2017 Mercedes AMG C63 Gets a Drop TopPosted by: Lydia Siu onMarch 23rd, 2016
We’ve been teased with images of the C63 AMG Cabrio, we’ve been waiting for this car to arrive, and today it did at the New York Auto Show and it did so in style. Mercedes took their monster C63 coupe and lobbed the top off to give drivers and occupants even more driving sensation. That sensation of open air ambiance as you lay the hammer down on that beastly V8.
The new Mercedes AMG C63 was redesigned from ground up bringing with it much improved handling, power and technology. The AMG C63 Cabriolet has all the same underpinnings as its coupe sibling, except it doesn’t have a roof. Mercedes will continue to offer two trim levels for the Cabriolet which will be the standard or S level. The standard AMG C63 Cabriolet will get the V8 twin turbo motor that produces 469hp and 479lb/ft of torque. The S trim will get a power bump to 503hp and 516lb/ft of torque. The Mercedes AMG C63 Cabriolet has put BMW’s M4 convertible right in its target and plans to take it down. The C63 Cabriolet, as with most convertible vehicles, slightly under performs in comparison to their coupe siblings. In standard trim, the Cabriolet will sprint to 100kph in 4.1 seconds while the S-trim will cover it in 4.0 seconds flat.
Mercedes is now very well known for their snarly backfiring exhaust notes that scares the inner child right out of you. The 4.0L V8 in the convertible doesn’t disappoint in that department once again with its sonorous bass tones, powerful mid tones and increasing trebles as the engine speed increases. The exhaust features a flap technology that is map-controlled depending on the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission mode, the power demanded by the driver and the engine speed.
The Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet is a girthy car but not very in your face. The design cues follow understated performance with high luxury and elegance overtones. The front and rear track is greatly increased over the standard Cabriolet by a total of 64 millimetres wider at the front and 66 millimetres wider at the rear. The front bumper now features a lower splitter which is designed to help to reduce front-axle lift. The side profile of the car really shows off it’s flared proportions especially when you see how well those large fenders swallow up equally impressive and wide tires both front and back. The ultralight AMG forged wheels are paired with 255/35 R 19 on 9.0 J x 19 wheels (front) and 285/30 R 20 on 10.5 J x 20 wheels (rear). Mercedes choose to use a multi-layered fabric soft top with a glass window instead of going with a retractable hardtop. The decision is likely due to weight savings, but honestly, the looks of the cabriolet is well balances with its muscular frame and soft top.
The public was kept in high anticipation for the release of the all new C63 AMG Cabriolet from Mercedes. We can now say that it was worth the wait.