It’s limited to just 50 units, but you might not need to break the bank after all
There have been a slew of high-performance bikes by luxury carmakers released this year. Aston Martin, Ferrari and McLaren are three of the most high-profile among them. Each of them have collaborated with biking specialists – McLaren with Specialized, Ferrari with Bianchi and Aston Martin with Storck. Throwing its hat into the ring is Mercedes-AMG and German bike manufacturer Rotwild. They have, on two previous, collaborated with one another. They’re at it again with the launch of their third bike called the Rotwild Mercedes AMG R.S2 bike.
It’s designed in the same colour scheme as the ferocious Mercedes-AMG GT R. You don’t need us to remind you that the GT R is one of the most hardcore track-focused cars in the Mercedes stable with a twin-turbo V8 that produces 577hp of power and 700Nm of torque and a 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds.
The R.S2 “Beast of the Green Hell” bike borrows more than just a paint job from the high-tech hypercar. There is a fair amount of engineering know-how and aerodynamic cues that have trickled down from the car to the bike. The ultralight carbon-fire frame is hand-built and is designed tough. The seat stays of the frame are flattened to dampen the vibrations and the chain stays are stiff and tapered to ensure more efficient power transfer. The 29-inch Crankbrothers Cobalt 11 carbon wheels allow you to work up some serious speed, and the Shimano disc brakes make sure that you can scrub that off that speed just as fast.
Limited to just 50 units (AMG celebrates its 50th anniversary this year), be prepared to fork out around $8,500 on this AMG bike, which is a steal when you consider that the Ferrari x Bianchi bike costs more than double at $17,600 and the McLaren x Specialized one is priced at $11,500 a pop. Sign us up.