For a while now, certain Mercedes-Benz models have had special edition variants at launch – these cars, called the Edition 1, come with a few unique touches inside and out, with only a few hundred units made available. The recently unveiled C238 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé is no different, with its Edition 1 version limited to just 555 units.

Differentiating it from the standard models is the unique matte designo cashmere white magno paint, along with 20-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels in black with a machined outer finish. Also equipped is the more aggressive AMG Line appearance package and a Night Package that adds a black louvre to the diamond grille, gloss black door mirror caps and gloss black window surrounds.

Inside, drivers will be greeted by a flat-bottomed AMG steering wheel covered in Dinamica microfibre, metal structure decorative trim, black-and-white Nappa leather upholstery and an Edition 1 badge on the centre console. Edition 1 lettering also appears on the illuminated door sill strips and the floor mats.

The new E-Class Coupé is actually the first mid-sized Mercedes-Benz coupé in over 20 years to be based on the sedan that shares its name (in this case, the latest W213 model), instead of the C-Class as in the case of its predecessor and the CLK models before it. Significantly larger as a result, it’s available with all the mod cons of its four-door sibling, including Drive Pilot semi-autonomous driving.

Three engines are available at launch, including the ubiquitous M274 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol in the 184 hp/300 Nm E 200 and 245 hp/370 Nm E 300, a 333 hp/480 Nm 3.0 litre turbo petrol V6 in the E 400 4Matic and a new 194 hp/400 Nm 2.0 litre turbodiesel in the E 220 d. All are mated to a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission as standard.