Mercedes-Benz CLA180 Star Wars Edition – Japan only, white and black versions, limited to 120 units

Mercedes-Benz CLA180 <em>Star Wars</em> Edition – Japan only, white and black versions, limited to 120 units

It’s only a couple of hours until May the Fourth, or Star Wars Day – and what better way to celebrate it than with a limited edition Mercedes-Benz CLA? Never mind that Nissan has a promotional tie-in with the mightily successful space opera franchise (or that there are no cars in any of the movies); Disney’s merchandising machine has enabled Mercedes-Benz Japan to introduce the CLA 180 Star Wars Edition.

Produced to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the first film, A New Hope, in 1977, the car is available in two colours – the first, Calcite White, is meant to mimic the appearance of a Stormtrooper, while Night Black was designed to channel the look of the iconic Darth Vader. Only 60 of each will be made.

Both come with the more aggressive AMG Line appearance package with sportier front and rear bumpers and deeper sills. Also included is the Night Package that adds gloss black trim on the grille, front splitter, side sills, door mirrors caps, window line and rear diffuser. The white model rolls on 18-inch five-split-spoke two-tone AMG alloy wheels, while the black one is fitted with black multi-spoke AMG items.

Step inside and you’ll find Artico faux leather and Dinamica microfibre upholstery colour-coded to the exterior. The white car gets grey and white stripes and silver stitching, which the company says is reminiscent of Imperial armour. Meanwhile, the black one comes with all-black seats with red stitching and seat belts, with the crimson hue matching the Dark Lord’s lightsaber.

Standard kit includes powered front seats with memory, 12-colour ambient lighting and the Radar Safety Package that incorporates Distronic adaptive cruise control. Both cars also come with a host of accessories, such as puddle lights projecting the Star Wars logo onto the ground, Star Wars-branded carpets, a reversible Star Wars sunshade and a drive recorder that plays R2-D2 noises on startup and shutdown.

Buyers will also receive a custom number plate and holder, and take a special photo with either R2-D2, C-3PO or BB-8. The price of all this privilege? A cool 5,040,000 yen (RM193,500).

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.




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