39 years after the 300 SEL 6.8 AMG placed second at the 24-hour race at the Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium, Mercedes has partnered the car on the same circuit with a similarly dressed S 63 AMG showcar to commemorate the event.
The second-place finish helped establish AMG as a serious player in German automotive history, which is now the in-house performance division of Mercedes-Benz. On the track, both cars were wearing the number '35' of the original 300 SEL 6.8 AMG and were driven by the same drivers, Hans Heyer and Clemens Schickentanz, who raced the 300 SEL back on July 25, 1971.
The 300 SEL 6.8 AMG featured a 6835 cc engine with 315 kW (428 hp), 608 Nm of torque. The S 63 AMG showcar, based on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class full-sized sedan, comes with AMG's new 5.5 liter twin-turbo V8 coupled to a 7-speed SpeedShift MCT gearbox. That engine comes in two power configurations - a 'standard' set-up with (544 PS / 536 bhp) and 800Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque and the AMG Performance Package one with 420kW (571 PS / 563 bhp) and 900Nm (664 lb-ft) of twisting power.
The new 2011 S 63 AMG goes on sale this September.