The Mercedes-AMG highlight at the Geneva Motor Show 2016 was without a doubt the new Mercedes-AMG C 43 Cabriolet. The unveiling of its even more powerful brother is reserved for this year’s New York International Auto Show: the all new 2017 Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabriolet.
Perfectly in style with the C 63 range, the C 63 Cabriolet too is equipped with the very powerful 4.0-liter V8 Biturbo paired with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission. The introduction of the C 63 Cabriolet marks the completion of the entire current V8-powered C 63 line, joining the C 63, C 63 Estate and C 63 Coupé variants.
Just like its relatives, the C 63 Cabriolet produces 476 hp (350 kW) which is good for a 0-100 km/h sprint in just 4.2 seconds. AMG has got customers looking for more power covered with the C 63 S Cabriolet, producing 510 hp (375 kW) which snags off 0.1 seconds in a 0-100 km/h sprint compared to the regular C 63 Cabriolet. Top speed is of course electronically limited to 250 km/h and can be optionally increased to 280 km/h with the AMG driver’s package.
The C 63 Cabriolet comes with AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with adaptive dampers and a rear-axle limited-slip differential as an option. The limited-slip differential and the dynamic engine mounts come standard with the C 63 S Cabriolet. Naturally the V8-powered convertible also comes with DYNAMIC select letting driver’s choose between four driving modes: Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual / Manual. The C 63 S comes with the additional “Race Mode” which also adds an extra valve control button to the mid-console.
The C 63 is likewise fitted with a high-performance braking system with large cross-drilled and vented brake discs measuring 360 millimeters in diameter at the front and rear. The C 63 S variant has compound brake discs measuring 390 millimeters and can optionally be dressed with ceramic discs measuring 402 millimeters in diameter.
C 63 Cabriolet specific exterior design features include a 64 millimeter wider body at the front and a 66 millimeter increase of width at the rear. The 60 millimeter longer bonnet is complimented by two striking powerdomes. Also unique to the C 63 version is the twin—blade radiator grille with AMG badge. Furthermore special side skirts pay homage to the car’s elegant wheelbase and plus size wheels. Chrome-plated twin exhaust pipes on both sides of the rear end finish the convertible’s aggressive visual appearance.
The car’s soft-top is identical to that of the normal C-Class Cabriolet and C 43 Cabriolet, taking 20 seconds to open or close at speeds up to 50 km/h. The Cabriolet furthermore shares its luxurious interior styling options with the C 43 Cabriolet, offering customers a variety of ARTICO man-made leather with contrasting top stitching options. Customers that feel particularly flush can select one of the highly premium packages that includes the iconic IWC clock in the mid-console. To name another difference with the C 43 is the C 63 Cabriolet’s speedometer, which tops out at 320 km/h instead of 280 km/h.
As previously mentioned the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabriolet will be on display at the 2016 NYIAS of which we will bring you live coverage. Stay tuned for more!