A brand new Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG was delivered to Ducati MotoGP works driver Nicky Hayden. Actually, the 2006 motorcycle world champion went to Affalterbach himself to receive the keys to his new Mercedes barely a couple of days after finishing third place in race in Jerez, Spain.
Greeting him at Affalterbach was Mercedes-AMG GmbH CEO Ola Kallenius who handed him the keys of his specially-chosen limited series “Edition One” model which combines premium interior detailing with a brand new and exciting grey SHAPE matt paintjob. Hayden’s new car has been upgraded with AMG’s Performance package, upping the ante of its AMG 5.5-liter V8 to 410 kw (557 hp) and a maximum torque of 800 Nm.
The cover of the AMG engine is made of genuine carbon fiber, as well as the spoiler lip on the boot lid. The red brake calipers are a perfect match to AMG Performance’s steering wheel with Alcantara inserts for improved hand grip.
Hayden is now on his ninth season in MotoGP alongside his Italian teammate, crowd-favorite Valentino Rossi. He shares that his “visit to Affalterbach was a great opportunity to see for myself the enthusiasm and precision with which the staff at AMG work. You can really see similarities with Ducati in Bologna.”