In May 2018, the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S launched in South Africa, in both standard and coupé body styles. Now, however, we can reveal pricing for the special Edition 1 variants of these high-performance machines from Affalterbach.

So, how much are we looking at here? Well, while the standard (for lack of a better term) GLC63 S starts at R1 579 282, the Edition 1 version kicks off at R1 760 861, which makes it R181 579 more expensive.

The GLC63 S Coupé Edition 1 commands the same premium over the model on which it is based, putting its price-tag at R1 876 870.

Edition 1 models feature the “night package” as standard, adding various high-gloss black elements. Sports stripes (in yellow or matte graphite grey) along the flanks are also included, along with matte-black 21-inch cross-spoke forged wheels, complete with yellow or high-sheen rim flanges. The “aerodynamics package”, too, is standard fare.

Inside, Edition 1 models boast sports seats upholstered in black nappa leather with yellow stitching, a treatment repeated on the door centre panels, armrests and centre console. Further yellow highlights adorn the instrument cluster, mats and flat-bottom steering wheel. Matte carbon-fibre and bright aluminium trim pieces are also part of the package.

For the record, the flagship GLC employs AMG’s twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8 engine, sending 375 kW and 700 N.m to all four corners via a nine-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h takes a claimed 3,8 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

The high-performance SUV features air suspension with adaptive adjustable damping, 4Matic+ all-wheel drive (with fully variable torque distribution), a rear-axle limited-slip differential and a high-performance braking system.