a new partnership with Mercedes-Benz. The project that stems from this partnership, named “Neon Legacy,” begins its first phase with the arrival of a special edition of the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E PERFORMANCE.
AMG GT 63 S E PERFORMANCE: “Neon Heritage”?
The AMG GT 63 S E PERFORMANCE in question is unique. It earns this title because its bodywork is painted in a yellow that is strongly reminiscent of the color of tennis balls. Moreover, its interior and hood are autographed by Roger Federer, and Mercedes-Benz promises that no other car will feature the same colors as this one in the future.
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It is known that the car will be auctioned off towards the end of the year, with the proceeds going to fund a humanitarian tennis project next year. But that’s where the information disclosed by Mercedes-Benz about the “Neon Heritage” project ends, or even about the car wearing a neon yellow paint job. The manufacturer informs us that we will have to wait a few weeks before knowing more.
AMG GT 63 S E PERFORMANCE: Time for electrification
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The car on which the tennis ball is based was launched more than a year ago by Mercedes-Benz, and the E PERFORMANCE is aptly named. It features a plug-in hybrid powertrain that produces 831 horsepower and 1,084 pound-feet torque. The 4.0-liter V8 engine produces 630 horsepower, while the electric motor provides the additional 201 horsepower, the latter being placed on the rear axle.
It’s a unique technology new to other, much less expensive models in the lineup, such as the all-new 671-hp C63 S E PERFORMANCE plug-in hybrid. The Mercedes-Benz C63 abandons the V8 and offers a 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor in the back for the first time. This engine is the most powerful production 4-cylinder engine, producing 469 horsepower.