Mercedes-AMG launches ‘Edition 55’ A35

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Having kicked off its 55th anniversary celebrations last month with a car you’ll almost certainly never encounter in real life – the six-figure G 63 – Mercedes-AMG has transitioned its ‘Edition 55’ badge to something a little more modest – and infinitely more accessible.

As with the G-Class, while they gain no additional power or mechnical alterations, the four new AMG 35 models (encompassing all variants of the A 35 and CLA 35) are magnets for equipment that was previously optional. Not only do the cars get the ‘elaborate’ AMG Aerodynamics Package, which adds a larger front splitter, additional flics, the fixed rear wing and ‘Blade’ diffuser, they also add the AMG Night Package – both I and II.

For the uninitiated, this means a-l-o-t of high-gloss black trim finish – including the radiator grille and badges – as well as black chrome for the tailpipes. This ought to go quite nicely with the paint finish, which is apparently a straight fight between Cosmos Black metallic or Digital White metallic. The AMG emblem on the flanks runs from grey to transparent to match.

Elsewhere you get 19-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels with a matt-titanium grey finish and a ‘high-sheen rim flange’ – just me that finds that smirk worthy? And there’s an AMG fuel filler in silver chrome. As with the G-Class version, the interior colour theme centres around black and red, which is displayed in the two-tone leather AMG Performance seats and on the door cards.

The kick plates have illuminated red AMG logos, and ‘Edition 55’ is written on the six o’clock spoke of the Dinamica-trimmed steering and woven into the floor mats. You can also order a breathable black AMG indoor car cover with a silver AMG logo – which, as an AMG superfan, you’re probably going to want.

The price uplift is 12,614 euros, which today works out to be around £10,500. These anniversary models are available to order now and will continue through to November this year.

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