A handful of high-class AMG’s are set to get down and dirty on some of Australia’s most technically demanding roads next week as the four-day Classic Adelaide tarmac rally commences for 2008.
Leading the field will be two exclusive V8-powered Mercedes roadsters, driven by two equally impressive Australian drivers who have forged their careers on the motor racing world stage.
Formula One legend Sir Jack Brabham will pilot a 265kW Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG roadster of his own construction, carrying the coveted number one plate.
Following Sir Jack in car number two will be former Formula One and Indy car racer Vern Schuppan, winner of the 1983 Le Mans 24-hour race, in the 386kW SL 63 AMG roadster.
Accompanying these drivers in the AMG fleet will be a racer of the two-wheeled variety, with five-time grand prix motorcycle world champion Mick Doohan set to take the wheel of his own C 63 AMG saloon.
Mercedes will also take this opportunity to showcase its C63 AMG estate in Australia for the first time.
The estate version boasts the same 336kW V8-engine as the saloon variant and it will be the first time fans will be able to catch a glimpse before its official release just in time for Christmas.
Initial sales for the ‘special order’ C63 estate have already made it the most popular Mercedes-AMG estate ever sold in Australia – and onlookers will be able to see it competing, not just modelling.
But the most highly prized AMG in attendance is sure to be the limited-edition CLK 63 AMG Black series coupé – two in fact, each delivering a race-derived 373kW and 630Nm, resulting in a 0-100km/h time of 4.3 seconds, along with handling and braking force to match.
This year’s event marks twelve years of official event participation by Mercedes-Benz at the annual Classic Adelaide Rally, a record that is unmatched by any other marque.