Winter just gave way to spring a couple days ago, but there’s still a chill in the air across much of the country. Getting us pumped for warmer days ahead is the hot new Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet.
And here it is, making its global debut at the New York International Auto Show. This Teutonic droptop features a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 under its long hood. Curiously, this engine is offered in two potencies. Standard models feature 469 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, but C63 S Cabriolets offer 503 ponies and 516 units of twist. Both are matched to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The “regular” version of this car can hit 60 miles an hour in 4.1 seconds. The more powerful S model will do it in 4.0 flat. Top speed for the former is limited to 155 miles an hour, the latter, 186.
A performance exhaust system allows the engine sound to be changed at the push of a button, making for quiet commutes or rowdy blasts down interstate on ramps. A multi-layer fabric roof keeps the elements at bay and the standard Airscarf system, which blows heated air right on your neck, allows you to enjoy droptop motoring year round.
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Coupe and cabriolet versions of this car feature a redesigned multi-link rear suspension, which allows for a wider stance. A mechanical limited-slip differential is standard, but S model features an electronic version.
It’s the same story up front, where the track has been widened. These changes necessitated flared wheel arches to help contain the large tires. Twenty-inch rims are the largest offered from the factory and they can be yours for extra cost. AMG Ride Control adjustable suspension is standard.
Of course those wheels hide massive brakes. For drivers that are serious about performance, Mercedes offers optional binders on the C63 S Cabriolet with ceramic discs measuring 15.8 inches. They weigh half as much as comparable conventional brakes, cutting unsprung mass and sharpening turn-in response.
Naturally, pricing information has not been released but you can expect the Mercedes-AMG C-Class to show up at U.S. dealers this fall. It will be offered in sedan, coupe and, of course, cabriolet flavors.
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