Not content with one, two or three new models, Mercedes has pulled the wraps off its fourth new car at the New York Motor Show. The AMG C 63 Cabriolet will join the less potent C 43 later this year as the range-topping C-Class drop-top.
Available in two states of tune, the C 63 and C 63 S both use the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 from the C-Class saloon. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. The standard C 63 gets 469bhp and 650Nm of torque, while the more powerful C 63 S uses the same engine tuned to 503bhp and 700Nm.
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All cars feature adaptive damping with AMG Ride Control suspension, as well as a rear-axle limited slip differential and dynamic engine mounts. The exhaust system has been tuned specifically for the C 63, and uses flat technology for a ‘sonorous bass tone’. There’s an optional Performance exhaust, which allows an amplified sound to be modulated at the push of a button, and carbon ceramic brakes can be specified on the higher-powered S variant.
The standard C 63 car will sprint from 0-62mph in just 4.2 seconds, while the C 63 S shaves off another tenth of a second. Both cars are limited to 155mph.
Standard kit includes 18-inch AMG wheels, flared wheelarches and a suitably sporty bodykit. There’s a front splitter to help reduce front axle lift, as well as a spoiler that serves as a deflector for the air intakes. A single crease runs down the side front to rear, while at the rear you’ll find a pair of inlets either side of the number plate. Chrome-plated exhausts sit within the rear diffuser, and a narrow boot spoiler complete the look. Think baby S-Class Cabriolet, and you wouldn’t be too far off.
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Mercedes has used a folding fabric roof rather than a multi-piece metal variant like the one you’ll find on the facelifted SL and new SLC. Buyers can choose from black, brown, blue or red, as well a quieter fully automatic acoustic soft top.
Inside, the cabin has been lifted from the C-Class Coupe in its entirety, with the same dash-mounted screen and column-mounted gear lever. Artico man-made leather seats should offer suitable support, while behind the steering wheel there’s specific carbon-fibre look dials
As with other Mercedes cabrios, buyers will get the chance to specify the brand’s Airscarf neck-level heating system, allowing comfortable roof-down motoring all year round. The C-Class Cabriolet gets a 355-litre boot, which shrinks to 260 litres with the roof lowered.
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As with the Coupe, Mercedes will launch a fully-loaded Edition 1 model with 19-inch wheels at the front and 20-inch at the rear. It gets special white paint that has been specially graded front to rear, as well as a nappa leather interior.
Prices will be announced in May, with first customer cars arriving in October. With a C 63 Coupe costing from £61,160, it’s likely the Cabrio will cost around £4,000 more. This considered, a top-spec C 63 S Cabriolet should be priced from around £72,000.
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